Calm Before The Storm

JohnPatrick Summers is a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and an ISA Photo Blogger. He is currently studying abroad with ISA in Valparaiso, Chile

When I decided I was going to study abroad this semester, my biggest concern was missing the majority of the ski season. Taking a semester abroad would directly impose on my ability to enjoy the luxury of living in the Rockies, especially considering that I moved to Colorado to go to school in a location where I could easily take advantage of mountain access, 

(Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge CO, USA - Summers - Photo 11)

Hiking off Peak 10 at Breckenridge.

However, when I discovered that the program in Valparaiso had a late start this semester, it seemed pointless to continue searching for potential destinations. Since I’ve made the decision and committed to Chile, I have been enjoying the grace period between finishing last semester and the start of my program, with no obligations other than getting organized for my departure.

(A-basin Ski Resort, Arapahoe Basin CO, USA - Summers - Photo 10)

Hiking the Montezuma summit at A-Basin.

Most of said organization revolved around obtaining my student Visa, which granted was a grueling process, and for months it seemed as if filling out Visa applications was a passionate hobby of mine. In the days that I was not skiing, I was working on that process, and after having successfully obtained my Visa, a large weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

(Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge CO, USA - Summers - Photo 14)

Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado.

The only thing that is left before I fly to Chile in a week, is to actually pack, which frankly is much more intimidating to me than the Visa process. This series of photos, ranging from art galleries to back-bowls, and taken between my home in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, is representative of what I have been doing with my personal time off, and of the aspects of my lifestyle which will be missed while abroad. I can’t wait to discover the new activities and places that will fill my time and travels.

(Great Falls, Fairfax VA, USA - Summers - Photo 2)

Great Fall, Fairfax, Virginia.

(A-basin Ski Resort, Arapahoe Basin CO, USA - Summers - Photo 20)

Overlooking the rocky mountains from A-Basin.

(Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, USA - Summers - Photo 4)

Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

(Coon Hill, Loveland CO, USA - Summers - Photo 25)

Hiking the summit of Coon Hill on the Continental divide.

The world awaits…discover it.

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