Category: Fall 2019

Australian Halloween

This week I got to spend my first holiday in Australia. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday back home, especially since living in PA. I have had easy access to all the different haunted houses and costume events. However, I realized while here, Australia does not celebrate as intensely. There is no farm land ...

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Good Morning Vietnam

Every year, HKU students have what is called a reading week in the middle of October. Even though students are supposed to be “reading” or doing something academically related, for most people this is the ideal time to travel around! So, being a typical exchange student, I decided to go on a week-long trip to ...

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Italian Life

Having gone around Florence for the past month, I have noticed a lot about the culture and the people here. Before leaving I barely knew any Italian and though I knew that most people here spoke English I was worried to not be able to communicate with people properly. But because Florence is a place ...

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“Welcome,” said Hagrid, “to Diagon Alley.”’

I was quite pleased to channel my inner Hermione Granger earlier this week when I visited the York Shambles, a historical street in York’s city center renowned for its wood-framed structures and overhanging arches.  But- known by any true Potterhead- the York Shambles is most famous for inspiring the iconic cobblestoned wizarding alley, Diagon Alley, ...

Different Perspectives on Home

A reoccurring theme in all my classes has been about the idea of home. I am often asked what is my definition of home and where is my home. I have never actually thought about this question. Some may respond with the country they live in, the actual roof over their head, family, or even ...

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Kowloon Travels

Hong Kong island is at the heart of Hong Kong. Yet, if you want to feel the soul of Hong Kong, then Kowloon is the place to go. Kowloon could be simply described as traditional. It has a certain vibe that is perhaps more reminiscent of mainland China. You will find much less tourists there ...

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Venice? Why Not!

After a full week of classes, my roommates and I decided that we needed to adventure out of Florence to Venice. Having been in classes for a week I have a general idea of how my classes will be at Accademia. My schedule allows a lot of exploring on both Monday, Thursday, and Friday so ...

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The Insomniac’s Digest

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night completely convinced that you missed your bus to school? Flustered and tired, you begin your morning routine, slightly rushed this time. You brush your teeth, wash your face, and put on an outfit for the day. Just as you go to grab your bag ...

Skagen: The Northern Most Tip of Denmark

Over the weekend, my friends and I hopped on a bus that took us to the tip of the world – or, at least, the very tip of Denmark. Skagen is a small coastal town at the very north of Denmark. I had heard that it’s very pretty during the summer months and it’s worth ...

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Yes, I live here now

I have now been in Florence for almost three weeks and have also gone to Venice, Siena, and San Gimignano. Having been in four cities in Italy, it is really easy to see the general Italian city style. There is a city center area from where everything spreads out from. The farther you get from ...