Day 4, 5, & 6

Hey guys, sorry for the late updates…. getting wifi for 37 people in a hotel room in Italy isn’t as easy as one would think.

Day 4

For the 4th day, our first official tour in Italy we took a little trip to Pisa. We got a chance to see the field of Miracles and take some awesome pictures near the leaning tower. A lot of us got presents from the vendors, but it was extremely hot. After the leaning tower we stopped a beautiful farm/vineyard and enjoyed a well planned out lunch. The 21 and up crew got a chance to taste some organic wines and we were given a tour of the farm and learned about the process of making olive oil and their wines. At this fantastic vineyard we also discovered that “Love is in the air”, because we had a very flirtatious waiter and the humor was unbelievable. I even got an Italian boyfriend named “Julio” who barely spoke any English, but insisted on kissing my cheek in a “photo”. It was pure fun and laughter and it’s great to see how a sense of humor can bring relaxation into a group (p.s don’t worry Sam, you’re better looking haha). After lunch we headed back to our hotel in Montecatini where we had a couple hours of free time to explore. Personally, I took a little bit of a nap….. but after I woke up I took a small stroll around Montecatini and bought a few things from their local market. Our next adventure would be Florence.

Team in Pisa!


^^ yes, I think I’m cool for kicking the tour back up….. lol



Day 5

We woke up at an early time and headed over to the center of Florence. We went on a 2 hour guided tour of the city and gained a lot of insight on the history of the financial capital of Italy. Florence is famous for this production of leather and during our free time most of us  spent some money in the piggy market buying leather for ourselves or as presents. We spent about 5 hours total in Florence and I still feel like there was more to see. The city definitely had a lot of history and was a big attraction to tourists. I will admit that the 5 hours spent were exhausting, but we still had our second match to play. We got back on our bus and headed over to stadium where we would play a local women’s team. The game was very intense and different than the game against the French side, but unfortunately we only managed to tie them 4-4. The team was a lot better individually, but under other circumstances I’m positive we could have won that game….. regardless, it was certainly a match to see. After the game, we headed back to our hotel for dinner and most of us were ready to pass out forever….. except we had to be up at 530 in the morning because our next stop was Como, 4 hours away and breakfast would be served at 6 am.

Team in Florence!

Florence & its beauty

Cathedral in Florence.


Day 6

The alarm went of at 530 sharp and we loaded up our bus before breakfast so that we could depart at 645 am. The bus ride was fairly silent and we would spend about 5 hours traveling to the city of Como (it took longer because we had to take a detour to Milan to drop the Gibbons off at the airport). The day was already looking drowsy and we were expecting rain. After arriving to Como around 1230 we were given about 2 and a half hours to explore the city on our own. Possibly do some shopping or walk by the lake and enjoy its beauty. At 3 o’clock we were given another 2 hour guided tour of the city, learning about its history as well as admiring the beautiful architecture from the medieval times. It wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been because less than half way through our tour it began to pour and a lot of us weren’t dressed for the weather. Instead of having another hour of free-time in Como we simply headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a nice relaxing evening to ourselves. Our next adventure is Milan, where we’ll get a chance to visit the stadium belonging to both AC Milan and Inter.

^ haven’t gotten any pictures up for this one.

P.S. My apologies for the late updates, but flickr has been struggling with the uploading and the wifi is so inconsistant that blogging has been hard too. Check back for some more updates tomorrow though :)


Day 2 & Day 3 combined.

During the second day of our journey we were given an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful city of Cannes, France. This city is particularly known for the annual Cannes Film Festival that usually occurs during the month of May (it’s a shame we were about a week or so late for the festivities). The city of Cannes is very similar to Nice, but it has it’s own features as well. There were very many shops and restaurants for tourists to visit, especially since the city greatly relies on tourism for income. In Cannes we got to explore the city on our own for several hours. Some girls did some of their shopping, while others visited the more historical sections of the city. Below you’ll see a Panorama picture off of the castle that I visited with my free time.


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After our free time to explore Cannes we attended our first friendly soccer match against the local women’s club team “US Cannes Bocca Olympique”. They hosted us in their own stadium, right next to the men’s stadium. The UMW Women’s Soccer team upset the USCB with a 7-2 victory. It was a great game and I particularly enjoyed it because it was clean play and purely a fun and enjoyable environment. I was also excited because I scored my first goal for UMW! The French girls were very ecstatic to hear that we were from the Washington DC area and although only one or two of them knew english they tried extremely hard to communicate with us and make new friends. After the game they provided us with snacks and even gave us all a present. It was truly an amazing experience and I’m excited for the next two games as well. After our long day in Cannes we returned to our hotel for a late dinner and our last night in France. In the morning we would pack up and move onto our next hotel in Italy.

