Pre- Study Abroad Departure Lessons

When it comes to studying abroad, everyone will tell you it is one of the best experiences you can have during your college career. They tell you about the amazing sights you will see, the diverse friends you will make and the culture you will immerse yourself in. One thing they might not tell you about  Continue reading

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Save on short weekend trips

6827805567_f7a603a0bf_zIt’s no doubt that studying abroad can put a major dent in your pocket. Traveling in general will do that to most people. It’s important to understand that you are going to be spending a lot of money, but there are ways you can limit that spending if you are conscious and plan ahead.

If you’re studying abroad in Europe, you are bound to take a few weekend trips to various other countries to visit friends and explore other cultures. Those short trips may take up a lot of your spending money, and it will be important to Continue reading

Catching up with Copenhagen

When I was 11 years old, I was lucky enough to accompany my mom on a business trip to London and Denmark. At such a young age, I don’t think I was fully able to appreciate the sites and experience. Although we only spent a couple days in Copenhagen, I quickly fell in love with the city. The beautiful architecture, flowing canals and abundance of sightseeing opportunities are the reasons why I will be sure to visit it again while abroad.

Frilandsmuseet is one of the largest and oldest open Continue reading

Inhabiting Isle of Skye

If you’re going to spend time in Scotland, I’ve been told that Isle of Skye is a great destination outside of the largest cities. Isle of Skye is the second largest island off of Scotland and is known for its agriculture, fishing and whisky- distilling. You can access the island from the mainland by the Skye Bridge, or a ferry. The island is 50 miles long filled with untouched rolling green hills, mountains, lochs and sea cliffs. The breathtaking scenery is the main attraction, but Skye also has its fair share of castles, museums, art galleries, and relaxing pubs and restaurants.

For most people, the biggest reason for visiting Isles of the Skye is Continue reading

Optimizing Oslo

Oslo, Norway is considered one of the largest spots for Norwegian trade, industry and shipping. It sits at the top of the Oslo Fjord, which if your like me and have know idea what that means, is a long, narrow inlet of the sea between high cliffs. The city is the capital of Norway, and has a great deal to offer architecturally and culturally. Unfortunately, Oslo is also considered one of the most Continue reading

Blazing through Berlin

Although I can’t speak a word of German, my nationality is primarily made up of German roots. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is very up and coming. With so much to see and do, I decided if I’m going travel to Germany, Berlin is a must. From the Berlin wall to the olympic stadium to numerous renowned museums, theres no time for a dull moment in Berlin. Take a look at some of your options…

Where to find some cultural attractions:

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– Berlin Wall: Checkpoint Charlie is the east-west border control during the Cold War and now is filled with signs and display boards that tell the story behind the Berlin Wall. a tourist centre, for comprehensive display boards telling the Wall’s story. For more of a visual history, take a walk along the Wall by the Spree, where it runs between the Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg districts. Mostly all of the graffiti has been erased from the north part of the wall, but Continue reading

Absorbing Amsterdam

When you think of Amsterdam you may think of sex, drugs and alcohol, but there is a lot more to this city. Amsterdam is filled with scenic walks along various canals, historic features and buildings and great spots to eat. Now don’t get me wrong, Amsterdam has prime nightlife options and you should probably check out red light district while your there, but make sure to check out all the other attractions as well.

The Museumplein is a plaza in between a few of the main museums in Amsterdam. Stop by here to take a nice stroll, picnic with friends and just rest for a bit. The plaza is a large grass area surrounded by the Concert Hall, Rijksmuseum (one of the canals in Amsterdam) and Continue reading

Dancing around Dublin

For many people, it would be a dream come true to spend St. Patricks day in Dublin, Ireland. As it just so happens, I am one of those people. Unfortunately this year St. Patricks day is on a Tuesday, but I figure the weekend before or after will be just as eventful. Nevertheless, if you plan on going to Ireland while you’re over in Europe, make sure to grab a few pints, sit back and enjoy the views.

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It’s no trip to Dublin without a stop to the Guinness factory.

Along with your free pint of Guinness beer, you will also learn the history behind the drink and it’s impact throughout the years. There is also a great top level bar called Gravity that displays an entire 360 degree view of the city.

If you’re trying to keep up with Irish drinking habits, don’t worry, you will have plenty of opportunities.

With pubs on nearly every corner, you are guaranteed to have a good time listening to traditional irish music and sipping on Continue reading

Climbing through Cinque Terre

There’s so many destinations to choose from when visiting Italy, but the Italy I imagine when I close my eyes, looks a whole lot like Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre is an area in the Liguria region of Italy, near the city of La Spezia. Cinque Terre is made up of five tiny fishing villages along the Italian Riviera coast. It’s known for its beaches, hiking and exquisite food and wine. If your looking for a nice, relaxing weekend in Italy, this is the place to be. Most of the villages are car-free, Continue reading

Bummin in Barcelona

Studying four years of Spanish in high school may not have left me with the top-notch spanish speaking skills I hoped for, but it did leave me with a love for the spanish language and a fascination with Spanish culture. One of the places I am looking forward to visiting most while abroad is Spain, and I’ve decided Barcelona is my Spanish city of choice. As the second biggest city in Spain, its situated along the water and full of history.

Full of historically beautiful architectural buildings, tapas restaurants around every corner with authentic spanish cuisine and other landmarks, museums and landscaped parks around every corner, Barcelona has more than enough for everyone.  Continue reading