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A Pence For Your Thoughts

Days have been long  and nights even longer, but I have never been happier. I still wake up every morning and smile just knowing that I am living my dream of traveling and exploring the world. The hectic life of a poor traveling college student is a life I would never give up for the world! Since the last time I posted I have traveled to Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Denmark…. I know, it’s a lot. While all my travels have been memorable and amazing in their own way, the […]

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London Adventures – Feb. 14

Helllooo everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but honestly, I’ve kind of just been relaxing this last week and trying to take in everything that’s being thrown at me while here in London. Last week, and weekend for that matter, were very low key and not a lot happened… (which kind of sounds dumb to say considering the fact that I’m in London), but in all reality, I’ve basically been going to class, doing homework, and drinking a lot of coffee because midterms are next week. That […]

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Paris Adventures – Feb. 5

Hey guys, So this weekend I was in Paris, (how crazy is it to say that?!), and it was by far one of the coolest things I have ever done. The city is beautiful and had so many cultural details to it that I will never forget. The weekend started with going on a boat tour throughout Paris on Friday night. While on the tour we got to see the Eiffel Tower light up when it turned dark, and that was honestly the best way to have started that trip. […]

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London Adventures – Jan 29

Happy Sunday everyone! This past week was pretty laid back for the most part. School was good! I love my classes which makes sitting in class a lot more tolerable. In all three years of being in college, I have never been late to a class… until this last Thursday. My roommate Josie and I were at the tube (subway) station and we got on the tube like we do every day, when we realized that we got on the tube that was going the opposite direction of where we […]

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Mind The Gap

 “TRAVEL CHANGES YOU. AS YOU MOVE THROUGH THIS LIFE AND THIS WORLD YOU CHANGE THINGS SLIGHTLY, YOU LEAVE MARKS BEHIND, HOWEVER SMALL. AND IN RETURN, LIFE- AND TRAVEL – LEAVES MARKS ON YOU.” – Anthony Bourdain I have been in London for 3 weeks exactly but feel as if I have only just arrived.  I wake up every morning in disbelief that I am in a city so beautiful as London. As the quote above says, you leave marks behind but the travel leaves marks on us as well. For […]

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London Adventures – Jan. 22

Hey guys, This weekend was pretty eventful. Friday was a day off from classes, so my roommate Josie and I went to a small coffee shop and got some homework out of the way. We then went to Chinatown and saw what life is like there the week before the Chinese New Year. We had real Chinese food… because the closest thing we’ve all had is Panda Express. I even tried squid for the first time. (I don’t think I’ll have it again…) We then went back towards our apartment […]

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London Adventures – Jan. 19

Hey friends, As of about 12:50 this afternoon, I officially finished my first week of class in London. (!!!!!) My classes are really cool and actually super interesting. I just seem to find myself drinking lots of coffee before hand because classes are 3.5 hours long… yep, you read that right. One class is 3.5 hours long. Because they’re so long, you only have each class once a week, which is kinda nice cause you have a lot of time to work on homework. But at least I’m enjoying what […]

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London Adventures – Jan. 13

This weekend we did all things touristy. We went on this 4 hour coach bus tour through London, and I guess I never really realized just how big this place is. So many times throughout the tour I thought we were in a different place, but turns out it was just a different part of London. Apparently my apartment is in THE area to be in in London… especially considering the fact that Madonna lives just down the road from me… (!!!!) I also got to see Buckingham Palace… Sadly, […]

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Cheers from London!

CHEERS TO A BLOODY FANTASTIC SEMESTER ABROAD! As some of you may know, I am currently studying and interning abroad in London for Spring 2017 semester and then backpacking around Europe for 5 weeks afterwards (Jan. 10th- May 26th). I am so excited to have this opportunity to experience a new and beautiful culture/city and can’t wait to share it with you all! We have been here for about 2.5 days and jetlag is still not our friend. Nights have been restless and afternoons have been exhausting but completely worth […]

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632. Walk closely with people you love and with people who believe life is a grand adventure.

Spontaneous trips: take one. I have wanted to go to the Cliffs of Dover ever since I heard that they were in existence and yesterday I mentioned the possibility of me going to my wild friend Kat and batta bing batta boom we booked a trip to the Cliffs of Dover from London the day before leaving. “This is actually ideal” said Kat after we missed our train in the morning. Getting the tickets took longer than expected and randomly one of the attendants was really loving Kat so he […]

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A Content American

Something I’ve noticed in England is how many Americans, within days of landing in Britain, begin trashing the United States.   “Yeah, American politics are a joke.”   “Americans are fat.”   “England rocks. America needs to get its shit together.”   It’s like a giant, self-conscious apology no one asked them to give on behalf of the United States.   I understand this habit, kind of. American politics can get circus-y, the U.S. certainly suffers from an obesity epidemic, and so on. But the facts rarely seem to be the speaker’s […]

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A Reminder To Have Fun

Yesterday, my friend Max and I snuck out of our flat shortly after breakfast for a day of urban on-foot exploration. We walked to a theater and scored rush tickets, strolled along the Thames beneath the great, spindly Eye, and across Westminster bridge.   Well, ALMOST across Westminster Bridge.   Our path there was interrupted by a middle-aged, white-bearded, bear of a man who asked us if we “had a sec?”   As a policy, I never “have a sec” for middle-aged men on city streets. But this one spoke […]

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Landslide

Standing like guards at the northern fore of the Swiss Alps is a trinity of peaks known as Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Together, their names translate to Ogre, Monk, and Virgin — like characters in a Swiss fairytale, right? Wrong. Their names are allegedly coincidental and origins unrelated. Not sure if I believe that. ANYWAY. They rise at the south end of a 12-mile, 14,000-foot deep valley. The north end is corked up by the city of Interlaken. Lauterbrunnen, where I am staying, is in the dead center of this […]

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Switzerland: Cheese, Chocolate, & Bungee Jumping

The weekend I spent in Switzerland was filled with unbelievable scenery, scrumptious cheese and chocolate, and one big adventure (and by big, I mean 735 feet big). One thing I loved most about this trip was staying in a small town called Lucerne. Encircled by mountains, this lakeside city was full of charm. On Friday, we spent the morning simply wandering around the quiet and empty streets. We crossed over into Old Town and stopped inside almost every chocolate shop we passed for a fresh sniff. It was refreshing not […]

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Lovely London

One of my favorite things about this semester is how much I have been able to travel around Europe (ten countries and counting!). During March, though, I took a nice break from trying to fit an unreasonable amount of things into a backpack and decided to spend some quality time with my main squeeze: London. Lucky for me, spring decided to come out of hiding (who am I kidding, winter has been a breeze compared to home) fully equipped with lots of sunshine, an adequate amount of rain and that […]

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