Author Archives: Max '11

Hot N’ Cold

Don't worry, it was all gone the next day.

Don't worry, it was all gone the next day.

Hey everyone,

I think it’s fitting that I’m writing this post on the first day of spring because it’s finally starting to feel like spring in Colorado.  We’ve had a particularly cold winter and been without many of those uncharacteristic 60 degree winter days.  But there are subtle changes noticeable all around campus.  The grass is starting to get green, a sure sign of spring.  Tiny flowers are also starting to pop up around our apartment.  But most importantly, the days are longer, sunnier, and warmer.  However don’t be fooled, there are still plenty of snow days to be had in spring.  These are the best kind of snowy days though – wet snow that doesn’t stick and is gone the next day because it’s back to 60 degrees.

For some this turning point marks a sad end to the winter ski season.  Although there is still plenty of spring skiing to be had, face shots and whiteouts are almost gone for the season.  But with every end there is a beginning.

Fishing season is fast approaching.  The trout are hungry and waiting.  The days of freezing rod tips and numb hands are over.  So it begins again, gorgeous sunny days and snow in May, the best of both worlds.  I can almost taste 8th block approaching with all the added fun of Blues n’ Shoes and Llama.  To spring I say bring it on.

El fin…

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated so let me get you caught up to speed.  I finished up class for the semester last week and have been busy running around South America before I leave in two weeks.  My parents also decided to come down and visit so I’ve been busy playing tour guide. 

I am currently in El Calafate in Southern Patagonia near the border between Argentina and Chile.  Today we went to Los Glaciales National Park and saw the glaciers and it was absolutely incredible.  After nearly a month of snow and rain, it was 80 and sunny all day – which apparently is a once in a life time opportunity.  We were able to see the glacier and all of the mountains in back.  In addition, we went climbing on the glacier which was also really cool.  At one point I drank some of the flowing water from a running stream that was the deepest blue I had ever seen; it comes as no surprise that it was also the best tasting I’ve ever drank. 

Tomorrow I am headed to Fitz Roy peak that looks like a bunch of needles that jump straight out of the mountain.  Apparently it’s one of the most technically difficult climbs in the world.  Although I won’t be attempting to climb it, it still looks like an incredible hike around there.  Wednesday morning I am getting a little fly fishing in before heading north back to Bariloche to do some more fishing and make my way to Cordoba to see friends on my way back to Buenos Aires. 

What a picture perfect finish to my journey here.  Argentina has offered some incredible experiences from living in the chaotic city of Buenos Aires, to experiencing some of the most visually stunning sights in the world.  There has certainly been no shortage of ‘Planet Earth’ type views. 

In the last month I also travelled to Iguazu near the borders of Paraguay and Brazil to see the falls.  Despite the rain we spent the whole day trapsing around looking at all sorts of exotic wild life and millions of cubic feet of water over the falls.   I also on a whim / a ‘you won’t’ moment was peer pressured into going sky diving outide of Buenos Aires for a friend’s birthday.  And don’t think I didn’t make to time to visit Mendoza for a little wine and biking…not at the same time of course. 

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about this experience and I am so happy about how I’ve grown and changed throughout my journey.  I can’t explain how rewarding and fulfilling spending a significant time abroad is, especially somewhere as unique as Argentina.  I have a feeling I’ll be back before long. 

Until Next time,

Max

P.S.  I’m having some technical difficulties uploading my pictures on the sight.  For now, let your imagination and Plane Earth serve as an appropriate guide…seriously.

Time Keeps Ticking

Hey Everyone,

I accidentally left my last post as a draft so it was only published yesterday even though I wrote it about a month ago.  In any case, I’ll get you all up to date with what’s been happening in Argentina.

After spending about a month in Chile in 2007 studying with author Antonio Skarmeta, I returned to my old stomping grounds for their equivalent of independence weekend.  Boy, was it sure a good weekend to go back!  Our journey started with a 22 hour bus ride.  I know what you’re thinking but the buses here are like being on first class, and the scenery going through the Andes was amazing.  I’ve seen some incredible things in the mountains, but the drive from Mendoza to Santiago was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen between 24,000 foot snow-capped peaks to the crystal blue lakes along the way.  This visit to Santiago was not one for sight-seeing, that was exhausted on my last trip.  We wanted to immerse ourself with the people because it was ‘el dia de la patria’.  We had plenty of activities between family asados, patriotic songs, and the return of pisco – the wonderful Chilean national drink.  All in all, we crushed Chile…again.

