Café du Monde in the French quarter of New Orleans, open 24/7…
I went at night, for some beignets and café au lait…
And took a beignet for the road!
In 1990, New Orleans and me… we looked like this:
This weekend, I’m Louisiana bound again. So we’ll see how much things have changed!
To set the mood, some New Orleans tunes: jazz, r&b, funk… you know the drill. I pulled together a few fave songs for the road. You can listen, too — just check out the playlist here: Down to New Orleans by Kate on Grooveshark
Any other New Orleans music suggestions out there? Let me know in the comments!
I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.
So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…
The actual moon:
The moon pie:
They’re both round. Only one is edible.
Moon pies are a big deal in Bell Buckle, Tennessee — home of the yearly RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
Bell Buckle Cafe has an eclectic menu, which features some moon pie-infused specialties. The place is a lunar legend.
Rock on, moon gazers and moon pie lovers.
photos by pam hollingsworth
Headed down to the cape in Florida.
Savored some sunsets…
…and introduced Ella to the beach:
She loved the cool sand and the wind in her face – especially the wind! Ella is now officially a beach pup. : )
photos by pam hollingsworth
So, they handed me my degree last Monday.
Feels good! Feels weird…. Feels exciting.
College, on the whole, was an amazing 4 years for me. Studying history, economics, politics – I learned a lot from some inspiring professors.
But most importantly, I learned a lot from the examples set by those inspiring professors, and by my equally inspiring peers. Examples for being industrious, curious, tenacious.
After graduating, I sat down and tried to think of what I had really loved about college. What made it special, and what I would miss. And I realized this:
The magic of college wasn’t in the classes I took or the places I hung out. For me, the magic was in the people I was surrounded by.
University is a unique scene. An array of people, all brought together from different backgrounds, in different disciplines, with different hopes and aspirations. In one place, you have the scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, and more – before they max out their potential and reach their goals. Here, in college, is where all of our paths cross.
So now our paths are starting to diverge, and that’s a good thing. As I embrace this new beginning, I look back on college as a great experience and opportunity.
I read a lot. I traveled a lot. I learned a lot.
But the best part was always the people.
Professors, classmates, roommates, family, friends, people I knew well, people I wish I knew better —
You guys are phenomenal, and with you, college was awesome.
Until last year, I had never been to the US capital. It was a place I’d always wanted to visit, but somehow never had the chance.
And now that I’ve seen it, I know that I love it. The people, the bustle, the food, the museums, the news crews – this city has a lot of excitement packed in.
There’s lots of marble everywhere…
And neoclassical architecture…
There are the famous monuments visible in the heart of the city…
Downtown, the area is filled with tourists, souvenirs, activists, and food:
I had a great time in DC! Have you been? What’s your favorite memory about a trip to the capital? : )
So, I’ve been absent from the blog too much lately. It’s now my last semester of college, and everything seems hectic around here.
There’s lots of fun times and memories at Emory wrapping up, but also lots of exciting things to look forward to after graduation.
I’m not sure yet what the post-graduation plan is — but not knowing is part of the excitement, right?
For now, I’m enjoying the last of my time at Emory and sticking with some good advice I heard for this year:
Be well in 2012. I’m all about it. Not really any specific resolutions, deadlines or goals — just being well. Living well, feeling well, being well.
Who’s with me? : )
I got to spend 11 days in Rome, and enjoyed exploring around the vast city that has been home to so much civilization and culture.
Rome has everything from quiet gardens around the Villa Borghese…
…and ancient ruins from the Roman Empire…
…to modern iconic Italian vespas, political flags, accordions, music….
There are so many facets of Rome, an ancient place where so much history and so many influences have left their mark. I can’t wait to share more photos of some different aspects of the city. : )
I got to spend one Saturday in Florence, Italy – a city steeped in the history of art, music, politics, and Italian culture.
In the pedestrian streets around Florence’s famous art galleries, every square foot is filled with musicians and souvenir reproductions of famous paintings for sale….
Walking through the city, there are pops of color and ornate architectural details all around you. You’re embraced by the legacy of inspiration that once surrounded da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Donatello, and so many other artists….
There’s something surreal to the changes of colors in the city throughout the day. In the early, misty morning, Florence’s famous bridge, the Ponte Vecchi, was cool and indistinct….
Florence had a very Italian feel, and it was awe-inspiring to be in the birthplace of so many famous works of art. : )