first, i want to apologize for not being able to post as much this summer as i did last summer. despite being caught up entirely in my travels to Iceland this past summer, i still do have a lot to say about my experience with Reykjavík. i can´t stop thinking about my summer and all the fun that i have had, i really miss each and every little detail of my time in Iceland. because of this trip in Iceland and all the people i have met, i have discovered a possible future occupation for myself. Iceland has opened up my eyes to ecotourism, a subject that is not yet a word but holds so much potential for a green and promising sustainable future. ecotourism is simply a take on tourism but adding ecological practices and awareness of the landscape for interested tourists. last fall (2012), my studio worked on a semester long project on Montezuma National Park, focusing on different aspects of ecotourism. i had not realized how powerful and interesting this subject was until i actually got a chance to experience an Icelandic company manage the idea itself. although i worked as a marketing intern, i was still able to explore the country as an tourist and learn about ecotourism. looking back at the Montezuma projects we produced, i realized how important and beautiful ecotourism could be for landscape design and ecological distinctness. hopefully in the future, i look forward to traveling all over the world and continuing this message of ecotourism for everyone and the environment.
now, i want to talk about my study abroad requirement for my major. i know, it is the epitome of awesome. in my earlier post about festival of places, i talked about my potential interests in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. this year, however, Cape Town, South Africa is on the list and i am beyond excited for this chance to experience Cape Town as a resident. since i am looking forward to studying ecotourism for the rest of my life, Cape Town is becoming the best place for this scene. not only does South Africa provide a large growth in tourism and economical benefit, but the country is surrounded by beautiful varied landscapes and ecosystems. compared to Iceland, South Africa is almost similar in its different environments in such a small space. i certainly look forward to viewing this space and finding recognized pieces of Icelandic home in Cape Town :)
as for other news, i have done some side traveling myself through school. as a class, we have taken numerous field trips to select areas all over New York state for various projects. these trips are interesting because they keep revealing new aspects of New York to me constantly. every time i think i know what New York state is inside and out, a different perspective is shown visibly and surprisingly. this is what i get from living in Manhattan my whole life! ;D some of the places i visited with my class include CIcero, NY; Canandaigua/Brewerton, NY and Cazenovia, NY. feel free to check out site photographs here. also, our studio class took a weekend long trip to Boston, MA so i may have pictures from that experience again too! we did not attend as many events as i had with my mother back in winter 2012, but i had a different experience with my classmates. we also lived in a holiday inn somewhere in Cambridge which definitely marked my time in Massachusetts of fall 2013 as a new one. i will discuss my experience with colleagues in another blog post soon. thanks for reading and sticking around! :)