This quarantine feels like a never ending road trip, only we’re not going anywhere cool, I’ve seen the same stretch of highway with the same trees a million times, and we ran out of snacks forever ago. It’s got me asking are we there yet?!
No. No we are not there yet. While states are slowly starting to reopen, we know there will be another wave of this come fall. And what do we do to prepare for long road trips? Snacks. Art. Stories. Music.
New York is one of my favorite places on earth. It also helps that one of my favorite people is now living there. That’s sort of what happens when everyone graduates college and figures out adulthood. Friends move, things change, and I plan weekend road trips to visit. My ideal adulthood would consist of me earning a living by visiting friends, but I guess law school will have to do for now.
Anyways! I was in NYC! And boy did I do a lot. Especially considering that I went during the heat wave. It was in the 90’s for most of my trip, which for me living in Georgia I found quite normal, but I think New Yorkers felt like they were living in the Devil’s armpit…the subways were a sweaty b.o. disaster most days.
As I usually do, I visited an art museum. This time it wasn’t just any art museum, it was the art museum. My friend Mira, her girlfriend C, and I wound up at the Met my first day in town. Thankfully they let me do my nerd girl thing and listened as I chatterboxed my way through a bajillion exhibits on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art. It also helped that C fenced growing up so she knew everything about the swords and armor!
The Camp exhibit was ah-mazing, too. And the Apollo 11 inspired art was my favorite but I was so enamored that I forgot to take pictures! Lol!
I spent around four hours in the Met, wandered around Central Park in search of Halal food (my favorite NYC eat is a food truck falafel wrap with hot sauce and white sauce), and then headed back into Manhattan to meet up with the girls. The cherry on top? We spent the rest of the day at The Strand and eating good food.
It was my first time eating pirogies! And of course I forgot to snap a pic 😦 But here’s a cute set of me eating Big Gay Ice Cream!
Mira and I went out to Stonewall and a few other places before getting 99 cent pizza and wandering through Time’s Square, because no trip to NYC is complete without one dazzling moment under all those lights!
I visited a close friend (hey, Emma!) in Charlotte, NC this month. We had such a fun time exploring the city!
Emma moved to Charlotte after graduating from UGA the same time I did. She got a full time job in the city and is living in the up-and-coming South End. It’s super ~trendy~ with all of its murals, Bird scooters, breweries, and outdoor dining options (more on that in a hot sec). While I’m more of a house gal, all of the apartments we walked past looked spacious and welcoming, especially those near the bike path.
My favorite part about South End? WALKING! I am a total sucker for walking everywhere. Emma and I walked to dinner my first night in town, walked about to explore, walked into Uptown Charlotte, walked to lunch…we walked pretty much everywhere. Driving in the city (any city) drives me bonkers, so having a very walkable living situation is my absolute dream.
Another favorite part would have to be the food (told ya I’d get there). I introduced Emma to Tupelo Honey, and Asheville staple. I’m head over heels for their breakfast bowl, which the foundation of is stone ground goat cheese grits!!! Ahhh!! Amazing. Iconic. Truly revolutionary. If you’ve never been, GO. Tupelo Honey now has locations in Asheville, Charlotte, and Durham.
We also met up with family friends at the Flying Biscuit, a chain that originated in Atlanta, GA. It was a little slice of Georgia (where Emma’s from and where we’ve been in school for four years) in the “north” part of the South. Again, I had a breakfast bowl. Shocker!
Even though I love my Tupelo Honey to death, the place I fell for is a little bakery called Amelie’s. The pictures below don’t capture the charm as well as visiting in person. The croissant…let’s just say it’s the best croissant I’ve ever had, and I ate croissants every day when I visited Paris in the 8th grade.
Being the total art nerd I am, the Mint Museum just had to be crossed off my bucket list while I was in town. Their exhibit on collage and contemporary art blew my mind away. I’ve never been a huge fan of modern art (mostly because I’d seen a bunch of weird plastic things like neon pink sharks or walls full of Rothko’s) but the Mint exhibit truly changed my preconceptions. Art as political commentary has been a fun topic for me to explore in my studies, and the Mint did not disappoint in that regard. They also had so much more to offer than just painting. The woodworking and glass art on display was, in my opinion, one of the best non-traditional exhibits I’d walked through.
