Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Gondolaland

Venice was the next stop after Rome. The original plan had been to leave Rome and stop by Florence for one day before moving on to Venice. However, once we got to Georgina and Francesco’s place in Nemi, we wanted to spend as much time as we could in that nice little town. They were also glad to spend another day with us so all was well. We took a fast train from Rome, literally traversing the entire length of Italy from the south to the north in about 3 hours. We were not going to have much time in […]

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Village on the Hill

The houses are stacked one upon another like a delicate balancing act of yellow, pink, and orange matchboxes. Strawberry plants and red flowers inhabit wire flowerpots hanging from little balcony railings. Puzzles of granite furnish the streets below from the doorsteps of little pasta shops, gelaterias, and pizzerias, to the waist-high wall and railings that mark a beginning of an almost unending shrubby descent into an austere, yet calm volcanic lake down below.  Italian chatter, bedecked with occasional mirth of laughter and Italian gestures, constantly drifts on the morning ambiance.   The little town of Nemi was definitely my highlight […]

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Euro Trip – Part 1

My two-week break started on Friday the 8th and a friend of mine, Sithanda, and I have a wonderful trip ahead of us. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll be hitting Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Berlin. I arrived in Amsterdam on Friday after the most uncomfortable take-off from Copenhagen airport. Currently I’m in Utrecht, visiting a friend of mine from high school. It was obvious when we landed in Amsterdam that it was warmer and greener, which is great!! But my huge grin was erased from my face by the very inconvenient train […]

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Paris

Paris was my next stop after Barcelona. The closest I had been to Paris was about 4 years ago when I used to transit through Charles de Gaulle, on my bi-annual visit home during high school breaks. This time around I was going to spend 5 days in Paris – awesome!  My travel partner – Sithanda – had left me in Barcelona to visit some of her friends in London, which I couldn’t do because of visa requirements. But still, given a choice between London and Paris, I would choose Paris any time; of course with the benefit of having […]

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

When in Roma

Sithanda and I arrived in Roma from Milan on Wednesday evening at Fiumicino airport. As we found out, that evening was going to be a string of unfortunate events. All the time during this journey, we had checked in our luggage separately and at different times because Sithanda had printed all her boarding passes and I hadn’t. Naturally, she would go onto the shorter ‘web check-in’ line at the airport to check in her bag before me. Even though this was the case for all the flights we took, surprisingly enough at the luggage collection point our luggage would always […]

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Me Gusta Barcelona

It was already dark when I arrived in Barcelona so I didn’t see much of the city on my way to the hotel. Even though the hotel had given me directions  to the hotel, once again language barrier played a big rule in determining how I finally arrived at hotel. I took the wrong bus, which stopped in the middle of nowhere where the driver stood up, faced the rest of the passengers, waved both his arms in a sweeping motion towards the door and yelled: “ todos al otro autobus!” or something to that effect, which my Bucknell baby […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2011

Roma

The morning after we arrived in Rome, Sithanda and I wanted to see as much of Rome as we could that day because we were going to have to go to Nemi, a little hill town on the outskirts of Rome, to visit our friend  Georgina, and her boyfriend, Francesco. We started with the Coliseum and it was funny when we got out of the metro to find this huge roundish structure right in front of us! I guess I was expecting to see it from a distance first and slowly close the distance, taking in the aura of its antiquity. I […]

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Europe is my classroom

One of the things that attracted me to the DIS program is that about mid-way into the semester, the classroom is extended beyond the borders of Denmark as all core classes branch out in study tours to different European countries. My core class – European Business Strategy – went to Hamburg and Berlin for a week. Going to Germany, I didn’t really have any set expectations; all I knew was that they (the Germans) have a notorious history regarding the holocaust during the Second World War. Well, I also knew that they were home to some of the greatest automobiles that […]

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Darkness can be beautiful

Our last dinner in Hamburg is one for which I need to borrow Alan Poe’s words from the prose poem called Eureka: “What terms shall I find sufficiently simple in their sublimity — sufficiently sublime in their simplicity — for the mere enunciation of my [experience]?” I apologize for not having pictures for this experience, but you will understand why as you read on. We had dinner at a restaurant where all waiters either had a certain degree of vision impairment or were completely blind. All we knew going in was that we were all going to have a vegetarian […]

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