Eilis Donohue | Berlin, Germany | Post 2

Eilis Donohue | Berlin, Germany | Post 2

Well, we had nice warm, sunny weather for a few days there. Otherwise, cloudy and cold as usual. Above is a perfect example of what you would likely never hear in a German conversation. There’s pretty much no such thing as small talk; why waste your breath talking about the weather when anyone can step outside and see for themselves? Besides, there are a lot more interesting things going on in the world. Namely, politics. It’s a particularly interesting and…

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Rachel Ludwig | Paris, France | Post 3

Rachel Ludwig | Paris, France | Post 3

One of the paradoxically worst things about being now three months into the study abroad experience is realizing how much you’ve actually settled into your homestay. You realize that the relationship you’ve cultivated bit by bit with your hosts is both a product of those three months, but also because of those three months, coming to a close all too soon. So, this is my little ode to my time thus far with Catherine and Thierry and our little apartment…

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Jackson Ingram | Madrid, Spain | Post 3

Jackson Ingram | Madrid, Spain | Post 3

La Universidad Carlos III reminds me of Vassar in the sense that there are, in fact, students here and also buildings, with chairs and desks. The similarities end there. In some ways, this has been a welcome change. As much as I love Vassar, there came a point when the novelty wore off just a bit. And while Vassar’s student body of almost 2,500 dwarfed my high school’s (roughly 120, grades 9 – 12), you’d be amazed how claustrophobic the…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

A Tour Guide in Italy March here in Bologna has been a month of visitors and midterms, which both have presented an opportunity for me to pretend I know more than I do, albeit to two very different audiences. The first audience consisted of my girlfriend visiting during the first half of Vassar’s spring break and my mother and brother, who arrived a few days ago. The other, of course, included my professors, hoping for verbose and accurate explanations of…

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Eilis Donohue | Berlin, Germany | Post 1

Eilis Donohue | Berlin, Germany | Post 1

That long Vassar winter break is nice when all your friends at other schools are doing schoolwork and you’re still lounging in your pajamas, but imagine it dragging on to the end of January, then slogging through February, and spilling over into March…So naturally it was both exciting and relieving to finally be on a plane to Berlin. I love traveling, and am fortunate to be able to sleep on planes, but I always get antsy at the end of…

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Jackson Ingram | Madrid, Spain | Post 2

Jackson Ingram | Madrid, Spain | Post 2

At the end of our orientation in Granada, I found myself in another airport, desperately wanting to miss another flight. Not wanting to get on planes has kind of become my thing lately. At that point, I had decided that Spain might end up being okay. I mean, really, Grenada was a sweet gig. All I had to do was sit through three hours of exceptionally boring classes each morning and then Nicolás (our dauntless director) would herd us through…

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Jason Goldman | Berlin, Germany | Post 1

Jason Goldman | Berlin, Germany | Post 1

As I sit reflecting on my first month in Berlin, I can hardly fathom how fast the time has flown by. I know it’s cliché (what about having a travel blog isn’t cliché), but time really could not be moving faster right now. Living in a huge, bustling city like Berlin is such a dramatic and welcome change from life at Vassar, and I’m so grateful that I’m able to have this experience. I suppose I can begin at the…

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Rachel Ludwig | Paris, France | Post 2

Rachel Ludwig | Paris, France | Post 2

Although I’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray all the way through (I’m a sham of an English major) I’ve recently been giving some thought a particular Oscar Wilde quote. I saw it few weeks back while sitting on le ligne 6, heading to Reid Hall for class. From what I could make out from behind the smudged Plexiglas and bobbing Parisian heads, it was something to do with the difference between existing and living. The full thing reads,…

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Kohei Joshi | Oxford, England | Post 4

Kohei Joshi | Oxford, England | Post 4

Reminiscing About the Phases of My Life and Some Lessons I’ve Learned Plane rides have become the measurement of my life, something like the markings of each chapter. Back when I was much younger, I used to look forward in time whenever I arrived at an airport. After all, I only ever went to one for something like a family vacation, and who wouldn’t look forward to something like that, right? When you’re five, there’s really not much to reminisce…

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Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Zander Bashaw | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

More Freedom in Italy My second month in Italy has been an effective loosening of the leash on the part of the program directors. Perhaps that is a bad metaphor, because the program trips on the first weekend to see mosaics and towers are not a limiting or controlling experience in the slightest. What I mean to say is that our tours around Bologna and nearby cities were similar to taking a dog for a spin around the suburbs, and…

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