One Day in Bruges

My self-imposed schedule meant one day each in three Belgium cities: Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent. A delay in Brussels meant that I didn't arrive in Bruges until the afternoon...throwing off my seemingly perfectly timed plan. In Bruges, I was quickly captivated by the feel of a smaller town. I was enchanted by the varied architecture and... Continue Reading →

Is Brussels Worth Visiting?

If you are even remotely considering adding Brussels to any sort of travel itinerary, chances are that someone (either in person or print) has told you that it's one of Europe's best cities and that another person has told you that visiting would be a complete and utter waste of time. So what's the case?... Continue Reading →

Leaving Home

As my semester in Florence comes to an end, I'm filled with emotions reminiscent of my high school graduation. Things that were once mundane and unexciting are now filled with nostalgia. I'm constantly met with "this might be the last time I..." The things I walk past everyday and have never done (like the Bargello... Continue Reading →

When Family Comes to Visit You Abroad

When my parents come to visit me at school, I never know quite what to do, other than dinner and maybe a little shopping. That being said, having visitors in Florence, Italy is significantly different than having visitors in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. After my dad's trip to Florence in February and my mom's trip in April,... Continue Reading →

3 Unique Experiences in Paris

A visit to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the Louvre, pictures at the Eiffel Tower, and a walk along the Seine. What happens when you've seen the essentials or want to do something unique? Or worse, when the things you planned are doing were closed? We were facing a little bit of all... Continue Reading →

Midterm: Reflections on Study Abroad

There's no doubt: this week was the most stressed I've been since I was getting ready to leave for Florence. Again, my travel backpack (an Osprey Farpoint 40 that I absolutely love) slowly made it's way from under my bed to the corner of the room to sitting on my bed, waiting to be meticulously... Continue Reading →

Building Interest: Florence’s National Archaeological Museum

In Florence, reminders of the Renaissance are everywhere, from art to architecture. The National Archaeological Museum offers visitors a break with Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian archeological artifacts.Artifacts on display at the National Archaeological Museum.Despite the fact that the museum offers artifacts and insight into time periods unrepresented in Florence’s other museums, the National Archaeological... Continue Reading →

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