St. Augustine

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Last weekend my friends and I traveled to St. Augustine for fall break at UGA. The weather was absolutely perfect. I had friends up north talking about how it was snowing early this year while I was basking in the sun in a tank top and shorts. I was living the life.

My friends and I rented a small air bnb in one of the…sketchier…areas of the city. Favorite part? All the abandoned houses really set the scene for Halloween and the feral cats made it feel extra spooky. The homeless people were really a catch. “Y’all seen Cletus?” was the most quotable part of the trip; however, we still don’t know who or what Cletus is. Lol.

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The history buff in me not only loved the aesthetic of the city but also stopped to read each and every historical marker. Needless to say, I was the straggler of the group.

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Seeing as this was a “school trip” for the big game on Saturday, I felt that taking a picture with the U.S.A.’s oldest wooden schoolhouse was obligatory.

While I didn’t get the best pictures, the cafes I visited were super trendy and Instagrammable. My favorites were the Cuban Cafe and Bakery and Dreamboat Coffee. If anyone is in the neighborhood, pick up a sweet cream iced coffee from Dreamboat! The barista is the nicest person, and her bubbly personality left me feeling full of giggles, even after my six hour drive to the city from Athens! I totally forgot her name, but shoutout to her because she rocked my world Friday night.

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The above photo was the view from our porch…Now that I’m back in Athens, I want to return more than anything!

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The Vatican

My class and I visited the Vatican on our last day in Rome. I loved the experience, even if I didn’t get to meet the Pope (although some of my friends did get to see him the very next day!)img_3566

My favorite part of the Vatican? The ceilings! img_3494img_3498img_3506img_3507

All the other artwork was cool too, but really, the ceilings here are something else entirely. I loved them! img_3531img_3528

The stained glass here wasn’t as impressive as I’d hoped. The best stained glass I’ve ever seen was definitely Chartres Cathedral in France. Maybe that’ll be the next stop on the Tour de Bailey? Who knows! You’ll have to wait until this next semester ends to see where I travel too next!

Sienna

Sienna was absolutely beautiful! I loved going through the government buildings (hello, future law student!) and seeing firsthand how art can be a political influence.

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The views were absolutely gorgeousimg_2899

Reading in the plaza is a nice break from walking around all day! I brought a sarong with me to use as a blanket when sitting on the ground. I am always getting things on my white jeans! Bringing something to sit on (and to help my classmates cover up their shoulders or knees when going into churches) really saved me on this trip! img_2887img_2881img_2839img_2840

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Below is the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a fresco mural in the rooms of the Council of Nine, the government of Sienna in the 1300’s. I love it because of its purpose: it kept the government in line through the depiction of what occurs when a government governs poorly. Below is only the “good government” side, but you should definitely check out the “bad government” side. What a great political implication! If you want to read more about it, click hereIMG_2889IMG_2861

 

Cortona, Italy

Hello from studying abroad! If you missed my last post, I’ve been in Italy since the beginning of May studying Biology of Medicine and Introduction to Italian Art.

UGA has a location called the Kehoe Center in Cortona, Italy. Cortona is in Tuscany, in the north of the country. I lived in a dormitory on a mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous!

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My favorite part about Cortona? The cats! Italy is filled with them, but nothing beats wandering into town and being greeted by Blackie, who looks just like my cat Chocolate at home.

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Another favorite part? The gelato! The best gelato place in Cortona is Snoopy’s. Get the coffee and Nutella flavors – you won’t regret it!

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While Cortona isn’t necessarily the place to be for studying science, the architecture is authentically medieval which is perfect for studying art history. As an art history minor I already knew a lot about culture and building in Italy, but being there and seeing it all in person made things click. I’m a visual and hands on learner so being able to both look at buildings and walk through them helped me to understand the way they’re set up and why that’s important given the historical context.

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Keep reading in the coming weeks for more posts about all my travels!

When in Rome…

Hello from Italy! I’m studying biochemistry and Italian art abroad in Cortona, Florence, Siena, and Rome this May. So far so good – but I think I’ve managed to become pasta-ed out. If you know me, you’ll know I’m usually up for eating pasta for every meal so you can only imagine just how much delicious carbs I’ve been enjoying on my travels!

Here are a few sneak peaks of my time so far:

On My Radar

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Easter was yesterday, in case you don’t celebrate it. I had a fabulous time with my family at church and brunch. I am now having a not so fabulous time writing essays and studying for tests, so today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.

Do audiobooks count as reading? 

Art lessons from Georgia O’Keeffe 

If literature’s complicated men were on Tinder

Proof that cats are liquid

One White House, many eggs, and decades of scary bunnies 

Peeps beer…who knew

Are you a “book spines face out” kinda person, or an artsy “titles face the wall” kinda person? I think I prefer being able to read my book titles, honestly. (Thanks, Mom, for the interesting read!)

What do you think the best Easter eggs are? I ran a Twitter poll (check it out HERE) and the winner was obvious: Reese’s eggs. I prefer M&M eggs. Good Housekeeping checked out tons of different eggs, and ranked them based off appearance, taste, and quality so you’re sure to get the best stuff in your basket.  #themoreyouknow