Venice, Italy

On the first weekend in February, a huge group of students from my university (and a bunch others in the same program at the CUEF) went to Venice, Italy. We began by taking a bus from Grenoble at around 10pm on Thursday, and we arrived in time to be greeted by the Venetian sunset around 6:00am. Day One When we got further into the city, we left the bus and walked a ways to the jumping off point for the water taxis. We then made our way through the Grand Canal and got a front row seat to an amazing display…

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Le Louvre

The Louvre was the first thing we did in Paris, right after getting to our hostel. It was so amazing to be in one of the most famous museums in the world, surrounded by infamous works of art renowned by the world. To be able to have this experience was just… there are no words, I was so happy to be here. We started out on the 1st floor of the Denon Wing, where most of the paintings were. I took the obligatory picture with the Mona Lisa, and we made our way further down the enormous hall. Coming from a wrestling background, I…

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Hiking La Bastille

On January 15th, after a long day in a stuffy classroom on a beautiful day, our class collectively decided to peace out (it was the teacher’s idea too no less!). The resulting photos are some of the best I’ve taken here, and man was it so much fun. If anyone knows about the Manitou Springs, CO Incline, this looks pretty damn familiar right?? There were two ways (to walk) up, one is to take the stairs from hell, and the other is a much nicer zig zag path.  

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Study Abroad No. 1, January

Wow, already a month gone. It’s really strange to think about how quickly the time has passed, and how much time is left still. I wanted to journal, month by month to keep a more precise memory of my time here in hope that those of you who are in the program in the future, or if you’re thinking about studying abroad, can get a little more in depth look at what the experience is like. I don’t pretend that I’ve done all the right things a study abroad student is supposed to do, but either way, I hope it’s…

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Paris is Always a Good Idea

Day One We arrived in Paris by train in the evening, and once we got to the hostel and put our stuff away, we made our way to Le Louvre as our first stop, since we had about 3.5 hours until the museum closed. This was the view of the Conseil d’État right outside of the Louvre Metro stop. As it turns out, we only got about 2/3 of the way through the museum, the Denon Wing and part way through the Sully Wing before it was closing time. I’ve put all the pictures from Le Louvre into another post…

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