Day 7 & 8

Day 7

We woke up early, enjoyed a nice breakfast than made our way into Milan. We first got a chance to tour the San Siro Stadium that is host to both the AC Milan and Inter Milan soccer teams. We were given a tour by a boy named Alex, who’s a student at a school in the states. We also got a chance to tour the Museum in front of the stadium since we all are soccer players and find that interesting. Later we road the bus back into Milan’s main square and were given about two or three hours to simply look around, do some shopping and do what we wanted. Milan was probably one of the prettiest cities, but there were a lot of people around and after being so exhausted we didn’t see every little bit that we wanted. I still enjoyed the city and wouldn’t mind going back at some point as well.

San Siro Stadium

Ashley & I in San Siro



Day 8  – June 11th, 2013

Our last day of touring and adventure was spent in Bellagio (a small town right outside of Como) and Como once again. We road the bus into the small town of Bellagio where we spent about 2 or 3 hours, getting lunch and walking around the beautiful town and it’s little shops. When we were finished we all, including our bus got on a  and went across Lake Como. We than got back onto our bus and road another 30-45 minutes into the center of Como. During this time I decided to go to the top of a mountain with some of my teammates and get a view of the entire city. We took a cable car that took about 10 minutes to get to the top and one there we simply walked around in order to see different parts. We than grabbed lunch and reunited with everyone else to head back and enjoy our last dinner in Italy before our flight the next morning.


^ Bellagio

Jenny & I in Como!

Como, Italy


That caps up my 2013 trip to France, Monaco, and Italy. Soon I will update on my trip to Bosnia to visit my family! :)



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.


Not looking...

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.




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! 


Week 13&14 Summary

RemixThis: This week we focused a great deal on Remixes and this is my post about the concept of Remixing media.

Mashup/Remix Assignments: For this week I did the movie trailer assignment along with the album cover remix assignment. My assignments totaled 7 Stars.

Remix Assignment: For this week I completed my own version of a remix assignment…. using someone else’s old work.

Reflection: This weeks work for Mashup/Remix assignments was actually really interesting. After starting off with the concept of remix and how the the majority of the material that I have sen throughout my lifetime has actually been a form of remix is amazing. It’s crazy to realize that all of the things in this world have been combined and remixed together in order to create something new by someone else. Media is very interesting in those terms because you would never be able to figure out that all of this material has actually been used before in a different manner. It was interesting to see a lot of other students do remix assignments as well….you actually get a chance to see how other people interpret work and the crazy and interesting ideas that come from combining different materials. I’ve always been a huge fan of remixed songs, but I guess I never realized that all media is a form of remix in a way. This segment helps open our eyes into seeing that material can actually be reused and one small piece of work can actually be a starting point for something new. I think I got a good idea of how to combine my work and how to take an idea that I’ve had in my head and use someone else idea to make it my own. Yayyyyy!

Weeks 11&12 Summary!

This week we worked a lot with Video Assignments and learning to tell stories in various ways through Video. Here are a few assignments that I decided to do…

Video Assignment 1: The Silent Era; this particular assignment was worth 5 stars and I got to use a lot of different effects of video making in order to make it.

Video Assignment 2: The 5 movie Archetype; this assignment was worth 3 stars and I allowed me to learn the technique of cropping clips and placing them together to tell a story of an archetype.

Video Assignment 3: The Movie with the stereo on; for this assignment I mainly focused the process of how music and video go hand in hand a lot of the time. This assignment was also worth 3 stars for this week.

Video Assignment 4: The 5 second movie; this 3 star assignment allowed me to finally be a director and tell some type of story in 5 minutes…. I chose to crack a little joke in those 5 seconds.

Video Assignment 5: The Framed assignment; was an assignment that incorporated the picture aspect of a video and was worth 2 stars.

Reflection: These past two weeks I got to take a swing at working with Video and learning to tell stories through them as well. I attempted to do various assignments that allowed me to worth with different aspects of video, such as … music, picture, sound, and even directing. I learned to tell a story using so many different aspects of video and I finally began using my iMovie on my computer …. something I haven’t really gotten a chance to use since I’ve gotten my Mac. I also really enjoyed getting a chance to look at everyone else’s work and how other people were interpreting the assignments. It was nice that we got two weeks to do everything because I know I personally had some difficulty not only thinking of movies and scenes to use for some of the assignments, but also being patient enough to learn about iMovie and how to make everything work out the way I wanted. Telling stories through movie and personal interpretation was also a good learning experience for me …. simply because you don’t always focus on actual details of Video until you have to do assignments like this. It was a fun experience …. and although I dreaded doing some of the work because I thought it was so difficult at first … once I got a hang of what I wanted to do and how to use my sources it all turned out really well. I hope people enjoy my assignments and they make sense to them as well. I think the 5 second movie or the archetype are probably my favorite ones…. but I obviously like them all. I honestly believe these video assignments all showed a lot about how storytelling works and the various ways that stories can be told. I did 5 different videos this week and each assignment showed something new about how a story can be told and seen. It was also a very good way of putting together all of the work we’ve done this semester in terms of telling stories digitally. Video in itself is truthfully a great way to tell stories.

Week 10 Summary!!

 Weekly Summary:

Video Tools: This week we did a lot in terms of Video and Movies …. I have a mac, so I’m a little used to iMovie. I haven’t really used it for anything too huge …. I made a small project for one of my classes last year, but other than that I don’t use it much. I like how it works and it allows you to edit and so a bunch of things & if you spend a lot of time on it … you really get the hang of it. I am not too familiar with all of it’s features, but it certainly is an interesting thing to work with.

3 Time Review: This week we were asked to do many different things with video. Our main assignment was to look, listen, and analyze a movie scene one step at a time…. This allowed us to learn about how sound and visuals are important to movie making and the idea of storytelling. I posted a blog about a scene from Any Given Sunday that I analyzed this week.

Exploring: After doing an analysis of a scene in a movie (Any Given Sunday) we were asked to explore the actual movie a little more. Learn a little more about the movie and actual create our own clip of the movie … by putting two other clips together. This is my blog post of how I did all of that.

Video Planning: I’ve had a difficult time this week trying to pin point which direction I want to take my video planning assignment. I’ve looked at various things that I want to do, but I have a hard time making a final decision. Anyway, I have posted a blog of some of my intention … there were a fair amount of interesting video assignments, but the tutorials I watched for one of these really caught my eye. Check out what I plan on doing…

Daily Creates: This week we were asked to complete two daily creates…. Here’s the link to the ones I chose!

Reflection: This week we got a glimpse of what it’s like to work with movies and the video portion of storytelling. I found the video tools given to us to be very interesting and the paragraph that discusses each movies’ basis really made a lot of sense. It’s interesting to know that movies all work off of each other and are created a certain way in order to express a specific message to the viewers. The ideas of how a movie is tilted, or the way a scene is filmed never crosses ones mind inside a movie theater simply because you are simply trying to get a story out of what you’re watching…. BUT once you realize that there are other factors into why the movie is filmed a certain way and the sound is projected a certain way, then you begin to appreciate it a little more. After doing this weeks assignments and reading about movies and their purpose… I found myself analyzing anything that I watched for all the tools that I learned about and am now more familiar with. I thought this week was a good preparation for the video assignments that we have coming up. It should be a lot of fun to do things with movies… especially because I’m a really big fan of movies as well.