Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chicago Update

Its been a interesting week, I ended up going to Iowa for a couple days last week with the photographer that I have a internship with. Steve just happens to be the official photographer of these septuplets that were born 12 years ago. The reason we were there was to document their 12th birthday. Of course, Steve took pics and I took some video but we really just played with these kids for two days. And here is where the story gets interesting..We left to drive back to Chicago at 8PM (its about a 6 hour drive). Halfway between Des Moines and Cedar rapids, all of a sudden, the engine blows on the highway. So we pull over, and wait for a tow truck, that takes about 1.5 hours and then get taken to a gas station. We ended up making reservations at a Hertz rental place at Cedar Rapids airport, the problem is how to get there and can we get there before it closes? We hire a taxi to cedar rapids (its about 70 miles) and rush to get to the car rental place. Well, we are in the taxi on the backroads of Iowa and all of a sudden the Taxi hits a deer, we didnt crash or anything, but it just messed up the guys car. We ended up getting to the Hertz 40 mins past closing, but the lady was nice enough to stay until we got there. Then we got a rental car and drove home..I ended up getting home at 5:30AM, pretty tired as one can imagine!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

getting cold here

Its November now! Its just a matter of time before the snow starts falling.....

Things have been good here though, I went to a awesome Halloween party the other day. Pretty much all my friends were there. Had too much fun. Other than that, I have been busy. Either doing photo stuff or music. I finished my room as well, I have my guitars on the wall, so that creates some extra space in my tiny room. Photo assignments are slowly picking up, the coolest I have shot was a Murder Mystery Promo shot. We shot it at a mansion in the burbs. Here are some of the pics...






Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Slow train coming....

So I think I have been here for about 3 weeks already..Time is flying here. Too bad I am going into winter and what that brings...Everything is slowly coming together. I think I have everything that I want for my room. I bought a couple cabinets, a lamp and a rug. I probably spent about 40 bucks on everything. There are lots of good thirft stores here, so finding stuff for the room isnt too bad. The problem is bringing it back. I walked about 2 miles with a rug over my shoulder cause I didnt want to pay 15 bucks for a cab, which is more than I paid for the rug! Even with no job right now, time is flying by! I try to make a effort to play music (guitar and piano) everyday, study spanish, do something with photography. Speaking of that, nothing has really paid off, but I have to rememeber that I have only been looking for about 2 weeks now. I try to at least write one photo email a day or something...

Other than that, I have been spending lots of time with friends. We have been cooking dinners, playing music, going to the bar, playing poker, watching movies and everything thing in between!

In other news, I am going to NYC to visit some of my Chile friends! I am super pumped for that...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New apartment and new place

So I have finally settled in a new place...and I am very happy about that...Its nothing special, but I chose the place for a couple of reasons..A, its cheap and B, the roomies are really cool people and all musicans which is great for me...But, there are always new suprises I keep finding out about the place...like there is no heating vent in the room (I saw some space heaters in the basement, so I will have to grab that) and this morning I noticed there wasnt a microwave...hmmm, that might be a problem, I might have to go and buy a cheap one...

So once I have settled into my apartment, I can finally start planning out my life here and start working towards the whole photo bit....I got my new camera and it is fantastic, the High Def video is incredible, I uploaded a video of my room to youtube, here is a link to it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJv_1go-fYY

I am also very happy about the move back to Chicago...Its great to be back in a place that I know and know people, its strange, I really forget that I actually went away for a 1.5 years! But this time in Chicago, for me has a different purpose, trying to make money off something I like to do..I know it will be difficult, probably for a couple years, but by cutting expenses and since I am only supporting myself, the transition, probably wont be too bad (I think), its crazy though, I am actually paying 700 dollars less a month for rent alone! Thats 8400 dollars a year that I dont need to make to surive! Crazyness..