After a few more weeks in Buenos Aires, which are never dull, we decided to head to the middle of the country to a city called Cordoba which is the second largest city in Argentina and happens to be the second largest population of students.  The weather felt more like home with hot, dry air and long sunny days.  The city has beautiful colonial architecture and the people are one of a kind.  Even though everything starts late here, at 4AM the streets were packed with people who were just starting out their night.  Just outside of Cordoba, they also happen to have the third largest Oktoberfest in the world; although we couldn’t figure out where the second largest one was.  The festival was held in a little town called Villa General Belgrano that was settled by German immigrants in the early 20th century.  The town looks like it’s straight out of Europe and combined with the festival it was quite a sight and without a doubt a good time.  Back to BA for class, but on the way back we did happen to engage in a 2 hour political debate with a pair of lawyers from Rosario – Argentines love to talk, especially about politics.

After all this play time, it was time to dig in and get ready for my midterm exams last weekend.  However, in between studying I did have time to revel in Argentina’s thrilling win in the rain over Peru and subsequent qualification for the World Cup with a win over Uruguay yesterday.  You could hear yelling all over the city when they scored in stoppage time and there was singing for the rest of the night.  Now that midterms are over and done with, I am heading to Mendoza for the long weekend to relax and unwind.

I was saddened upon my arrival from Chile that a good friend and teammate of mine, Chris Quon, had passed away suddenly over the weekend.  This news, coupled with the accident of another friend studying abroad in Switzerland, has given me a good reminder about the unpredictability and value of each and every day.  Although I try and make each day in Argentina special because of how unique this experience is, it’s given me new meaning towards my general outlook on life.  Don’t waste any moments, live life to utmost, and accept every invitation that comes your way.  In addition, in light of everything that’s happened and after speaking with all of my friends, it also made me realize what a wonderful group of friends I have at school.  I can’t even express how much they mean to me and what an influence they are in my life, even 5,000 miles away!

More to come.

Ciao

– To Bryce: I hope you make a speedy recovery.  You’re always on my mind, and we can’t wait to have your contagious, larger than life personality to make us whole again back at school.

Catching Up…

Hey Everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d get back in the swing of things after a long and much deserved break.  Summer was a relief from the fast pace of 8th block.  I coached for the second year in-a-row the Under 15/13 Colorado Select Boys Lacrosse Team.  I had the pleasure (with a hint of sarcasm) of traveling with them to Ohio, which made it visit lucky number 3 to Ohio this year.  I also worked in the Colorado Office of Economic Development doing policy research directed towards business retention and biotechnology.  Otherwise, you could find me fly fishing in the mountains, groovin’ at Red Rocks, or enjoying the mellow Colorado summer.

I had to pack in a whole summer’s worth of activities into two months because my abroad program started almost 6 weeks ago from today.  I’ve been in Argentina since July 19th and it’s been a whirlwind since I’ve gotten here.  The first month or so, we had an extended orientation because of the Swine Flu Outbreak and subsequent extension of winter vacation.  I am happy to report that I am Swine free and classes finally picked up in the last few weeks.  I had the horrible realization that I’m not on vacation anymore with a frenzy of reading; over 400 pages this week for just one class!

Although school is becoming more of a primary focus, I have done a bit of traveling, most notably to Bariloche to go skiing.  Yes, I have already started counting my 2009/2010 ski days.  Spring is rapidly approaching and I am ready for more adventures outside of Buenos Aires after exhausting this city and myself!  Some nights don’t end until 9 AM the next morning.  Anyway, just a brief account of my whereabouts the last few months, and much more to come from the Southern hemisphere and the wonderful city of Buenos Aires.

-Max

Hey Everyone,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d get back in the swing of things after a long and much deserved break.  Summer was a relief from the fast pace of 8th block.  I coached for the second year in-a-row the Under 13/15 Colorado Select Boys Lacrosse Team.  I had the pleasure (with a hint of sarcasm) of traveling with them to Ohio, which made it visit lucky number 3 to Ohio this year.  I also worked in the Colorado Office of Economic Development doing policy research directed towards business retention and biotechnology.  Otherwise, you could find me fly fishing in the mountains, groovin’ at Red Rocks, or enjoying the mellow Colorado summer.

