first encounters with 35mm

first encounters with 35mm

As you should (probably) know, I’m really into photography. And recently, I’ve been trying to get into film photography.

I inherited a couple film cameras from my boyfriend’s mom about a year ago, and I’ve been experimenting with them ever since. The Pentax most intrigued me, especially since its entirely manual, but I found it a bit too difficult to use as a complete beginner. As a result, I decided to focus more heavily on the Canon EOS film camera: a bit more modern, so a bit easier to handle.

I also decided to start out with black and white film, so that I didn’t have to worry about getting the color composition right just yet. So I started out with Kodak Porta 400 ISO black & white negative film.

Even though…

urban teachers summer institute

urban teachers summer institute

It hasn’t been too long since my last post, but a lot has sure happened in the last few weeks.

Firstly, I started working!

I had my orientation for Urban Teachers Baltimore last week, and have now spent just under a week working at my clinical site, learning how to be an effective teacher.

Over the summer, I’m working with rising 6th and 7th graders, which so far has been a lot of fun. My school year placement is still TBA, but I’d like to stay with the same grades or maybe work in a high school.

Orientation was pretty exhausting, but it was also very enriching..

the painted press

the painted press

It’s time for another ~product~ post!

I’ve been finding a lot of neat items on Etsy recently, including one of my new absolute favourite stores: The Painted Press.

The Painted Press makes personalized jewelry dishes at an affordable price. They can include names, initials, and the loveliest watercolor artwork!

I purchased a…

a house tour

a house tour

Earlier this year I wrote about how Taylor and I had bought a house. Now, after having lived in Baltimore for almost a month, I’m excited to finally publish this house tour blog post!

This is the end result (more or less) of multiple trips to IKEA, countless of hours assembling furniture items (well, watching Taylor assemble them), strategising over the best places to hang paintings, and making sure everything is just so…

class of 2019

class of 2019

I did it!

Yesterday, I graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in Culture & Politics. (And also a minor in Russian.)

What a sentence!

I had hoped to get some grad photos taken of me and a friend earlier, but unfortunately…

a return to moscow

a return to moscow

I’m finally back with another travel post! These are my absolute favourite posts, because they include travel + pretty pictures... what more could one want? Plus, travel post comes almost exactly one year after my first ever travel post (and post on this site, period), which recounted my weekend trip to Roanoke.

And, this travel post is special, because it features not one, but TWO countries.

Last week, Taylor and I travelled to Moscow for my Easter Break. We spent six short, but successful days roaming the city. On the way there, and coming back, we had long layovers in Zurich. As a result, we got to spend two half days in Switzerland as well!

The only other European country I’ve been to is…