Favorite places in Strasbourg, a Throwback [France]

I lived in Strasbourg during my sophomore year of college, where I attended EM Strasbourg Business School (IECS).  Looking back, it was probably the bravest thing I've ever done.   As Marquette's sole student embarking to Strasbourg, I moved to a foreign country solo, found a studio, found a way to furnish said studio, and realized how shitty my French actually was.

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Letters from Lausanne, a Throwback

A quick note about this post: I’ve decided to write about some things I checked off the ol’ bucket list before this blog existed. I recently found old messages that I sent to my family upon returning home from a Switzerland trip.  I added pictures & links to the messages, as well as shortened some names for the sake of others’ privacy.  Other than that, though, these notes are straight from my 19-year-old self.

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Letters from Montreux, a Throwback

A quick note about this post: I've decided to write about some things I checked off the ol’ bucket list before this blog existed. I recently found old messages that I sent to my family upon returning home from a Switzerland trip.  I added pictures & links to the messages, as well as shortened some names for the sake of others’ privacy.  Other than that, though, these notes are straight from my 19-year-old self.

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Ireland, Part 3

...continued from Miles 1 - 6 & Miles 7 - 14.

Mile 15: A small group of us had intended to take a road trip out to Galway the day before, but--because I'm a complete airhead and get my days mixed up-- we load up the car and set out a day late.  To drive in a foreign country is to make yourself one part test pilot and one part circus clown.  You don't really know what to expect, and you feel like a complete buffoon while you're at it.    Some of the biggest challenges we face are identifying the roads that aren't marked, mastering the roundabout, and GETTING CLEAR DIRECTIONS FROM LOCALS (read: the most frustrating process in the world)!  After finally reaching Galway, we check in, drop our bags, and get in the car again almost immediately...this time headed north.

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Ireland, Part 2

...continued from Miles 1 - 6

Mile 7:  The next day, we drag ourselves out of bed for the Dublin City Sight-Seeing Tour.  Normally, I wouldn't choose to do a bus tour, but I really like the way this one gives you a lot of freedom to do your own thing.  One ticket allows two days of access to the bus, which does a regular loop of the most popular attractions in Dublin.  You can hop on and off the buses at any of the stops and take as long as you like at each place (you also can stay on the bus and skip stops).  Also, most of the drivers do live commentary/tell funny stories as you're driving along.

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Ireland, Part 1

Overheard on our last night in Ireland:  That was both the shortest and longest week of my life.   True. Story.  Last week was a marathon.  Let's review the mile markers.

Mile 1:  After a lot of this, security checkpoints, and a terrible in-flight movie, we encounter celebrities.  Jedward to be exact.  Never heard of them?  Neither had we, until we spot them in the local paper & find their YouTube video.

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Visit Greece

This post has been in my back pocket for a while and I've been hesitating to make it public. Initially, it was because the words in my head couldn't make it to the keyboard.  Once I got it all down, I went delete button crazy.  No words were good enough.  Paragraphs were re-arranged; photos re-edited.  For so long, this memory was my little secret, something I could revisit without feeling the need to explain why it was perfect.

So I decided I wouldn't explain.  I'm just going show you and maybe you'll understand.

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Flying Kites in Paris

I flew a kite on my 20th birthday in Paris.  I dug up an excerpt from my diary when I was abroad that shows how it all happened...enjoy!

Two weeks ago, my Australian friends and I started planning a trip for our free weekend in March.  My birthday fell smack dab in the middle, so we were excited to get out of Strasbourg to celebrate.  We had originally planned to go to Bordeaux.  Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend with girlfriends vineyard hopping?  Unfortunately, expensive train tickets and long travel times made the trip seem less appealing, so we started to look into option two: the exploring the castles of the Loire Valley.

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