Monday, September 14, 2009

Update from Durham, England

Well, I have entered my last week of travel...Right now, I am staying at my friend Wills place, who works in the area...I arrived from Dublin on Saturday morning, after spending the night in the airport cause I had a 6:25AM flight...Lets just say that I didnt get much sleep....Ireland was amazing though. I spent about 4 days there....After exploring Dublin for a day (I also did a tour of the Jamerson whiskey factory), I embarked on a 3 day tour..It was a great tour, it is kinda for young people who are active so thats good...We also had a really good tour guide who was really funny and gave us lots of insights in the culture...I also learned a great deal about the troubles that they have had (the whole religion thing which pretty much seperates 2 countries)...It was a 3 day tour, we started in Dublin, headed towards the west coast and then spent a night in Galway...The next day we headed towards the Cliffs of Mor (spelled wrong probably) and then spent the last night in Kilarney...I was glad that I did the tour because of the time limit that I had, so I had to make sure I got everything done!

I had a great time with Will this weekend as well. We did some hiking about 2 hours from his house in the South of England...The next day, he introduced me to Snooker, a popular billards game which I have never seen before...It is played on a huge billards table, it is 12 feet long and 6 feet wide...It is huge!!!! Its pretty interesting, cause you play for points as well....

Today, I head for Scotland at 3PM. I am talking a bus and that will probably take about 2 hours and then I am going to spend a couple days there exploring...On Thursday I then will head towards London (The bus ride will probably take about 10 hours) and then with a flight back to Grand Rapids on Saturday...

Even when I get home I still will be on the go...I probably will spend 4 days there and then move back to Chicago for at least a couple months!!! Crazyness!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Update from Wales

So my journey has taken me to Wales now. Its been about 4 days since leaving Prague with Erik. Its different traveling by yourself than with someone. But its not bad, just a little different. So after Prague, I went back to London for a few days and explored London some more. I met a cool guy and we hung out a bit. This time in London, I had a little more time to explore. I did a walking tour and saw all the important sites (big ben, London bridge, Tower of London, Abbey Road) and I still will have a couple more days when I return on the 17th. I still want to do the Tower of London tour and see the British Museum. After London, I took a train to Salisbury. The main draw for this place is Stonehenge which is about 8 miles away. Stonehenge was very neat, but I only had about 45 minutes there. Its funny though, a lot of people think that by the pics of the place, its in the middle of nowhere. But there is actually a big highway not too far away!

The English countryside is really nice and green. I would love to see it more but I am a little restricted by not having a car or having all the supplies to go camping. I have been planning this trip pretty much day by day for the most part. I did have one small hitch though. I was planning on taking a ferry from Swansea (in Wales) to Ireland to see some friends that I met in Vienna. The problem is that I found out that the ferry doesnt run anymore! So I decided to change my plans and fly to Dubin on Monday. That way, I have time for a little 3 day guided backpacking tour across the south of Ireland before heading to Liverpool and hopefully meet up with a friend from Chile...So I will explore Wales tomorrow and the next day and then its time to fly!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Update from Europe

So now Erik and I are in Prague for the next two days. Its a great city, but for some reason full of mystery..Maybe its the crazy style of buildings that dont exist in the US....We arrived via train from Vienna two days ago. We took a overnight train. The train was really nice. Erik and I had our own little suite, complete with beds and a bathroom. I even took a shower on the train! But even with the bed, I only slept like a hour or so cause the ride was full of bumps and sounds. We arrived to Prague at 6 in the morning on Sunday. So everything was closed. We arrived to the hostel but they said that we coulnt check in until 1PM! So we pretty much had to wonder the city for 5 hours and see the sights on little sleep! That night we met my old roomie from Chile (he is from Prague) and he showed us around for the night. The next day we took a train to his place in the burbs and then he drove us around the countryside (we saw a couple neat castles)...

Our brief time in Vienna was cool as well. We only stayed one night though. Very quick trip. But one of the reasons that we booked the hostel was because they had musical instruments! They had a piano and a couple guitars. So of course we played! It was was great, we met a lot of talented people and soon had a jam session going on. I even busted out the harmonica for a jam on Roadhouse Blues with some people from Ireland! We had about 20 people watching us play. Great times....

Well, two more nights here and then Erik and I spit ways. He goes home and I go to the UK for about 2 more weeks.....