After leaving the Hotel de Baou in France we made our way to Monoco & Monte Carlo. It was about a 40 minute to an hour long journey, with traffic included. We stopped on top of a cliff in order to take pictures of the France that we were leaving behind before we entered the independent state of Monoco. It is safe to say that Monoco is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I have visited a few countries in my 20 years of life, but this is by far one of my favorites. There was something so peaceful and appealing about Monoco and it’s appearance that made me feel as if it was almost too good to be real. We enjoyed a short tour of the city and got a chance to see the houses of the princess’ as well as the princes’ palace. Monoco is a very very wealthy place and it was evident that everyone wanted to preserve it’s beauty. I took the time to visit some of the souvenir shops and buy a few gifts for my family and friends. It’s amazing to see how the prices change from shop to shop, but it’s also interesting how the residents attempt to speak english and assist us as best as they can. After our little shopping session we also wandered around the city and got to see different views of the harbor and the massive yatts that were coming in and out. We then got back on our bus and headed on our 4 hour journey to Italy…. toward the Tuscany region.

This picture captures 3 different countries. Monoco & Monte Carlo, France, & then Italy:



Tomorrow we will be visiting the Leaning tower of Pisa and going onto a farm for some food tasting. I will make sure to blog about that as well as keep the pictures coming.

DAY 1!!!!

After a very long journey that seemed to last forever, we are finally stable in our hotel just outside the city of Nice, France!

We left the U.S at 7pm Monday night (June 3rd) and arrived to Nice at 11 am on Tuesday morning…. keep in mind that there is a 6 hour time difference.

After our arrival in Nice we all decided that instead of heading to the hotel we would enjoy a 3 hour time free time period downtown. We were able to grab lunch and just be normal tourists in the beautiful city on the French Riviera. Around 330 (930 am Va time) we went on a 2 hour guided tour and learned some historical information about the city of Nice. Although the city was gorgeous, it was obvious that everyone was exhausted and that we really needed some rest. Around 545 pm we headed to the hotel, about a 30 minute journey outside of Nice (due to traffic, it took us nearly an hour). We had an hour to prepare ourselves before we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the “HOTEL du BAOU“.

That’s it for day one, time to catch up on some zzz’s. Tomorrow we get a chance to tour around Cannes and play in our first Friendly match. Wish us luck!!!





Today, June 3rd… my soccer team (UMW Women’s Soccer) begins our journey to France and Italy for a nine day trip. Beginning on the 12th I will take a side trip to Bosnia to visit some family with my friend Erin. During this trip I’m going to blog about all of our adventures and make sure to post plenty of pictures for everyone to be extremely jealous, but more importantly so that I have an opportunity to share it with my friends, as well as look back on it for myself.

After 4 long days of training and preparation at UMW, our team is finally ready for take-off. We will be flying from Dulles International to London, Heatherow and landing at our destination in Nice, France. We will be playing 3 different friendlies against teams from both France and Italy as well enjoying various beautiful cities in both countries.

Keep checking up on my blog for further updates and to check out all the fun things we’ll be doing. I will try to blog as much as I can, but it all depends on the wifi availability.

Also, there will be photo streaming from my flickr account and those will be coming directly from my iPhone, enjoy.


“Don’t stereotype me”

Last Spring while walking on campus one day I was drawn into a table set up by a couple of my fellow classmates…. the table attempted to promote the term “Don’t stereotype me” in order to open a few eyes to the students of not only our university but also other universities and people around the world.

I thought for a moment of the various things that I could write on the paper … things that I feel people don’t know about me, but I’m almost 100% they’d stereotype me for. Interestingly enough one of my really good friends, someone I consider to be like an older brother was walking by as well. I asked him to help me think of an idea to put on this paper…. and luckily enough we both had something in common.

