This Week’s To-Do’s #1
Happy Monday :] I’m going to start posting every Monday NO MATTER WHAT some of my goals/plans for the week. I’m hoping this will be something nice to look back on in the future.
8.12 – 8.18
  • Finishing memorizing the Arabic alphabet
  • Read more than I have been
  • Take a picture every day
  • My second shift at H&M on Tuesday :]
  • Finish sewing the top to my quilt

Anyways I think five goals/plans is reasonable to accomplish in one week, right? What are your plans?

Long Beach International Quilt Show
Last Friday, I went to the Long Beach International Quilt Convention with my mom. It was a lot of fun and really inspiring to see so many beautiful pieces. These were some of my favorites.
1. I don’t have the details for this one :[ 2. Five Bar Blues by Diane Loomis 3. A World of Many Colors by Georgeta Grama4. Wall markings # 2 by Valerie Maser-Flanagan 5. Uncharted by Catherine Baltgalvis 6-7. Summer at the Lake by Rahna Summerlin 8. Convergence by Latifah Saafir 9-10. Flower Quartet by Yasuko Sugaya [HAND QUILTED!] 11. Present by Toshiko Matsuo [HAND QUILTED!] 12. Creme de la Creme by Bonnie Keller [HAND QUILTED!] 13-14. ElaTED by Ted Storm [HAND QUILTED!]

It definitely motived me to do more quilting and hopefully I’ll have some pictures of a finished project soon :] 
I am tired.
I took this picture of our cat Greyboy a couple weeks ago and it basically depicts how I feel after this week. Haha. All I want to do right now is fall on the floor and go to sleep. What with studying for my exams tomorrow, working, meetings, and an all-day quilt convention with my mom, I’ve had a long one. Plus I didn’t get to see my boyfriend this weekend either, which makes it seem even longer. UGH. Anyways I have a lot planned for this upcoming week so I’m counting on a good one :]

Stockholm // March 2013

Stockholm was the final stop for my solo trip in March and it made for a lovely finale. Although it was absolutely FREEZING there (in the evenings I would have to stop inside shops every five minutes or so just to warm up) I spent a fantastic four days exploring the city and meeting some wonderful people. It is a very picturesque city and I took more than 350 photos there! Although it was a little surprising how expensive things were, the good definitely outweighed the bad and I returned with my sister in May.

A few highlights:

  • Stockholm has an INCREDIBLE national history museums, one of my favorites that I’ve ever been in. There are very few glass cases, even around the ancient runes and artifacts, which I felt gives you a more personal experience. The history more easily comes alive in such a setting. Upstairs, you follow a timeline on the floor that leads you through Sweden’s history; the artifacts/rooms correspond with the dates on the floor. It was really cool.
  • I was recommended to Hermitage, a superb vegetarian buffet. I may or may not have gone there for lunch every day while I was there… But really, the food was divine and healthy, the restaurant was super cute, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
  • I randomly stopped into a church in Gamla Stan, the Old Town, (I sure love European churches) and it was almost completely deserted except for a group of five singers, a violinist, and a cellist. They were practicing for a Bach concert that they were putting on that night. I sat listening for what must have been half an hour…it was absolutely beautiful, what with church acoustics already being magnificent and the building being nearly empty on top of that. I felt like I had a free private concert.
  • The Photography Museum was beautiful, and I was lucky enough to go the day a Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit opened. If you aren’t familiar with his work (I wasn’t before that day), you should look him up. His photos were beautiful and filled with emotion. I left very inspired to take more pictures!
  • I watched the sunset over the ocean twice. The colors were beautiful. The frigidity of the evening somehow made it even more gorgeous.
  • As I said, I took a LOT of photos, so I’m dividing them into a few posts so they aren’t so overwhelming. That being said, here is my collection of Stockholm architecture photos!

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    Budapest, March 2013
    After posting absolutely nothing for four months (what?!) I am finally getting back to work on this blog, so I’m planning on getting all caught up on my travel posts from last semester as well as kicking off new themes for posts…but more on that later.

    So in my last post I posted some pictures of Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest, so here are the rest of the pictures from that trip. Let me tell you, if you ever have to chance to visit Budapest DO IT because it is a really beautiful city (not to mention affordable, especially compared to the likes of Paris, London, Florence, etc.). The architecture was stunning and the city was stunning. I liked it so much I went back with my sister in May! I’ll write more details about the city when I get around to posting about our sister adventure…for now we’ll just stick with pictures :]

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    So after I get the rest of these solo travel pictures up I’m going to start branching out and work on expanding this blog. Blogging is something that I’ve been wanting to get into for a year or so now and I think this is finally the time. I’m working on developing posts/goals/themes so I’ll just stick with these photo-based travel posts until I’m fully prepared to unleash everything else :]

    Budapest – Kerepesi Cemetery
    So for both my trip to Budapest and my trip to Stockholm, I took far too many pictures to fit into one post, so I’m going to spit them up as best I can!

    To start off, here are some pictures from Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest, referred to in my tourist guide as the “Pere Lachaise of Budapest.” Being obsessed in graveyards as I am, this was the first Hungarian location I visited after I got settled in my host’s apartment. It was certainly not equatable to Paris’s Pere Lachaise…it was far better. I love Pere Lachaise, but it is always packed with people searching for the final resting places of the likes of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Piaf. At Kerepesi Cemetery, it was extremely spread out and very calm…it actually felt like a cemetery, rather than just a tourist attraction. It was a gorgeous day, clear and crisp, and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful statues.

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    12 Hours in Milan

    I was only in Milan from Saturday morning until Sunday night, so I didn’t have too much time there. It wasn’t a very exciting city, although the Duomo was gorgeous and I had some yummy pizza.

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    Brussels
    A few weeks ago, I went on a giant trip that was almost two weeks long, visiting four cities. Of course, I took a ton of pictures so I’ll upload them in a few posts. Here is the first one about Brussels. I was barely there for two days, arriving around noon on Thursday and leaving at 4am Saturday morning, so it was rushed but lovely. The city wasn’t too big so it wasn’t hard to see a lot in the time that I had; one of my favorites was the Magritte Museum, a three story gallery dedicated to the works of artist René Magritte. All in all, it was a nice city to wander around, try some of the traditional foods (mussels, fries, waffles, chocolate), and meet great people.

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    Paris // Père Lachaise
    I spent my birthday weekend in Paris with my friend Jason and also spent the night before/day of with my lovely friend Camille and her boyfriend. It was amazing and definitely a memorable birthday! On Sunday, I had some alone time and decided to go to Pere Lachaise, a gigantic cemetery that is home to some well-known figures such as Jim Morrison, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde. Although I didn’t visit anyone famous, I had a wonderful time wandering around because I love graveyards and this one is especially beautiful.

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    Plus a little Notre Dame, my favorite spot in Paris :] I ate my birthday dinner here, just sitting and looking at this beautiful building and thinking about how many people have shared my view over the past 850 years of its existence.

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