Saturday, September 15, 2012

Biking with Bea


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Our days in New York our numbered. Back in college, we have this thing called senior syndrome, which makes you want to do everything you can only do as a college student months and days before college. We both realized that we barely have 4 months left in New York (well, depending on how certain things will turn out. ) I wanted to start checking things off my list of things to do in New York and Bea had a groupon for a 4 hour bike ride around Central Park.

So this happened.


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Check out the rest of the pictures below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Part 1

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I'm not gonna lie. I had an awesome summer. I didn't have a lot of money but thanks to cheap flights care of Ryan Air, I got to go to Barcelona, Spain for several days. The main attraction in Barcelona is, of course, Antonio Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia. 

As with the pyramids in Egypt, I looked at a lot of pictures before visiting this church, but nothing could have prepared me for its magnificence.

La Sagrada Familia is famous for the having the lengthiest construction time. Construction began in 1882 and is still going on. But what is even more amazing is its architectural design. Antonio Gaudi took inspiration from nature for his works which is why you will see a lot of references to plants, fruits and the ocean. You will also seldom see any straight lines favored by modern, minimalist art.

As a tip, one should come early. I went at around 11 and there was a long line of people outside that snaked around the block. Tickets are usually 18 euros, but thanks to my student i.d. I got in for much cheaper. You should also buy another ticket to ride the elevator up to one of its towers. The excellent view of Barcelona alone is worth the extra euros you'll be paying. Also, wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. And have your camera ready.


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I mean, where do you even start to take pictures?


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Everything just seemed so...glorious.

Cape Point, South Africa


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After having some play time with a seal (see blog entry here), we headed to Cape Point. It was an hour or so of van ride, which meant more nap time for me. Friends know that anytime you put me in a moving vehicle, I fall asleep. I can't help it. There was this time when I rode the back of a motorcycle and almost fell off because I doze off. But I digress.

Cape Point is utterly magnificent even in the cold of winter's tail. I maybe a little biased because anything besides the sea transforms into something magical for me. 
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We saw a baboon, hiked up a mountain towards a light house, got caught in a storm and finally, saw a rainbow. I'd say that was a good trip.

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Pictures below:


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

IPED Welcome Parteee 2


The party continued and everyone just kept bringing beer, brandy, vodka and tequila. Let's play a game. Guess who's drunk and who's not.
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In behalf of my room mates, thanks to everyone who came! And to all the first years, welcome to IPED!!

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Here are the pictures!

IPED Welcome Party Part 1



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I finally moved in with Heather and Mahwish. It's farther than my old one, but I couldn't be happier. So far it's been smooth sailing. But we'll see in the coming days if WWW III breaks out. We jokingly told everyone last semester that we'd throw the first party of the semester. The joke caught on and I found myself putting up Christmas lights and buying beer. 

This party was pretty tame. If by tame you mean people getting s*** faced drunk. It was also an awesome way to get to know the new Ipeeps (who know, this might catch on this time around.) Here's part one when everyone was still sober and self aware. 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

A day with a seal

So here I am wide awake at 5 am, eating chocolate that was supposed to be for family and friends. These days, I'm usually knocked out by 8pm.  Last night I tried to work out but found myself falling asleep while trying to lift weights. And now I'm wide awake. It's still the first week days of classes so there really isn't any homework. So here I am. Blogging. 
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One of things I enjoyed the most in our South Africa study tour was seeing all the animals. And even before we got to the Safari, we were able to enjoy the company of this cute, chubby seal!!! yay. Look at that huge tummy. hahaha.

This happened during our weekend in Cape Town, which, by the way, is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Also, if you've noticed, I don't blog in chronological order. This is not that kind of blog. This space is basically a record of how I see the world. In literary terms, it's a view of my poetic memory. And as it happens, memory is hardly ordered or organized.

Yes, this could be another excuse for some lousy blogging on my part.

Anyway, here are the pictures!


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

First day in South Africa


From Cairo, I flew to South Africa for a 3 week study tour. Being the eager beaver that I was, I arrived at 4am in the airport and had to wait for everyone else to arrive, 5 hours later. Needless to say, the airport and I became very intimate. hahaha.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Apartheid Museum Day



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People have been asking how my summer was and I always end up giving non-sensical, incoherent answers. It's difficult, you know? I realize that they're being polite and actually just expect a 2 sentence answer. But how do I compress the experience of living in Egypt for 2 months, 3 weeks in South Africa and a week in Barcelona and Budapest into 2 sentences. Thus my usual answer of : it was awesome.

And it really was and I am grateful beyond words. What is most awesome for me about this summer is the affirmation of what I truly want to do in life. But that's for another entry. For now, I have over 5000 pictures waiting to be blogged. So let's do this!!!

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