meCiao! Mi chiama Paige!

I started this blog to document and share my journeys and experiences in and about Europe as I lived in Italy for my 4th architecture year.  As much as I loved la dolce vita, that door has closed and I’m looking for new ones to open.  I might have to move back to Europe, more specifically Italy, at some point in my life because I can’t stand the feeling of not being there at this very moment.  I learned innumerable lessons while there, like being independent and self sufficient, being the minority both ethnically and linguistically, and learning how to solve problems with no clear solution are only the tip of the iceberg.  It’s hard to explain how exhilarating the challenge of daily living was.  It was rarely easy, and could have been really frustrating and annoying, but there was something so fulfilling about every imaginable part.

Like I said before, as that door closes, others will, and have opened.  I can only hope that someday, a door will open that will let me and my family visit that other home as often as I’d like.  A piece of me will always be in Italy.

At the moment, I am about to embark on my 5th year thesis project as the remainder of my college experience wraps up (remember the doors closing?).  I’m looking into completing charitable projects for non-government organizations.  As it turns out with my major (architecture), traveling to site locations is a crucial part of the design process (doors opening).  Hopefully the desire to change lives can mesh with my love of traveling and I’ll be the happiest person alive!

Among other things I’m passionate about are photography (hence the hundreds of photos and the camera around my neck), web design (an emerging interest), graphic design, crafts and DIY projects, art, decorating, video games, books, TV shows, bowling, volleyball, and softball.  I think that’s about it.