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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


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

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...

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

The Summana Center for Healing in Northampton

March 4, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

By Kristina Kulyabina Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is blaring through the speakers as four energetic women maneuver individual strip poles early Saturday morning. “Up! Good job, that’s it. Awesome, look at that she’s got it!” says Tekla Kostek, also known as T.K., class instruc...

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...

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Disconnect from the digital age at Mystery Train Records

Wendy Brown, Writer

March 3, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

It’s a place you stumble upon, a place that exudes a sense of an older time. As you walk in the door the distinct, musky smell of well-loved items surrounds you.

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Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Emma Sandler, Writer

March 2, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

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


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

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...

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Beating the cold at the Hadley Central Rock Gym

Wendy Brown, Writer

February 17, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

The kind of outdoor fun that sends a shiver up your spine.

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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. ...

The Quarters Bar

The Quarters Bar

February 17, 2014


Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

by Kristina Kulyabina ‘GAME OVER’ flashes repeatedly on the screen of The Simpsons arcade cabinet as a young boy continues to move his controllers back and forth for minutes. To his left stands a change machine that dispenses quarters for dollar bills and a credit card swipe of up to $10. For just...

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

February 17, 2014


Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

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...

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