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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

This past weekend was really great because I got to explore a little more of Ireland and Dublin. It's hard to believe that I only have about a month left here- so so sad! The time has flown by so quickly. But anyway, on Friday for my Irish history class we had the chance to visit Belfast in Northern Ireland. The first thing that we saw upon arrival were the political murals. It's been so interesting to learn about the troubles in class, so seeing the murals really made it hit home that the violence we had learned about had really happened. We also saw the peace graffiti wall that separates the two neighborhoods of Belfast that have different beliefs. It really just goes to show that Ireland's political history is still very much affecting the present.

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I had no idea until visiting Belfast that the Titanic was actually built there. But, it was, and they have a huge museum commemorating it.
Pretty cool as well as sad to learn more about it.

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Sunday April 20, 2014

This week has been rather uneventful for me because I have had so much work to do. I recently got an internship with a jewelry company in Italy photographing their merchandise and corresponding with them about their social media tactics. With that on top of final projects and papers, I have been basically running in circles!

Fortunately, I was able to make the time to go to Cinque Terre this weekend with some of my good friends. When we arrived in Riomaggiore Friday afternoon, we discovered that the costal paths between the five towns were closed due to a recent rockslide. Because the main attraction in Cinque Terre is hiking, we decided to take the more beaten path for the “more advanced hikers.” We had no idea what that fully entailed until we found ourselves walking up makeshift stairs on the side of a mountain for 35 minutes straight. When we reached the top, we all felt very accomplished and decided to take a beautiful photo of our sweaty achievement.

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

Monday April 14, 2014

The past few weekdays are not even worth mentioning because they are so far overshadowed by my weekend in the glorious city that is Paris. It is hard for me to put into words how amazing this city is. Paris, ma chérie, je t'aime. Je t'adore. I have truly fallen in love with the city of love.

I left with my friend Sophe Thursday afternoon for the Florence airport. We were both so excited to experience a city we have both dreamed of since childhood. Our flight and our journey to our hostel went as smooth as could be and we were delighted to find that we were to receive free breakfast in the morning. We did not arrive until around 9 at night so we both threw our things in our room and bolted for the restaurant. Sophe ate a veggie burger, I had a salad, both things that are uncommon to Florence, and we each had vodka with cranberry juice to toast to our trip. 

The next morning we woke up bright and early to go to the grand palace of Versailles. I wore my sunflower pants to see the home of the sun king. I thought it was very appropriate. The golden gates and Louis the XIV greeted us as we approached drinking our Starbucks coffee. We decided the gardens were a better option to visit because the line to get in the palace would have taken at least 2 hours to get through. Our decision was definitely justified. The grandeur of the garden was breathtaking and it took us 4-5 hours to make it through the whole thing. It is crazy to me that someone could have ever had that kind of beauty at their disposal.

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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

So last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam in the Netherlands for 4 days! It was my first experience in a non-English speaking country (even though almost everyone spoke English very well) and it was a little bit of a culture shock! Dublin has a very unique culture that is different from the United States, but as everyone speaks English and I had been to England and Scotland before visiting Ireland, I did not experience any culture shock. Amsterdam, however, is different from any other place I have ever been.

For starters, the architecture was very interesting, and the canals were beautiful! 

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Dispelling Myths: Guys and Study Abroad

by: Vinny Sanfillipo

I know when I was in undergrad, and deciding on whether or not I could study abroad, I encountered many myths during the process. It became difficult to decide when or if I could go, because I became so bogged down with worries about things that might not allow it. After I went abroad, I found that many of my worries were myths that were shared by both men and women. However, I've also found that women are statistically more likely to study abroad than men. These myths apply to women as well, but I know there are many men out there that are affected by them. 

Myth #1: I can't go because I play a sport. 

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