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Nicole in Italy

Trip

Let me tell you about one of my favorite trips so far! And it happened yesterday! (An actual timely update! Yay me!) Yesterday we went on a day trip to Tuscany with Bus2Alps. I had been on a Bus2Alps trip before (Prague, first weekend in February) and found out that I hated the whole ride-a-bus-for-fifteen-hours thing. That combined 30 hour bus ride in February made me wary of Bus2Alps, but I figured out that I don’t mind them for day trips! This tour only involved a 2.5 hour drive from […]

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Palm Sunday at the Vatican

I had planned over a month ago to attend the Palm Sunday service at the Vatican. Little did I know how difficult tickets would be to obtain! 4 days before the service, I asked Marco at the front desk of Accent if the Vatican had faxed back about the 10 tickets I had asked for. (A bunch of other students wanted to come with) Unfortunately they had never replied, which he says often happens if they don’t have enough tickets. Luckily, Molly’s host family happened to have 4 tickets that […]

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Inspiring Art

Yesterday I joined Kenzie, Kati, and Jenna on a walk to the Villa Borghese. The villa was the summer home for the family, and when they donated the land to the city, and became a vast park for all to enjoy.  Before we went there, we got forno pizza at Campo de Fiori, then walked along to Piazza Navona, ogled at the tourists for a few minutes, then walked to the Via del Corso. We stopped into LUSH for a moment and had a demonstration of a few products from […]

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Let’s Talk About Florence

Let’s talk about Florence… My favorite moment on that brief trip (trust me, it was brief, and I never got to see Michelangelo’s staircase at the Laurentian Library or the Baptistery. I have to go back!) was climbing up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The steps leading up to it were daunting, especially after having climbed both the Duomo and the Campanile in the same day, but it was definitely worth the effort! Just the walk to the steps was beautiful; the river in Florence is still detached from the city like […]

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The First Night in Rome…

One moment that I will cherish forever (and it is one moment out of many) is the first night we arrived in Rome. We had arrived earlier than our school program, so we rented an apartment right by the Piazza del Gesù. (It was a charming apartment, I could go on about it) After we had unpacked and settled in, we decided to make our way towards a restaurant that was well recommended. As we meandered through the foreign and confusing streets, we were completely distracted by street musicians and […]

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Sightseeing and Cards

Today we woke up promptly at 8am and it was still dark outside, so we slept in some more and had a relaxing morning. It was windy and blustery outside, so we had to postpone our walk in the woods by Lis’ house. Later in the day, we went to Ystad and visited the central Santa Maria kyrka (church), built in the 15th century in the Brick Gothic style. After walking around town some more, we visited Nymölla for Tommy’s 89th birthday and I met many of my relatives and friends such […]

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Best. Flight. Ever.

I was anxious. My stomach was roaring. I was nervous and I had no reason to be; I’ve traveled internationally before, even alone, and this time I was in the company of friends: Kristin and Evelina. Yet I was still nervous as my parents helped check in my baggage at MSP and watched me go through security. Why was I anxious? I think it’s because I’ve spent the past few weeks just waiting and waiting and thinking of every possible thing I need to plan for or worry about. Now […]

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