Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Summer in suburbia

Summer has come to a close in Forest Park, IL. I experienced a small slice of it but the whole month of September has been a sunny experience.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Autumn is coming

Fall, my favorite season, is so close one can almost smell it. Real smells, not just the pumpkin spice wafting out of your friendly neighborhood Starbucks. Studying goes by a bit quicker with Mother Nature motivating you to get outside and go running.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Going green

Hiking in Hocking Hills over the weekend led us to come across some stunning scenery. Maybe distance is making me grow fonder of Ohio after all.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: It's usually sunny in Philadelphia

First trip to Philadelphia over the past 36 hours was lovely, from running up the Rocky Steps to scarfing down a cheesesteak (with whiz and onions). So yes, I've got lots of good vibes towards the City of Brotherly Love.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Destination: Koh Rong and Sihanoukville (Cambodia)

The second part of my Cambodian trip last year (first part here) took us away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Sihanoukville is a seaside town on the west coast of Cambodia, and serves as a jumping-off point to a number of pristine islands that are a boat ride away. From there, we went to Koh Rong, an island where nobody checked their watch and just enjoyed the powerful beauty of nature. It was an amazingly calm locale, and many backpackers had taken up residence here in the middle of their travels as employees at the hostels and restaurants.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Cruising through the Big Easy

Nothing beats a streetcar ride through the streets of New Orleans. We had a busy 24 hours down south but it was a wonderful weekend. Congratulations to Emily for her first appearance on the blog.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Destination: Vatican City

Spring 2013, I found myself in Rome at the same time as the papal election. This was an electric period, as no one knew what direction the Catholic Church would take after Pope Benedict stepped down. The photo above was taken the night after Papa Francesco was elected, much to the joy of the thousands of spectators in St. Peter's Square. In the upper right, you can barely make out the pipe installed for the occasion - it was where the black (no pope) or white (pope!) smoke was released after each round of voting.

Photos galore follow.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Destination: Jerusalem

Flashback to fall 2012, when our theology class went on a field trip TO ISRAEL. It was awesome - part academic, part pilgrimage, part adventuring through three countries (Israel, Palestine, and Syria, which was partly occupied by Israel). However, I'm a bit rusty on the details of specific stories, so this will mostly be a photo collection.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Nature's fireworks

Early last week, Memphis was treated to a wild lightning storm, with strikes happening every few second. It looks like the gods decided to aim for the Pyramid.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Destination: Ireland (Part 2 - the roadtrip concludes)

Blarney Castle

The remainder of our Irish adventure took us to the southern and western coasts, as well as a return back to Dublin. It was mostly off of the tourist trail, and more of a re-tracing of our ancestors' lives in various towns and ports.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Human for scale

Took a trip to DC this past week, although almost no exploring took place due to time constraints. Near my hotel was the National Cathedral, an Episcopal church that is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. It is a truly massive structure, and the neo-gothic design exudes power and solemnity. The inside was equally impressive: my favorite aspect were the three levels of stained glass windows. The ground floor featured scenes from American history, while middle and upper levels featured scenes from the Old and New Testament. Flags from each state also lined the central aisle inside.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Destination: Ireland (Part 1 - west coast, best coast?)

Within six hours after wrapping up semester in Chicago, I was on a plane to Ireland. I was thrilled to have the chance to visit the land of my ancestors, as most of my family tree hails from the Emerald Isle,  With the majority of the current Kramer crew meeting up in Dublin (sorry, sis), the decision was made to rent a van and drive across the country, aka an Irish road trip. I never anticipated that all of those trips to sibling baseball games and dance recitals would have prepared me for the week ahead. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ireland: Animal Edition

Roadtripping Ireland with the family had its ups and downs - mostly because Ireland could be fairly hilly - but encountering animals at every stop was an unexpected surprise. I might be turning into a city slicker, but I really appreciated the chance to experience nature for the week or so that we were there. Here's a little collection of some of the furry friends we made.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mr. Kramer goes to Washington. And makes a timelapse

