It’s my first morning waking up in Japan and despite going to bed around 1 AM, I’m up with the sun at 6. At least now I can finish unpacking/settling into my cozy room. The rest of the journey to JCMU proved uneventful. We ended up shipping our check-in luggage from the airport and then taking a three-hour bus ride from Osaka to the JCMU building in Hikone. Not exactly the first thing you want to do after a fourteen hour plane ride, but oh well. We ended up getting into Hikone fairly late so we just received our room assignments and moved right in and started unpacking. My room seems nice; it’s not enormous, but it’s large enough for me. I’ll post a few pictures once I get all moved in. I also have a roommate with whom I share the kitchen and bathroom. She seems like a pretty nice girl. Thankfully we have hot water and an internet connection – the only two things that really matter. Today is orientation and tomorrow is our placement test so I’m assuming I’ll get to check out a lot of Hikone today.
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Many of my photographs are taken during my travels through Europe, Asia and Africa. I'm continually seeking inspiration in the architecture I see, the local customs I engage in and the vibrant lifestyles of the people I meet. I see each photograph as a candid shot of someone's life in another country. Through my photography I want to erase borders that may exist because of distance, language or misunderstanding.
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A few weeks ago I spent a weekend in Luxor with a friend of mine. It was a nice diversion from classes at AUC and very much welcomed. We took the cheapest option for getting to Luxor, an 11 hour train ride in second class. We left Cairo around 1 AM and arrived in Luxor […]
A few weeks ago my friends and I decided to climb Mt. Sinai supposedly where Moses received the commandments from God. We left late from Cairo so we would be able to reach Mt. Sinai and climb before the sunrise which actually turned out to be perfectly planned. The trip took around 7 or 8 […]
After living in and traveling around Egypt for a few months, I’ve come to realize that there is a certain art to bargaining here. For starters, Egyptian store clerks seem to think the fastest and most effective method of getting sales is hitting on any female that walks by. This certainly shocked me the first […]
This year I spent the first of my two weeks of Spring Break in Israel. We traveled from Eilat to Jerusalem and then to Ein Gedi and the Dead Sea before heading back to Cairo. The trip from Cairo to Taba wasn’t bad at all, only six hours or so and I remembered to pack […]