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A list: My Top Ten Moments on the Road  Posted on 06/15/2012
I’ve been back in the US for a few weeks now, moving quickly into my fast-paced, appointment-filled existence. I’m drinking a lot more beer than I used to, though, with the typical evening spent nursing a new local brew before...
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The departure. The return.  Posted on 05/25/2012
Our host mom, Martine, was watering flowers in the front yard when my roommate and I were leaving for our farewell dinner with the rest of the ISA gang. We hesitated on our way out ? wait… is this the last time we’re seeing...
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Pre-departure musings  Posted on 05/14/2012
Between studying for final exams, packing my current life away, and getting around to doing things I never did in Brussels, this is proving to be a busy week. My checklist of “things to do that I never did in Brussels” is...
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How to Fall in Love with Brussels  Posted on 05/11/2012
Nearly nine months ago, I arrived in Brussels with one backpack, one suitcase, and not much else. I was easily excitable. I was nervous. I was uncomfortable. I was overwhelmed by city life, by options, by people. And here we are. Nine...
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Italy and France: Foodie Edition  Posted on 05/08/2012
I recently uploaded a photo album to Facebook exclusively of food I’ve consumed this semester, mostly during travels. My host mother had one thing to say to that. “Did you come to Europe for studies, for culture, or to...
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A trek through the Balkans  Posted on 04/26/2012
We get into the car. We’re off to Somewhere, Macedonia, approximately 15 kilometers away from Bitola. Somewhere, Macedonia, is beautiful. Our host, Vlad, wants to show us some Macedonian village life. We stay in a mini-house, cold...
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An ode to France, Provence and Montpellier  Posted on 04/25/2012
This question frequently comes up: “What is your favorite city you’ve visited so far?” This question kills me. I immediately mentally scan the list of capitals I’ve seen this year: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid,...
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A family vacation in Italy  Posted on 04/18/2012
To sum up nine glorious days in Italy in one short blog post would be insulting to the country’s idyllic views, charming chaos, unbeatable history, and endless onslaught of thick prosciutto. But I’m going to have to be...
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A List: Things that are Better in the States  Posted on 03/27/2012
If it’s not obvious, I’m a Europe lover. I often talk ill of the USA, whether it’s the political system or the ubiquity of awful fast food. With my parents coming into Brussels ? gasp, tomorrow ? and my two worlds soon...
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Is London worth it?  Posted on 03/20/2012
Along with Paris and Amsterdam, London is one of those cities seemingly every single American student in Brussels manages to visit. On the Eurostar, it’s two hours away, and a real pleasant two hours at that. It’s taken me this...
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