Summer Wrap Up

Wow, long time no see, friends!

The past month of my life has been incredibly busy! I’m in my last year of undergrad, beginning writing my thesis, and starting graduate school application preparation. It’s hard to believe that it’s already October and that the fall semester is almost halfway over. So it truly has been a wild time, hence the lacking posts on the color gold.

Anyway, now that it’s fall and I have been in school for a bit I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on my summer, and I just wanted to update everyone. I was lucky enough to spend three weeks traveling the UK, and studied abroad in London for four weeks and I’m feeling pretty nostalgic, so let’s recap on some of the many ways that my summer abroad changed my life.

The London Mastaba 

One sunny and hot June day my friend and I were walking through the Hyde Park looking for the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Instead of finding the fountain we stumbled upon Christo’s newest realized barrel installation, The London Mastaba. We rented a paddle boat and paddled around the Serpentine––getting incredibly close to the Mastaba. Although the Mastaba is just made up of thousands and thousands of oil drums stacked on top of one another it is one of the most visually striking works of art I have seen. The Mastaba is so incredibly huge and dominates the skyline of the park. It’s something truly stunning and I’m incredibly lucky that I was able to see a realized Christo and Jeanne Claude.

It resonated with me so much that I decided to write my undergraduate thesis as a retrospective of Christo and Jeanne Claude’s barrel art. Physically seeing the Mastaba was honestly one of the most moving works of art that I’ve ever seen, and I’m so grateful to Kingston University for offering me a place in their summer school program so that I could be fully immersed in cultural London.

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#storytime about how @britney_hub and I got to see Christo’s mastaba and we’re also trapped on a paddle boat for over an hour ••••• Post afternoon tea Britney wanted to paddle around the #serpentine in Hyde Park. We sat sail towards the mastaba and were honestly having the time of our lives, until we decided to pedal against the wind. This is when we realized that we were given a faulty boat that didn’t have an effective steering mechanism. No matter how hard we pedaled or steered, the boat did it’s own thing and floated wherever it pleased. Since we had no control over the boat we bumped into so many other boaters, buoys, the edge of the lake, and even the mastaba once! We saw motorboats operated by Hyde Park workers rescuing paddle boaters who were tired and needed a ride back to the docks, and we desperately tried to get their attention for literally the longest time but they ignored us. Realizing that we were basically alone and likely going to have to live on the lake and become friends with the geese, I think that I started to have one of those moments where I was laugh-crying because of the sheer absurdity of the situation. However, somehow we figured out that we can steer the boat if we peddle it backwards and so we eventually made it back to the dock this way after far too many struggles. Have you ever been in a similar situation? • • • • • #story #visitlondon #visitengland #hydepark #passionpassport #explore #explorelondon #explorehydepark #exploreengland #travelgram #travelportrait #instatraveling #instatraveller #gramminginlondon #summerinlondon #travelerinlondon #thisislondon #discoverunder2k

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As an art history major, the importance of Greek and Roman art is noted at every turn. I took Greek and Roman Art History last semester, prior to visiting Bath, and I have been really inspired by Greek and Roman pottery styles lately. So inspired that when my friend showed me their Greek-inspired ceramic mug for sale, I snatched it right up. It’s so wonderful that artists can not only recognize important historic art movements but also incorporate them into their contemporary art.

Zero Waste

Late last spring semester I got a concussion while rollerblading. While I was recovering I was supposed to limit my screentime, so I queued up a bunch of YouTube videos and listened to them after my final exams were complete. One of the videos I listened to lead me down a rabbit hole of discovering the zero waste movement. While I still have so much to learn about the movement, I’ve been making process towards reducing my waste and becoming more eco-friendly.