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Hey everyone! I (Alyssa) have been interning at a museum in Madrid for the summer, and had the chance to travel around to Berlin and Portugal during a couple of my free weekends. I had some amazing experiences, and found a lot of quirky things along the way!
For one, check out this bathroom in Lisbon, Portugal that offered you a selection of colored toilet paper to use! If only I could find a few of these on Mixed Co tours….the group is always complaining how much I have to stop to go to the bathroom, so this would at least provide some entertainment!
I also took a surfing lesson, and repped some Mixed Co yellow and black as I tackled some HUGE waves (do you see that thing?! Isn’t it a monster?! Gosh I’m such a pro!!!)
After gallivanting around the Western coast of Europe for a bit, I eventually made my way up north to Berlin! The weather was actually much colder than I anticipated, so I ended up buying a jacket and a pair of pants and wearing the same dang thing for four days in a row. Kind of like Mixed Co retreats….?
Found this place called Museum Island that is literally an island that is full of art museums! The history nerd inside me was doing somersaults, and I couldn’t resist a selfie.
And to get between museums, you could walk through these stone arches that had ceilings painted with beautiful musical scenes! I bet the acoustics in those tunnels are great.
My last weekend in Spain, I went to Segovia, a medieval town about an hour outside of Madrid. It is famous for its old architecture (legit Gothic whaddup!) and its castle that apparently inspired the Disney castle in about every classic animated movie I watched as a kid. I totally see the resemblance!
I also got to go visit a vineyard and see how they make wines from the delicious grapes that grow in that area. I wonder how many barrels Mixed Co could polish off….
(For ridiculous Mixed Co adventures involving extremely large vessels of wine, talk to Jenny…)
I also came across an adorable bulldog! His name might not be Dan, but he sure is Handsome….
And last but not least, a tribute to my New Haven hero, Dunkin’ Donuts. BUT— in Madrid it’s not called Dunkin’ Donuts!! My host mom explained to me that most madrileños don’t like donuts very much, so they just casually changed to name to make more sense for them….works for me! (Don’t worry, they still sell donuts there).
Now I’m back home in Denver, Colorado, and getting very, very excited to be back with the group in just a couple weeks!!!
Hey y’all! So I (aka Zak) am interning in Curitiba, Brazil this summer with a social enterprise that makes low-cost computer software for the visually impaired and the blind, and I had a chance to go to one of the world cup games between Honduras and Ecuador! Naturally, my first instict was to go representing the only team I really care about, so I threw on my Mixed Co bowling shirt. It did end up helping because Ecuador’s jersey’s are yellow, and there were thousands of Ecuadorean fans that made the trip to see their national team. The game was absolutely incredible (even though the national anthems at the beginning weren’t a cappella)!
Needless to say, Rome was unbelievable. Where do I begin? First, the Colosseum looks totally grandiose and isolated in photos (and it IS grand), but in real life it’s actually right in the middle of the city, next to a busy street – people drive past it every day on their way to work, etc, which makes it such a weird, surreal experience to just walk up a city block and see THE Colosseum standing right there in front of you! There’s actually restaurants and little gelato stands and things right next to it:Like that! It’s absolutely magical on the inside, but I’m already writing too much so I won’t put up a photo. After the Colosseum we went to the Foro Romano, which is a vast network of pathways between the ruins of ancient roman buildings. It’s just filled with half-standing but half-crumbling columns, statues, etc. Something cool about Rome is that there are old fountains all around the city which constantly spout out fresh running water using the Roman aqueducts – here’s me filling up my water bottle (with some lovely product placement… gotta represent) in the Foro Romano among the ruins, in one of the Roman fountains!Lots of tourists are pretty lazy and don’t walk ALL the way around to the back of the Foro Romano, so we found this spot with not too many people that has the BEST view of the Colosseum in the city, and probably the best spot for a photo shoot that a tourist could possibly hope for.
Here’s me and my mom there! We’re so proud of ourselves for finding this spot!
Our hotel brought us breakfast in the morning to our room: Croissants, nutella, tea, coffee, yoghurt, toast… All the essentials. Other sights we saw the first day were the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, The Piazza del Popolo, and otherwise we just wandered around the smaller streets, and had the best cannolis and gelato of my life as a midday snack, and incredible gnocchi and ravioli for dinner outside on a tiny street lined with restaurants, with a musician playing an accordion right across the street and cars driving past us just inches away from our table. The driving in Italy is crazy.
We spent our second day in the Vatican City, visiting all the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square. ^^ Here’s a cool dude we passed on our way to St. Peter’s Square…
And me hanging out on some beautiful steps we walked past just randomly attached to a street we were walking down. Gorgeous courtyards and things like this are all over Rome – there are lots of big, busy streets just like in any city but then you so often turn down a smaller alley and find some unbelievably charming (and totally deserted) spots so close to all the action.
