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    Digestion of a Cultural Tasting Menu

    A.D.Morley & J.A.Wong .
    Jul 23, '12 12:37 AM EST

    Eastern Europe in a Wink, Conclusions

    It is difficult to absorb the intense, non-stop nature of the trip we had just completed. Every day was jammed with as much as we could see. The loose itinerary we left for ourselves was liberating, but it took a lot of focused, on the spot planning to make it efficient. The short timeframe required the majority of our traveling to happen overnight. We were constantly tired, but the wanderlust kept us going all the same.

    In this sense, it is only fitting that the last day of our trip was a brief and exhausted encounter with the Italian Port city of Trieste. As our overnight bus arrived into the terminal from Split, we took our stiff and tired bodies into the sleepy early morning streets in search of a good place to sketch and some cappuccinos. In a few hours, we would hop on a flight to Barcelona (and encounter the biggest asshole of a cab driver), where our adventure would continue at a more relaxed pace.

    Sketching is something that we started doing regularly in Croatia as a means to slow ourselves down. It was a way to sit at one spot, enjoy a drink or two, and focus on one specific piece of the built environment in front of us. The more we engaged in this, the more addictive it became. And while we regret not having started sooner in the journey, we have continued to sketch today.

    Jennifer Wong, Trieste

    Alexander Morley, Trieste

    Jennifer Wong, Split

    Jennifer Wong, Dubrovnik

    Alexander Morley, Split

    Alexander Morley, Dubrovnik

    Jennifer Wong, Dubrovnik

    Alexander Morley, Dubrovnik

    Jennifer Wong, Trieste


    We easily could have spent more time at every place we visited, and our biggest regret of the trip is that we did not have more time to stay and see additional countries. Nonetheless, we garnered so much from our short time, and the experience was a true tasting menu as we moved our way south from the Baltics to the Balkans.

    As for our longer stint in Spain, Jennifer is took a two-month summer studio with WUSTL's Sam Fox School. After a week in Barcelona, Alexander met up with his father to cycle over 500 miles across Spain along the Camino de Santiago.

    We will each go further into our own adventures in future posts, and we still have more to say on our past semester in Finland. In the mean time, we would like to thank you all for reading. It has been a wonderful way to relive, condense, document, and digest our experiences and thoughts within this beautiful profession. There are many, many more to come.

    Until next time!
    Alex + Jenn

    Jennifer Wong, Barcelona

    Alexander Morley, Barcelona

    Jennifer Wong, Barcelona

    Alexander Morley, Barcelona

    Jennifer Wong, Barcelona

    Alexander Morley, Barcelona

    Jennifer Wong, Barcelona

    Alexander Morley, Barcelona
    Alexander Morley, Barcelona


    This work by A.D.Morley & J.A.Wong is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


    • Gyo

      some awesome sketches


      but one question not about the sketches, the google map u put up there with your route of travels, is there a program for that or you just did it on photoshop or something?

      Nov 20, 12 3:45 am

      Hi Gyo, 

      The maps we make by simply taking the screen shots and tracing out our route in Illustrator. 

      Alex + Jenn

      Feb 8, 13 5:25 am

      that first sketch is from 8:30 am - 11:20 pm?  wow, intense!

      Feb 8, 13 12:31 pm

      Love, love, love looking at these sketches! Thank you for sharing them!

      Feb 8, 13 4:49 pm

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