Wales – Don't Miss this UK Gem!

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I think Wales is severely underrated. Many travelers seem to skip over Wales on their trip throughout the UK, straight from London to Dublin. However, this is one gem that should not be skipped over! I took a weekend trip to this great country with my favorite group, International Friends, and it was such a memorable trip. The group trip went throughout medieval towns with some of the oldest structures in the country, to the mountains and the ports of the most breathtaking views in all of the UK.

On the first day of the tour, we stopped in the medieval town of Chester which is settled on the River Dee on the border of England and Wales. History is truly alive and well in this city and all you have to do is look at the Tudor-style architecture to know that it’s a fact. This city has seen is it all over its 2,000 year history. From the Roman remains of the Roman Gardens with the bases of columns still apparent, to the crumbled church of St. John the Baptist which has been in the same spot for more than 900 years.  Both spots were my favorite in the town. I’m a huge history buff, and I was overwhelmed with how much one city has endured, and how much is still visible to our modern eyes. It leaves much to the imagination; What did the town look like in its Roman Glory? Is it possible to close your eyes while sitting amongst the ruins of the church and feel the energy of the congregation of years past? Well, the answer is in you!  Fun Fact: Chester has the second most photographed clock in the UK! Move over Big Ben! The clock tower was erected in 1897 in honor of Queen Victoria. Read More

True Beauty off the Beaten Path of Venice, Italy

 

There are a few places in the world you must visit at least once, in your life and Venice, Italy is one of these places. A magical city, completely surrounded by water, filled with the history of one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen, sparkling canals, and confusing but authentic tiny calle’s (Venetian roads)…. It’s a must see. Taking the train ride into Venice from other parts of Europe will be unforgettable as you become surrounded by the many different lagoon islands and glistening magical Venetian water.

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Twenty in Paris: How to Handle Rx Prescriptions Abroad

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Did you know that filling a prescription is not the same everywhere? Studying abroad with medications can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be out of reach. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of medication and overseas travel.

Rx 101

Filling a prescription in the United States is different than filling one overseas due to different name brands and laws. Many of the companies that we have in the USA do not exist or sell overseas. As a result, you need to know the generic name of your medication and dose amount when traveling / living abroad as you may not find your prescription by name brand. Once you have the medication’s generic name, you’ll need to find out if it’s allowed in the host country. For example, in many countries, amphetamines and narcotics are illegal, even if you have a prescription. This means that if you are found to have these items on you, you could face criminal charges. This is something that you want to be cautious of every time you travel. If your host country permits your prescription but you plan on traveling outside of that country, do a quick online search to confirm if your medication is allowed to go to where you’re traveling.  Visit the US Department of State’s website at travel.state.gov and the country’s consulate website for more information. Read More

Expert's Guide: Fun Things to do in Annapolis Maryland

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I have been fortunate enough to experience Annapolis on more than one occasion. My lovely boyfriend of three years goes to the Naval Academy right on the bay—it definitely makes for some wonderfully romantic trips. But if you don’t have a love that lives in this quaint city, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Annapolis!

I love buying my plane tickets from StudentUniverse. I am fortunate enough to plan my trip several weeks in advance, so I use the “Fare Alerts” to let me know when prices have come down. Flying into Baltimore-Washington International airport tends to be the easiest. I almost never spend more than $250 on tickets; yes, for a student that’s a lifetime supply of Ramen, but seeing this boy is pretty important to me!

Never pay for a cab if you’re going any farther than DC; BWI has great, cheap shuttles that will take you to the surrounding cities. I tend to take Super Shuttle. I rarely have to wait more than 15 minutes on a van, and there is rarely more than one other person riding with me.

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Top Music Schools outside the United States

There are many top music schools outside the US, and foreign students who have the talent and passion for music can pursue their career through these schools: 1. London Music School Known as London’s finest and one of the best music schools in Europe, London Music School is the front runner when it comes to… Read More

Top Music Schools in the US

People who are gifted with a beautiful voice should consider singing professionally. Most music colleges throughout the nation offer undergraduate and graduate courses in musical arts. Most singers who wish to be taken seriously usually pursue a formal education in music with the top music schools in the country. Here are the top 10 music… Read More

Post Group Travel Depression

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It’s not really a classified mental illness, but sometimes after you spend so much time with a group of people on an amazing adventure you find yourself depressed without them.

I spent an incredible thirty-days with my 4k for Cancer teammates as we ran, jogged, and occasionally crawled across America. We all had one thing in common; we hated cancer and were willing to put our bodies through hell in order to spread the word, along with raising money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. Each person had a story and a personal reason for being on the trip but in the end we all had one goal, get to Baltimore.

We started in San Francisco and ran in pairs, relay style, covering over 4,000 miles from sea to shining sea (hence 4k). When we had run our mileage for the day we’d climb into our two vans and head to our host. Usually we’d stay in a church and have to beg for free donations from various restaurants, or locals willing to feed twenty-two starving college students.

So what does all of that have to do with post-travel depression… we spent A LOT of time together, and experienced unimaginable kindness, personal and physical trials and of course saw so amazing sites! All we had was each other and when it was over, we found our friends didn’t get those jokes, or people just didn’t understand the changes you went through.

I miss it every day, even the blisters, and most of all I miss my team. There are tons of trips like the one I experience, where people join together for a common cause and have amazing experiences, but all trips have an end date and it can be quite an adjustment when you get back into the “real world.” Here are some tips for those post travel blues: Read More

Minneapolis: Ode to Shivering and Shopping

The first time I went to Minneapolis was during the month of June. The second time was in January. The temperature was nineteen degrees when I arrived, about thirty degrees lower than what I had left at home, and the first thing the waitress at the Denny’s I stopped at on my way from the… Read More

New York City Suggestions

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Planning a trip to New York City can be strenuous, especially of you’ve been before. I am gearing up to go back—with my life long best friend—and found myself scrambling to find fun things to do that don’t break the bank. I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty and walked through Madame Tussaud’s. It’s time for something different. It’s not as easy to find things off the beaten track on the internet, so here is what I suggest! Read More

Twenty in Paris: How to Maximize Your Study Abroad Experience

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Studying abroad is a unique but short opportunity in your college career. The average study abroad experience is for 1 semester which gives you little time to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. Let’s take a look at how to maximize your study abroad experience.

Prepare Culturally and Linguistically 6 months Before Leaving

Studying abroad is about experiencing a new language and culture. Get a head start by taking foreign language classes at your university and at a local culture club/organization for that host country at least 6 months prior to leaving. The culture club/organization will have native speakers as teachers which will help you get used to hearing the host language in the speed and accent the natives will use abroad. Don’t forget to follow the news and current events of the host country during this preparation time to help to give you an accurate portrayal of life in that host country. Preparing culturally and linguistically at least 6 months in advance will only help you to adjust faster and easier to your new environment.
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