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The Real Beauty and the Beast

I’m pretty sure I visited the set, or at least the inspiration behind the Beauty and the Beast film(s)! With my program, we took a trip to the Alsace region of France, as well as some of Western Germany. We visited Strasbourg, Riquewhir, Trier, and Freiberg. All so gorgeous! Each town was so quaint and lovely and covered with flowers (Wysteria is in bloom right now everywhere in Europe it seems…it’s so lovely). In Strasbourg, we took a tour and saw “Little France,” where quarantined patients once stayed during times […]

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Brussels, I love you

With all the travelling I’ve been doing it’s easy to get caught up in what I love about other cities I’ve been fortunate enough to visit. However, it’s important not to forget how much I love and how lucky I am to be here in Brussels! Going away makes me appreciate it more, if I’m being honest (insert you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/thousands of other song lyrics here). The bruxellois are so nice. People here are truly polite and caring, everybody thanks everybody and makes sure to be […]

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The travel posse is back at it

I’ve made so many new, amazing friends through my program here. We’re from all over the country but thanks to CIEE, we’ve been brought together! And oh the adventures we’ve had. There’s a group of us that does a lot of travelling together. We always have a ton of fun and do so many cool things wherever we may be. These past few days, our group in some form took on Venice. My, oh my I could write a lot about Venice. What a beautiful city! Though it doesn’t quite […]

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Roma, che bella

I was lucky enough to have my mom come and visit me for a week. And, even luckier, we were able to go to Rome to visit some of her family! Even though I’m a quarter Italian, I’ve never been before and haven’t met any family that lives there, so this was such a cool experience. To be brief, Italy was absolutely gorgeous. I’m kind of a history buff and it was amazing to see so many ancient ruins of all these places I’ve only read about in textbooks! My […]

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Ireland and Budapest

The travel bug has officially hit, and it seems I am away more than I am in Brussels this month! It’s a little exhausting, if I’m being honest, and I do feel bad about leaving my host family so much. However, I don’t know when I’ll have these opportunities again and I am loving all that I’ve been able to do. Last weekend, I got to visit Ireland, where one of my really good friends is studying. Her family came to visit her so I cam over, too! We spent […]

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Long overdue post

I apologize for being MIA for so long! Two weeks ago, we had midterms, and since then it’s been a whirlwind of activity. Midterms were difficult to say the least. My school is certainly more European-style than I am used to and I found my midterms to encompass much more material that I usually study and most of them were essay-based. I am not a huge fan of essays on exams, so this was something I was absolutely dreading. Luckily, I found that everybody at my school continues to be […]

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Art & Culture

Brussels is an art city…something I love to take advantage of ???? My host mom, Brigitte, is actually a painter herself so she loves to go to all sorts of arts shows and I love to tag along and/or take her recommendations. About two weeks ago, Brigitte took me to BRAFA, which is an insanely large art fair held every year in an old airplane hangar near Brussels’ port. It was spectacular. There are galleries from all over the world that come and set up little mini exhibitions- it’s kind […]

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Culture shock and the start of classes

Culture shock is something that is very familiar to me right now. I definitely felt it full-force in my first few days here, I would be trying to understand what my host family was telling me, and while I understand most everything I’d miss a little detail about their house rules or practices and do something wrong. I’m very lucky, they’re all the sweetest people in the world and totally understanding but I don’t think anyone likes making mistakes! I felt a little helpless. Luckily, from each mistake I make […]

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Learning experiences…

Despite how highly-skilled I think I am at travelling, I definitely fell from my pedestal yesterday. I was on the metro with my friend going to see the Atomium (which, despite everything was very cool). When we got off the stop, I realized my wallet was not in my purse. I immediately called my host mom who found my wallet in my room, so I relaxed and enjoyed my day. However, when I got home I realized she had found my other wallet and I had, in fact, had mine […]

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The first few days…

I have spent a total of three days here in the beautiful city of Brussels, and it honestly still hasn’t sunken in that I will be here for four and a half months! Incroyable!  I was paranoid and arrived a day early, which was the best thing I could’ve done. The hostel I stayed in was nice, and I was able to walk around a little and run some errands before crashing and sleeping off the jet lag. The next day, I was well-rested and ready to  go. One of […]

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Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges, Belgium 2/17-2/21

This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Brussels, Belgium, a city filled with peeing statues and waffles! While these few things and a couple more immediately come to mind, Belgium boasts a layered culture that goes far beyond surface level perceptions and tourist traps. In the words of my friend Mike, “It would be a pretty intimidating city if it weren’t for the cobblestone streets.” Accurate; with a mix of simplistic and involved, but bold architecture and prim parks and fountains, everything seems to be in place. I also […]

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Bruges, Belgium

I found where I want to spend my summers. Bruges. It’s a city straight out of a fairytale. 5-8 February, 2015 Ken and I met in Brussels Thursday night and went to Bruges on Friday staying until Sunday. After class/internship on Thursday I made my way to St. Pancras, where my Eurostar was departing from. I still am amazed by how easy it is to go through border control in Europe. There are rarely ever questions and I don’t have to take off my shoes for security. Once I got on […]

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Sweet Memories & Difficult Realizations

Hello friends and family, I am currently in the thick of finals, trying to study and ace my exams in Limerick. But, what better time is there to tell you all about my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium than now? I was so excited to find the gap in my schedule to visit the Netherlands again. Many of you may not know why I love the Netherlands and why I hold it near to my heart. In my senior year, I was a part of the International Studies course […]

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Chocolate & Waffles in Brussels

After Geneva we took an airplane to Brussels! The flights we’ve been taking are of the super cheap variety, and so we are only allowed one small carry on. As a result, I am traveling with only a medium sized backpack. That has been one of the hardest parts of this trip. I hate not being able to diffuse my hair or having to wear the same outfits all the time, but it makes traveling much easier. Anyway, let me talk about Brussels! What an amazing city. The entire city […]

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