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An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

An adventure in the caves of Northern Thailand

April 14, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Kristina Kulyabina A Bumpy Start I'm paddling in the front, my cohort Mikaela is in the back. The Lang River's current gains speed as we approach the vast opening of Tham Lod Cave. The tip of the inflatable red kayak is heading straight towards a rock masked by branches as I try to recall our t...

What’s “in” for fashion writers

What’s “in” for fashion writers

Emma Sandler, Contributor

April 14, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I spent the entire month of February checking the British Vogue website every day, waiting for one particular announcement: the release of tickets to the third Vogue Fashion Festival in association with Harrods in London on March 29 and 30. The extravaganza promised to be a Mecca for the fashionabl...

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Minding the gap: An American abroad in London

Vincenza Parella, Writer

March 31, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I’ve been in England for almost two months and have completely fallen in love with this country of rolling green pastures, endless rain, and tea. And I’ve taken advantage of the fact that my university in Norwich is only about an hour and a half outside of London, making visiting the city easy to...

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

Katie McKenna, Writer

March 31, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

For my entire K-12 schooling career I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch – no jelly.  Just a peanut-butter sandwich, every single Monday through Friday, for thirteen years. Most people found this to be pretty ludicrous behavior.  And then there were others, like my friend Nat, who also happened...

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

Katie McKenna, Writer

March 15, 2014


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What’s it like to spend the greenest day on the Emerald Isle? I can tell you one thing: It’s nothing like it is in America. “Why do all the Americans come to Ireland for St. Paddy’s? Don’t do it! Ye celebrate it so much more in America than we do here!” This was the general reaction I’d g...

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Erin Wolosz, Contributor

March 3, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Dirty, poor, no-good, and lower class citizens. Spend only a short time in Costa Rica and you will undoubtedly hear Nicaraguans, or Nicas, as they are called throughout Latin America, described this way. The discrimination against Costa Rica’s neighbors to the north is apparent. They claim that...

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Emma Sandler, Writer

March 2, 2014


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When I tell people I am studying abroad at the University of Leeds in England I always have to mention it is in West Yorkshire located two hours north of London by train, as many people have no idea where Leeds is. The truth is, that despite being the third largest city in England, Leeds does not get...

An American abroad in Norwich, England

An American abroad in Norwich, England

February 17, 2014


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by Vincenza Parella Norwich is a beautiful, thriving college town that is situated about an hour from the eastern coast, and about two hours northeast of London by train. It is surrounded by a river and guarded by a large castle at the top of a hill; one of its acclaimed universities is the Universit...

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

February 17, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Last semester we published a piece about bungee jumping while on study abroad in Costa Rica. Erin Wolosz, the author of the piece, has finally returned from her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica and has brought with her footage of her jump. You can read the original article here. ...

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

February 17, 2014


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by Katie McKenna Growing up in greater Boston, I’d had my fair share of nasty winters.  Some of my happiest moments have been reading the thermometer and feeling that indescribable joy that comes with the saying, “Hey! It’s supposed to be above zero today!” I know no greater joy than sleddin...

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Samantha Gillis, Writer

December 2, 2013


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Since studying abroad in Wales, I’ve come to find that most people don’t seem to know where it is. I’ve heard some pretty good guesses: “Near the Czech Republic?” Not quite, try more west, and then go over some water. “Australia, right?” To be fair, there is a New South Wales in Aust...

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

December 2, 2013


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by Erin Wolosz There I was, tethered to a cable car suspended more than 450 feet over a valley in Costa Rica. I shuffled to the edge. My feet felt like rocks, maybe because of the harnesses on my ankles, or maybe it was just the sheer terror.  I looked out over the open edge- there was no way I was...

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