I haven’t really talked about myself a lot on this site, but I guess there’s always a starting point. I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina and my family moved here in 1999 when I was only 6 years old. I know that most people don’t know where Bosnia is located and quite frankly I don’t blame you …. It’s a tiny country north of Italy that about 20 years ago was a part of Yugoslavia. Bosnia gained it’s independence on March 1st, 1992… about a year before I was born. Between the years of 1992-1995 Yugoslavia underwent a civil war and I’m sure most of you have briefly heard of the “Bosnian Genocide” that occurred during that time… and maybe even the term “Ethnic Cleansing of Muslims” as well. I don’t necessarily want to get into all the details regarding what occurred during that time, I mean I was only a baby and most of what I know about the war and it’s affects on my family is what I’ve heard from my parents and neither of them really talk about it much, I guess it’s a pretty sore subject. Instead, I’d like to get into how it affects me today… Bosnia is currently made up of 48% Bosniaks, 37% Serbs, & 14% Croats and although that doesn’t matter much anymore…. remember that it’s only been about 18 years since the end of the war and that amount of diversity actually means something. Here’s a link to more details about the war if you actually care to get into it and maybe expand your knowledge… What most people don’t know about me is that I …… Enisa Turko …… am a part of that 48% of Bosniaks also considered Muslims in Bosnia. I guess my appearance…. the blonde hair, blue eyes, fairly light skin stops people from believing that I am a Muslim, or even that I was BORN into the religion as apposed to converting…
This is a picture of Bosnia’s location:


On that spring day …. My friend Daniel (half Lebanese and half Portuguese, also a muslim) and I decided to write on our “Don’t stereotype me” paper that …. “We’re both blonde and white, but we were born Muslim!” – Don’t stereotype me. Yes of course most people found this shocking and intriguing, but it became even a bigger deal once it went on the internet. One of the girls that was a part of this UMW Campaign posted our picture along with a few others onto her tumblr page….. after a while it seemed to blow up. Questions arose about where we were from, and people wanted more details. Many supported us and others seemed confused. After a while she decided to take our picture and post it separately, where it also received lots of likes, reposts, and comments. The real question is, how many of my fellow friends or the people I interact with on a daily basis actually know this about me …. or do some of them simply assume that because of my appearance I am either a certain race or automatically considered a “white American” simply fitting the usual everyday stereotypes? I’ve been a U.S citizen for a few years now and although I am a Muslim, I know that I don’t practice every aspect of my religion… most of that being because… although Bosnia is majority Muslim, it is also located in Europe and by no means does that law of the of the country follow that of the Qu’ran. Religion is a practice and a belief and for no reason should someone’s religious views be questioned due to their appearance…. that in my opinion is simply an example of ignorance, or maybe just a lack of knowledge. I have spent the majority of my life living in Northern Virginia and I graduated from one of the most diverse high schools in the country… for years I have been surrounded by people from different countries, different religious beliefs, and certainly different political views as well. I have also figured out that not everyone is blessed with the diversity I have been surrounded by, nor is everyone as open-minded as I have become, mainly because of my interactions and life experiences. I strongly support the UMW ISA Campaign on “Don’t stereotype me” simply because I have certainly been stereotyped and although it may not be intentional…. we (including myself) stereotype on a daily basis and it’s not always a bad thing, but it’s human nature… it’s been engrained in our heads for YEARS and getting out of that mind set may be extremely hard. I guess I just ask everyone to think twice before you make the next assumption about someone…. ANYONE. One of the hardest thing at this age is to keep an open-mind. On a regular basis we find ourselves attempting to “fit in” instead of embracing the uniqueness and individuality that we all are blessed with. I know that I don’t always cherish the life I’ve been given, but I still remember that had things gone a little differently in June of 1999…. I probably wouldn’t be here and all the experiences and interactions I’ve had since then wouldn’t exist either. I guess I find myself thankful for all the knowledge that I’ve gained through-out my life… don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot more to learn…but I guess I hope I’ve taught someone out there something as well…..

I am a blonde hair, blue-eyed, Caucasian female that was born into a Muslim family & proud….BUT don’t you for a second let any of that determine your views of me as a human being.

Tumblr link for this photo ^.

P.S – I guess I plan on writing whatever crosses my mind in the upcoming months, feel free to check for updates!

 & comments are welcome.




