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Students Abroad Safety Tips – Tourist Advice

Students Abroad Safety Tips – Tourist Advice

Safety Tips for students going abroad. From experienced college students and travel expert, Marybeth Bond. Women Travel Statistics indicate that the number one issue for women travelers is safety. Here are practical safety tips compiled by my college-age daughter and her friends, who have recently returned from studying abroad; from Florence to Kathmandu to Buenos […]

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The Italian Job… of Being a Savvy Tourist

The Italian Job… of Being a Savvy Tourist

  How to Get the Most Out of Your Italy Vacation   Travel to Europe in the summer of 2004 may prove challenging, but with advance planning the rewards are vast and varied and yours to discover, such as walking to the front of the line at the Coliseum in Rome, or finding unique accommodations […]

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Girlfriend Getaways – The Best and The Worst

Girlfriend Getaways – The Best and The Worst

  We find ourselves laughing more than we have laughed in years. We experience a camaraderie that’s sometimes missing from their daily lives. We  talk, eat or drink too much and  return to our  their day-to-day lives with more strength, self-confidence and self-worth. I’ve written two books on this subject and through my own experiences […]

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Best costumes from Venice during “Carnival”

Best costumes from Venice during “Carnival”

Carnival in Venice is an elegant costume party in the streets, along the canals and in private villas. Locals and visitors spend a fortune on costumes and entry to the 600 Euro Private Balls. Five thousand revelers crowded into St. Mark’s Square and chased away all the pigeons. Approximately 3,000,000 visitors come to Venice each […]

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A Dangerously Sweet Chocolate Festival in Florence

A Dangerously Sweet Chocolate Festival in Florence

The pension where we students live provides breakfast and lunch, but not dinner, so most nights we eat at typical three course Italian meal at a restaurant; pasta, meat and a dessert. After inhaling such a large meal, we usually stroll around Florence. Last week we stumbled upon the famous Chocolate Festival in Piazza della […]

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Weekend in the Tuscan hills

Weekend in the Tuscan hills

  By: Annalyse, College Correspondent in Italy Studying (Sometimes) For my second weekend in Firenze, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a truly Italian experience, so we rented a car. We rented a mini compact car from Eurocar, for 70 Euro for a day full of adventures. When split between five people, it […]

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Rome. Where the Pope has achieved both celestial and celebrity status

Rome. Where the Pope has achieved both celestial and celebrity status

Rome and the Vatican I have to say that religious traditions in any country are a fascinating portrait of the local culture and a jumble of natives and tourists all scrambling towards the same goal. Italy, of course, is no different. After we visited the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel last Sunday, we joined […]

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Florence’s Sweet Spots and Italian Men

Florence’s Sweet Spots and Italian Men

The hardest part about your first few days in a foreign country is trying to balance your need for rest after a long week with your need to absorb anything and everything all at once. It’s kind of like trying to soak up the culture through osmosis while running erratically from one spot to the […]

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First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

The two weeks before my departure were a whirlwind of activity and emotions: stress, excitement, anxiety, parties, sad goodbyes, painful packing and uncomfortable unpacking.   Great. I can order a beer at age 20 here. My jet lag remedy. I’ve heard some people drink a cold beer in a hot shower to minimize the agonizing […]

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Italy pre-trip anxiety calmed by movies and books

Italy pre-trip anxiety calmed by movies and books

From Student Foreign Correspondent Annalyse. After running around furiously for the past few days, packing, saying goodbyes and re-packing, I’ve finally realized how nervous I am about spending five months in Italy. How am I going to communicate? I do not know more then five words in Italian, yet I am going to be living […]

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