As most of you know I started working at Arkansas State University in mid-August and here are a few select photos from my time being here. I've been traveling with our football team this season and that's been quite an adventure. I really didn't realize how crazy college football team's travel schedules are. For example for our Utah State game we had a kickoff time of 7pm MT game ended at 11pm, on the bus at midnight, to the airport by 1:15am, takeoff at 2:30am, landed at 6:30am in Memphis and finally a hour bus ride back to Jonesboro.
My Mother is opening a preschool called Nurturing Curiosity in Frontenac. One of the many things I've done in helping to get it open is photographing some students of hers playing and having a good time. I was actually quite happy how a number of these turned out. I had pretty low expectations for these having not really shot children before.
After being out of the States for two months it was definitely time to visit my girlfriend who was interning in Washington D.C., well technically Maryland, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. With both of us being pretty big space nerds we had to check out the Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum on the outskirts of D.C. It houses Space Shuttle Discovery which carried the Hubble Telescope up to orbit. Also has a SR-71 Blackbird which crazy awesome to see in person. We also went by the National Zoo and almost melted in the humidity and from the cute animals.
I went to a couple less rural places in Germany too. In the order of photos, Munich, Regensburg, Bamberg and Stuttgart.
In Munich, Chloe and I went to the BMW museum, walked around the Olympic Park, went to the top of St. Peter's Church to look down on the Marienplatz, and of course checked out the English Gardens and watched the surfers.
In Regensburg, I went to about a dozen different churches of many types of faiths and ages. The woman I was with, I'm beating myself up because I can't remember her name, is obsessed with churches and has lived there her whole life so I got I learned a lot about them. I was also forced to use a ton of German the weekend I was there and it was pretty awesome. By the end, I actually was feeling a lot more confident about it.
Chloe really wanted to stay in a hostel while in Europe and our flight was out of Stuttgart. There was no way I was going to stay in a hostel the night before hopping on the international flight back home if I didn't have to. So we compromised and left Peissenberg the two days early and went to Bamberg for a night. Which is another Old German Town with a ton of history. The other thing Bamberg is famous for is BEER and I love beer. Their most famous beer is Rauchbier or Smoke Beer. Per recommendation from the Kreuzers I tried Spezial's Rauchbier because it has the best smoke flavor without tasting completely like an ashtray.
From Bamberg we headed to Stuttgart via a train and enjoyed our last night in Germany. In Stuttgart, we checked out Porsche Museum followed by Konigstrasse for some last minute shopping. Chloe picked up some Birkenstocks for about 50% of the price in the US. Then onto the plane back home where we almost missed our flight from London to Chicago.
Prague was a magical city. It had a very small city feel despite being very big. I was staying the Zizkov district which I'd describe as being quite hipstery. The whole town was hipster paradise, to be honest. The beer was great. When I originally got there I was only planning on staying three nights but found a free music festival was going on through weekend so I extended my weekend to be able to enjoy all of it.
The Kruezers, the family I spent a few weeks with, lives about an hour train ride outside of Munich in a small town called Peißenberg. There's also a few from outside of Regensburg where Andi's brother lives.
I partially blame the clouds but also myself. I didn't realize until the last night I was there that with your bare eyes you can see the Milky Way because you're so far from any large cities. I mean there's more sheep and pigs in Peissenberg than humans.
Stayed next to the Hagia Sophia that's why there's so many pictures of it. Interior was cool but essentially half of it was under construction so the main cathedral part of it had scaffolding covering a whole side. The Sultan's Palace was cool. Got to see Moses' staff, David's sword and Muhammad's beard hair.
Spice Market and Grand Bazaar are awesome and terrifying at the same time. Soooo many people, so many colors and it's very loud. Disappointed in myself for the photos I didn't make there but at the same time I wasn't mentally prepared for it.
Ok, nature lovers this is another great place. I'll more words later.
If you like nature and can only go one place in Turkey go here.
Home of a ton of marble, onyx and hot springs filled with calcium.
Uploading from my phone while sitting in the Ecofarm's Cafe that I'm staying at. Turkey > Greece. More relaxed, nicer people, better prices and about the same food. I took a ferry over from Athens to Kos on the 24th into the 25th. Got into Kos at 5am expecting at least a cafe or two to be open by 6am, nope nothing was open till 8am. So I wandered the streets for a few hours till I grab a small bite from somewhere and hop on a 9am ferry to Bodrum.
On it I met another American, Alex, who was also planning on staying at the Ecofarm which worked out well for finding our way here and it looks like we have a similar set of things we want to see in Turkey.
Going to be honest, I really didn't like Athens. It was way too dirty and too big of a city. Basically a shit hole with some cool ruins in it. I was also shocked by the amount of graffiti all over the place. The first 10 feet of every wall everywhere was covered in graffiti but not the good looking ones, just crappy looking tags.
Arrived in Palouki very late on Monday night and set up our tents in the dark. Thankfully the owner of the campsite was kind enough to open the kitchen back up and cook us a meal, which really hit the spot. Lots of greens, bread, and wine. Also something strange has happened to me and I've eaten a salad every night since arriving in Europe so thats new.
My tent is literally 20 yards from the ocean, so I've been falling asleep to the sound of waves since arriving. There's been a nice constant breeze rolling off of it as well which has been great for Andi and Vinci's for windsurfing.
Did a day trip over to Olympia to see the ruins and visit the city. Both of which were awesome; had our first gyros in Greece.
Packing up in the morning to head to a gorge to hike camp for the night then heading over to Nafplion to camp for a few days.
Left out of Pießenberg at 2am to get to our car ferry by 3pm, so unfortunately when we were driving through the Alps it was before sunrise. Little to our knowledge the ferry was running four hours late so we had plenty of time to kill. Ended up hanging out at a beach about 30km north of port for a few hours where we all enjoyed a nap on the smooth flat rocks. Finally boarded the ferry by 8pm. I ended up sleeping about 16 hours and am still trying to adjust to the now eight hour time change.
Hiked a few kilometers around the forrest that backs up to the Kruezer's backyard and the views were spectacular. Towering trees, bright green ground cover and a running creek filled with rainwater from the constant drizzle we've had since arriving.