Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to explore not only parts of Ireland, but also an amazing part of Europe. When I finalized studying abroad, there was one place on my list that I knew I had to go, Amsterdam. A few weekends ago I took...
If I had to choose one thing that I am glad I discovered here, I would say it would be pumpkin. I know that can sound weird but let me explain this to you. Everything began when my roommate Julia, one sunny morning of September, came home with a...
This week I have decided to write about one serious issue: the weather. I knew the winter would be difficult here, but no, no one told me I would live three months in Antarctica. I come from the northern part of France, where it is supposed to be the coldest...
It has officially been one month since I arrived in this beautiful country, and it has been a month well spent. I truly love everything about this place. Ireland has been friendly, fun and has treated me very well. Although the classes are now in full swing, I am excited...
So here I am, sitting in the Cigar office and trying to write my first article. My name is Pascale, I’m from France and I have the heavy task of replacing Ellen for the international student column. Here is the thing- Ellen was one of my closest friends from...
It has been my third full week here in Ireland, and finally I got to explore one of the country’s most famous locations, Galway. Although it was damp, cold and a windy day, Galway did not disappoint. Just voted as the most romantic place in Ireland, it is full of...
The University of Limerick is settled along the west coast of Ireland, right alongside the Shannon River. Located only 15 minutes from the center of Limerick City, UL is the definition of Ireland, from the lush green landscape, to a distant view of the Forgotten Castle. It was only natural...
As the plane took off I had a full view of Barcelona one last time. Thankfully, I had 3 rows of seats to myself, so no one could see me crying like a baby as we ascended further and further away. On my last full day in the city, I...
The streets of Venice in the winter are eerie and damp. The buildings seem to be disintegrating into the canals in some spots, but there is still a beautiful and romantic charm about it. In some parts it’s like a spooky maze. In the shop windows peer the hollow...
Putting aside the frankly horrible history behind Thanksgiving, it is a really cute little holiday. I have never celebrated Thanksgiving, (mainly as I have absolutely no reason to) so I was pretty excited to see what it was like. I was also utterly overjoyed to have the chance to escape...

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