Archive for January, 2013

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Renaissance Sculpture in Florence

On Tuesday, students visited two museums that house some of the most famous pieces of Renaissance sculpture in the world. They began the day in the Bargello, where they saw pieces by Verrocchio, Cellini, and Giambologna. Students were excited to see gilded bronze panels created in a competition between the artists Ghiberti and Brunelleschi to […]

3 Countries in One Day!!

  Today was one for the books, not many people can say they’ve been to 3 countries in one day that’s for sure! We were up about normal time for this trip, which is early by most of our standards.  We packed up, left the hotel and boarded our boat for the mainland.  After our […]

The Sun Will Come Out…. In Venice!

For those who missed and/or slept through their wake-up call, a second was provided by a local cathedral; at 7:45 this morning, the bells rang out 68 times, ensuring we were all awake and ready for the day! However, we didn’t mind at all… We opened our curtains to reveal a beautiful blue sky and […]

Please enjoy images from our weekend in Venice. The allure of Venice exists largely due to its context as a port city. In its architecture, streets and its paintings cultures mingle to create an identity that is unique to the Venetian lagoon. The juxtaposition to Florence’s culture is stunning (Florence being inland and looking largely […]

Goodbye Florence, Hello Venice!

Today we were given the opportunity to go explore a few museums or stroll the streets in Florence. The two museums we visited were the Galleria dell’Accademia and Uffizi Gallery. Galleria dell’Accademia is best known for the world renowned David, by Michelangelo. The David was commissioned by the Florence Republic in 1501 and completed in 1504. The inspiration behind […]

South Africa – Change

By Daniel Bergevin-Smith I feel as though we as Americans, and maybe even more specifically Minnesotans, are conservative and lack expression. We restrict ourselves, and therefor we don’t like change. As people, we become accustomed to what we know, there is comfort in what we know. Which leads us to a reluctance for change, if […]

South Africa – Langa Tour

Hannah Smith   Tour of Langa   As the trip was coming to a close, I reflected upon all of the life-changing experiences we had gone through as a group. From the incredibly passionate worship services at camp to the overwhelming sense of community and welcoming in the townships of Khayelitsha and Lotus River, I […]

South Africa – Culture Shock

There has definitely been a great deal of culture shock for me upon returning home to the United States. Because of this, my learning about the culture of the South Africans in Cape Town has continued since I got home. I had many “ah-ha!” moments where things I had learned or experienced throughout our trip […]

South Africa – Visiting Langa, the First Township

  Elliot Larson Blog Post January 15th, 2013 “Community” Redefined on the Langa Township Tour Throughout our trip the word “community” had been a common theme, as it is easy to see that there is a strong sense of community here in South Africa. However, until today what this truly meant was still a bit […]

South Africa – Returning Home

Thankful.  Thankful is just one word that sums up my experience in Cape Town, South Africa.  Upon returning home from South Africa a few days ago I have become aware and very appreciative of these benefits that I have received in South Africa and these that I have come to realize upon returning home.  Before […]