This photo of my alma mater, Duke University, was during my winter break when I was visiting my parents in North Carolina. Every time I’m on campus I’m overwhelmed with nostalgia.

I’m posting this picture because in a few short minutes Duke is going to be playing UNC, our biggest rival. It’s the game hundreds of students tent (by this I mean students literally set up tents outside Cameron Stadium and are relegated to have at least one person there at all times otherwise you lose your spot) for months in the cold just to get in to see.

Now I’m hundreds of miles away but my heart is at Duke and I’m shouting, “Go to Hell Carolina, Go to Hell!”

Photo taken with my Pentax K1000 and Portra 160NC.  

Things I Will Miss About the Triangle

As I get closer to moving to NYC, I’ve been thinking about what I am going to miss about the Triangle. When I first moved here in 2005 to start my freshman year in college, I never thought I’d love this area as much as I do. Nor did I think it would be as diverse and progressive as it is.

1) The Duke Gardens. It’s gorgeous and absolute perfection. I cannot think of a better place to just sit and read.

2) Indie theaters like The Colony, The Rialto and Carolina Theatre. There are no better theaters for watching small, independent films. Not mention that the people running these places are the coolest people you’ll ever meet.

3) The Independent Weekly. This paper gave me my first big break. It’s been so amazing in teaching me the ins and outs of journalism. They took a chance on a green-eyed kid right out of college and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m going to miss all the free movie screenings.

4) Full Frame Documentary Festival. I could not have had a better internship experience. Nicest people and most amazing opportunity. I’ve learned so much and know that I want to be involved with festival programming again. I only hope I can come back next year as a volunteer.

5) Saladelia. Best Mocha Shakes ever. Enough said.

6) Mad Hatter’s. It’s a great cafe to just sit and write. I’ve written far too many college papers and newspaper articles here.

7) Pauly Dogs and Locopops. Pauly’s has chicken dogs! How awesome is that? And Locopops is just delicious. Every imaginable flavor, including Chocolate Mole. Mmm yum.

One of my favorite authors Jonathan Safran Foer went to speak at Duke today. He was so funny and down-to-earth! I was a total fangirl and got my picture taken with him and had him sign my book. I even talked to him a little (cue me swooning). Is it weird that I wish we were friends in real life?
What he wrote says:For Bel With Thanks Jonathan Safran Foer

One of my favorite authors Jonathan Safran Foer went to speak at Duke today. He was so funny and down-to-earth! I was a total fangirl and got my picture taken with him and had him sign my book. I even talked to him a little (cue me swooning). Is it weird that I wish we were friends in real life?

What he wrote says:
For Bel
With Thanks
Jonathan Safran Foer

(Duke) Party Pooper

  • Me: WE WOOOOOOON! Did you wear your Duke shirt today?
  • Dad: I'm drinking coffee in my Duke mug.
  • Me: That's what I like to hear! Are you going to want an official Duke NCAA 2010 champions shirt?
  • Dad: I guess. Probably they will cost a lot.
  • Me: Yeah. About $20 each.
  • Dad: I'll pass. I'm trying to save money so my daughter can go to Graduate school...
  • Me: Hahaha. Love you!