Aug 03, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: Notre Dame

South Bend, USA, taken on August 20, 2008

Indeed, this is the basilica on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, not the Notre Dame de Paris. I’m surprised that during the 8 months that I was in South Bend, I was only there once or twice and never noticed how stunning the architecture was until I looked at my photos afterwards.

Mar 21, 2015 – [Saturday] Letters of the Alphabet: I(n) between

Niagara Falls, Canada, taken on July 15, 2014

When you walk across the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls from the Canadian side to the American side (or the other way around), there is a specific point where you “officially” cross the border. The two sides are marked by the flags of each country, and standing in between the two makes you feel like you’re in two countries simultaneously!

Mar 10, 2015 – [Tuesday] Black & White: The Bean

Chicago, USA, taken on April 18, 2009

I’ve always known this sculpture in Chicago as “The Bean” and only found out through Wikipedia today that its actual name is “Cloud Gate”. Sorry, The Bean just sounds so much more descriptive of the shape of the thing. And to be honest, the more I look at it, the more it looks like a really comfortable bean bag flipped upside down. There’s no escaping the “bean” 😉 (See the original photo in colour.)

Feb 16, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: South Bend

South Bend, USA, taken on January 15, 2009

I’ve lived in some rather snowy cities in the past and while I do like snow and the lovely scenery that it creates, the cold does drive me crazy. As I always say, you could get used to the cold weather, but you can never be immune to it! The winter of 2009 was a harsh one in South Bend, where I spent 8 months for an internship. A city covered in ice and snow was pretty to look at, but when it came time to shovel the snow from the driveway, no one in the house was too keen! 😦