Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tour de France

Here are some pictures of the Tour de France!!!

Tour de France

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rest of the time here...

Wednesday 7/30 - Free Day / No Class
Thursday 7/31 - Give Presentation on the EU Institutions for my class / Class all day
Friday 8/1 - Class from 9am - 12pm / Review for Final
Saturday 8/2 - Leave and Arrive in London
Sunday 8/3 - London
Monday 8/4 London
Tuesday 8/5 - Leave London in the Morning / Final Exam for class 1pm - 4pm
Wednesday 8/6 - Free Day
Thursday 8/7 - Free Day / Most of the other students leave in the morning
Friday 8/8 - Leave Torino, Italy after 3 months abroad... Arrive in Reno, Nevada around 7:25 PM PST

Trip to Paris

This last weekend, me and two other USAC students took a trip to Paris for the cool is that to say?

While in Paris we roughly did the following:
  • Went on a great bike tour around the city to the main attractions. It was with a company called Fat Tire Bike Tours, which was recommended by a friend that just got back. We are going to do it in London also.
  • Saw Notre Dame and the Pantheon
  • Went to the Louvre and saw things like the Mona Lisa and other great works of art.
  • Ate bread and drank some wine on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower one night and watched it light up a bright blue and then sparkle on the hour.
  • Checked out Napoleon's Tomb, it's funny because the way that it's designed you have to "bow" to the tomb to check it out.
  • Ran across traffic to get to the Arch de Triumpf, can you say "frogger"?
  • Had a few creaps, two quieshes and other French food.
  • Saw a mini statue of liberty on the river.
  • And a bunch of other things that are in the pictures below!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I bought an Italian car!

Check it out!!!

We took a tour of the FIAT factory, its the only Italian made car. FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Automobile Factory of Turin). It was pretty cool, I couldn't take any pictures within the factory but it was interesting.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lake Maggiore

Last weekend we took a "field trip" to Lake Maggiore. It's the 2nd largest lake in Italy.

Lake Maggiore

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Upcoming Trips...

Saturday USAC is hosting a trip to a lake near Torino for the day.

From the 13th to the 16th, I'll be traveling with a couple USACers to Barcelona, Spain.


July 25th to the 29th I will be hanging out in Paris, France.

August 2nd to the 5th we are going to London, England for a couple days.

And then I head home on the 8th!

Swiss Trip

Last weekend I went to Zurich Switzerland to hang out with my mom. Zurich was really nice, the weather was really great, not too hot with a little breeze that helped with the humidity. One of the days we traveled to the town of Luzern,where we check out the city, a market was happening that day, and saw some of the shops. My mom bought me a genuine Swiss Army knife, which was pretty cool, the shop did free engraving too so it has my initials on it.

After spending a couple days in Switzerland, my mom came back with me to Torino to check out where I've been living for over the past month. She really liked it and was surprised at how nice my apartment was. We had dinner at one of my favorite resturants, St. Martins. I think she really enjoyed the trip, it was good to see her again.

Swiss Trip

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Last trip with session I: Italian Riviera

For the past few days I've been on the Italian Riviera checking out the beautiful landscape and saying goodbye to my friends from session I and saying hello to new friends from session II.

We left on Sunday and stopped in Genova and checked out the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. After taking a city tour we got back on the bus and headed to the beach. A little town called Santa Margarita. This is where we stayed for the weekend and was our homebase for all our smaller trips around the Riviera.

On Monday we went to five towns along the coast referred to as "Cinque Terra" where we split up into groups and hiked along the coast from town to town. We did 3 out of the 4 hikes and we were VERY glad we didn't end up doing the fourth (it was a lot harder).

On Tuesday we went to the famous town of Portofino which is the place were movie stars used to go and where we saw some of the largest yahts ever! After leaving Portofino we went back to the hotel and then went to the beach.

Check out the pictures, it was a really fun trip!

Today all the new people from Session II moved in and the gang from Session I is hanging out tin our apartment until their respsective departures. It's pretty sad, most of the girls have been crying a little bit, it's amazing how close people can get over 5 weeks. But I'm also looking forward to hanging out with the new group. I'm both sad and excited at the same time. Also a little homesick because everyone I've been hanging out with for the past few weeks is going home and have been talking about going home for the past couple days. Lucky for all of us, there is Facebook. :-)

Italian Riviera