JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 1

JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 1

Featured image: Looking out at the neighborhood of Salamanca, Madrid Going into the college process way back in Spring 2015, I knew that wherever I went I would want to study abroad my junior year. Maybe not for the whole year – one only gets to spend four years at college (if everything goes as planned, anyway) – but definitely for one semester. I had a few years of Spanish behind me from high school and middle school, and though…

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AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 1

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 1

Featured image: standing on top of the Dune du Pilat during an excursion in Bordeaux The other day as I was video chatting a friend from home, she asked me to describe Paris. After some moments of reflection, the best I could come up with was: Paris? It’s, uh, very Parisian. And though at the time it sounded silly, I later realized that it was true. Paris is very Parisian. Here, the people smell nice, but aren’t always as outwardly…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 1

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 1

Featured Image: [St. Andrew’s Pier, location of the famous Pier Walk that occurs after Church services on Sundays] The hardest part about a trip for me is before the trip even begins. Pre-trip anxiety totally crushes my previously held excitement about a global adventure. As a frequent world traveler, one would expect that the pre-trip anxiety would be quelled over time. However, days before heading out to study abroad in Scotland, it hit me hard. I’ve been to Scotland twice…

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ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 4

ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 4

Featured image: Fall colors half way up a mountain in Patagonia—a refreshing break from dry Mendoza where all the autumn leaves change straight from green to brown Greetings from the wintery half of the earth! Time has flown by here—the cold has set in, classes have almost come to an end, and I return to the US in less than a month. Recently a student in one of my classes asked me if I was ready to return to the United…

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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 4

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 4

 Featured image: Iconic view of London’s skyline taken from the London Eye All these months later, what have I brought back with me from my journey abroad? For one, I have gotten more sleep this semester than I have in the two and half years I’ve spent at Vassar. Having class for two days a week meant that I could sleep in until 2 or 3 p.m. several days a week. It also meant having a lot of free time…

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Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 5

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 5

Featured image: A dramatic landscape during a visit to Chantilly with my host parents. I’ve never been great at good-byes. I often leave events early, I’m quick on the phone and I avoid the long, drawn-out farewells that some family members and friends seem to adore. So, as I face my impending departure from Paris (I write this on my penultimate day in France, a rainy Saturday), I’ve been struggling to wrap my head around leaving a city that has…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 7

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 7

Featured photo: Students in Munich watching the sunset on the bridge over the railroad tracks. In the last five weeks, I have been to seven European countries and eight major cities. I’ve stayed in seven youth hostels, a rural Bavarian air B&B, and the homes of three different third cousins of my mother. The April of my junior year was atypical to say the least. Despite possessing little concern for religion these days, UK universities have a month-long “Easter Break”…

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ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 3

ISABEL MORRISON | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA | POST 3

Featured image: Rows of grapevines growing in Maipú, Mendoza Greetings from Mendoza! I have now been here for more than two months and time is flying by. I have finally figured out the very different academic system, made friends, and become accustomed to everyday life here. One thing that I have learned a lot about here is wine—I arrived in Argentina knowing next to nothing about it because I turned 21 after leaving the U.S. The Mendoza province is famous…

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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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