Class Assignment: My Descriptive Paragraph for English

This is a paper I had to recently turn in for my college English class I’m currently taking in junior college. It’s a descriptive paragraph on a place of our choosing and we–obviously– have to describe it, adding sensory details like sight, sense, smell and taste.

This past summer, for my grad present from my grandparents, they took me and my older sister to Italy! 😀 And one of the last places we went to there was Lake Como of glacial origin, much like Lake Tahoe is here in America. (Pictures below)


So, I hope you enjoy!

Experiencing Serenity

Lake Como has a sort of beauty to it so that the serenity of the place has a calming effect on me. I am on summer vacation here in Italy, and as I stand to the side of the narrow roads, near the market town of Bellagio, before me is the breathtaking view of the serene Lake Como. Just below me is the dark green water of the lake, where the sweet smell of algae wafts up to my nose. Unlike the bodies of water back in the United States, these Italian waters are fresh and clean, which brings out the deep sea green of the water to where I am able to clearly see a pod of agoni herring fish swimming lazily just beneath the eddying surface. Boats of different kinds move from one side of the lake to the other, bringing tourists or native Italians across the waters as birds caw and fly low to catch any juicy herring they can get their claws on. I can easily see across the rippling water to the other side, where the simple town of Menaggio resides, with its equally narrow roads and clustered houses.

This wondrous place has its own fair share of towns as much as it does nature; tropical and subtropical plants of different variations covers the Italian landscape around the lake. Just above and all around the lake sits the mighty and tall earthly structures that make up the mountains; it is the lake’s most predominate feature. It is covered from top to bottom with luxurious vegetation, and from where I’m standing it looks like the mountains are completely overtaken with moss. These great Earth beings peak up towards the gorgeous light blue hue of the sky, which is dotted with fluffy, wispy masses called clouds. These white wisps remind me of pure white cotton candy as they float there above the lake.

I want to capture this amazing view before me, so I lift my metal Cannon camera to my face and snap a photo of pristine Lake Como. It is just as breathtaking as the real thing, but nothing compares to the real, in-person view that I see in front of me. Later, when I am back in America and every time I glance at the photograph I took, I am instantly reminded of the calm serenity I first felt, and it overwhelms me.


Doctor Who Review: Into the Dalek

For all Doctor Who fans (:

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Into the Dalek

Spoilers, sweetie.

“Into the Dalek” is a solid episode but is simply not the most original contribution to Doctor Who.  The idea of miniaturizing people and inserting them into another living being in order to solve a health problem may be a new experience for the Doctor but is certainly nothing new for science fiction (and honestly made me immediately think of The Magic School Bus, though the miniaturizing there was accidental).

“Into the Dalek” also draws very heavily from past Doctor Who episodes, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in lazy ones.  The Doctor asserts that inside the Dalek is the “most dangerous place in the universe.”  Yet I’m pretty sure the Dalek Asylum was supposed to be the most dangerous place in the universe.  (And we’re working on a technicality that the trip outside the universe in “The Doctor’s Wife” doesn’t also earn this designation.)  Declaring…

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