Archive for the ‘Study Abroad’ Category

Back to it

Well it’s been a while since my last post. After I got home it took me about a week to get back to Eastern Standard Time. However, the hardest part about being back was having my brain transition from school work in Spain to school work at Bryant. I only took liberal arts courses in Spain, which was a nice change of pace from my usual business curriculum. When I was at Bryant, it was difficult to adjust my thought process from the Phoenicians to economies of scale. Fortunately I got back into the swing of things after being back for about three weeks.

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Posted by on March 6th, 2011 No Comments

Home!

It has been quite the journey living the life of a hobo the past month. But I must say it felt great to unpack and take a clean shower. Though the best part of getting home was cracking open those TimTams. Nothing says welcome back like a bite of awesomeness.

The trip home was quite long. I had a layover in Iceland which was neat, although it was only 25 minutes long. I overheard some guy say that Iceland Air has only cancelled 5 flights in the past 10 years. That’s reassuring, since it was very snowy up there and in Boston.

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Posted by on January 19th, 2011 No Comments

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a very nice city. There are many fun bustling squares which you can enjoy the day. We also made it to the infamous Red Light District, which was just as advertised. It seems like for every city I have been to, I am able to cover more ground than I think I’ll be able to when looking at the map. In reality, cities are smaller than they appear. Regardless of the size, people love riding their bikes here. It would be nice if an efficient bike system was set up in all major cities.

Today was a great day. We visited one of the main squares, bought some tulips in the garden market, and had some tasty treats in a bakery. However, today’s success came right after we went to a specialty cheese shop. We were walking on the main street when we came across a food import shop. After looking around a little while, I came across the Holy Grail. I found TimTams. I first tasted these savory cookies when I was in Japan. They’re an Australian cookie and they are nearly impossible to find in the U.S. I was very excited to find them.

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Posted by on January 17th, 2011 No Comments

Prague…

Unfortunately, I got a bad stomach bug the day we left for Prague. For our first two days I was pretty much out of commission. Fortunately I’m back in the game now and got to see some of the city. In my opinion, Prague has the least amount of English speakers compared to the other countries I’ve visited. It is also quite touristy. There are just endless shops to buy things from.

We didn’t visit anything specifically, but we did walk around quite a bit. The architecture is very nice. I just wish I was in better condition to enjoy it more. At first, we were expecting the city to be fairly dangerous, since a guy in our hostel room said he got mugged. However, we didn’t see any signs of danger.

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Posted by on January 15th, 2011 No Comments

Baths

Today Chris and I spent the day like a married couple going on separate vacations. He went cave diving while I went to the hot baths. First I went on another free walking tour, where I met Olivia who had been studying in France. After getting a bite to eat, we decided to head to the baths. After some confusion with where to change and where to locate the baths, we got to submerge ourselves in the water. To our dismay, the water was very lukewarm and not very interesting.

Just as we were about to leave and head towards the saunas, we discover a different area with warmer baths. While this was exciting at first, they were not much better than the previous baths. However, once again as we were about to leave, we found the infamous outside baths. These were exceptional. You got to experience warm waters which were combating the frigid outside temperatures, creating a mist that was very fun to lurk through.

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Posted by on January 15th, 2011 1 Comment

A Good Day in Hungary

We got up early and got breakfast at a little café. I had a chocolate milkshake mmmm. After, we set off to the meeting spot where our walking tour would leave from. Nobody else showed up except for some Spaniards from Barcelona, who we told using our fine-tuned Spanish skills that the tour was only in English. It was a great little private tour. We saw the St. Stephen Basilica, the Parliament building, and heard some interesting stories along the way. In the Basilica they actually have the mummified hand of St. Stephen. Scientists have no idea why his hand has not deteriorated, so the Hungarians believe it to be a miracle.

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Posted by on January 15th, 2011 No Comments

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Chris and I said our goodbyes to the others and set off by train to Budapest. I never imagined myself going to Hungary. It is especially neat because my great grandfather was Hungarian and resided in the county of Szabaocs-szatnac-bereg. Try saying that one 5 times fast.

After taking a few metro rides from the station, we needed to go up via escalator or stairs. The escalator line was long, so we thought the stairs would be fine. Little did we know that this would be the longest staircase of our lives. To top it off, we were each lugging our enormous backpacks. It is safe to say I worked off all the schnitzel from Vienna.

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Posted by on January 15th, 2011 No Comments

Opera

Today Nick and I got up early and had a good day of sightseeing. We started out at the Staadspor church, where we got to take a lift to the top for a view of Vienna. I would recommend others save their 5 Euros for something better… Then after some wandering we came across the Habsburg Palace. The museum was very interesting. There were many old swords, jewels, and robes from the Habsburg era. They really made clothes good back then if they are still in one piece today.

Later on we saw the Straddstor Summer Palace. The rooms were almost on par with Versailles. Fortunately this palace did not have any strange Japanese art included. Actually the reason we decided to go visit this place was because after the Habsburg Palace we ran into the man that sold us our tickets for the Vienna orchestra. We saw him the other day near a church where he said we should purchase them today because we will not see him again. It was quite humorous. Of all the people in Vienna we find that guy again.

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Posted by on January 15th, 2011 No Comments

Ciao Italy, Guten Tag Vienna

I got up bright and early on the third of January. After sitting in the Milan airport for about 6 hours, my flight with Air Berlin took me to Vienna. I managed to successfully get myself to the hostel despite the lack of daylight. It was nice meeting up with my friends Chris and Nick again.

Vienna is a nice city. We visited the Sigmund Freud museum, where I got to sit in his library and read a book on psychoanalysis. I did feel quite smart doing so, although I think I would have felt smarter if I had been smoking a pipe.

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Posted by on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

New Years

We went shopping the other day. I got myself a cool European polo shirt. It has to be one of the snobbiest shirts I have ever purchased. I love it.

For new years, Samir and I decided to be the chefs. He cooked lentils and I cooked the traditional Budlong baked ziti dish. I went to the local market to find some ingredients and I must say my Italian was superb. I made an attempt to ask which cheese would work best for the dish and it went something like this: “Scuzzi… Pasta, Pomadoro, Fromaggio…Il Forno.” I then pointed to the cheese and made a shrugging gesture as to indicate I had no idea what I was doing. The lady knew what I was trying to convey and she helped me pick out an excellent cheese.

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Posted by on January 5th, 2011 No Comments