Final Project: Here’s the link to my final project. This project took a lot of time to make and I hope that it shows. I really love with the show “One Tree Hill” and Peyton is one of my favorite characters throughout the series. I always thought she was really misunderstood and had a very mysterious side. When the project idea came out, I figured I could represent her …. the way she is seen in my eyes. I added a little twist to it by saying that she could see “everything”, but if you actually watch the show … you might get a glimpse of how this could be true. Anyways, I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope that it explains her story the way that I see it. Enjoy :)

Digital Storytelling: In the beginning of the semester, we were asked to define Digital Storytelling … Now that we have reached the end of the semester, I don’t think that my definition has changed … but it has certainly expanded. I think that Digital Storytelling has a lot to do with who you are and how you perceive things. Every story has a beginning, middle and an end…. but all three aren’t always given to you. After dealing with Visual, Audio, Video, & Remix assignments, I’ve seen that there are so many different ideas floating around on the internet and in the everyday world that can be used and reused over and over again. A Digital Story can be anything, there is no actual definition… it’s simply a glimpse into your imagination.

Assignments/Tutorials/Daily Creates: The entire semester I was doing assignments, daily creates, and using tutorials made by other people. In the end I finally got a chance to turn it around and share some of my knowledge and ideas as well. I created two daily creates and two assignments for future DS106ers to hopefully get a chance and do. I demonstrated the knowledge I’ve gained about Digital storytelling this semester through this work that I created. It’s nice to realize that all the work that I’ve done this year made by someone else …. is going to soon be work that I created for someone else. I hope I get back on DS106 in the future and see all the cool things that people did with my ideas. Here’s the link to my category on this work.

Best Work: Through the semester I completed various assignments in each category, but as I went back and viewed my work there was always one that stuck out to me the most and brought back good thoughts on how that assignment made me feel. I included 6 posts to my best work category, all the ones I’d say are my favorites. I included my favorite Mash-up movie because I thought it was the one I had the most fun remixing & it turned out really good as well. I also had to include the Movie with the stereo on post because …. I guess the fact that I love the movie “Up” and the entire movie idea kinda hits a soft spot made me want to pick it a little more. I also worked really hard on finding the right song for that and I was just pleased with the way it turned out. I picked the Chipmunk’d music for my audio assignment because after listening to it again …..I guess the fact that it was able to make me laugh again and actually reminded me of good audio work with my radio show, it deserved to be in a good category haha. I picked both the design safari and the photoblitz posts because those assignments were a lot of fun for me & I know that the time I spend on them made me appreciate them a little more. I also liked how there are various pictures in each post … making it a little more interesting to read and representing a story even more. Lastly, I added the visual assignment of what my name is…because it was just awesome that my friends agreed to do that … and that I was able to tell a story about my name, considering it isn’t a common name & I got to interpret it how I wanted to. My best work category can also be connected to the work that I either enjoyed or am most proud of.

Letter Home: I got a chance to give advice to future students of DS106 .. and hopefully they take my advice and enjoy the semester as much as I did. Even though talking to my computer for 4 minutes was a little rough, I got it all out … I think  :)

FINALE:  I had a great time this semester!!! I go a chance to experience and learn many different things. I got out of my comfort zone, got more comfortable with my own thoughts and ideas, and realized that how I interpret things can not be defined as “right” or “wrong”… simply because it’s within my thoughts and there is no definition for ones thoughts. I enjoyed making new accounts (that I will most likely continue to use)… looking at other people’s working and realizing that although I may not think I’m being creative, someone else in the world may see my work as creative. Although it was sometimes a frustrating ride (completing assignments I wasn’t comfortable with or scared to do) … I am happy to say I got over the hurdle and completed my DS106 experience with a smile. :)

Good luck to the future DS106, enjoy it! 



Peyton Sawyer from “One Tree Hill” is a character that in the beginning represents the definition of a “stereotype”. Her character is misinterpreted completely and through her confusion within herself she becomes a mystery to everyone. What people think of her…… isn’t who she is ……. What she sees is simply …….. a MYSTERY. This Pinterest site created by Peyton exemplifies who is is, what people actually think, & the mysterious secret that no one knows about her ….that Peyton Sawyer can see EVERYTHING.

Get a little glimpse of Peyton… HERE
(Although DesignAssignment563 suggested a screenshot, I made an entire pinterest instead.)

