Road Trip from Brasilia: Goiás, Brazil (Part I)

I experienced my most eye-opening vacation yet this past January. After enjoying three days of jam-packed amazement in Rio de Janeiro, I explored more of inland Brazil with my friend Rodrigo. We first met about two years ago in Belgium, where he lives now. Over the holidays, he visited his family in Jaraguá, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, and I was cool (or lucky, blessed, etc.) enough to join along! I flew from Rio’s domestic airport to the capital city of Brasilia, where I reunited with my friend. We spent the day sightseeing in the capital, before heading to … Continue reading Road Trip from Brasilia: Goiás, Brazil (Part I)

It’s Been a While…

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t posted since the new year. Some of you may not have noticed. Either way, here’s why: My final semester of college began with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), where I participated in an intense workshop series called Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA). With the program, I saw 7 plays at the festival and wrote reviews on each, 2 of which were workshopped by professional theater critic Andy Propst. I took what I learned from ITJA and applied it to my English senior seminar class that semester. I … Continue reading It’s Been a While…

London’s West End: A Show a Day

I spent my final days in England in disbelief thanks to live theatre on London’s West End. For the four days I spent in London, I saw a West End show each day. I saw “Lion King,” “Wicked,” “Matilda” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Each show left me more in awe than the last, reminding me why I love theatre so much: “Lion King”: I swear the opening number, “Circle of Life,” reached into my soul. I felt a connection with the world through the cast’s vocals and movement. When something reaches that deep, it is hard not … Continue reading London’s West End: A Show a Day

Paris, France

After New Year’s I took a train to Paris for a few days. I went to local pubs, walked around the beautiful city, attended a ballet and visited the Louvre. I arrived in the city around noon and decided to walk around. All the streets and buildings look almost identical with only slight differences, and this means all the streets are so pretty.  As I was walking, I passed an opera house. I wanted to see an opera for a while since coming to Europe, but all they had on was a ballet. So, naturally, I bought a ticket for … Continue reading Paris, France

Gishwhes 2016 Recap

This past week I completed crazy challenging tasks and kind charitable acts in the name of Gishwhes. The scavenger hunt ended early this morning, but all the fun moments I created during it live on. Some of the items I completed include: Creating an app that interfaces with a rotary phone, thanks Ryan! Making a music playlist for my family member with Alzheimer’s Jogging in a pineapple hat and shoes Olympic gurning Volunteering for veterans at bingo Defending the ladies’ undergarment department in Walmart Publishing an article in a newspaper about this year’s extra second, with help from team member Abigail Those are … Continue reading Gishwhes 2016 Recap

Gishwhes 2016 Has Begun

Gishwhes 2016 began yesterday, and so far I’ve completed some of the best submissions compared to my previous years participating. Gishwhes, or the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, is a week long media scavenger hunt hosted by actor Misha Collins from “Supernatural.” Teams of 15 comprised of people from around the world compete by completing crazy art, charity and public items, or tasks, and submitting them as pictures or videos. The grand prize this year is a trip to Iceland. Team Puddingpants is my team this year, and I’ve grown close to them through our Facebook chats … Continue reading Gishwhes 2016 Has Begun

KCACTF 2016

This past week, I attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) with East Stroudsburg University’s theater department. The festival was hosted by West Chester University, where I watched three plays and attended three movement workshops. Two of my fellow ESU students were selected to attend Nationals in Washington D.C. for technical theater. The first play I watched was “Argonautika.” It is a comedy that follows the story of Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology, which is one of my major interests. I also watched “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom” and “The Bacchae.” I was quite disappointed in both … Continue reading KCACTF 2016