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Work and Play: Finding a Balance

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Making our finals a little sweeter :) Bonjour! This post is a guide to balance. Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to broaden your horizons, to immerse yourself in a new culture or family, learn a new language, see the world and overall have a great time. All of this makes it easy to forget about the “study” part. Not only for those...

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Vineyards and Villas: Spring Break Under the Tuscan Sun

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Ciao! Though I’m back in Paris now (and writing to you from the terrace of a Frenchy-French cafe near my house, surrounded by second hand smoke and happy chatter), my Italian Spring Break is still fresh in my mind. I filled you in on day one of my adventures, and while it ended up being wildly fun to be so spontaneous, the rest of the vacation was...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ciao from sunny Firenze! Buon giorno! Admittedly, I am not the world’s most organized traveller. This semester’s causalities have ranged from booking an apartment much farther than anticipated from Amsterdam’s city center (I got a little overeager looking at Airbnb photos…) to leaving behind my only European converter, my wallet...

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View from the Top ~ Le Tour Eiffel

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Coucou! (That’s slang for “hey” in French). Whether the Parisians like it or not (they don’t), the Eiffel Tower is a universal symbol of Paris. Shooting up out of the skyline of Haussmann apartments, it represents every romantic ideal of Paris that has been propagated by innumerable songs, movies, novels and Instagram posts. But to Parisians,...

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bonjour à tous! I am currently writing to you from my sunshine-soaked balcony, drinking a beer, and wearing a tank top and shorts. I’m sorry, what time of year is it again? A girl could get used to this weather… And as a matter of fact, I sort of have. Last weekend, our entire program was whisked away on the TGV (a high speed train that...

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Springtime in Paris

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bonjour! Springtime in Paris has a magical connotation to it: cherry blossoms blooming against rows of Haussmann apartments, afternoon strolls through the perfectly manicured Jardin des Tuileries, balmy bike rides along the Seine. All of these images fed my desire to study abroad here, especially when I compared them to the ever-lastingly dreary weather (I...

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