Rome was tons of fun and very exhausting – After our second day we hopped on a train to Florence! We only got to spend one day in Florence but we packed a lot in. I’ll write about it soon!
Love and hope all is well in the Have,
Hi Mixed Co! Hope all is going well back home! Europe is crazy and I don’t know the best way to tell you all about my adventures, so I’m just gonna post up some highlights on our blog for you! :D Ready? Enjoy.
First stop is Barcelona!
Recognize that picture?… ANTM Season 7 Finale y’all! That’s in Park Güell. Barcelona was really a whirlwind. The first day we arrived we walked down this enormous street called Las Ramblas which is a HUGE boulevard with a pedestrian walkway in the middle, lined with stores and restaurants.
We took it all the way to the waterfront (Mediterranean Sea, babyyy) where I took this photo on the Lion, and walked across a really bizarre/beautiful swirvy pedestrian bridge. The next day we spent a LOONG time in Park Güell which is a huge park designed by Gaudi on top of a mountain, originally meant for people to live there, but when that fell through it turned into an awesome park displaying everything Gaudi had originally built/planned for it.
We also saw a bunch of other important Gaudi structures, La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and La Casa Batllo(this photo). All stunning. Everything Gaudi made looks a little bit like it’s melting, and I’m really obsessed: it’s just my kind of whimsical.
We did a lot more in Barcelona including cathedrals, museums, lots of great food, etc, but I’ll just leave you with three last random-ish photos just for fun:
This is me sipping some watermelon juice in an open-air market called La Boqueria.
This one is a view of our hostel room from the outside (it’s the one with the big greenish-reddish blinds draped over the balcony. Beautiful, ¿no?).
And this is just a photo I took of this bizarre store trying way too hard to be ghetto that I giggled at every time I walked past. They kinda missed the mark. But some dude did yell at me for taking pictures.
Barcelona was an incredible start to my trip, and also maybe a good way to ease into things since it was super easy for me to communicate with people in Spanish. (Some people even complimented me on my Spanish accent after finding out I was American! …I’m really stroking my own ego on that one. So glad living in Leon paid off.) Next up is ROME! I’ve actually already been here for a day but I’ll post about it once I head to the next city. :)
Much gumplove! Sorry for the really long descriptions — I originally intended for this to be shorter. I’ll try and cut the rest of them down a bit… I’M JUST SEEING/DOING SO MUCH IN SUCH A SHORT TIME SPAN, IT’S SO HARD.
What do you get when you mix yellow spray paint, Greek yogurt, sheet music, and a cold swimming pool?
Mixed Company Rush Retreat 2012!
Before going back to Yale, members of Mixed Company met in Bedford, New York to get ready for rush and a new year of a cappella hilarity. We spent our days lounging poolside, breaking out board games on the porch, and playing sumo on the unbelievably green lawn.
Of course, there was also work to be done! One wing of the house became our rehearsal loft, where we started polishing sets for Woolsey, Dwight, and our singing dessert! A sneak peek of how the Rush Managers were preparing for the next few weeks…
Thanks to Sam and his wonderful family for making retreat a fun and relaxing way to end the summer. We are excited to be back and even more excited to find our newest taps! Rush, here we come!
(ya like dat alliteration?)
Many apologies for the late post. I was waiting for something interesting to happen to me this summer. And it did!
I went to a bunch of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, which may just be my favorite place in the world. I saw the Producers (with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dane Cook, and Rebecca Romijn) and Frozen Planet (the next installation in the BBC Planet Earth series) and Norah Jones!
I was working at this e-commerce startup littleblackbag.com. It’s a really cool shopping website where you can trade items and get things that are really cute. This is my shameless plug: sign up!!
Besides working there, essentially online shopping all day (I know, right?) I took an improv class at the Groundlings!! It was super fun, and I learned a lot, and I got GREAT material for schticks… Look how funny we are!!
For my birthday (August 11 - mark dat shyt down. it’s imPORtant!), my family and I took a trip to ITALY!!! We went to FLORENCE,
(you know dat one??)
(me being super touristy)
(this is literally a monumental screw up)
(we celebrated the PALIO with the PANTERA contrada and were invited to their dinner and blessings)
(this is the PALIO. it’s this crazy horse race. it’s one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen)
(you know dis one too? i took SUPER stealthy/illicit photos)
(me at Hadrian’s villa. it has the coolest ruins and was incredibly beautiful)
(me at Villa D’Este. it’s a mid renaissance papal summer home with these incredible fountains. apparently the bellagio fountain show is based on these fountains!)
It was such an incredible trip and a great way to spend time with my family before coming to retreat!
Now, I’m sitting in a room with Mixed Co, playing Catan and listening to every kind of music under the sun. I have to say it was a pretty great summer, and I’m glad to be going back to school in a couple days!!
MUCHOS BESOS AMIGOS,
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