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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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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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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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Battle of the Bulge

On Saturday, CIEE took a trip to Bastogne, in the southeast of Belgium (close to the Luxembourg border). Bastogne is considered the center of the Battle of The Bulge (La Bataille des Ardennes), which took place in December of 1945-January 1946. Quick little history for those (like me) who have forgotten everything they learned in high school history class: on the 16th December 1945, the Germans attacked the front line of the Allied forces (mainly American soldiers in that area) in “the Bulge,” an area where the line between Allied […]

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Being a tourist

Being a tourist is fun. Although I subconsciously hate myself when I take my 100th touristy photo, I know that everyone else around me is a tourist too! A shared culture. This week, especially the last few days, was a weird limbo between our orientation for CIEE/Vesalius College (the school I’ll be attending) and actual classes. I can’t remember the last time I had this amount of free time, but I really feel obliged to go out and explore. So, this led to a lot of touristy stuff. Good fun. […]

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