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Starbucks in Traditional Gion

I went to Gion, the old district of Kyoto, with a friend over the weekend. As we walked down the cobbled streets enjoying the classic style of the shoin buildings with intricate wood-work and gorgeous lanterns, we noticed a familiar logo placed in a traditional Japanese paper-board display. In the middle of a street filled […]

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Slán

Five months ago I was on this same airline, leaving my home and comfort zone for a far away land. I didn’t have friends or family to meet me when I got here. I was going to a completely new country, and to say that I was terrified is an understatement. I left my mom […]

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Apocalypse Arcade in Tokyo

In Japan, there is a week which consists of holidays nearly every day. It’s known as “Golden Week” and, fortunately for me, there is no school for the whole week. This week-long vacation provided the perfect opportunity to head up to Tokyo. Tokyo is easily one of the most amazing cities in the world. My […]

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Newly Cosmopolitan

Since my journey in Ireland began just over three months ago now, I’ve discovered and traveled the country’s lush, green landscape. I explored Ireland’s mountain county, Kerry, been to the heart of Ireland’s trad music scene in Galway, walked Dublin’s bustling city streets and made my daily trek through Cork’s humble, cobblestone city center. While […]

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Destinations

As I come close to the end of my semester abroad in Florence, Italy I can honestly say I am starting to get tired of traveling. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved traveling and feel very grateful to have the opportunity to have done so. However, constantly being on the go Thursday night to […]

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Study Abroad Bucket List

Studying abroad can take you to some amazing locations. Before preparing to go abroad, you may have an idea of some of the exciting new locations that you want to check out in the country you are going to be studying in. When I was preparing to go to Kyoto, I bought tourist books, looked […]

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The Village of Tocoli

On the edges of Lake Titicaca lies the village of Tocoli; an indigenous aymara community. While driving through the countryside on the way to this village, a light rain had been passing for a few hours. Watching the gloomy sky out the window, I felt a little disappointed as we kept driving through the country […]

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Food In Japan > Food Everywhere Else

So many things have surprised me since arriving in Japan, but one thing that particularly stands out is how absolutely delicious all the food is here. Before arriving in Japan, I knew that there would be really great traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi, okonomiyaki, and ramen. However, I was not prepared for the diversity, […]

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All Green Everything

Saint Paddy’s Day in Ireland?? Welp, get ready for green beer, green hair and so much Irish pride. I had been looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland from the moment I got accepted at UCC. Originally, I wanted to spend the day in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, but because of scheduling conflicts I […]

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Salve? We Don’t Know Her.

Just kidding. But in all seriousness, I’ve been in Europe for a crazy long time and sometimes it feels like years since I’ve seen all my friends and family (even though it has only been, like, three months). As much as I miss home, I know that being in Germany is where I want to […]

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