Milano via #vidtalianjob.

Milan

I need you all to promise me something right here and right now. If you ever go to Milan, you must make a blood oath to visit the Prada Foundation. Okay fine, you don’t have to take a blood oath, but lets shake on it okay?? I first discovered this hidden gem from this NY Times article, and just my luck i was able to visit within a few weeks of it opening. It’s so so so very worth it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.  Unless you hate beautiful spaces and art, in which case… why are you even reading my blog? We obviously don’t vibe. ANYWAY for those of you with an affinity for the beautiful, prepare to take a trip to drooltown. Everything about this space was SO well thought out. There wasn’t a single thing that felt jarring or displaced. Like, every inch of this […]

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Vidotoberfest

Vidtoberfest

Ahhhh, Berlin. the land of impossibly cool architecture and tragic history. It was so fun to be in Germany. My mother served a 18mo church mission in Munich almost 40 years ago, so it was really cool to see how she could still speak a little bit of Deutsch! I also took two years of German in high school, so obviously i’m basically fluent. Hallo. Ich bin Emma. okay thats about all i got. In addition to having a ton of incredible architecture, Berlin is home to a lot of graffiti. It’s rich in culture and home to a fairly young generation. If you ask my mother, Berlin feels like a whole different country than her pretty, clean, orderly Munich. On our first day, we went to a poster store as per Sarah Kay’s recommendation. It was so awesome to see a lot of really cool books and letter-pressed and […]

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Vidmar Stockholm Syndrome.

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~*~*~*~*PHOTO DUMP AHEAD~*~*~*~ When I was in high school, I told my mother that someday I wanted to go to Italy and Greece, and would she go with me. She, being every so supportive of my adventurous spirit said something along the lines of “yeah, that would be fun! maybe when you graduate college” which i’m sure she hoped i would be satisfied with and promptly forget. i didn’t. Even when I went on my study abroad three years ago,  I remember specifically telling her that it DID NOT count, because we didn’t go to italy. So when I actually did finally graduate college, it was like, “okay Mom. Now or never.” we chose now. So I invited pretty much everyone in my family, and the only one able to go was my brother Paul,  who joined us for the first week. His ADHD and my general obnoxiousness always gets […]

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that time i got my film developed

mems when i went to Europe? well i bought a disposable camera in York, and it was the best purchase ever. These are such fun memories! This is making me excited to finish a roll with the camera my dad gave me!  armorino’s in Paris with Emily papermaking in Mainz Germany waiting in the shade after the van gogh museum in amsterdam leaving england still leaving england looking at tfrance first sight of france most common sight in paris: smiles an the eiffel tower. i enjoyed so much this summer and my study abroad was the perfect length, especially cause i had this week to finish up my assignments. Being home is nice though. i enjoy the familiarity of my bed, my street, and my family. I would venture to say that this has been the perfect summer.

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that time i got my film developed

mems when i went to Europe? well i bought a disposable camera in York, and it was the best purchase ever. These are such fun memories! This is making me excited to finish a roll with the camera my dad gave me!  armorino’s in Paris with Emily papermaking in Mainz Germany waiting in the shade after the van gogh museum in amsterdam leaving england still leaving england looking at tfrance first sight of france most common sight in paris: smiles an the eiffel tower. i enjoyed so much this summer and my study abroad was the perfect length, especially cause i had this week to finish up my assignments. Being home is nice though. i enjoy the familiarity of my bed, my street, and my family. I would venture to say that this has been the perfect summer.

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happy birthday to jessy!

It’s about that time. Today we are flying back to America. Today is also Jessy’s birthday. We decided to celebrate it not on a plane, and i took her to get Angelina’s melted chococlate hot chocolate. It was the richest chocolate in the world. we got chocolate brain and i think we were mildly high off this delicious treat. “i’m excited!” and  “This is how i really feel!”  Jessy is just the best ever. We’ve had so much fun becoming close friends on this study abroad, she’s smart, photogenic, creative and fashionable and i’m so stoked that we will probably be taking the same classes til the rest of eternity. or graduation…whichever comes first.

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get versaillesited

Today we went to the Palace of Versailles. We had a lot of fun in the huge line that formed to go through security. Acting like i’m 14 again sometimes brings me great pleasure, so we goofed off a lot and tried to pickpocket people in our group. The palace  was ridiculous in so many aspects: beautiful, crowded, opulent, overdone, huge. The amount of asian tourists there may have put me over the top. I get it, it’s versailles. there are bound to be tourists, but did they not learn how to be patient? and did they take a picture of every room in the palace? Do you really need to squat that low of the photo? did they ever look at the palace through their naked eye as opposed to the LCD screen? I JUST DON’T KNOW. I can’t handle it. if one more asian lady pushes me through […]

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what a day

magical. leisurely breakfast, and a day on the streets of Paris doing whatever we fancy. It included people watching at Luxemburg gardens, climbing to the top of Arc de Triomphe, avoiding pick pockets, eating some macaroons, sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, and having dinner at a cafe near our hotel (aka some of the best salmon i’ve ever had)

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most favorite

today’s pictures were some of my favorites. perhaps because today was one of my favorites? It was spent mostly in the Centre Pompidou, which is a modern art museum. I could not even begin to explain my love for museums like this. Probably because i’m not even sure why they resonate with me so well. there was one installation using insulation (thats not a mistype for once) and it gave me such an emotional reaction. it was about solitude and the insulation blocked out the noise as you went in and it was just incredible. remember that minions, art can do incredible things.  other notable parts of my day included street performers and artists, the bridge with love locks, rollerblading flash mobs, even more van gogh to make my heart flutter in the Musée d’Orsay, and finding Craig and Jordan at the end of the day so i didn’t have […]

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saturday in paris

so much paris so little time! It was truly so busy and so wonderful. We started of the day with Sainte Chapelle, i loved it. It was all stain glass and colorful and gaudy in the best way possible. It’s said to have Christ’s crown of thorns in the treasury so thats pretty neat i’d say. We then made sure to hit up notre dame and view the cathedral and then get a good view of the flying buttresses that make it possible to be so incredibly tall. Afterwards we went to a flea market which was very interesting because the first block was frightening and overstimulating, with people rying to sell you knock off things and touristy things, along with the gypsy’s trying to get you to buy things by saying “bling bling lady gaga 4 for 1 euro”. It was like night and day when we reached the […]

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