AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

Featured image: Me at L’Orangerie, looking at Monet’s water lilies Before I began this semester, I never would have imagined that on Thanksgiving, I’d be sitting at a table staring down a 20-pound turkey. And yet, that’s exactly what happened a few days ago when my host family decided to reconnect with their American roots (they lived in the United States back in the early 90s) and cook an entire Thanksgiving meal. That evening, the apartment was filled with old…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 3

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 3

Featured image: In Krakow, Poland, experiencing Nutella and coconut filled “chimney cakes” with friends University of St. Andrews has a tradition of “Raisin” weekend. Similarly to Vassar’s Founder’s Day, Raisin revolves around camaraderie and of course… a lot of drinking. After being adopted by an “Academic family,” you can expect to have a few family gatherings before Raisin Sunday/Monday. Each family has their own personalities and focuses, however it can be tough to determine what those focuses are with such…

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JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 3

JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 3

Featured image: Overlooking the Roman entry bridge to Córdoba As October has turned into November, Madrid has adopted another mood for me. There is quite a long summer here that extends well into September, but fall does not last for more than a few weeks. The leaves do change colors, even beautifully in some parks and in the suburbs, but the season transitions all too quickly into what I like to call “pre-winter.” “Pre-winter” hovers around 55 degrees Fahrenheit (and…

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JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 3

JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 3

Featured image: Views near my homestay in Sollentuna. How’s Sweden? Still dark. Still cold. But I’m still loving it. It’s already been three months since I flew in from the United States, and time is flying faster than I have ever experienced. Even though I have been here for a while, I still have yet to do any typical touristy things like trying pickled herring and surströmming, or visiting the ABBA museum. Instead, I feel as if I have really…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 1

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 1

Featured image: A map on my bedroom wall at home of my dream travel destinations. I meant to write this post about London, my new sort-of home for the next year—well, eight months—but I just got back from a week traveling elsewhere in England and in Ireland, so it felt more appropriate at the moment to write about travel. On the trips I’ve taken so far this year (to Brighton, Cambridge, Kent, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Galway), I can’t stop thinking…

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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

Featured image: Bern, Switzerland, with a view of the Alps in the background Now that I’ve spent almost three months in Paris, I’m feeling pretty settled here. It helps that I’m taking care of a plant now. A few weeks ago, I volunteered at a rooftop garden in the city, and left with a slice of an apple tart and a tiny plant. I’ve never been super into gardening – or good at taking care of plants, for that matter…

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AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

Featured image: Nuts and spices at the night market in Marrakech August, September, October, and now November. I said it in my last post, and I’ll say it again here: time has been flying by. Since my last update in October, I’ve visited the Loire Valley with my host family, gotten some real work done at my internship, and even gone to Morocco for a weekend. Now, instead of leaving the apartment in just a t-shirt, I don’t think twice…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 2

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 2

Featured image: Woods at Falkland Palace, Scotland   Let’s talk long-distance relationships… but don’t worry, I am not here to tell you not to do it. If you are set on doing a long-distance relationship, then listen up. First things first, make sure you’re on the same page. Have an honest conversation with your partner about what you both want. If one of you is only half in and the other is all in, it won’t work. Sorry to break…

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JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 2

JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 2

Featured image: The Vasa, a Swedish warship that was salvaged from Stockholm harbor   I look at the clock. It reads 3:20 in the afternoon. My research block was supposed to end at 6:30, but I happened to finish early today. Realizing this, I quickly clean up my lab bench, run a probably-not-recommended, cursory check of my oocyte samples, and sprint outside to head home. Since it’s mid-afternoon, I’m expecting to walk outside, get hit by a swift Stockholm breeze…

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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

Featured image: The view from Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum in Paris. It finally happened: I joined a French gym. After being worn down by weeks of being harassed by French men while running on the streets near my apartment and realizing that it’s rapidly getting colder and darker in the mornings, I caved and got a gym membership. Much like everything else here, French gyms are smaller than American gyms. The weight room is unbelievably tiny and cramped,…

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