Travel Journals And Articles

  • This is Why Study Abroad is Amazing

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    noah

    by: noah

    created on: Nov 06, 2011 | Chiang Mai, Thailand

    So I was going to go through my travels since the floods started chronologically, but I feel as if the feeling I am having now needs to be explained in the moment.  What keeps coming up in my mind is 'traveling is one of the most pure forms of living'.  I just can't keep it out of my mind.  Logically I should be down about my apartment being flooded in …

  • Chonburi

    noah

    by: noah

    created on: Nov 05, 2011 | Chonburi, Thailand

    So Chon Buri is where I begin my travels around Thailand due to floods canceling classes at Mahidol University until November 14th, and if the situation gets worse until November 28th.   So a day after I decided to stay in Bangkok, my friend Anothai decided to evacuate to his family's house in Chonburi until the floods abated in our neighborhood and invited me along.  And since my friends had all …

  • Flooding II

    noah

    by: noah

    created on: Oct 25, 2011 | Tak, Thailand

    Ok, so my initial perception of the flooding in Thailand was a little naive.  There is crazy flooding starting in the north going all the way down to Bangkok.  Ayuttaya, the historical capital of Thailand, is completely underwater, the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is blocked by water etc... And now the biggest part affecting me, school is canceled for this week and last week.  So what did I …

  • Flooding!

    noah

    by: noah

    created on: Oct 17, 2011 | Bangkok, Thailand

    This entry won't be very long because I'm at an internet cafe that's about to close since my apartment's internet is out, but I just wanted to update a little bit.  It's officially been a month since I've been here in Bangkok, Thailand and I am loving it so far.  However I am missing nature a bit, but it's all definitely worth it for a once in a lifetime experience. Anyways, …

  • One Week In!

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    noah

    by: noah

    created on: Sep 27, 2011 | Bangkok, Thailand

    One week over, so many more to go!  It’s been a whirlwind of a first week, arrival, settling in, orientation at the university, and an excursion into Bangkok!  I arrived in Bangkok at about midnight on Monday night with the super helpful CIS staff member, Win, waiting for me.  I also met two other students who are studying at Mahidol University this semester, Allison and Miyuki.  After leaving …

  • Day 42: Cliffhangers

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 14, 2010 | Shannon, Ireland

    We got on the bus this morning and said farewell to our hotel rooms in Galway (and in the case of Mimi and I, MEGABED). On our way to our new destination, Bunratty, we made two stops. The first stop was kind of the middle of nowhere. We did get to climb rocks though, which I always appreciate. It was a nice climb, kind of steep, but there was a …

  • Day 44: ...Its Over (Dublin)

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 14, 2010 | Dublin, Ireland

    Tom started off the day with us by giving us a short coach tour of Dublin. We got to get out for a bit and see: the famine ship (whose name I don’t remember) which was the only ship to not lose any person on its way to America; the famine memorial (it was quite sad, a bunch of statues clearly starving who all had a haunted expression); a beautiful …

  • The Fahja

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    IndiraNatarajan

    by: IndiraNatarajan

    created on: Nov 28, 2010 | Florence, Italy

      As my dad napped before dinner, I knitted and chatted with my mom about my excitement, anxiety for the traveling, how little I minded the ongoing snoring, and our difficulty at making dinner reservations for the night. After numerous calls to show off my new skills in speaking Italian, I finally reserved a table at a nearby favorite and we headed out into the cold rainy night. Our table was …

  • Italian Sommelier

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    by: IndiraNatarajan

    created on: Nov 28, 2010 | Florence, Italy

    As if living and working in Italy isn’t enough, in the end of September I signed up for the Level One Sommelier class here in Florence. Taught entirely in Italian to the entire age spectrum of Italians, I was more than apprehensive to attend the first lecture and hopefully understand. But every Monday at 8:00 PM (20:00 as I’m now constantly reminded) I made a 45-minute trek towards the …

  • The Cellar Mouse

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    IndiraNatarajan

    by: IndiraNatarajan

    created on: Nov 12, 2010 | Florence, Italy

    After the chaos of the harvest came the chaos of managing the fermenting wines with the equipment that has been traditionally used for decades. Unlike other cellars I have toured in the United States, nothing here is even vaguely automated. Managing color extraction by pumping over the wine, maintaining a cool temperature as the fermentation proceeds, and transferring completed wine away from the skins (to name a few) are …