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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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Brazil Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I have to say, Brazilians can be quite flattering when they walk up to me and ask for help, thinking I’m Brazilian, too. Where is this bus going? What is the price of that? Do you know…? These are the lines I’ve managed to decipher opposed to the multitude of questions that have left me walking away wondering what I had just skeptically nodded yes to. Whether you study a different language or not, you can relate to the smiling, nodding and having absolutely no clue what words are coming […]

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twenty-fun in london town (part I)

Hello! This one is a super late post as I traveled to London almost two weeks ago. I can’t even begin to describe what’s happened these past couple of weeks. Let’s just say I’m happy to finally be settled in a room that’s bedbug-free {crossing my fingers} with a working laptop {poor laptop died last week} and finally catch up on blogging even though I was relocated to new housing and had to say goodbye to five awesome roommates. But, I’m happy that I’m still in touch with my previous roommates […]

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Life is Beautiful

As I walked to class today and anxiously pushed my way through the growing swarms of tourists, I realized something: Florence and all of its landmarks have become such a part of my daily life that I’ve begun to nonchalantly walk through these historic city streets, giving nothing more than a passing glance. I was making my way around Brunelleschi’s Duomo when this realization suddenly hit me…hard. Hard enough to make me stop in my tracks and take a moment to look up at the ingenious architecture and amazing work […]

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Religion

Kenya is a very religious country. To fully experience Kenya, you must experience religion. The younger population, while less religious, maintain their parents religious views and continue to attend religious services with their family regardless of their beliefs. The breakdown: 35-40% Christian 25-30% Muslim 30% indigenous 1% Indian and a very limited amount of Jews. Christianity came from the missionaries coming to Kenya in the late 1800s. They succeeded in convincing many Kenyans to convert to Christianity and they offered many Kenyans a different lifestyle from the one they were […]

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Mon Weekend

Bonjour tout le monde! It’s CRAZY to think I’ve been in Montpellier for a month! I feel so at home here, and I have really gotten into a good routine. One thing that I am appreciating here is having a lot of classes with the people from my program. I don’t usually get to have multiple classes with the same people back at the U, but here it has been a great way to make friends in a short amount of time. Overall, classes have been going pretty smoothly, but […]

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Pont du Gard et Nîmes

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t written anything this past week; it has taken some time to adjust to my schedule. However, we went on our first excursion yesterday, and I have a lot to write about now! So our group took a bus to Pont du Gard which is an ancient Roman aqueduct that carried water to Nîmes. The Aqueduct is the best preserved of its kind, so we were able to walk across the third and the first tiers! We learned that although the distance from the water source […]

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Lyon’s Lights, Art, and a German Friend’s Story

A $10 dollar trip to go to Lyon, France for the day. I at first had no idea why we were going for class because no one had said anything to me until a week before and my professor asked me if I wanted to come to the Lyon for a day trip. I assumed it was to visit some museums but then realized it was the weekend of the Fête de Lumières, which happens annually during a week in December with light shows all over the city, and assumed […]

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On Excursions, Georgian Cuisine, and Those Holiday Blues

Боже мой! It certainly has been some time since my last blog post. I guess there is a bit of catching up I need to do! These past couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to tour some of the most famous historical sites in St. Pete’s. (I know, you’re probably thinking ‘But isn’t all of St. Petersburg pretty much one famous historical museum or monument after another?’ The answer is yes. They seem to have an endless supply of museums, galleries, monuments, and memorials.) Last weekend I visted the island […]

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Picabia’s 391 Research & la Fac Update

My research paper is going fairly well and I’m starting the outline this weekend! It is looking to involve the 1913 Armory Show, Masculinity, WWI, WWI massive amount of advertisements to join the war, the Avant Garde, the Dadaists, Picabia (of course), Andy Warhol. . . Also, there’s been a massive strike at the University (la fac) here. Essentially the schools been on and off for the past month because of the disputes of the changing public university. Instead of anyone being able to go to school for free, it […]

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Halloween in Budapest

I knew nothing about Budapest before I visited and still feel like I don’t even have a general idea because of the complexity of the history of the east. However I did learn three things the cities development, about the alcoholic drink Pálinka, and a little about the occupation of Hungary by Russia. Yes, it wasn’t always called Budapest. It was the combination of Pest, Buda, and Óbuda that united to become Budapest in 1872. It was the golden age of Hungary and 1896 marked the continental Europe’s first underground […]

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Jumpin’ and Jivin’ in Montpellier

Last Tuesday night, I got to swing dance to a live band here in Montpellier. And I’ll tell you why it was amazing because of the history of swing dancing in Europe. Because again, history is what makes everything else fascinating. It gives you something to compare it to. “In the late thirties, the syncopated rhythms of American jazz swept through Europe, an event encouraged by both the US record industry and Hollywood. In Germany, Fascist resistance to jazz culminated in the imposition of a ban by the Reich Chamber […]

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Balayé-Sweeping Can Be Interesting

Exploring a city means not just taking photos of the old buildings and the beautiful art but listening to the language. Looking at the people. Eating at the odd-end food places–trying the “sauce blanche” on your kebab that is wrapped in a “gallette” with french fries. (Don’t knock it until you try it). It’s about opening your eyes and shutting your mouth. Let people tell you their story through their mannerisms and tone. In the place called “L’Octogone” there is a small river. As Will, Kate, Ben, and I (other […]

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Ciao ciao America!

“Lights. . .camera. . .action! We’re rolling!” The camera zooms out. It’s beautiful Firenze. My life is officially a movie, or better than a movie. Movies, honestly, cannot truly capture Firenze. My Firenze. Today is my fifth day residing in this breathtaking city. Since landing, it’s been go go go. Our first night here we were on our own, so my roommates and I went out exploring. We stumbled across an adorable pizzeria, and since we were exhausted from travel we decided it was dinner time. A margarita pizza and glass […]

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Heather: School starts

New Zealand is my paradise. DAY 15: If the title of this post wasn’t clear enough, today I had my first day of school in Auckland. I didn’t start classes until 1 pm, so I had a nice and leisurely morning. I walked to class and immediately felt overwhelmed once I got on campus. There were so many students, so many cars driving around, and lots of activities! There were booths set up outside of the student commons giving away free food and other things, plus people shouting into megaphones, trying to attract […]

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