Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We spent a phenomenal few days in Dubai visiting Palm Jumeirah, Ski Dubai, the Gold Souq, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Museum, and Ritz Carlton's Ramadan tent. Here I am in front of the Burj Al Arab from Palm Jumeirah:

Over the course of these three weeks, I learned a great deal about the spectacular development in the Middle East and made lifelong friends who pumped me up for my senior year back in California.

Doha, Qatar

During the first three weeks before senior year, I participated in a Stanford overseas seminar to Doha, Qatar and Dubai, UAE. Our group of 12 Stanford students and about 10 Qatar University students learned about project finance, construction, and development in the Arab Gulf. Here we are with Yousuf Hussein Kamal, Qatari Minister of Finance:

And a photograph of me with a camel right before dune-bashing in the Khor al-Adaid Desert:

You can also check out an article I wrote about the experience on Explore Qatar's website.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ciao Firenze, Ciao America...

Grazie mille per tutto.


Viterbo... l'ultimo viaggio per incontrare la famiglia simpaticissima di mia sorella!


Research on the mosaicry of my favorite artist, Gino Severini, sent me to my last Tuscan hill town in Italy...
Although you’ll probably see many Americans in CORTONA due to the popular book and film Under the Tuscan Sun, this small hill town is still charming. From the Camucia train station, wait for a bus or share a taxi (about 10 €) into the town center. A combo-ticket provides entry into the Museo Diocesano featuring Fra Angelico’s Annunciation as well as the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca with an ornate nautical bronze Etruscan chandelier and a whole room dedicated to Futurist artist Gino Severini. Admire his mosaics along the steep Via Crucis leading up to the Basilica di Santa Margherita (with a decaying body!) and continue on to the Medici fortezza with unparalleled countryside views including Lake Trasimeno. June brings the Giostra Dell’Archidado, a heavily touristed crossbow contest in which citizens dress to the nines in medieval costume. (