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  • Day 41: Aran Sweaters

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 13, 2010 | Ireland

    Today we visited the Aran Islands, where the infamous Aran sweaters come from. I can see why they’d need these obscenely warm sweaters, as the day that we went was quite dreary and cold. However, the locals were quite happy with the misty rain as apparently they were in the middle of a draught. The island was small, about the size of the military base I used to live on, with …

  • Day 40: Trad on the Proms

    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 13, 2010 | Galway, Ireland

    We started the day by leaving Derry and visiting the church where the poet Yeats is buried. It wasn’t really all that interesting to me as I’ve never been big on poetry, and I’ve never heard of Yeats. BUT the best part of the day was after we got into Galway and got to see ‘Trad on the Proms.’ Tom had told us that he had arranged a night full of …

  • Day 39: Ireland Rocks!

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 12, 2010 | Derry, Northern Ireland

    Rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. That’s what I remember most about today. We started out by leaving Belfast (thankfully. I’m not going to say I wasn’t a little scared by all the warnings we received by Tom the day before) and starting to make our way to Derry. On our way, we got to stop by Giant’s Causeway. Mimi (being the nerdy environmentalist that she is :)) was really …

  • Day 37: You Take the High Road

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jul 12, 2010 | Scotland

    These past two days have been somewhat of a blur. We visited the castle of the Duke of Argyll, which was pretty cool, but after hearing that story about the Argyll soldiers, I’m frankly surprised there’s still a castle standing! We also arrived in Glasgow today, and it’s such a cool place. Michael wasn’t lying when he said that it had the best shopping in all of Britian. I liked it …

  • Day 33: Dragons and Stones

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    by: jbright

    created on: Jun 30, 2010 | Scotland

    The ride from Inverness (‘inver’ means ‘end of’ so Inverness translates to at the end of the river Ness) to Orkney was very interesting. The more time we spend with Michael, the more I’m just amazed at his knowledge at anything having to do with Scotland. On the way to the ferry, we passed through a place called Black Isle. Though it is not an island, it is surrounded on three …

  • Day 27: Edge Hill Reunion Day

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jun 20, 2010 | London, England

    So to start the day, Mimi and I made our way down to the post office to mail stuff home. It was aggravating and expensive (£110 for me!) but I’m so glad it’s done. Then, right before 3 we made our way via underground to Victoria Station to meet some friends from Ormskirk, Dom and Marcus. It was really great seeing them again! We weren’t the only people to have an …

  • Day 20: Rufford

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: Jun 03, 2010 | England

    Today we had another little excursion, but since this one was closer (about a 30 minute coach ride) we got to sleep in a bit and didn't leave til 10.30. When we finally arrived in Rufford my first thought was 'How quaint.' From the bit that we were able to see, Rufford was really quite small and dare I say it, cute. We were divided into two groups (as usual) and …

  • Day 15

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    jbright

    by: jbright

    created on: May 29, 2010 | Ormskirk, England

    Today was the last day of classes before Bank Holiday. In class, we read more of the King Arthur tale and then watched Ivanhoe. Since Monday is Bank Holiday, classes won't pick up until Tuesday, so hopefully I'll be able to finish some of the work that I've been wanting to get done.  I didn't really do much today. After class, I was still tired and so took a nap. Then …

  • That Tuscan Sun

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    IndiraNatarajan

    by: IndiraNatarajan

    created on: Aug 31, 2010 | Florence, Italy

    My fingers are still trembling with shock and exhaustion as I attempt to push whatever lingering bit of energy is in my body towards the documentation of my latest Italian experience. With my roommate Olivia’s last few days upon us, she planned to show her visiting college friends a week of jam-packed traveling and activities. A relaxing and scenic bike ride through the Tuscan vineyards, or so it was advertised, …

  • Some Side Trips

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    IndiraNatarajan

    by: IndiraNatarajan

    created on: Aug 25, 2010 | Florence, Italy

    The prime location of Florence, with respect to Milan and innumerable travel routes, creates an ideal arrangement for exploring Europe over weekend trips. In only a few hours by the swifter of two trains, my roommate and I have been able to visit stunningly beautiful landscapes such as Lausanne, Switzerland, and Lake Como (slightly north of Milan), and Cinque Terre. The terrain throughout Italy and its neighboring countries is constantly …

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