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Heidelberg: wie ein Märchen

On Sunday, a group of fellow international students and I decided to take a day trip to Heidelberg, a German city a ways north of Freiburg. We actually had the opportunity to go as part of a field trip through Uni Freiburg, but it was cheaper to buy our own bus tickets and go on our own (€20.50 round-trip; not bad at all!). We were very glad we did it that way, as it ended up being less restrictive.   Heidelberg is the city I visited the last time I […]

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Aran Islands

On Saturday the 12th I went on a trip to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. It was a trip that was put together by the Student Union, but when I bought the €30 ticket at the front desk I didn’t really know what to expect. I had made a vow to myself to travel outside of Limerick each weekend, so this was a great opportunity to fulfill my promise to myself and see more of Ireland while I still could. Just like the cliffs of Moher trip […]

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Oxford, England

Land of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland inspirations! (and very very famous colleges, of course). I love small towns like this one. An easy train ride from Paddington took us directly into Oxford on Valentine’s Day. Much like other small towns we didn’t need any transportation once we were in town because you can walk across it in about 20 minutes! First stop of the day was Christ Church College. This specific college has a lot of fame – the inspiration for the great hall and also the welcome […]

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Week 3

So I am starting to feel at home here, or at least that its more normal that I am in a foreign country. I am starting to get used to the differences in food, way of speaking, and the way the weather changes all the time. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but I am definitely getting the hang of things. So that is a pretty great feeling. I would have to say that the most different thing is cooking. I am still struggling with the fact […]

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Russian Museum

Yesterday, we all had a free day without classes, so I went with a few others to go explore the city. First of all we walked in the downtown area to where the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, or as it is more commonly referred to, the Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood, is located. It is called by this name because it was built on the exact spot where Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Afterwards we decided to check out the State Russian Museum. We were […]

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Core Course Week

Three days crammed full of gourmet meals, beer tasting, tours of castles, a visit to an art museum, and navigation of a ropes course make it feel like I have just returned home from a vacation. However, not only did I gain a few cultural perspectives (and maybe some pounds in my midsection) this week, but I also learned quite a bit about the nature of the Danish healthcare system as we visited three different healthcare settings to meet and talk to professionals. It is currently Core Course Week at […]

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An Irish Woman in the French Countryside

The day after I got back from Paris. . . was the day I started feeling ill. I had a horrible sore throat, was getting cold sweats, a constant fever, and my muscles felt like noodles for the rest of the week but on Friday I went to the doctor and got some antibiotics (and yes I’m taking all of them so public health people don’t worry). However the entire week wasn’t a bust. I went to see Gravity and luckily it was in English. Entirely blown away by the […]

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The Real Disney Castle- Germany

The final stop was Füssen, Germany. All just to visit a castle. Why this castle? The Neuschwanstein. First: It’s the castle the Disney Castle is modeled is after, if you haven’t already deduced that from the title of the post. Second: I was told by several people who’ve been to Germany that going to a castle in the woods and mountains is a must. Third: My mom went to the castle when she studied abroad as a student. (Still on the hunt for that picture of her and the castle, […]

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Globetrotting

Phew. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but I’m finally back home in St. Petersburg. Let me first say that traveling abroad was a refreshing change after being cooped up in dark, dreary Petersburg for so long. It made me appreciate the city and people all over again. I suppose you’re all curious how my travel week went after ending my last post so abruptly, right? Well, let me tell you, it was fantastic. It sounds silly, but being able to overcome all the minor obstacles that came up […]

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Living That Castle Life

Every girl dreams of one day living in a castle. Or at least I certainly did. So, what would I love more than to visit some castles while I’m here in Europe! Now, though my latest castle visit was not exactly of the type I always dreamed about, it was still amazing. We travelled west for about two hours before reaching the medieval city of Carcassonne. I’m not sure if it was because we visited on a weekend, or if the city always had this feel, but from the moment […]

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Exploring Edinburgh

I cannot believe it has been two weeks since I last updated this blog! My time in Scotland is going by so fast and I cannot believe it is almost half way through October already! I will do another post this week with any updates on my classes and everyday life in Glasgow, but this post is going to be devoted to my day trip to Edinburgh I went on this weekend! My Dublin post was ridiculously long so I will try to just mention the highlights of this trip, […]

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Dumbarton & Loch Lomond

It’s been almost two weeks since I made the trek across the pond and things are still going great! It has been a busy last few days since Fresher’s Week has started and there are non-stop events and opportunities to meet people and get involved. Classes start on Monday so I have also been spending quite a bit of time figuring out where and when all my classes area and looking over the course guides to be prepared. Today I have a lot of free time before another Fresher’s Week […]

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Andrea: You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road…

Everywhere I have traveled thus far, I’ve thought, “THIS is my new favorite place!”, but I really mean it this time for Scotland! My friends and I were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather our first day there, the day that we spent exploring Edinburgh on foot (it’s a pretty small city anyway). Not far from where we were staying, we found Bobby. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th century Edinburgh after reportdedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray, until […]

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