On the top of the mountain of Montserrat, it smells like rosemary. The sun is shining and it feels nice to breathe something in other than cigarette smoke and diesel. Sometimes you just need to climb a mountain. Living in the city is exciting, however lately I’ve been missing...
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...
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...
For thirty seconds I let go of every inhibition and danced. Before I knew what I was doing, I grabbed the outstretched hand in front of me and I was pulled into the middle of the dance floor to flamenco in front of at least 50 people. Flamenco is one...
Each time I talk to my little brother on Skype, rather than asking how I am or saying that he misses me, the first thing he asks is, “have you gotten fat yet?” And to be honest I really don’t know how I have avoided doubling in size. Everything...
The hour-long bus ride and the two-hour train journey I took this weekend to Boston was perhaps the most tedious traveling experience of my life, although it was totally worth it. Boston is a wonderful city - Congratulations, America. You have managed to impress me, and no, I’m not...
Spring break is coming. Next week, a large amount of you students will fly to warm destinations and sunny beaches. You will be drunk all day, partying with loads of students in Mexico, Florida or California. Well, that is the image that we, French people, have of the “Spring...
I was sitting in my room as I wrote this, when all of a sudden everything exploded with noise. I heard my host mom running around the kitchen as she called my name, and when I came out, completely confused, she was leaning out the open window banging a...
Barcelona lies on the Northern coast of Spain, not far from the border of France. It is a combination of mountains and sea, facing the Mediterranean on the Iberian Peninsula with the Pyrenees Mountains at its back. Barcelona is the capital of the community of Catalunya, which is marked...
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...

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