I had the chance to visit the nation's capital earlier this week, and tried my hand at taking some timelapse footage. I would love to continue to capture these, as it's really insightful to see the movement of people, clouds, etc. over an extended amount of time. And it also looks really cool.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: The Friendly Skies

It's been a while since I've taken any recent photo outings, but I snapped this pic while waiting to leave from O'Hare over Easter weekend. I absolutely love airports - there is a tangible anticipation in the air, a future of possibilities that lay open and ready at the final destination of the travelers. The drop-off points by the check-in gates are full of hugs and farewells, while the baggage claims have plenty of smiles and "welcome back's." There's also the physics behind the actual act of flying that amaze me, but I try to keep the inner scientist quiet during take-off and landing.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Nothing but Netters

Last Friday, the M1 class valiantly battled but lost to the nasty second year medical students here at Loyola. Truthfully, it was a fantastic event with great attendance - reminiscent of a high school gym environment. We'll beat the freshmen next year.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Good evening Vietnam

Flashback to last June, when I spent an entire day motorbiking on the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Phong Nha with five other strangers. It was one of the most awe-inspiring adventures I experienced last year, and the day finished with this sunset in the countryside. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Back in Vietnam

Another throwback to my traveling days last year, this photo was taken in a post office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was strikingly beautiful, reminiscent of Grand Central Station in NYC. Except New Yorkers are not graced by the benevolent gaze of Uncle Ho.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Chasing sunsets

Amid the grays of this Chicago winter, I find myself missing the eternal summer of Singapore and its gorgeous sunsets. This spot is in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of the island, a lovely place for wandering and wondering.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Sports are fun

I won't be posting regularly on Sundays as I did throughout 2014, but if there are any notable photos I will try to share. Like this one! Some classmates decided to play outdoor hockey at a local rink, and captured this cool shot right before being sprayed in ice chips. 

PS: Apparently "snap shot" is a type of hockey move, as well as a quick pic. File it to the unexpected puns category.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snowy Sunday

The snow gods have finally heard my pleas and dumped more than a foot of snow on the greater Chicagoland area. With a med school exam looming on the horizon, I decided that everything had to wait until I walked around the neighborhood for a bit. And it was quite the winter wonderland.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Destination: Bangkok (Part 2)

The remainder of my time in Bangkok last year was used to frequent some fairly unique sites to this perplexingly wonderful city. Even in the midst of the military coup and nationwide shutdown with martial law in full effect, it was quite easy to scoot around the city on foot and motorbike. With that in mind, I was off to explore European architecture, Buddhist temples, and the famous floating markets.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cafe Hopping: Nylon Coffee Roasters

Looking for some serious, and seriously good, coffee? No games, no pastries around to distract you from the kopi goodness that Nylon brews on a daily basis. After a year of café hopping through Singapore, Nylon earned a firm top 3 spot for its dedication to roasting and brewing excellence.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ski bumming. At least for one weekend

With a long MLK weekend, a solid group of M1s from Loyola roadtripped to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to hit the ski slopes for a weekend. It was a phenomenal time, and spending all day in nature instead of the concrete jungle of the city was really invigorating. And I tried to snap some photos along the way, although I never tried to do so while skiing - that would have been asking for disaster.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Destination: Florence (Italy)

It was almost two years ago that I ventured off to Europe for a solo journey to Italy. While I spent most of my time in Rome (and Vatican City), a day trip to Florence was a must. With a train ticket in hand, I took off for Firenze, home of Brunelleschi's fame dome. Here a quick visual recap of that day. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My favorite photos of 2014

2014 was a fantastic year. In general, it was full of exploring in many different senses. Scholastically, I completed my Fulbright grant and began medical school. Traveling allowed me to experience much of Southeast Asia firsthand, and also exposed me to countless new cultures and ways of life. Photography-wise, I tried to capture a lot of it. Some months were full of fantastic shots, others were lacking (i.e., when I had anatomy exams on the horizon). But it's always fun to take a look back and recognize how lucky I've been to have these opportunities.