New Semester Check-In

This past semester was a long and busy semester. Tomorrow starts the spring semester. So I wanted to take a few moments to let everyone know what I’ve been up to these last several months.

This past summer, as I referenced in a post at the beginning of the summer here, was filled with many great opportunity. First, I had a wonderful backpacking trip on the Via Francigena in Northern Italian, more on that in the coming weeks. In the mean time here are the pictures. Right from the trail I had a great week and a half studying Italian in Verbania, which is on Lago Maggiore near the Swiss-Italian border. After studying Italian, I flew to China for a month to teach English. You can see pictures from my month here. After China I arrived back in Rome to help with orientation for the incoming class of seminarians here.

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Lake Garda Hiking Trip

This past weekend, Oct 27th to 29th, myself and two fellow seminarians traveled to Northern Italy, to the Lake Garda region. Besides being beautiful location and in the southern portion of the Alps, at this lake the Austrians and Italians had a front line during WWI. So we planned to head up to Malcesine, on the North East side of the lake on Friday, walk along the mountain ridge on Saturday visiting the WWI fortifications, ending in Nago on the North end of the lake. Then Sunday we would relax in the area before heading back to Rome. You can view all the pictures from the trip in the album here. I took nearly 200 pictures with a selection included below. Continue reading “Lake Garda Hiking Trip”

First Backpacking Trip

Last week I went on my first backpacking trip. The original plan was a three day, two night trip, however, I ended up cutting it short on the afternoon of the second day. Not only was it my first trip, but I also did it alone. I’ve uploaded all my pictures from the trip here, you can view the original copies of the pictures below there. The trip started at the Delaware Water Gap following the AT (Appalachian Trail) north bound and I originally planed to end at High Point State Park (the highest point in NJ), about 42 miles along the AT. Instead I ended about 16 miles short where the AT crosses 206 in Branchville, NJ. Continue reading “First Backpacking Trip”