Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 4

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 4

Featured image: A lovely day trip to Lyon, land of silk and rich cuisine, included a visit to two Roman amphitheaters dating from the 1st century BCE. Recently, while walking back to their apartment from the metro after a dinner out with my host parents, my host mom asked me if I remembered walking home with them my very first night in Paris after they took me on the metro route I’d need to get to school the next day….

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 4

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 4

Featured image: The beautiful Connemara at dawn is something else – it’s Dawnemara. As a friend named Jeff once said, a semester abroad is a paradox: it feels like two weeks, but also feels like a lifetime. It’s typically about the same length of time as a semester on campus, but the new settings and classes zoom by at double speed. It seems like it was only yesterday that I lethargically stumbled off of an overnight Aer Lingus flight into…

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BRENDAN WIRTH | KØBENHAVN, DANMARK | POST 2

BRENDAN WIRTH | KØBENHAVN, DANMARK | POST 2

Featured Image: Frosted tips are back, baby Okay, I take back what I said about Danmark being cold. Danmark is not cold. Danmark is actually quite warm. You know what’s cold? Grønland (Greenland). Specifically inland Grønland. Even more specifically, Kangerlussuaq, Grønland. Grønland is technically part of the Danish Kingdom, so I guess Danmark could still be considered cold; most Danes will claim that Grønland is still part of Danmark, but most Greenlanders would say otherwise—more on that later. I can’t…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 6

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 6

Featured image: Max Gate, the house Thomas Hardy built in Dorset and where wrote Tess of the Durbervilles and other works; Courtesy of Geograph. Being an English major, it’s obvious I love reading novels. I’m also an overly curious person. This means that engaging with a story isn’t enough for me. I want to know about the person behind that story. I want to know what experiences and influences in their life brought them to write this particular tale. Yes, I…

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ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 2

ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 2

Featured image: The view from of a summit called “Feliz Cumpleaños” that I appropriately climbed the day before my birthday I have now been in Mendoza for just over three weeks and I am loving it! In the U.S., I am a pretty high-strung person, but here in Argentina, I have become much more laid back. The way the day unfolds here is much more relaxed than in the U.S., or even in Buenos Aires. Whereas the capital is a huge…

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Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 3

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 3

Featured image: A winter wonderland—in March—in Strasbourg, a beautiful fairytale city on France’s border with Germany. Ah, French. The language of poets, the mots justes of Flaubert and Camus, evocative of ballet, theatre, cuisine, art—and, it often feels, the construction of a madman. Though grammar, syntax and conjugation are by this point full-on hobbies of mine (I take Ancient Greek back at Vassar, if that’s any indication), French’s contradictory rules and endless exceptions are a world unto themselves. Getting a…

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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 3

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 3

Featured image: The London Eye I can’t say when I made the switch from counting the number of days and weeks I had been in London to counting down the number of weeks and days I had left, but last week, I woke up March 14 to the realisation that the one-month countdown had already started. Honestly, the thought didn’t sit well with me. How long had I been taking for granted living in one of the most remarkable cities…

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Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 3

Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 3

Featured Image: A very bready brunch France, and especially Paris, is known for its food. However, foreigners generally don’t realize just how much meaning they put behind it until it comes time to order in a boulangerie (a cafe-style store that sells primarily bread). The first time I tried to order I was taking my time looking at the menu while I was in line, choosing between different sandwiches. Little did I know, that this was unacceptable. The line moved so…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Featured image: Since 300 million BC, the Cliffs of Moher have produced over 500,000 Instagram caption puns centered around the word “more” Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Saint Patrick’s Land! When I was a young Irish-American lad, I used to imagine that Ireland’s celebration for its national holiday would be an event beyond comparison, an explosion of all the symbols and stereotypes and sights and sounds one might expect from being in the most Irish place on the most Irish…

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Isabel Morrison | Mendoza, Argentina | Post 1

Isabel Morrison | Mendoza, Argentina | Post 1

Featured image: Vibrantly colored houses on a street in the La Boca region of Buenos Aires—like the country of Argentina, Buenos Aires has various distinctive regions in different parts of the city. Saludos desde Argentina! My name is Isabel and this semester I am studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina, a city just east of the Andes mountains, close to the border with Chile. I chose Mendoza because the universities here will allow me to continue being involved with music while…

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