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Talya Phelps | Prague, Czech Republic | Post 4

Talya Phelps | Prague, Czech Republic | Post 4

Featured Image: My friends and I spotted this toy store on a shopping street in Amsterdam’s city center and our inner children couldn’t resist taking a peek. The smell of wet dog flooded the room as Miloslav entered, his brambly gray beard trembling above his plaid-clad potbelly. He parked his huge rolling suitcase in the corner and painstakingly tied the leash to a table leg. Immediately, the hound began leaping up on his lap, its enthusiasm belying the fact that…

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Chris McCann | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

Chris McCann | Bologna, Italy | Post 4

Featured Image: Nyahvn in Copenhagen At this point in my abroad career I have taken the opportunity that being in Europe has afforded me and traveled to a number of European cities. Some places are better for certain groups than others—at least based on my own experiences. In addition to Bologna, some other cities that I’ve visited include Barcelona, Brussels, and Copenhagen. When I was searching for something to write about for this article, my boyfriend thought that I should talk…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 2

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 2

Featured Image: “Barrel Roller” hoisting the flaming tar barrel onto the next carrier’s back There’s nothing quite like watching a large wooden barrel on fire charging straight at you. That’s what my JYA experience has taught me. One of the perks of study abroad is being able to experience other countries’ holidays and celebrations. Studying in the UK, that means you get Guy Fawkes Day, also known as Bonfire Night. In 1605, catholic Guy Fawkes and his cohort attempted to…

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Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 3

Kimberly Nguyen | Exeter, England | Post 3

Featured Image: The sun setting on St. James’s Park. “These fragments I have shored against my ruins” -T.S. Eliot These past few weeks have gone by in a blur as winter begins to slowly creep in and settle.  The semester is beginning its downward descent towards an end.  I can feel everything, even the weather, reaching towards a finish line I pray never comes. I swear that nostalgia is a side effect of autumn because I have spent days wandering…

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Yina Wang | Budapest, Hungary | Post 2

Yina Wang | Budapest, Hungary | Post 2

Featured Image: My housemate and I derping in front of the Cathedral in Berlin. Sometimes I wonder to myself, “What is the study abroad experience?” Is it constantly waiting at airports because you book the cheapest flights? Is it only going to one class for a week? Is it buying four pastries instead of one because the lady did not understand your Hungarian? Perhaps it is a combination of all the above, and I am continuing to discover what the…

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Elena Schultz | Paris, France | Post 3

Elena Schultz | Paris, France | Post 3

Featured Image: The Grandines Estate in Cheffes, France—my temporary home for the past weekend, as well as a site of local lore. This weekend, I found myself locking eyes with a curly-haired cow, our breath crystallizing as one across the feebly-constructed barbed wire fence that separated us. Nose and ears burning bright red from the brisk wind of a new winter, I wrapped myself tighter in my layers of down and watched as she studied me passively, then flipped her tail…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 1

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 1

Featured Image: Early morning in rural England While making plans to meet up with a friend from Vassar in London, it dawned on me that I was about to spend time with another American student for the first time since my first few days in Exeter. My study abroad experience has been a rather quirky one—I am not in a large metropolis, nor am I part of an established program of other Americans. Back at Vassar, I had my people…

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Tyler Boyle | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Post 3

Tyler Boyle | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Post 3

Featured Image: A canal that lines the Jordaan area, along with residential house boats where various families live Two months down.  Two and a half months to go. I’m currently writing this on my “fall break”, while sitting on a train, heading from London to Exeter, where my friend, Maria, is studying for the year.  And I cannot believe where the time has gone.  Again, as with any post, here are the updates from last time: My homestay mom, Dagmar, has…

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Chris McCann | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Chris McCann | Bologna, Italy | Post 3

Featured Image: Building in which my neurobiology course it held. Last week I began a new phase in my abroad experience when I began my course at Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Thus far I have been taking various courses in the Italian ECCo program itself, but now I am in the midst of working through a course that is not only taught in Italian while being surrounded by Italian students, but at a university generally just far different…

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Evelyn Frick | St. Petersburg, Russia | Post 3

Evelyn Frick | St. Petersburg, Russia | Post 3

Featured Image: Henri Matisse’s famous paintings Music and Dance, currently on display in The Hermitage Museum. The version of Dance which is on display in New York’s MoMa was a study for the painting in St. Petersburg. Some Russian rat bastard stole my phone. In the past I have been to many big cities in the United States and Europe, and I always prided myself on never having been pickpocketed. About two weeks ago, that streak came to a tragic end. Allow me to illustrate:…

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