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Wine Tour & Tasting in Chianti

Wine Tour & Tasting in Chianti

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    Wine tasting in the Tuscan hills is a “must” while visiting Italy. Three other students and I rented a car in Florence and took off for a 12- hour tour of the Chianti Region, home of the famous Chianti Classico wine. We began with a three-hour hike through the vineyards. The vines were […]

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Weekend in the Tuscan hills

Weekend in the Tuscan hills

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  By: Annalyse, College Correspondent in Italy Studying (Sometimes) For my second weekend in Firenze, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a truly Italian experience, so we rented a car. We rented a mini compact car from Eurocar, for 70 Euro for a day full of adventures. When split between five people, it […]

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Cliff Jumping in a blizzard in Interlaken, Switzerland

Cliff Jumping in a blizzard in Interlaken, Switzerland

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My first impression of Switzerland was the clean, invigorating Alpine air and incredible mountain scenery. But I was looking for high-adrenoline adventure. After our 8-hour bus ride from Florence with lots of other students, we checked into a spotless student hostel and bundled up for snow fun. The modern network of cog railways and cable […]

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Rome. Where the Pope has achieved both celestial and celebrity status

Rome. Where the Pope has achieved both celestial and celebrity status

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Rome and the Vatican I have to say that religious traditions in any country are a fascinating portrait of the local culture and a jumble of natives and tourists all scrambling towards the same goal. Italy, of course, is no different. After we visited the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel last Sunday, we joined […]

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Florence’s Sweet Spots and Italian Men

Florence’s Sweet Spots and Italian Men

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The hardest part about your first few days in a foreign country is trying to balance your need for rest after a long week with your need to absorb anything and everything all at once. It’s kind of like trying to soak up the culture through osmosis while running erratically from one spot to the […]

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First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

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The two weeks before my departure were a whirlwind of activity and emotions: stress, excitement, anxiety, parties, sad goodbyes, painful packing and uncomfortable unpacking.   Great. I can order a beer at age 20 here. My jet lag remedy. I’ve heard some people drink a cold beer in a hot shower to minimize the agonizing […]

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Italy pre-trip anxiety calmed by movies and books

Italy pre-trip anxiety calmed by movies and books

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From Student Foreign Correspondent Annalyse. After running around furiously for the past few days, packing, saying goodbyes and re-packing, I’ve finally realized how nervous I am about spending five months in Italy. How am I going to communicate? I do not know more then five words in Italian, yet I am going to be living […]

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The top of Europe and the Alps

The top of Europe and the Alps

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I could see France, Germany and Italy from the observation terrace perched above a 14-mile long sea of ice in the Alps. Did I climb there? No it’s easy with the Swiss Jungfrau Railway. If you love mountains and train travel, there’s no place where it’s more reliable, clean and spectacular than in Switzerland. From […]

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