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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 4

Featured Image: On a walk along the Jurassic Coast in northern Devon with Exeter’s Outdoors Society As the vast majority of Vassar students studying abroad last term are settling back in at Vassar, I’ve returned to the eccentricities of life in southwest England. Coming back to a place that is both still foreign and also home produced a mix bag of emotions—it was harder than I imagined watching my friends reunite in the comfortable familiarity of Vassar’s bubble as I…

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Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Maria Bell | Exeter, England | Post 3

Featured Image: Looking towards The Coffee Cellar and other shops set into the bank by the river in Exeter. So my fall semester at the University of Exeter has come to an end! Unlike for many other Vassar students studying abroad, my end of term didn’t come with a sense of finality. Rather it brought with it the feeling that I have slowly built a foundation for myself, a launching point for next term when I return to England. There is…

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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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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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