From the days of the half-megapixel camera on my old middle school flip phone, cell phone cameras have come along way over the past several years. I’m constantly amazed that my iPhone can often capture a better photo than my Canon point-and-shoot can, without the fancy lens or mechanical zoom.
And so, over the past month or so, I’ve captured a good amount of photos using my phone. While I’m still using the indestructible Samsung phone that I bought in Turkey last semester––sans camera, a pain to text on, yet comes with a nifty Bejeweled knock-off––I tend to often have my iPhone on me as a portable way to connect to the internet or take photos on the go.
Here’s a selection from my January photo stream:
In the air
The tundra of Chicago on my layover from San Francisco to Frankfurt on the flight out.
Apparently, this was enough snow in Chicago to delay transferring the aircraft from the hangar to the gate by two hours…
WHOOHOO! Look at this leg room! I think I could get used to this.
Chasing the sunrise.
On my Lufthansa flight from Germany to Italy, the flight attendant handed me this. I guess I looked like I was/could speak Italian? (Score!)
Now too shabby of a view: sunrise over the Alps.
Strange chocolate/nougat dessert popsicle thing that Lufthansa gave me for dessert after breakfast.
The view from the lookout on my first day in Italy.
After every pranzo (lunch) during the week, we have espresso and dessert––my favorite part!
What my everyday walk to school from the bus stop looks like.
Sunset from the Villa. (I have a feeling this will be a theme this semester.)
Not a bad view for a Monday morning.
The best cappuccino I’ve had so far from my favorite bar in Fiesole, named Alcedo.
The burning of the olive groves around this time of year makes for some beautiful sunsets.
Poetry street art posted on city walls.
During the first week, I tagged along with the Art History class on their field trip to the Bargello and Uffizi.
I think someone forgot to get dressed this morning.
Awkward Medieval wooden statue. (Almost as good as the many mannequins I photographed last semester in Turkey… maybe this should be my new theme.)
Every morning, my host mother puts out a breakfast spread for us. We eat the traditional Italian way–with a light breakfast of tea, yogurt, cookies, or a pastry.
Another view of the kitchen.
The refrigerator and TV, which we usually have on in the background during dinner.
Cabinet in the kitchen. So homey!
Photos from when I first moved in. Here’s my desk.
Surfboard on the wall. (So I can pretend that I’m a surfer even in Italy.)
Some of the CD collection in my room. Iron Maiden, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, etc.
And lastly, my adopted dog for this semester! She’s named Iside (EE-see-day), after the Egyptian goddess.