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Let's Start at the Beginning- Europe

 I figure that the most important thing you do in life is to experience it and a big part of that is travel.  Europe was my first trip abroad, and it gave me an excitement for learning about the world that I would have never gained from books, and I ... read more

Jessica Michael

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run-away-moon

Cologne-Brussels by car about 2 hours   read more

Cristina Zabalaga

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Bruges- Simply Beautiful

 Imagine a small European city from the 1800s with narrow, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, glass-water canals, a magnificent central square and a neo-gothic cathedral that can be seen rising above the buildings from almost anywhere in the city. This is Bruges. Of course, tourism has become the primary income for ... read more

Gretchen Mahan

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October 31st--Halloween!

   Happy Halloween! This morning I got up at 7am to use the bathroom before anyone else got up to use it. The hostel served breakfast, which was also included in the trip cost. For breakfast I had corn flakes with milk (it was warm though, yuck!), toast with jam, ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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October 30th--Ieper, Belgium

   I got up at 6am and met down at the ResHall lobby at 6:45am to leave for Ieper, Belgium. I slept on the coach bus until 9:30am when we arrived at the Dover Ferry Dock. Our Ferry didn’t leave until 10:30am, so we were allowed off the bus for ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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Never Pay for a Hotel Again?

I'd heard about couchsurfing before I went to Belgium this past week, but I'd always been a little skeptical. The idea is that the website connects you with hosts willing to let you sleep on their couches (or spare beds) for free. It's a way for people to get to ... read more

Christopher Duffy

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what's up in nola

I seem to think that my excuse for having no real job is that I am going abroad soon.  I think I'm just overly excited, letting myself make list after list of clothes I need, how to pack efficiently, learning how to blog about it, ect. It's a little overwhelming, ... read more

Ellie Connick

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A must-see while in Liège: "La Batte"

Marina Lynch

13 Feb 2009

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If you ever find yourself in or near Liège, Belgium on a Sunday, "La Batte," an outdoor market that stretches along side the Meuse River, will keep you entertained for hours. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., one can buy clothing, jewelry, shoes, lingerie, toys, candies, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, bread, ethnic foods, flowers, live animals, and more while getting a bit of exercise ("La Batte" is almost two miles long!). The sausage and onion sandwiches are delicious, but watch out for the seagulls! After living a block away from "La Batte" for five months, I still see something new each time I visit. Unlike Brussels and Bruges, not many people speak English in Liège, so a basic knowledge of French is advised.

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Being an American

One kiss for Belgians, two kisses for the French

Marina Lynch

25 Jun 2009

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When greeting a Belgian, one kiss on the cheek is used for family, friends, classmates, coworkers, and people you're being introduced to or already know. Being an American, the concept of kissing all my Belgian high school classmates hello each day was a daunting task of going down a line of 20 saying, "Salut !"... "Ça va ?" and quickly running out of different greetings. To make matters more complicated, I live with two French college students: they and all their French friends kiss both cheeks. I got used to one kiss at school and two kisses when people came to the apartment. But my manner was not fool-proof; once I gave two kisses to a Belgian visiting and they said, stunned, "Oh, you're French? I thought you were the American roommate!

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