Throwback Thursday: Study Abroad in Italy – Week One

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to participate in an Art History Study Abroad in Italy. Funnily enough I had learned about it the previous year when I was taking an first Art History course but I couldn’t go that year as I would have missed my brother’s wedding. The trip was four weeks long. Three of those weeks were spent in Florence and the last week in Rome with day trips to places such as Piza, Ostia Antica, and more.

The first day was a just a basic tour of Florence by the school we were partnered with then a more personal tour by my teacher. The second day we went inside the Duomo and saw the Cathedral climbing up to the top. The third day we climbed the Campinale. My teacher said normally she wouldn’t have had us climb so many stairs (around 900 I believe all together) back to back especially not so soon! However, there was a discount going on so doing so we some money.

Continuing on the third day we went to the museum to view the Baptistry doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Then finished the day seeing Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. It’s amazing seeing things in person that you had only learned about in books. Everything so much bigger than I imagined.

The fourth day we toured the San Marco which consists of a church and a convent and has some AMAZING frescos. The fifth day we visited Clet Abraham’s studio who does some really cool street art. Sadly, he wasn’t in but I did buy some post cards and stickers there. Then we went to the San Miniato al Monte where we saw the beautiful “Christ between the Virigin and St Minias” mosaic.

That’s all for the first week! It’s hard to remember everything I saw. I might have to break back out my Art History books to help my identify artwork I took pictures of and the different places I went.

Throwback Thursday: Conventions

I have been lucky enough to attend five conventions throughout Florida. Each of them has been memorable and full of geeky fun.

The first time I went to MegaCon, either 2007 or 2008, I went with my sisters. My older sister had been to conventions before but it was my younger sister and myself’s first time. Of course, we were super excited wanted to dress up. So our costumes became but whatever we found in our house. I, for example, went wearing my older sisters karate gi….

The second convention I went to was MegaCon in 2009. Again, I went with my sisters but this time we were prepared! My older sister created each of us costumes. She went as Wonder Woman, I went as Troia, and my younger sister was Wonder Girl. So not only were we all in costume but we had a theme! As you can guess, people did ask to take our photo. The only I didn’t like about the costume was that I used temporary hair dye to change my blonde hair to black and by the end of the convention the dye was all over my hands and my forehead.

The third time I went was, again, MegaCon in 2014. This time I went with one my college friends. We didn’t dress up in costume although we both made sure to wear Geeky t-shirts. However, together we paid to get a photo with John Barrowman and, on a spur of the moment decision, I also paid hand my camera to man and get my photo with James Marsters.

The fourth time I attended a convention was SuperCon in 2016. This was because my cousins were going to be visiting my family from Oregon so we hunted for convention that was going would be going on while there were in Florida. This was my largest group yet and they are all family members. All together there was me, my two sisters, my brother and his wife, and my three cousins. That’s eight people! Plus, we did a costume theme and we all dressed as Star Wars characters. I was a Stormtrooper. The fact were such a large group definitely got us noticed. When my older sister and I split off to go to the bathroom a lady asked us if we were with the ‘Star Wars family’.

The last time I was lucky enough to go to a convention was, again, SuperCon in 2017. We picked it for the same reasons as previous. This year my group consisted of myself, my younger sister, my eldest sister and her boyfriend (now fianc√©), my brother and his wife, two of my cousins from Oregon and my one cousin from Florida so nine people this time! Technically nine and a half if we consider the fact that my sister-in-law was pregnant at the time. We decided to with a DC Comics theme that year and I was got to dress up as Batgirl! We even paid to get our photo taken in front of a green screen and got to pick what went behind us. The person emailed us that photo as well as the green screen file which means I was able to PhotoShop us standing in front of the Justice League’s Hall of Justice.

Each trip was tons of fun and I’m hoping I can attend my 6th convention later this year.