Monday, June 4th, 2012

Ce n’est pas au revoir, c’est a tout a l’heure

So, that was abroad. Though I have been home for over two weeks now, I haven’t quite been able to write this post. How can you sum up a semester in a few paragraphs? How can you capture growing and changing in ways you never thought possible? How can you put into words the feeling of walking into your host house and immediately warming at all of the sights, scents, and sounds that have become so familiar to you? What words can I use to encapsulate the pain and agony of learning another language evolving into the absolute joy of […]

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Perigord…A Journey Through Time.

Finals were conquered (or at least completed) and there was only one thing left to do One final excursion to Perigord, with our final days counting down to just a few First up was the Grottes de Lascaux, a sight we loved so With prehistoric paintings from millions of years ago Also in the prehistoric era, the Gouffre de Padirac with rivers that run well below the earth The story goes: the devil kicked his heel into the ground to make a hole then challenged Saint Martin to jump over it; as he laughed with great mirth But Saint Martin […]

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

Dublin Rain, the Amalfi Coast, and Roman Around…Abroad is Truly Paradise Found!

There’s only one word to describe Dublin and that is rain Despite our high spirits, getting absolutely drenched was quite the pain Though with freckles and red hair, I really fit in perfectly If only I had that great Irish accent, an Irish gal I would be We traveled to Trinity College, Main Street, and frequented the pub of the great James Joyce And headed to the Guinness factory where for beer there is only one choice Tastings of Guinness bread and Guinness chocolate mousse set our taste buds alight And toasting to a semester well spent, ended our Dublin […]

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Friday, April 13th, 2012

Coming Out Jewish In France (In 5 Steps or Less)

So, I haven’t exactly been honest with my host family here in Tours. Not lying, exactly. But certainly not telling the truth either. I have nodded my head knowingly with mentions of Pâques (Easter in French) and bunnies, laughed at Christmas stories, and marveled at the flying buttresses of the churches that grace every city in France. The truth is, I don’t know Saint Nick from Saint Martin. I am, proudly, Jewish. I love bagels and schmear, think my family is meshugganah, and talk about my Birthright trip to Israel almost every chance I get. However, since being in France, […]

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

One Plus One Never Equals Two

    I’m not really sure how it happened. I don’t know where or why. Perhaps it came with the beautiful certificate that said I passed the DELF B1.  Maybe I found it amid coffee dates and late nights with my newfound french (and international for that matter) friends. It could have been, that I found it in the farm house beneath the newborn baby goats. At 5 a.m. working at the Boulangerie? At the picnic by the Loire between bites of brie and camembert? Or maybe, I found it far away on the streets of Barcelona. No matter where […]

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

London Calling

  It was off to the land of the Beatles and royal tea, where english is spoken and there’s so much to see. Marrakech, France, and London in just one week…I had really accomplished quite the feat! The Bucknell in London group helped us carry our bags …how crazy that we were on the same street! When we arrived in London we entered our amazing apartment…stocked with coffee and tea. Must have been our bison-love senses that brought us together…it was meant to be!     We met up with two Bucknellian’s the next day, for if you want fashion […]

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Escape the Cold…Go To Morocco!

  It was an impulse decision, as France turned to ice Freezing and in need of warmth, Europe would just not suffice So it was off to Africa, a culture vastly different from our own Just two cousins exploring Marrakech, learning more than we could have ever known We were dropped off at the Medina gates and followed a cloaked man who said not a word As we walked past goats, donkeys, and food being thrown, in the distance calls of prayer could be heard Thinking we were following blindly, a man who would take us nowhere we wanted to […]

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Friday, February 10th, 2012

Work Hard. Play Hard. Love With Intensity.

With almost 24 hours of class a week, endless excursions, meetings, homework and more…I am officially exhausted. I have a sore throat and temperature that is steadily rising as the temperature outside drops lower and the streets ice over. In addition to the influx of work and excessive class time, speaking another language or rather learning how to speak a new language and negate culture shock is almost a full time job…as it is my constant homework and there is never a time when I’m out in Tours that I am not working. Add on applications for honor societies, honoring my […]

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Monday, February 6th, 2012

Icicles and Snow…Lyon’s The Way To Go!

    Lyon was in one word…freezing. But that wasn’t about to stop us though from the opportunities we’d be seizing A surprise Friday, no class! So we had some time to sleep in and pack Then we headed for the Gare after a goodbye from our host families and a delicious light snack We got to Lyon late that night, so it was off to bed for us until the first touch of morning light     In the morning it was off to Fourvières to the top of the city The view from the top was incredible and […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Clos Lucé, Chocolat Chaud, and a Chateau!

Wow has it been a busy two weeks! I’m up to my neck in grammar exercises, trying to decode my psychology notes, and have a 25 minute presentation Monday on the Rhône Alps as my final for our language intensive. So with all this work, how does this Bucknellian spend her weekends? Well last weekend was the atelier de cuisine, just a casual afternoon baking delicious desserts in the french country side. We arrived in a small town and big blue doors opened to a gorgeous house built into the mountain side. We were welcomed into Beatrice’s home and as […]

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