Emily Dowling | Paris, France | Post 3

Emily Dowling | Paris, France | Post 3

One of the benefits of living in Europe is that everything feels so close—at any moment, ancient monuments and breathtaking cities are only a brief train ride away. As if the destinations themselves weren’t attractive enough, my study abroad program provides a financial incentive to motivate students to explore France, offering reimbursements for up to 350 euros for travel within France and other Francophone countries. When my friends proposed a weekend getaway to Mont-St-Michel, a mountain-city in Normandy that is…

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Ruth Bolster | London, England | Post 3

Ruth Bolster | London, England | Post 3

Close your eyes and think of England. Of all the thoughts that may have poured into your head, I guarantee that “Tea Time” was one of the first (closely followed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Jane Austen, and of course anything steamy that you’d want to associate with the phrase “close your eyes and think of England”). A light meal comprised of finger sandwiches, buttery scones, sweets, and of course, an endless amount of hot, aromatic tea, Afternoon Tea has been…

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Jessica Tarantine | Marrakech, Morocco | Post 3

Jessica Tarantine | Marrakech, Morocco | Post 3

There are few phrases that I hate more than “single female traveler.” While I’m fine with the term “traveler,” the words “single” and “female” seem to suggest that it is strange for a woman to travel alone—that she would somehow be less capable of doing so than a single male. Yet, before I traveled as a single female traveler, I Googled tips for single female travelers religiously. Most of the time, tips for female solo travelers were the same as for everyone else: lock your…

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Andrew Jdaydani | Dunedin, New Zealand | Post 2

Andrew Jdaydani | Dunedin, New Zealand | Post 2

Beach..Beach Otago and O-Week! After making my way back from a hectic week of settling into my new home and traveling around New Zealand, I was ready for some time off in my new town of Dunedin. I decided to start off this period of relaxation with a nice, friendly run through the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Weaving our way through the trees and exploring the maze of foliage, Cathy and I came to a beautiful fountain, a pristine rugby field, and a winding road…

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Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

Skyla Lowery | Bologna, Italy | Post 2

La Vita Bolognese One of the advantages of being abroad is that you’re already across the Atlantic Ocean, which means that traveling to different places for a weekend only costs about 100€ instead of $800-$1000. Anyone who’s traveled around Europe knows how wonderful it is to take a train or plane to another not-so-far-away place that speaks a different language, eats different food, and boasts different romantic stereotypes. Despite the convenience, however, I’ve decided to forego the traveller’s life for the…

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Katie George | Madrid, Spain | Post 1

Katie George | Madrid, Spain | Post 1

A kiss on the left cheek, a kiss on the right cheek—that’s how people greet each other in Spain. Not just old people; everyone. So when I showed up at the door of my new host family’s apartment as a complete stranger with a big suitcase and funny pink hat, the first thing we did was kiss. But that was two months ago. Now, we greet each other with a casual, “¡Hola!” or “¿Qué tal?” It’s a strange reversal of…

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