Torno A Surriento.

“A view from the jetty at Grand Hotel Cocumella in Sorrento, Italy is shown Saturday, July 14, 2012.”

“Beach goers swim in the Bay of Naples at La Marinella public beach in Sorrento, Italy Friday, July 13, 2012.”

“A woman smokes a cigarette on the beach in Marina Grande, Italy Saturday, July 14, 2012.”

“A lifeguard dog sits on a public bus in Marina Grande, Italy Saturday, July 14, 2012.”

Great to return to southern Italy after not having been for five years. Sorrento is the place where I spent my summers as a boy, so it was really nice to come back and see old friends and take it all in with fresh eyes. 

Here’s a few that I liked.

Now, it’s time to get back in baseball gear! Lots of new work to come from Fenway Park this week!

Reflections on Four Years at Goucher College: Travel

"A storm blows through the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina Monday, January 18, 2010."

Some of the best experiences Goucher College made possible for me were ones that happened thousands of miles away. Given Goucher’s international sensibility and study abroad requirement, I had many opportunities for travel, both nationally and internationally.

To fulfill my requirement, I studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January 2010 for a four-week intensive Spanish language program. What a trip. Living with a wonderful host family during my stay there, I was immersed in Argentine culture and learned the value of living without some of the luxuries that are easy to take for granted back home. I also left with a group of close friends from around the United States.

In retrospect, I wish I had been able to go abroad for an entire semester. It would have been impossible to do without missing a tennis season, but had I stayed there for three or four months, I’m confident that I would have achieved fluency in Spanish. That still remains a goal of mine.

I also visited a good friend of mine in Germany, traveled to Poland and the Czech Republic, and participated in a Taglit-Birthright trip to Israel this past January.

Finally, tennis team Spring break training trips took me to Virginia, North Carolina, and California, and I had many shorter visits to other parts of the country throughout the past four years. 

There’s always lots of discussion about Goucher’s abroad requirements. There are certainly challenges to working around 1,400 plus students’ travel plans. In my view, though, this is one of the best things Goucher has going for it. 

On The Road.

"A car wheel glides along Interstate 95 in New Jersey Thursday, June 17, 2010."

I’ve been on the road a lot lately.

My trusty Subaru Forester compiled hundreds of miles two weeks ago, after long journeys to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania and Brewster, Massachusetts.

I’ll be back on the road again in a few days, driving up to Boston, Massachusetts with some friends for the 4th of July weekend.

I shot this frame out the passenger window, and lots more like it, when my Dad and I drove up to Brewster.

I-95 is rather boring.