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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

I've gotten a little carried away with the magic that is Ireland. I survived the first week of classes, which was a little confusing since I'm not used to the way they do things here but with many helpful advisors I've got my schedule and all the classes I needed. We take two lecture classes and one tutorial for each class. What tutorials actually are, I'm not sure yet as those don't start until next week but what it sounds like is like a lab for the lecture, more hands on and class discussion based, but I'm totally just making an educated guess. 

I've been waiting for the first planned trip, which was this past Saturday. I've been to Ireland once before after I graduated high school, and I went on this same trip, so I knew what we would be doing but boy, was it so much better this time around. The weather was absolutely perfect! Our first stop, the sun came out and stayed out the rest of the day and our tour guide was perfect. His name was Amon (I think I'm spelling it right, his Irish accent was tricky!) and he spoke gaelic so he taught us a few words, none that I can actually pronounce though. 

But being a little on the nerdy side I was taking some notes of the interesting things Amon told us, like there are 6,000 lakes in Ireland and the first one he took us to (which is the photograph of me looking way too excited) is 15,000 years old. There was also a mountain he showed us that is 680 million years old, MILLION. That's insane. I'm also crazy about parks, which Ireland has 5 National parks, Wicklow being in the eastern part of Ireland. 

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Florence-->Sorrento-->Capri--> Positano--> Pompeii--> Mt. Vesuvius-->Florence! 

 

Highlights: Blue Grotto, Pompeii, Hiking up Mt. Vesuvius volcano! 

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence


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I apologize for my delayed entry; it has been a busy week! This past weekend I went on my second trip through my school, Lorenzo de Medici. We started in Pompeii, an ancient Roman city close to present town Naples. In 79 A.D the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed most of the area covering it in 20 feet of ash and encasing bodies in lava. Our professor took our group on a three hour walking tour of the ruins, amphitheater, brothel, and gymnasium. He provided us with the history and interesting facts such as how three stones at the entry of the road meant that it was a two-lane street.

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Paros is a place that keeps people.

 

It is unclear whether this is purposeful, but the island that Athena prepared me for is not the island I live on. If they were truthful, most parents would not want their children to come.

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

Bar/ Clubbing 

After going to dinner, which consisted of unlimited pasta, bruschetta, and wine,my roomates and I went to Uncle Jimmy's bar, to have a few drinks prior to going to Space Night club, which is a popular club that both American exchange students and locals go to often.

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 We met a group of people that are studying abroad in Switzerland, and attend Virginia tech University in the USA. (One of my favorite things about studying abroad is meeting people from all over the states,)

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