Clivia Wang | Bordeaux and Paris, France | Post 1

Clivia Wang | Bordeaux and Paris, France | Post 1

Bordeaux: As I stuff my wrinkled tees back into three suitcases, I realize that my first two weeks in Bordeaux, France have slowly and quietly come to an end. In my first 24 hours in Bordeaux, I had not acknowledged that my New York state of mind was no longer applicable to the small city of bikes, parasols, and casual wine hours. Because school had not yet started in Bordeaux, 95% of residents were still vacationing somewhere along the Atlantic…

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Belle Shea | Bordeaux, France | Post 1

Belle Shea | Bordeaux, France | Post 1

If you’ve ever taken a class with me, you would probably be unsurprised to know that I planned on giving this article an ambitiously clever and all-encompassing title, something probably along the lines of “Flights I Have Missed or Accidentally Taken,” or “The Paranoid Guide to Europe” (that would of course feature key vocab such as serial killer [un serial killer] and to send oneself in a nervous spiral [bad-tripper].) But it turns out that just these two weeks in…

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Carrie Plover | Bordeaux, France | Post 1

Carrie Plover | Bordeaux, France | Post 1

As I wait for my bus to arrive, I survey my surroundings. The schedule for the 29 – “my” bus, as I’ve come to know it over the past week – hasn’t yet been updated, and I periodically observe exasperated Bordelaise check a nearby timetable to no avail. To get out of their way, and to avoid blowing cigarette smoke in their faces (which, admittedly, few French seem to mind), I lean on a street sign and twiddle my thumbs,…

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Mija Lieberman | Santiago de Compostela, Spain | Post 1

Mija Lieberman | Santiago de Compostela, Spain | Post 1

I’ve been in Spain almost two weeks now and am having a great time. We’re not in Madrid yet because we’re still having our orientation in Santiago de Compostela, which is in the northwest region of Galicia. This is a Vassar-Wesleyan program and I didn’t know most of the Vassar students or any of the Wesleyan students when I met them at the airport, but we’ve bonded a lot already, though we’re supposed to start speaking more Spanish than English…

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Michael Gambardella | Santiago de Campostela, Spain | Post 1

Michael Gambardella | Santiago de Campostela, Spain | Post 1

My flight out of JFK to Madrid set the tone for the semester to come – my partner in crime, snuggle-buddy, and best friend, Prentiss, and I ended up getting a whole row of four seats to ourselves. Needless to say, we sprawled out and went right to sleep. Since then, things have only continued to get better. We left on August 18th and arrived in Santiago de Campostela the following day, where we are spending two weeks until we…

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