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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

This past weekend one of my favorite people came to visit me! My boyfriend, Tyler, got to Ireland on the 21st and stayed until the 28th. I was so excited for him to be here, not even just so I could see him, but so he could see Ireland. He also brought me all the things I didn't pack, like pumpkin bread and Reeses, you know the important things you need to survive. This was Tyler's first time abroad and I feel so lucky that I got to share the experience with him, even though the poor boy's bag got lost at the airport but they dropped it off at the school for him. I tried to show him ALL of my favorite places and things but, talk about so much to do, so little time. We ended up getting to do and see a lot, he even started to figure out his way around town (only when I was present, he still managed to get lost when he was wondering around Dublin while I was in class). I will definitely admit having him here made being a student very difficult, since I would much rather go explore with him then sit in class, but I did what had to be done and put off everything that could wait until he left. It's fun having a familiar face in a far away place. He could tell how much I love it here, and I truly do. There are so many things that are different from what I'm used to, but I am enjoying being taken out of my comfort zone and adjusting to my little Irish life.

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Some fun things we did, was go to Howth, Malahide, Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Dublinia, St. Stephen's Green, Liffey Bridge, and he also got to meet Olwyn and the gang. We all went to see Love, Rosie and get pizza. I also took him to some of our frequented places like Pitt Bros, Burritos & Blues, and Bibi's. We walked A LOT and ate even more. It was a fun little trip and we've already talked about coming back in a few years! Having him here didn't make me homesick or anything. I think it made me just the right amount of knowing that I made the right choice to study abroad and excited to return back home to everyone I love. Ireland will certainly be a place I will return to throughout my life.

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January and Spring Deadlines Extended
 
October 15 has come.  And gone.  Did you finish your application?
 
If not, we have some great news - some deadlines have been extended!  Below is a list of all of our deadlines, with the ** indicating that an extension has been given.
 

January 2015 Program Deadlines:

Florence, Italy - November 1**
 

Spring 2015 Program Deadlines

London, England - October 22** 
Florence, Italy - November 1**
Rome, Italy - November 1**
Tuscania, Italy - November 1**
Tour of Italy - November 1**
Heidelberg, Germany - November 1
Dublin, Ireland - November 15
Sydney, Australia - December 1
Paros Island, Greece - January 1
 
Seville, Spain - Deadline Passed (October 15)
 
 

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Posted by on in Ireland: Dublin

I have officially been in Ireland for one month! Time has flown by and things are just starting to happen. First it was the Wicklow Day Tour, now London, and tomorrow off Galway and other fun places, then I have a special guest coming to visit me when I get back. How could I be so lucky? I guess it's the Irish in me. 

London, however, was awesome. Now this was my second time visiting, but I did things a little differently this time. Like traveling on my own, well not really but with people my own age and not my mom who took care of everything for me. It's a little empowering to book your own flights and hostels, which I know have lots of experience in. This was also our first weekend trip that we planned on our own, so we learned a few things for the next few (don't worry, I'll share my tips.)

We left Thursday afternoon and Olwyn set us up to take a van to the airport instead of the bus and we decided to just take the bus on the way back to campus. The van was 5 euro per person and the bus is 3 euro, next time I'd take the bus to the airport and the van on the way back or just the van both ways. The van was just faster and just all around more convenient. We flew through security and had an hour before they even posted the gate for our flight, so we lingered, got some coffee, and talked about our excitement. 

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Posted by on in Italy: Florence

Tips on how to find a secret bakery:
1. Follow your nose
2. Don't even bother looking before 1am
3. Keep your voices down. (They don't want to bring too much attention to themselves)
4. Have a euro ready to exchange for a freshly made baked good! (we got Nutella filled croissants)

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Last Saturday I took a day trip to the renowned Oktoberfest in Germany. I put my dirndl on and met my roommate there in the early morning and we decided to go into the city and venture around Munich. We stopped at the original Hofbrӓuhaus to start the day off with the locals. It was very lively inside! There was a band playing and the people were chanting and singing along together and I felt a comforting feeling of comradery. Unfortunately I had to pass on the wiener schnitzel and veal sausages but I did order a giant salted pretzel and one of their famous shanties “The Radler.”

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 When the afternoon came around we found ourselves in the middle of Oktoberfest chaos. We were surrounded by crowds of people, varieties of tasty snacks, carnival rides and the well-known tents. After finally gaining entrance into the Hofbrӓuhaus tent we were able to see what Oktoberfest really looked like especially because this tent specifically was termed the "tourist or international tent". There was a band, beer maids, fantastic doughnuts and an endless amount of the “cheers-ing” of mugs. That night we ended up back where we started, in the less chaotic, cleaner environment of the original Hofbrӓuhaus. I must say that it was a challenge doing it all in one day and staying up for about 20 hours straight (some couldn't handle it note the picture below) but I am not one for an entire weekend of Oktoberfest and I am glad I got a taste of the action (and the pretzels).

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