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S: 2006 Adventure in Europe

BC: “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

1: My Experience in Europe 2006 | A Stunning view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo | My time abroad was a year full of fun, excitement adventure, and growth. Living in Italy was nothing short of a dream, and traveling throughout Europe was an unbelievable experience. I came home with lasting friendships and cherished memories. I am so blessed!

2: Ivana was incredible! I had a very special bond with her. I miss her terribly and have so many memories of her. She would come into my room every morning to wake me up, but usually end up putting my covers back on and telling me to go back to sleep. Then she come back and would talk to me until I got out of bed. She couldn't resist chocolate and would chase my out of the house with breakfast if I tried to leave without eating. Anytime I left on a train she would send food and oh... her cooking was amazing! And everytime I left she would ask me to call her and tell me to not do silly things, just like a mom would. When it was time to leave, it was most difficult to leave her. She will always have a special place in my heart. | Ivana Gavinelli My Italian Mom. She was an Angel... One in a million!

3: HOME SWEET HOME | Via Tripoli 1

4: Palazzo Vecchio & Piazza Signoria

5: Top left: Sitting on the steps at Piazza Santa Croce. This Piazza was just around the corner from Ivana's Top Right: The girls Bottom: The 'Firenze 5' on the steps at Palazzo Vecchio. We spent the Fall semester traveling and hanging out together. We became great friends. | Elise, Steve, Nick, Sol, Amy

6: View from the Giotto’s Campanile (Bell tower in Piazza del Duomo) Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

7: Nick, Amy, Andy | The Duomo | View of Florence | Nick, Amy, Andy at the top

9: Siena

10: When In Rome | Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee ye adversaries! The Lion of the Tribe of Juda, The Root of David has conquered, alleluia!

11: "The Eternal City"

12: St. Peter's Basilica San Pietro in Vaticano

13: A bronze statue of St. Peter Rubbing the foot for luck

14: Castel Sant'Angelo

15: The Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura

16: Trevi Fountain 'Fontana di Trevi' | ...throw a coin into the fountain and you are ensured a return to Rome | I returned several times

17: The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier | Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

19: Colosseum & Forum

20: Our Weekend in Venice

21: Gondola

22: Carnivale

23: Streets of water | Top right: Amy, Nick, Dallas, Sol from St. Marks Basilica overlooking Piazza San Marco (St. Marks square)

24: Winter Olympics

26: Switzerland

27: Interlaken was one of my favorite trips. We couldn't believe we were actually there and how amazing it was. The best snowboarding I could imagine and great company... What a trip! | adventure | life is good

28: Alp Adventures

29: Bottom left: Our FAVORITE beer was Rugenbrau, from this area of Switzerland. All the restaurant mugs and ash trays had the beer label on them. We planned to heist a mug and ash tray, but if you aren't smoking, they take the ash tray away. So, we bought smokes and left them on the table.. We successfully got both items. We're REBELS!

30: Canyon Jumping

31: Canyon jumping is basically a very large swing. The rope it tight, unlike bungee jumping, and attached to a point on a wire stretching across the canyon. During the jump, the rope progressively becomes taught and turns into a swing through the canyon. It was very exciting!!! | a deep breath and a leap...

32: THE GERMAN FANS WERE THROWING FLARES AT US ITALIAN FANS

33: ITALY VS. GERMANY

34: We spent Spring Break in Mykonos, Greece. Mykonos is a well known tourist destination but we were there before the season began, so we were nearly the only tourists on the island. There was nothing open and all we had to do all week was eat and drive around the Island, but we had the best time! Many of the locals knew us because we were the only tourists, so I think we had a very unique Greek experience. We stayed at a hostel called Mama's Pension, owned by a German/Greek family. We spent every morning with the woman we knew as 'mama', eating her Quince jam on bread. She was incredibly sweet. Nick, Steve, Sol and I drove around the Island on underpowered 4-wheelers, had a FIAT rent-a-car, threw rocks at mountain goats, jammed to Greek music - specfically a song entitled 'Spasibo Baby', went out and danced to Greek music, which was hilarious, drank oozo and ate a ridiculous amount of food. Greece was the most memorable of trips.... I absolutely loved it.

35: THE JOURNEY TO MYKONOS

36: Adventures on 4 Wheels

37: Playing like Children | Loving the Greek Animals

38: Steve, Amy, Nick | Taken from the side of the road while exploring the Island with the Fiat | So BEAUITFUL! | So HAPPY!

39: Our dose of America | The Greek Warrior on the hill | Steve and Amy in a boat | Amy and Nick

40: Our FIAT rental car | Enjoying the Sunset

42: Day-trip to Delos Birthplace of Apollo and Artemis | Delos was a sacred site to the Greeks and is now a major archeological site. We climbed up Mount Kinthos. From the top was a wonderful view of the ancient ruins.

43: Until Europe I had never been around such rich history. This trip to Greece was amazing. I am now more intriqued and inspired by history, especially of this country.

44: This guy was awesome. We saw him ride into town everyday we were there...

45: Eating Octopus

46: Munich, Germany A day at the Hofbrauhaus

48: A Somber Journey This was a day I will never forget. The second I walked through the iron gate I felt ill. The brutality lingers. Walking the grounds was an awakening experience. Listening to survivors telling their stories while standing where they stood... The horror was unimaginable, yet became so real. The pages of history became real. I felt them. Never Again. Lest we forget!

49: MAY THE EXAMPLE OF THOSE WHO WERE EXTERMINATED HERE BETWEEN 1933-1945 BECAUSE THEY RESISTED NAZISM HELP TO UNITE THE LIVING FOR THE DEFENCE OF PEACE AND FREEDOM AND IN RESPECT FOR THEIR FELLOW MEN

50: PHOTOS FROM THE BAVARIAN COUNTRYSIDE OUTSIDE OF MUNICH

51: A lone traveler

52: PISA THE LEANING TOWER

53: More Florence

55: Capri

59: More Capri...

61: POMPEII | MOUNT VESUVIUS

62: THE CITY BURIED IN VOLCANIC ASH

64: LAKE COMO

66: SCOTLAND

68: RUSSIA

69: Working at Summer Camp Yolichka | In Russia I learned the most, I changed the most and I was challenged the most. Russia was different than any other place I had been, but upon leaving, it felt like home. I fell in love with Russia and the Russian people. I love their culture, language, and traditions. I went to Russia with absolutely no knowledge of Russian language, but learned very quickly. Still, in camp I never knew what was going on, what we were doing, or how to help. But it was a fun challenge to try and learn how to communicate. The children were wonderful. They loved America and would shout with their very strong accents "HELLO" whenever they saw me. So cute. Working with Russians was also wonderful, and I left with many cherished relationships. They were so warm and welcoming, and anxious to share their lives and their culture. Russia is an incredible country and I often feel homesick for it, as if it were really home. Thanks Russia for teaching me so much.. and letting me keep a piece of you in my heart.

72: Ballroom Dancing

73: Dance Practice

75: Banya

76: Cinque Terre | Back to Italy...

79: Island of Elba

80: Prague

81: on the overnight train

82: Cortona and Montepulciano

83: Milva - a teacher at school | Classmates in my second semester Italian class | Zaida and I | Being silly in a Piazza

86: Spain with Momichka

87: Mom visited during Fall break and we spent a week in Spain

90: Lucca

91: with The Marchinis

93: SICILY

94: Lake Bled, Slovenia

96: Paris

98: La classe d'italiano con Jacopo | Anita e io | Compagni di classe in Cucina Marina | Io e Firuza | Io e Misha, 'Madad'

99: Amy and Anita | My loving Italian Family | Ivana e Laura

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