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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

Featured image: Parisian architecture I’ve been back in the United States for almost a week now, and my four months in Paris feel like they were years ago. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I’ve been working nonstop at my retail mall job (is there anything more American?) since the morning after I got back, and doing boring adult stuff between shifts, like getting a haircut and scheduling doctor’s and dentist’s appointments. A stark contrast from my last…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 4

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 4

Featured Image: The famous Swilcan Bridge on the Old Links Course in St. Andrews. This course was the first site where golf was played in the 15th century! The British Open has been held on this course almost 30 times. It’s customary for golf champions to publicly show some sort of respect to the bridge. When people ask for photos of St. Andrews I’m never sure what to send. The concept of one or even a few photographs which will…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 2

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 2

Featured image: A street in North London I’ve never been happier that I decided to spend an entire year abroad than I am right now, in the middle of writing final essays, with two days left before I fly 6,000 miles home to California for winter break. I arrived in London exactly three months ago today, and while I can’t wait to spend a few weeks with my family and our pets, I’m nowhere near ready to leave London for…

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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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