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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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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

 

 

 

Friday April 4, 2014

I cannot accurately describe how lucky I am to have had such an amazing spring break. To start, I would just like to thank my family for helping me to study abroad. Even though I worked all summer and through the school year to raise the majority of my funding for my trip, I know I could not be here without their love and support.

Anyways, My spring break started off in London with my friend of 16 years, Allegra. Ever since we were 4 years old we have dreamed about going to Europe together and our wish finally came true! She happened to be studying in England for her spring break and, even though it was for only a day, we managed to see each other. In the morning we woke up and got breakfast at this wonderful restaurant called Le Pain Quotidien near our hotel in Kensington. I ordered oatmeal and a fresh-squeezed juice because neither are available in Italy. Compared to the ever-health-conscious Southern California, carb-obsessed Italy has me going through serious healthy food withdrawals. I have never wanted granola so badly in my whole life.

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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

Hello everyone!

I left off last on St. Patrick's day. After the madness of that day had settled and everyone recovered from the weekend's festivities, we were luckily on our Spring break. Many of the other study abroad students here at Griffith took advantage of the break and traveled around Europe. A lot of my friends went to Barcelona among other places. A few of us though, just used the week to relax here in Dublin and catch up on a few things. That doesn't mean that I didn't use the week as an opportunity to explore more of Dublin though!

I went to O'Neills, an Irish bar in the famous Temple Bar area that we had heard had some of the best Irish food in Dublin. I got Irish stew and my friends got fish and chips, and it was sooo good! They also had a beer tap serving Guinness and Carlsberg right at the table so you could serve yourself, pretty cool.

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