I had to pack in a whole summer’s worth of activities into two months because my abroad program started almost 6 weeks ago from today.  I’ve been in Argentina since July 19th and it’s been a whirlwind since I’ve gotten here.  The first month or so, we had an extended orientation because of the Swine Flu Outbreak and subsequent extension of winter vacation.  I am happy to report that I am Swine free and classes finally picked up in the last few weeks.  I had the horrible realization that I’m not on vacation anymore with a frenzy of reading; over 400 pages this week for just one class!

Although school is becoming more of a primary focus, I have done a bit of traveling, most notably to Bariloche to go skiing.  Yes, I have already started counting my 2009/2010 ski days.  Spring is rapidly approaching and I am ready for more adventures outside of Buenos Aires after exhausting this city and myself!  Some nights don’t end until 9 AM the next morning.  Anyway, just a brief account of my whereabouts the last few months, and much more to come from the Southern hemisphere and the wonderful city of Buenos Aires.

-Max

The Best of Both Worlds

Hey Everyone,

It’s hard to believe this was the last block break in the year and there’s only three and a half weeks of school left.  I had the fortune of having break off from lacrosse which meant one thing: the mountains.  Because of lacrosse, I haven’t done much spring skiing in my day; however, this year was an exception.  I skied closing weekend which felt more like high-season skiing though with 23″ at A-Basin on friday and saturday.  Sunday was a warm, picture-perfect blue day. 

I started the morning off skiing Breckenridge.  It definately felt like a last hoorah for most skiers with snowballs flying in lift lines and live music in the middle of peak 7.  However, I decided it would be nice to take advantage of the good weather and get a few hours of fishing in the afternoon.  Heading down 24, I went up through 11 Mile Canyon above Lake George.  I’ve fished there a few times before but I was surprised at how beautiful the canyon is.  The river cuts right through the large boulders and walls spotted with pine trees and all sorts of wild life.  The water was perfectly clear which meant spot fishing for the hundreds of brown and rainbow trout was as easy as casting right above them.  What a great way to spend a sunday. 

When I was in Chile, they locals boasted that it was the only place in the world that you could ski and surf in the same day.  I didn’t get quite as far as the ocean, but I did manage to get my feet (or in this case my waders) wet. 

As the weather continues to warm and the lacrosse season begins to wind down, it’s time to put away my ski boots for another season and bring out my fishing boots.  I need to get more practice fly fishing before I head to Argentina abroad in July.  In any case, it seems that no matter the season, I find myself making more excuses to head into the mountains.   

Until next time,

Onward!

SB ’09

Ouch.

Ouch.

Hey Everyone,

Students are slowly trickling back to campus after spring break, and sure enough everyone has their own stories about adventures from break.  Although I didn’t have the pleasure of surfing in California or sipping daqari’s in Mexico as it seems most did, I do have a few stories of my own from SB ’09. 

Last year, the lacrosse team spent spring break in wonderful Colorado Springs.  Although I love it here, a change of scenery for spring break would have been welcome after a stressful 6th block.  However, this year, the Colorado College men’s lacrosse team had the pleasure of playing two defending national champions and a trip to Florida.  Although a tall order, our team stood our own and had two impressive showings against DII national champion NYIT and DIII national champion Salisbury. 

Some highlights from Florida include sunburns, bros, and a space shuttle launch.  However, most impressive were the mustaches our team grew for spring break.  Although not everyone can grow exquisite mustaches, most held their own for Mustache March.  There were all colors and mustache modifications, ranging from well-kept to handle-bar.  Without a doubt, we were the creepiest of any sports team flying through Orlando that week. 

Another block is upon us…

Until then, Onward!

Why CC?

Hey Everyone

* I came across this letter I wrote for the admissions office quite some time ago.  These words can’t speak any more truth today…

When I began looking at colleges as a senior, I had many preconceptions about who I wanted to be and what I wanted to be doing after graduating from college.  A year and a half later, I am excited by the limitless possibilities after college from many avenues of study at Colorado College.  The advantage of a liberal arts education is being well-rounded and versed in many disciplines with the chance to study fascinating material from all perspectives. 

