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That One Time In Italy

Firenze, the host of the Renaissance, the Medici dynasty and Michelangelo’s David. For centuries artists have flocked to Florence to collaborate, inspire, and gain recognition. Today, the streets of the Tuscan town continue to ravish in its traditional beauty. Despite the scaffolding, gypsies, and crowded tour groups; Florence never disappoints. ...

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Oops… I Did It Again

Most would agree that travel takes time and money. I say it is all about what and who you know. I know how to navigate Europe, and have a reservation on a friend’s couch. Today will be the third time in three consecutive years I hop the pond into Italy. ...

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Cape Town, South Africa

  I once thought South Africa was a geographical region, rather a country. Such as “I’m from South Africa” was comparable to “I’m from the Midwest”. At least I realized there are white people in South Africa, thanks to The Disney Channel’s “The Color of Friendship” and of course Cady ...

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A Day on a Train

During our last hours with Gerlind, Walter, and Tim, we opened up Dad’s blood sausage at breakfast with our croissants and homemade jam. By noon us Martins were on our way to the train station after several hugs, thank-yous, and goodbyes. The train to Salzburg left at 1:10. We hustled ...

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The Half-Way Mark

Studious After imprinting copious notes about Socrates and the Sophists, my frazzled brain had enough of the library and pleaded for a mental break. Quarter ’till midnight, the young people of Florence moseyed to the bars. As I skipped my apartment to avoid extra reviewing and to soak up the ...

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Midterms in Italy

I had two choices this past weekend: 1.Take the refund from my cancelled trip to Budapest2. TravelI took the latter. To make up for my lost study time, I devoted all of Monday to my notes. This idea lasted until I ran up to Piazza Michelangelo, shopped for a leather ...

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A Hot Moment in Galway

CommuteWe had two choices: a guided tour or the country side of Ireland, or Galway on our own. Here’s my final advice on traveling Europe: stick to a guide when you have limited transportation access.  At 11am we bused from Dublin to Galway, using public transportation. What could be a two ...

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Dublin Nightlife

Real Pub Food With a three hour flight and a one hour time change, we landed in Dublin at 8pm. Outside the airport a breath of Irish mist welcomed four Florentines. After a short wait in line for a cab, we anticipated riding on the left side for a change. Or as ...

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Dublin

Ladies and Gentlemen At 10:10 we departed the hostel with our tour guide David. Before starting, we stopped at a hotel to pick up more tourists. Waiting at the bar, a few men were drinking a Guinness. It wasn’t even 11AM… I love the Irish. My roommate and I hunted for an iced coffee ...

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Pompeii

Ruins Sunday morning we departed from the hostel to visit the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. For £20, we could purchase a wristband for a guided tour throughout the preserved town. I unknowingly bought the wristband on Friday, thinking it was my pass to cliff jump. However, I would have ...

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