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Returning Home

View of Florence from the loggia at the Villa le Balze. I remember the day I first arrived to the Villa le Balze. Even though I walked into a room of thirty then strangers and acquaintances, the setting made it hard … Continue reading

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Say Yes

Though the jet lag was intense, the excitement of being in Florence managed to suppress my initial exhaustion. After my first week at the Villa le Balze, I felt like I had been living here for months. The villa rests … Continue reading

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Countdown to Copenhagen: Bidding Farewell to To-Do Lists and Saying Yes to Life

On Friday, I will trade in my Northern California suburb for Copenhagen, Denmark. All that stands in my way are a couple of unpacked suitcases, un-exchanged currency, unchecked to-do list items, a 12-hour flight, and 5,646 miles. Child’s play right? … Continue reading

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An Adventure Begins

It’s been a little over ten days since I’ve arrived in Florence and, quite honestly, it feels like I’ve lived here for months. It’s crazy to think that, even though I haven’t even been here a full two weeks, I’ve … Continue reading

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Why I Travel: A Tribute to My Mom and Dad

Throughout the past twenty-three days, I have had the luxury of visiting over seven different cities in Europe. Average that out, and I was in a different city about every third day for the past three weeks. And throughout those … Continue reading

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Alone but not lonely

Whenever I tell someone my travel plans, the next question out of their mouth is almost always some variation of “Who are you going with?” And more than once, my response–“I’m going alone”–has been met with “Wow, that’s brave.” As … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Faux City Slicker

It’s t-6 days until touch down in Dakar, and it has just occurred to me that in the next 4 months, I run the risk of falling in love with and getting to know this city far better than my … Continue reading

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The End of the Beginning

I’ve actively avoided writing this post for hours by procrastinating my time (I’m a college student, sue me) by watching marathon episodes of Suits, packing away my life in yet another triad of suitcases, and filling my day with endless … Continue reading

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Spanish Lessons and Gaudí Buildings in Barcelona

Two weeks ago, I had this weekend free and wasn’t planning on traveling anywhere. One of my friends had booked a flight to Barcelona, though, and wanted me to go with her. Although it is a major study abroad trip … Continue reading

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Prague: Where Fairytales and Communism Meet

Up until last week, I’d pretty much forgotten about the first part of “study abroad,” but I’ve had to spend much of the past week working on papers, or essays as they’re referred to here. Luckily, Edinburgh has enough cafes … Continue reading

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