            So if you’re interested in a liberal-arts education, why Colorado College?  The answer is simple: why not?  I am from Colorado and have enjoyed living in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  However, almost every day I still walk outside my room in wonder at the beauty of this place.  Colorado College was the only school I looked at outside of the Northeast.  But, I think I made the right choice.  CC has something to offer for everyone.  Any outdoor sport or activity you could think of is a hobby of CC students, and weekends and block breaks give you plenty of chances to pick up something new or polish your skills. 

Aside from the outdoors, Denver and Colorado Springs offer all the amenities of any big city from concerts at Red Rocks to world class art exhibits.  There is no ‘typical CC student’, but the unique personality of each student creates a style and culture unique to Colorado College.  No matter who you are, you are definitely a CC student. 

            There is nothing like the block plan anywhere else than CC.  Classes are small, in-depth, discussions valued for their quality of intellectual curiosity and varying perspective.  Relationships made at Colorado College between students and professors alike give you the opportunity to express and solidify your personal attributes.  After graduation, I will have had a world-class, unparalleled education  and countless memories.  I don’t regret my decision for a second. 

Until next time,

Onward!

Block BREAK

Hey Everyone,

I know that everyone looks forward to the end of the block to head to the high country to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities; however, its nice to sometimes put the break in block break.  I didn’t have a particularly stressful block, but even I found myself exhausted from class, worn out from lacrosse, and fighting the plague by last wednesday. 

In any case, it was great to head to the mountains to get in a couple days of skiing, a few days at home, and a TON of sleep.  Although Vail didn’t quite get the ‘waist high pow-pow’ that Steamboat did, there was plenty to go around. 

Although there is plenty of relaxing to do wherever you choose to spend block break, I have quite an unfair advantage.  Having home an hour away means laundry service (sorry mom), gourmet cooking, and luxury ameneties.  I feel a little bad not enjoying some of the back-country skiing, dance parties, and ample company that some of my other friends did, I don’t feel that bad coming back to take on a block of statistics after averaging 12 hours of sleep for 4 days straight. 

Although some of my fondest memories and wildest adventures occured on block break, it’s nice to take a breather in the hectic life of a Colorado College student.  In any case, there are many adventures to look forward to.  In the next month, the lacrosse team will be travelling to Virginia and then Florida for spring break.  As my dad says sarcastically, “Life is hard, huh?”  With my own sarcasm, I would have to agree. 

Until next time,

Onward!

Go Big!

Hey Everyone, 

It’s the last day of winter break and it’s been 60 degrees the last three days and looks like more of the same for next week.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back and see everyone, and oh yeah the weather doesn’t hurt. 

Students from CC are from all parts of the country, including some very cool cities and towns.  There is nowhere else in the world I would rather be than Colorado.  But, every once in a while you can’t help but be a little jealous of where students are from.  However, winter break is a time for other students to be jealous of me.  I skied over 15 days this winter break at some of the world’s best skiing destinations.  There has been so much snow this winter that the December snow record in Vail was broken by 40 inches and January looks to be about the same. 

I don’t think the weather could have been any better for break.  In addition to the epic snow, there have been several days over 60 degrees in Denver.  However, last week was one of my last chances to hit the slopes before lacrosse starts.  I went to Winter Park to ski with a few friends who came out early before class.  Let me preface this with I do much more back country skiing and don’t typically get ‘extreme’.  I don’t spin more than 360 degrees, I don’t flip, and I draw the line with cliffs at about 15 feet.  In fact, I don’t do flips on a trampoline or even in the pool.  However, at Ben Garner’s house in Winter Park we built a jump that started above the house that went through the driveway to a jump that dropped off into about 3 feet of snow.  After watching several of my friends flip, there was obviously no choice but to follow suit.  So, barreling down the hill into the driving I arched my back, looked back, and tucked my knees.  After what felt like time slowing down I was right side up in the snow: back flip accomplished. 

The moral of this story is that with my friends at CC, I try things I would otherwise probably shy away or back out of.  I am constantly encouraged to get out of my comfort zone and seek more fulfillment in my activities.  I don’t think I could have ever predicted the new height of my goals or the scope of my activities since coming to CC. 

Until next time, onward!