Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 3

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 3

Featured image: A winter wonderland—in March—in Strasbourg, a beautiful fairytale city on France’s border with Germany. Ah, French. The language of poets, the mots justes of Flaubert and Camus, evocative of ballet, theatre, cuisine, art—and, it often feels, the construction of a madman. Though grammar, syntax and conjugation are by this point full-on hobbies of mine (I take Ancient Greek back at Vassar, if that’s any indication), French’s contradictory rules and endless exceptions are a world unto themselves. Getting a…

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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 3

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 3

Featured image: The London Eye I can’t say when I made the switch from counting the number of days and weeks I had been in London to counting down the number of weeks and days I had left, but last week, I woke up March 14 to the realisation that the one-month countdown had already started. Honestly, the thought didn’t sit well with me. How long had I been taking for granted living in one of the most remarkable cities…

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Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 3

Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 3

Featured Image: A very bready brunch France, and especially Paris, is known for its food. However, foreigners generally don’t realize just how much meaning they put behind it until it comes time to order in a boulangerie (a cafe-style store that sells primarily bread). The first time I tried to order I was taking my time looking at the menu while I was in line, choosing between different sandwiches. Little did I know, that this was unacceptable. The line moved so…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Featured image: Since 300 million BC, the Cliffs of Moher have produced over 500,000 Instagram caption puns centered around the word “more” Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Saint Patrick’s Land! When I was a young Irish-American lad, I used to imagine that Ireland’s celebration for its national holiday would be an event beyond comparison, an explosion of all the symbols and stereotypes and sights and sounds one might expect from being in the most Irish place on the most Irish…

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Isabel Morrison | Mendoza, Argentina | Post 1

Isabel Morrison | Mendoza, Argentina | Post 1

Featured image: Vibrantly colored houses on a street in the La Boca region of Buenos Aires—like the country of Argentina, Buenos Aires has various distinctive regions in different parts of the city. Saludos desde Argentina! My name is Isabel and this semester I am studying abroad in Mendoza, Argentina, a city just east of the Andes mountains, close to the border with Chile. I chose Mendoza because the universities here will allow me to continue being involved with music while…

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Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 2

Noah Purdy | Paris, France | Post 2

Featured image: Beautiful gray Paris days—here, in the jardin des Tuileries—have been slowly showing signs of the spring to come. The notion of being abroad comes with a lot of expectations. What essentially describes a physical distance morphs into this romantic notion of difference, of monumental personal change, of an irreversible growth and expansion in understanding. Frankly, that’s a lot of pressure. I’m often reminded that I’m not that much farther away from Vassar here in Paris than I am…

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Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 2

Wenjie Xie | London, England | Post 2

Featured image: St James’ Park A few weeks ago, I realized I could save time using the transit app on my phone if I just saved my dorm address instead of manually inputting it every time. Storing that address as my “home address” however, gave me pause. It spurred me to consider this idea of “home.” How permanent does a home have to be to be considered a home? Is duration of stay the determining factor, or are there other…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Featured Image: High Street, Galway City Day 47 in Ireland. I have seen every corner of this island, I am fluent in Gaelic, and the blood that courses through my veins is now a vibrant, emerald green. Maybe not all of that is entirely true… It’s actually day 48. After a month and a half of living in the Emerald Isle, I am thoroughly settled in and I have had a handful of interesting experiences. I got lost in the country…

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Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 2

Laila Volpe | Paris, France | Post 2

Featured Image: Me in Normandy, looking very American and not giving a shit I never really thought about the influence Americans, or more accurately English speakers, have on the rest of the world. Of course I know that our culture has seeped in practically everywhere, from talks about Trump to watching Game of Thrones; however, I never realized just how large a role it plays. For example, in France people tend to say “stop” in English with a French accent…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 5

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 5

Featured Photo: Me in the ruins of an old house-like structure along the coast of Cornwall I am a list-maker. I make lists for all sorts of things. Recently I’ve started a new one: things-Maria-should-probably-have-known-a-long-time-ago-but-didn’t-until-she-lived-in-the-UK-for-six-months. I kind of want to believe these gaps in my knowledge are an American thing but I have a sneaking suspicion they may be a me thing. At any rate, I can either teach you something new or just teach you the limits of my…

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