Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Parlez-vous…english?

I cannot believe November is over! It means my mom had a birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!) and my time here in London is almost over. But I have had a wonderful month with all of my trips. Just last week we were in Paris, walking along the Seine and eating baguettes. I don’t speak a word of French, so I must have gotten by on my wits and charm. We were only there for two days, which is not enough time to fully realize or appreciate the beauty of the city. However, we hit the major highlights, such as the Louvre and […]

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Beaches and Buildings of Beguiling Barcelona

Barcelona was a much different experience from Sicily. It is a real city that has a rich contemporary history. It’s the ideal tourist destination because it has the attraction of a culture that can be explored in depth as well as beautiful beaches waiting to be relaxed on. I was so excited to put my feet in the Mediterranean, since I’ve so far only touched the Pacific and Atlantic. It wasn’t as blue (or as warm) as I thought it would be, but the sand on this particular beach had a glittering material in it. I was mesmerized by the shiny flakes […]

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Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Saying “Sí” in Sicily (and Rome)

Well I am almost recovered from our ten-day tour of Europe. We had a rough start because we arrived in Sicily in the middle of a Catania train strike. We waited three hours in the station and could not understand what was going on, because none of us spoke Italian. I got to see some very angry Sicilians (there was some violent gesticulating involved), but it was worth it when, after another train and two buses, we reached Taormina. Perched on mountain, it is an incredibly charming town that is dripping with history, filled with good food and provides mouthwatering views of […]

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I would have taken a Bath, but the water was green!

You are looking at a panoramic view of the beautiful Royal Crescent in Bath! The picture doesn’t even do the view justice. The circular row of 18th Century buildings faces a large lawn that fills up with college students most afternoons. They come to watch the sun set over the trees and enjoy picnics and sports. They played rugby, cricket and football, but no one had an ultimate disc… so I just watched.     But my favorite part of our class trip to Bath last weekend, was how I recognized the beautiful backdrops from the excessive amount of Jane Austen movies I […]

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Monday, October 10th, 2011

Toppings for scones and two different time zones…

Well, it’s official: there is no Grape Jelly in the whole of England. It started off as just an observation. I don’t really care what type of “jam” I eat, but now it has turned personal. The store will have literally a hundred different brands and flavors (people need something to eat with their scones), but I have yet to see grape. But I have been doing much more than searching for fruit by-products.   Our class trips have been keeping us super busy. We traveled to Claydon House to study the examples of Chinoiserie and Rococo decoration, since our […]

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Mice, rocks, and churches… oh my!

So there was a little bit of excitement in casa de Bucknell in London this week. We had a run in with some mice in our kitchen and, take it from me, they are not any cuter than American mice. They still make me jump onto the counter when I see them. But luckily, our landlord has resolved the issue. In other news, my class took a field trip to Stonehenge last weekend. Having watched many a National Geographic special on the monument, I was really excited to go. But I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed. […]

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A week of firsts…

Hi friends! Hope the weather hasn’t been too hazardous for you guys. Between Irene and Bucknell’s flooding problem, it makes me appreciate London’s consistent, yet mild rain and fog. But the weather has not deterred me; I have vowed to leave no sight unseen and no experience unexplored. We’ve been pretty busy with the start of classes but I’ve had plenty of time to try some new things. For example, fish and chips!! I didn’t think I would like it, but it was delicious and the place is right up the street so I will have to fight the temptation […]

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Friday, September 9th, 2011

Getting in, settling in, blending in, and being rained on…

Greetings from Bloomsbury! That’s the part of London we are staying in and it is beautiful! We’ve been here for about three days and it already feels like home. After we emerged from the airport, bleary-eyed from the overnight flight and time zone change, we were whisked off to our academic center in the city. It’s a huge place that spans about five old London homes and is shared by many American universities. It’s where we will have classes and it’s only a 5 minute walk from our apartments (which is good for the days when I wake up 10 […]

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I hope I can understand the language…

Hello there! My name is Dana Germano and I am London bound in two days. I can’t wait! I am participating in the Bucknell in London program and taking classes that focus on English culture, of which I am a big fan. I developed anglophilia in the 7th grade, when I was doing a report on Jane Austen and (instead of reading the book) watched the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It was the original four-hour BBC version, with Colin Firth and breathtaking shots of quiet country manors and antique cityscapes. Now I am so excited to go to […]

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