Bahamas, Part II

Our daughter Ellie wanted to add a different experience to her high school life. She discovered a school is the Eleuthera, Bahamas called The Island School. The Island School offers high school juniors a special experience studying abroad.

Each day Island School students get up at 6am and either run or swim before breakfast. It’s training for a portion of their final exam which includes a half marathon or 4 mile open ocean swim.

After breakfast they attend their studies for a full day of classes that are immersive and experiential. They conduct in depth research with the local environment and community. They study biology in the ocean, learn history in the local townships and math outside.

Towards the end of the semester, students go on an eight day kayak expedition which includes two days of solitude. Just you, by yourself, with a journal, a tarp, food and water.

A few weeks ago, Lauren and I spent three days with Ellie, her classmates & their families and teachers for Parent Weekend in Eleuthera. We were blown away at the experience these kids are getting. We woke up at 6am every morning, did the morning run, jumped off High Rock together, ate together and laughed together. The founder Chris Maxey is an inspiration — and the staff and teachers are so committed. We also got a day off so the three of us could enjoy our time together and explore the island as a family. It was wonderful.

Ellie’s semester is coming to an end and she comes home next week. She will have been away for 100 days. We have missed her more than anything. She should be so proud of her experience and accomplishments.

I sure am.

(All photographs taken on a Leica M3 and Hasselblad 503cw on Kodak film. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California). 

Italy, Part I

Earlier this month, after the kids finished up school, we kicked off summer with a family vacation to Europe.

We started the trip with a few days in Florence. Florence is an incredible city filled with incredible art and so much history. You can just walk and walk and walk and never get tired by taking in all the sights.

We picked up a rental car and drove to Southern Tuscany. The drive in Tuscany was absolutely amazing. We kept saying, “is this place for real” as we made our way from one village to the next.

I have a such a soft spot for Italy. My wife is half Italian and I am quite convinced that I was Italian in another life. I love the people, the food, the joy of life and the espresso. Oh, that espresso.

Part II here.

(Cameras: Leica M3 & Hasselblad 503cw, Film: Kodak Portra 400, Developed & Scanned: Richard Photo Lab)