From Tourist to Tour Guide: Sharing Rome
Apr23

From Tourist to Tour Guide: Sharing Rome

The past three months have flown by in a blur, and the realization that I return home in a month is slowly beginning to set in. Studying abroad in Europe has presented me with one amazing opportunity after another, ranging from traversing beautiful gardens and villas in Rome to walking along the white and blue buildings of cliffside Capri. I have ice skated in Vienna’s main square, explored the catacombs beneath Paris, and tasted fine...

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Living the (Ice) Dream in Vienna
Feb28

Living the (Ice) Dream in Vienna

I believe there are a finite amount of times in a person’s life when they are doing something and are suddenly struck by the overwhelming significance of their ongoing experience. Sometimes it is when we are doing something for the last time, for example attending your last high school dance or competing in your last competitive swim meet. Other times, it is because of a strong emotional connection to the people or location associated...

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On The Shoulders of Giants
Feb19

On The Shoulders of Giants

“This grave contains all that was Mortal of a Young English Poet Who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his Heart at the Malicious Power of his Enemies Desired these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone: Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. 24 February 1821.” The Tombstone of English Romantic poet John Keats These are the words engraved upon the tombstone of John Keats, marking the final resting place of the famous...

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Intentionally Lost Luggage: Leaving Anxieties at the Airport
Jan24

Intentionally Lost Luggage: Leaving Anxieties at the Airport

As a child growing up in the ever-expanding suburbs outside Chicago, Europe seemed more like a fantasy than an actual place I might someday visit. Aside from the semi-frequent road trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, and sometimes Florida, my family and I didn’t really travel much. I was almost a teenager before I saw the ocean for the first time in-person. The first (and only) time I left the United States was during a road trip to Niagara...

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