Category: Winter 2018

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Paris in Pictures

This past week, my two older sisters decided to make the 4000+ mile journey across the world to meet me for an adventure of a lifetime! We began our ten day journey in Amsterdam, Netherlands, made our way to Brussels, Belgium, and ended our Euro-tour in our new favorite city: Paris. They say a picture ...

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Give Thanks and Eat Pie… Unless You’re in England.

The thought of spending a holiday by myself, especially a family-centric holiday like Thanksgiving, was quite distressing to me. Despite it being a national holiday designed to give thanks for the abundance of blessings in my life back in America, this past Thursday was just another ordinary day here at York. I woke up and ...

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At Home In the World.

It’s been two months since I uprooted my life to York, England this past fall for arguably one of the most unique opportunities I will ever experience. While I still acknowledge that my heart remains in Philadelphia, for the first time in my life, I now understand that home to me is not where the ...

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Did Someone Say Dracula?

If I have learned anything about myself during my time abroad, it is that all of my mother’s claims about my impulsiveness growing up are 100% founded, and, in typical Ally fashion, I have not yet mastered my Aries tendencies to act quickly (often without much thought.) While my childish impulses can be viewed as ...

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A Comparative Europe

Recently, I stumbled upon a post on Instagram that compared major American cities (namely New York City and Los Angeles) to London, the largest city in the United Kingdom. While the post was intended to help readers deciding on which city to live, it had a different impact on me. This post inspired me to ...

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Tis the Season… Co/op Season, that is.

For most American students, November starts the countdown to endless turkey, Black Friday shopping, and cheesy Christmas carols on every radio station, but for any Drexel student on the fall/winter cycle, November just signifies the daunting task of co/op applications and the unnerving feeling of awaiting interview requests. But what’s the only thing worse than ...

A Fancy Weekend in London

I had a whole week of from school, so I took advantage and did a bit of solo traveling. I already wrote about some of my time in Berlin, spending it both by myself and meeting up with a friend. After Berlin, I went to London to meet up with some friends because why not? ...

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Guy Fawkes Night

Each year, on November 5th, the crackling sounds and eccentric lights of fireworks reverberate throughout the United Kingdom in commemoration of a 1605 Catholic conspirator attempt to blow up the British parliament (perhaps this sounds familiar from the popular American novel, V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore.) Although Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, seems ...

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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, ...

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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 ...