…. Peyton has spent all of her life in a small town where everyone knows everything…. The person that she is today has a lot to do with growing up in Tree Hill. This poster that she made represents the loneliness that she experiences along with the desire to want MORE. One Tree Hill is a mystery within itself…. where are all the other trees? Why does Peyton always feel so alone?
(Inspired by DesignAssignment57 asking for a poster of a tv show location)

One Tree Hill Poster

Along with my mysterious town….. I wonder who’ll ever figure me out? I find myself feeling like a puzzle sometimes. A stereotypical high school cheerleader with an awesome boyfriend and a “great” life…. Who am I? Why don’t I know? I see sooooo many weird things on a daily basis, when is it all going to be figured out? I know I ask a lot of questions…. but when I figure out the answers, you’ll be the first to know. – Peyton has always been a form of mystery, to herself and to her surroundings. Her creativity and artwork show her secret cry for help, her cry for attention and to no longer feel alone.
(Inspired by DesignAssignment64 to caption a photo found on the ds106 flickr page)


Peyton was always known by her love for music music and her meaningful artwork…Although no one knew what she was feeling at times, her music always seemed to tell some type of story… It was as if she was writing poems to express what she saw, that no one else saw. Or even what she felt… that no one else was aware of. The world around her was always so confusing, but one thing she knew was that she had the support of her father who was always there, since her mother had passed. This iTunes playlist that Peyton created simply shows her hidden feelings in the way her Playlist is organized. It’s almost as if she’s crying our for her help, or thanking her Father for always being there….
(Inspired by VisualAssignment46, to create a poem playlist.)

Peyton's Playlist


One of the amazing things about Peyton … is her ability to talk and express herself, even if she is confused and can’t put everything together. Peyton holds a Podcast (nearly every night) and talks about her day … to the public viewers online. The idea of her being a mystery to herself changes once she posts all of her stuff online and expresses herself as well as seeks for help. Through this podcast the world learns about Peyton Sawyer…. and over time she’s more than mysterious…. she’s finds her place.
(I created a video using clips off of Peyton’s actual podcast from “One Tree Hill” and inserted photos of Peyton and her artwork.)

Letter home…….

I can’t believe the semester has come to an end!!!!

It felt like just yesterday I was creating my own website and struggling to come up with a domain name that I thought suited me well. It’s crazy to see that I am now completing my DS106 journey and signing out as a DS106er. Making the advice video actually brought back a lot of different memories … and this experience definitely taught me a lot. I got a chance to be a part of a radio show, to make my own movies, to tell stories in various ways, and lastly to experiment with my OWN thoughts and ideas. It was allllll a great journey and at times I found it difficult, but DEFINITELY worth it. I plan on continuing to use my website …. maybe an occasional blog here or there, or even some ds106 involvement. I mean …. I have to use all these apps on my computer at some point. I’m really glad I got to learn all these new things … I feel so ahead of the game in terms of technology haha. I hope future DS106ers enjoy the class as much as I did, taking this course was a great decision on my behalf. Here’s a little advice for the new-bees…. hope it helps ;)


Tutorial 2: “Picture Me This….”

Tutorial for VisualAssignment832: The new assignment created by yours truly.

1. When completing this assignment simply google search or locate an image of your choosing….

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2. After you’ve decided on your image, simply click on full-size image. Then, once it’s on full screen, right click the picture and “save image as” … then simply save it as something onto your desktop or elsewhere on your computer where you can later locate it.

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3. After you’ve saved your first image, then locate a picture of yourself that you intend to use.

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4. Next, open the app of your choosing (Paintbrush for Mac). and click on “File, Open” and simply open both of the photos that you decided on.

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5. Then, first figure out where you’d like to place your face. Once you know where you want your face to be, simply make the size of the picture of your face be close to the size of the spot in the picture that you’d like to replace. A good way of going about this is by going to your top toolbar and clicking “Image”, then “Image Size…” and simply changing the size until it becomes the size that you need.

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6. Once the picture becomes the right size… you simply highlight the entire picture or the portion of the picture that you’d like (by clicking the selection button on the paintbrush toolbox) and then copy it.

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7. After you’ve copied the picture …. simply click back on the other picture you’ve opened. Once your cursor is on this picture simply right click “paste” and move the picture to the right location…

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8. Once the picture looks the way you’d like, click “File” and “Save as..” saving it onto your desktop or a specific location.

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9. Lastly, log onto your account and upload the picture while also placing the tags “VisualAssignments” and “VisualAssignments832”

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…. After uploading your picture, simply post it on your blog & let us know how you did it…. what’s the real story behind your random face in this picture?