On Sunday, I ran my first half marathon! I didn’t have my phone to take pictures, but trust me when I say that the lakefront has never been more beautiful. 13.1 wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t a killer. My Runner’s World Smart Coach program worked really well and was easy to follow. I can’t wait for my next one!
My history professor briefly mentioned Hagia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom) in class the other day. Since it’s one of the oldest churches in the world and I really need to finish updating the end of my time abroad, Ayasofya is getting its own post.
In 2012, I was fortunate enough to visit Venice twice. I’m not sure I can stress enough how much I love the Fish. It’s the most magical city in Italy and maybe the entire world.
On Sunday, October 7th, Chicago was (mostly) shut down for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. About a month ago, I decided to volunteer with Fleet Feet Chicago, and I handed out Gatorade to hundreds of thirsty runners at Mile 10. It was my first time working at a marathon, and I’d do it again in a heart beat. Despite the crisp 41 degree weather (perfect for runners, not so much fun for standing around), the marathon made for a great morning.
Since it’s fresh in my mind, I’m writing a recap of my move to Chicago. I promise to finish my Italy/Turkey adventures this weekend before I start school. In case, you are new to this blog, I am becoming a student again! I’m entering the Middle Eastern Studies M.A. program at the University of Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve ordered most of my textbooks, and I think this semester will be really fascinating and challenging. Last Friday, I said goodbye to my beloved Connecticut and flew out to the Windy City with my mom. After a whirlwind move-in, we had the chance to be tourists and explore some of Chicago’s finest sights.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated, but better late than never I suppose. Part 2 of my family’s Italian adventure brought us to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. Despite having lived in Italy for four months during study abroad, this visit marked my first time in Firenze. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t visit back in 2009. Florence easily makes my list of top five favorite new cities (along with Vienna, Sarajevo, Bruges and Salzburg). The art alone is worth the visit, but I would stay just to wander.