Tag: history

History Right Beneath Your Feet (Literally!)

Dublin in Irish is known as Baile Átha Cliath, coming from the old Irish settlement name Áth Cliath – which means ‘Hurdled Fort’. The history of this city dates back to over a millennium ago, and it is crazy to compare the timeline of events in this one city to the timeline of any American ...

El Ultimo Viaje: La Lucha Sin Fin

This past weekend, ICDS coordinated our last program trip together with the Sustainable Development and Social Justice students. We visited Finca la Lucha, a community where Jose Figueres Ferrer- more commonly called Don Pepe by the people of Costa Rica- used to live and work. He was the president who famously abolished the Costa Rican ...

Hogwarts and Very Old Books

On Tuesday, me and my peers had the once in a lifetime chance to see some extremely old books. Courtesy of the University of Reading, we were able to view books from the 18th and 19th century. These books contained original typographic forms from these years, leading us to understand how they evolved and developed ...

Reflection on My Time Abroad in Florence

My time studying in Florence, Italy, has been truly incredible, and I have seen and experienced so much, not only in Italy but in countries across Europe. I could not have hoped for or imagined a better semester. Although it is difficult to say in words all the things that I learned, I think it ...

Day Trip to Lucerne, Switzerland

For my second day in Switzerland, we took a day trip from Zurich to the city of Lucern, only about an hour by train from Zurich Central Station (HB). The tickets were about $27 each way, no train transfers necessary, and be arrived before we knew it! With no real plan, we wandered around the ...

Enjoying the Season in Switzerland

In Italy, you are perfectly located near so many awesome countries. Right above Italy is Switzerland, known for its Swiss Alps, chocolate, and cheese. My friend invited me take a trip to Zurich, Switzerland to check out the Christmas markets, and I decided to go last minute! I took a FlixBus, a super affordable way ...

Weekend in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city full of history, wealth, and modernity, and also a city that I hardly knew anything about before arriving. In this blog post I will talk about my three day weekend adventure in Amsterdam, now one of my favorite cities in Europe! I will be skipping over our food adventures though, which ...

5 Historic Sights I Walk by Every Day

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and home of one the most powerful and wealthy families of Europe, the House of Medici. As such, it holds a plethora of historical and iconic buildings, thanks to the funding of the Medici, that are renowned around the world. As a huge fan of art history, I ...

A Daytrip to Ancient Fiesole

In Florence, you are constantly surrounded by beautiful Renaissance buildings, narrow streets, and busy shops. However, for those wanting a change of pace from the bustle of the touristic city, or those interested in another aspect of history, Fiesole is the perfect little village to take a day trip to. I recently visited this ancient ...

An Impromptu Trip to Vienna, Austria

This weekend, I explored the wonders of Prague, Capital of the Czech Republic, and through some crazy circumstances, I also got a day trip to the beautiful Vienna, Austria! The trip started as a crazy roller coaster of events. Leaving from our home city in Florence, we had to go to the bus station much ...