rome | on the street

When in Rome...

Visiting touristy spots is definitely a must, especially in a city with so much history like Rome.  However, I was sure to do some wandering (and getting lost) in this gorgeous city.  Texture covers every building, each with its own personality, much like the locals.  On this European adventure, I felt more like an observer than a tourist.  Over the years I've grown to love the experiences of immersing myself into a culture as much as I can.  Walking through side streets is a great way to do that.  Take the road less taken, for sure.  Off the beaten path!  Although, for a short time Sam & I rode one of those hop-on-hop-off tour buses, which I highly recommend to get a quick history and overview of a city.  (And if your feet are tired.)

This segment of the trip was very relaxing.  My cousin and I tried every type of pasta we could find.  And we spent many dinners just lounging and enjoying the scenery.  Rome is not my favorite city, but I did discover that many of the locals I saw were quite handsome and far more good looking than Parisian men.

1:52 | Introduction

After I went on the Raddest Photo Trip Ever with Bobby Earle, some followers of his became my facebook friends, one of which was Jennifer Lebron of DJENN Photographers. She and her husband are young, full of life and best of all, living in Italy while DJ serves in the military. As I started reading Jenn's personal blog, I quickly discovered her avid love for God.   Between the eloquence in her writing, that perpetual pursuit of Christ and some awesome graphics, I quickly became a fan. I can't say what possessed me exactly to first contact her, maybe my revived thirst to make the most of life or reading the Happiness Project or maybe just a desire to make new connections. From what little I knew about her, I was certain we'd be good friends. Anyway, I sent her a short note, not expecting a reply. When she did, I had a "lightbulb moment".

I wanted to do a diptych project like A Year of Mornings or Ketti Photography but was having a hard time finding a partner who was both willing/dedicated and a good distance away. I enjoyed the idea of communication through pictures. Who better to do this project with than Jenn, a photographer and a new friend that I wanted to get to know. Perfect!

Our first week was "Introduction"! So we took some self-portraits.

Stayed tuned while we go through our weeks together!

(Thanks to Ketti for the inspiration to do our project!)

august adventure 19: pizza, pizza!

Dance of a Nomad: Day 8, New York, New York After hearing about Scott's Pizza Tours from my friend, Ang, I quickly agreed to the walking tour when Katy suggested it.  Ang had described the tour with so much excitement!  The walking tour (Ang and her husband took the bus tour) began in Little Italy, and our tour guide prepped us with the history of pizza and its origins in Naples, Italy.  Not only did she take us to pizzerias (including Lombardi's, the first pizzeria in America), but she also took us to mozarella and pizza equipment stores.  I can't really remember much of what she said, but I really enjoyed the whole day and tour.  I would highly recommend this tour.

I filled my belly with tasty pizza.