I spent hours researching study abroad packing lists. The two main takeaways? Pack minimally (because you will buy items when you're there) and to bring lots of proper rain gear.
I find the Aran Islands, a group of three islands not far from Galway, fascinating in every way. Locals continue to live the traditional way and speak the Irish language to each other. Local livestock owners still use stacked stone walls built in ancient times as animal enclosures. Meanwhile, ancient history covers every inch of the Aran Islands. Monks settled the islands long ago, seeking solitude. Tons of pre-Christian and Christian historical stone structures can still be seen in beautiful, poetic ruins. The sense of distance from mainstream culture remains.
When I began researching and creating a list of things to do during my week-long vacation in Portland, I had no idea where to start. There were just so many options I found interesting. I didn't want to miss anything! There's so much to eat, drink, and do in this city. After staying a week in Portland, I can the things I did and ate and drank all exceeded my expectations. Here's my list of all the things you need to do when you visit Portland, Oregon.
When I traveled internationally for the first time to study abroad, I spent hours researching what I needed to bring. Unfortunately, the following items showed up on few of the lists I found online though I found them completely essential. I spent way too much time worrying about which clothing items to bring and how many but missed many of the most practical items. Pack these six items for stress-free travel.
I knew I wanted to shoot an Iowa town on the Mississippi River, like the town I was raised in. And so, at random, over my morning coffee, I chose Burlington, Iowa. I had only been there once before, just passing through really but I remembered being charmed by it and wanting to explore it more. In my photographic work, I'm always looking to compare and contrast elements that remind me of or differ from my hometown—not just aesthetically but the feelings I associate with my home as well.
Last June, after finishing undergrad, I decided to embark on a new big-ish goal that would keep me learning, making things, and getting stronger. Based on an idea from The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau, I started Alternative Grad School. You can view Chris Guillebeau's suggested goals here. My goals were based on his original [...]
I got a chance to edit a few more of my favorite images from my Presidents Day trip to New Orleans and back. I'm really excited to see that my digital camera with its new lens served me really just as well as my favorite film cameras. Of course, the resolution isn't as [...]