Emma and I also walked through the Uptown Charlotte area doing the Liberty Walk, which is a historical tour of the Revolutionary War happenings in Charlotte. Not only is it free, you walk through some of the best parts of the city!
Also, I love North Carolinian’s sense of humor. Gets me every time.
Last weekend my friends and I traveled to St. Augustine for fall break at UGA. The weather was absolutely perfect. I had friends up north talking about how it was snowing early this year while I was basking in the sun in a tank top and shorts. I was living the life.
My friends and I rented a small air bnb in one of the…sketchier…areas of the city. Favorite part? All the abandoned houses really set the scene for Halloween and the feral cats made it feel extra spooky. The homeless people were really a catch. “Y’all seen Cletus?” was the most quotable part of the trip; however, we still don’t know who or what Cletus is. Lol.
The history buff in me not only loved the aesthetic of the city but also stopped to read each and every historical marker. Needless to say, I was the straggler of the group.
Seeing as this was a “school trip” for the big game on Saturday, I felt that taking a picture with the U.S.A.’s oldest wooden schoolhouse was obligatory.
While I didn’t get the best pictures, the cafes I visited were super trendy and Instagrammable. My favorites were the Cuban Cafe and Bakery and Dreamboat Coffee. If anyone is in the neighborhood, pick up a sweet cream iced coffee from Dreamboat! The barista is the nicest person, and her bubbly personality left me feeling full of giggles, even after my six hour drive to the city from Athens! I totally forgot her name, but shoutout to her because she rocked my world Friday night.
The above photo was the view from our porch…Now that I’m back in Athens, I want to return more than anything!
My class and I visited the Vatican on our last day in Rome. I loved the experience, even if I didn’t get to meet the Pope (although some of my friends did get to see him the very next day!)
My favorite part of the Vatican? The ceilings!
All the other artwork was cool too, but really, the ceilings here are something else entirely. I loved them!
The stained glass here wasn’t as impressive as I’d hoped. The best stained glass I’ve ever seen was definitely Chartres Cathedral in France. Maybe that’ll be the next stop on the Tour de Bailey? Who knows! You’ll have to wait until this next semester ends to see where I travel too next!
Sienna was absolutely beautiful! I loved going through the government buildings (hello, future law student!) and seeing firsthand how art can be a political influence.
The views were absolutely gorgeous!
Reading in the plaza is a nice break from walking around all day! I brought a sarong with me to use as a blanket when sitting on the ground. I am always getting things on my white jeans! Bringing something to sit on (and to help my classmates cover up their shoulders or knees when going into churches) really saved me on this trip!
Below is the Allegory of Good and Bad Government, a fresco mural in the rooms of the Council of Nine, the government of Sienna in the 1300’s. I love it because of its purpose: it kept the government in line through the depiction of what occurs when a government governs poorly. Below is only the “good government” side, but you should definitely check out the “bad government” side. What a great political implication! If you want to read more about it, click here.
Hello from studying abroad! If you missed my last post, I’ve been in Italy since the beginning of May studying Biology of Medicine and Introduction to Italian Art.
UGA has a location called the Kehoe Center in Cortona, Italy. Cortona is in Tuscany, in the north of the country. I lived in a dormitory on a mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous!
My favorite part about Cortona? The cats! Italy is filled with them, but nothing beats wandering into town and being greeted by Blackie, who looks just like my cat Chocolate at home.
Another favorite part? The gelato! The best gelato place in Cortona is Snoopy’s. Get the coffee and Nutella flavors – you won’t regret it!
While Cortona isn’t necessarily the place to be for studying science, the architecture is authentically medieval which is perfect for studying art history. As an art history minor I already knew a lot about culture and building in Italy, but being there and seeing it all in person made things click. I’m a visual and hands on learner so being able to both look at buildings and walk through them helped me to understand the way they’re set up and why that’s important given the historical context.
Keep reading in the coming weeks for more posts about all my travels!
Hello from Italy! I’m studying biochemistry and Italian art abroad in Cortona, Florence, Siena, and Rome this May. So far so good – but I think I’ve managed to become pasta-ed out. If you know me, you’ll know I’m usually up for eating pasta for every meal so you can only imagine just how much delicious carbs I’ve been enjoying on my travels!
Easter was yesterday, in case you don’t celebrate it. I had a fabulous time with my family at church and brunch. I am now having a not so fabulous time writing essays and studying for tests, so today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet.