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June 19, 2010: Paris! July 16, 2010

Posted by abbyhill in Travel Log.
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I can’t believe we’ve already been in Paris for a week! It’s been amazing so far. We have class from 9:30 to 4:00 every day, and afterwards there’s plenty of time to explore the city. We’re staying in a hostel (the MIJE) specifically for international students in the Marais, which is an area right in the center of Paris. It’s convenient to almost everywhere we could want to go.

View from my window at the MIJE

St. Paul Church in the Marais

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A Taste of Rome June 22, 2010

Posted by Ethan Craig in Travel Log.
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Where to begin? Rome is so jam packed with things to do it’s easy to just stumble upon things, something that occurred quite often. Saturday evening we decided simply to start walking, with no particular destination in mind, and see what happened. We managed to find ourselves at the Fountain of Four Rivers, in front of the Vatican, at the Castel St. Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum. We saw all of this just walking through the city! That being said, there was so many other things we could have done. I went to Rome with the mindset that there is simply too much to do in a weekend so I’ll just have to come back someday and do the rest, which isn’t so bad. Consequently, we took our time going around and instead of sprinting from site to site, we were able to stay and enjoy our time at each place. It was an exiting time to be in Rome! Priests were being ordained (or so I was told) and the Pope was actually at the

Vatican, though we didn’t get to see him in person. Also, Italy was playing in the World Cup! We worked our way over to the Fifa Fan Fest, which was packed with Italian football fans. It’s great to be in a country that enjoys football this much! It is truly an international sport and one of the few things that links distant places of the world together. That’s all for now. ‘Til next time, EC