Boston… First snow

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Boston has many meaning for me. It was a dream, a goal, new friends, English speaking experience, new culture, and new challenge.

Boston is the capital of the U.S state of Massachusetts, and it was founded in 1630 by Puritan colonist from England. Its nicknamed is “The walking City”. This was a student travel, because I needed to do an internship to get my Urban Design degree that I was studying in Venezuela Central University. It was a wonderful opportunities to me in many aspects. Thought I got clarity about what I would like to be in the following years. My best roommate was Adriana; actually I am grateful for having her as a friend nowadays. We did the project internship together and 18 was our qualification. Back Bay was place to do that project, we had written about its urban spaces, streets, how building conform the urban border.

Back Bay has Victorian brownstone homes and it is considered one of the best-preserved examples of 19th century urban design in the United States. It was influenced by Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. Numerous notable building you can find there as a Trinity Church, The John Hancock Tower, Boston Public Library.

Marvelous moments

As a part internship we had to give a speech to Fenway Community. My student group was conforming for Carola, Abigail, Adriana, Isabella and I. Carola was who gave that because she could speak in English very well. Carola did a very well done job, in my opinion.

We visited the Harvard University, and we could see a final project term I really enjoyed it. Also I looked up the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Boston University. I thought Oh my god in this place I would like to study I felt amused.

The day before I came back to Venezuela, had started to snow a little bit as you can imagine I was really impressed it was my first time I saw the snow.

Everyday my friend made me talk in English they did not help sometimes; they said that I had to practice my English. While I was studying Urban Design I studied English as well. I finished it maybe a year after. I usually did talk with my boyfriend who is not anymore! That’s life.

The picture where I am it was taken by Adriana Luis, my lovely friend!

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Original YORK! … The other one is New York

I went to York with some friends from my English School, and my little son. He is from Colombia, Juan David, well, he is my friend, but I love him as my son.

P1010540Our journey started in Costa Coffee, where we had breakfast and bought something to eat during the trip. When I and my little son had arrived to Police station we met with our friend from Venezuela, Chile and Mexico. As far I remember the day was sunny however so cold. I was freezing.

We departed from Cambridge about 8:00 am. I was a little bit tired, because that week was my birthday and I had been dancing a lot of. I cannot say that I do not like dance… I loved it.

With reference to York, this city is a walled city, because it has a defensive wall. It was used to protect a city from potential aggressors so York’s center is located into the city’s medieval walls, which are a popular walk.

Actually, this city was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, under the name of Eboracum. The main sights for me were York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, smaller street, and Railway Museum. It is situated beyond the station. In this museum I enjoyed a lot of with my friends. It was impressed, because you can see a vast range of transport material and the largest collection of railway locomotives in the world there.

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I really love to visit ancient cities. This was my primary reason to go to York. Unfortunately I just were there for a day tour. So I had walked around that city and I was impressed about its old bursting out everywhere. I think it is one of my favorite places in England and Bath. I will write about Bath in another post. One of my friend thought that our guided felt in love with me because everything he said, was as he was talking only with me. He was excited when I answered what I have been doing in Venezuela. It was in some moments really embarrassing for me, but I was pleased

It’s not New York… It’s the only one “York”

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“As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.” 

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pompei and Napoles magic

A few years ago I went to Italy. I had decided to take a tour to Pompei. This tour started in Roma and ended Pompei. On that trip I went alone, the weather was cold because it was in December.

There were about 8 tourist, 6 from China, 1 from Zurich and me, also a guide and a driver. The transport was by minivan.

I had been excited because I had wander to visit Pompei for a long time, and finally I did it.

The minivan picked me up about 7:00 am and I returned to the Hotel at 9:00 pm.

During the journey I looked out of the window at the mountains, the scenary. Sometimes I could see the ocean. It was amazing and beautiful.

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We had stopped in Napoles, to take photos and I had had lunch. I would like to go again, but I think may be by train or aeroplane.

In this trip I met with a really good friend she call Luzia, she is from Zurich. And we still keep in touch.

Siena… model of urban design adapted to topography

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

Siena is remarkably well-preserved urban landscape. It dates back to at least 1218. Building materials, setbacks and height, and the shape of windows were specified.

When I had planned my trip to Italy, Sienna was one of the first cities that I thought to visit. Why? Well, Siena is a model of urban design adapted to topography, the particularly square, the church, Piazza del Campo, and its shape took me the attention.

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When I arrived, it was raining, the weather was really bad, however at the same time, and I saw everything in a beautiful perspective. I walked to a coffee shop in front of the Piazza del Campo square. And, I sat there and asked for my special cappuccino. It was so splendid, I was thinking in everything in my life, while I enjoyed the raining.

Then, raining was over I started to walk around the square, the color’s city is elegant and exquisite, in my opinion. This is a city to watch. What draws them is its scene, landmarks and landscape.

I recommended to you visit this city If you are studying urban design you will take pleasure in a lot of. And if you are not, well you will enjoy the coffee, walking, museum, church, the square, and every landmark there. It is a romantic city.