Happy Birthday

This morning, I got an email that said that my blog TodayInGalway — which was supposed to chronicle my experience abroad in Galway, Ireland in last spring — has officially turned one year old. My first thought: I have way too many emails. I really do. I currently have 5,412*
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Foxes on Bridges

The following is a work of fiction. After walking so many times around the quaint college campus, farms and parks, I feel that Lund is an empty city. Most Friday nights are spent drinking watered-down beer on the balcony during the summer I study in Sweden. My drinking buddy is
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UC Berkeley to augment study abroad model

In a Friday discussion on engagement between universities and the global community, UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer discussed the ways in which the campus study abroad program is currently being adapted to more closely resemble that of Columbia University.
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A life of service

Not so funny, guise

While our college selves would still agree that picking up trash along a creek constitutes giving back to the community just as much as it did back in middle school, we now strive to be part of our environment in more integral and grandiose ways. As much as I respect
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Destination: Berkeley

It’s easy to hear the words “study abroad” and immediately think of far-off places like Spain, Brazil, South Africa or England, but the truth is that leaving Berkeley is only half the story. Each year, thousands of students flock to the University of California from every corner of the globe
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Wherever I lay my hat

Champagne Problems

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like… whatever, Dorothy. You’d better not wear those shoes to a Cal-Stanford game. But that smug Kansas kid had one thing right. Wherever you are, whatever you do, the pull of your home is inexorable. We carry
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Istanbul, or Why has it taken me 20 years to get here

If your list of dream travel destinations does not currently include Istanbul, let me tell you, straight up: You’re doing it wrong. Move over Paris, Barcelona — these traditional European hotspots need to make room for the best thing you never knew you were missing. Do yourself a favor and
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The pizza pilgrimage

Simply put, it is impossible to come to Italy without dedicating a good 30 percent of your time to enjoying the local cuisine. Truth be told, I probably spend about half of my day in the company of food of some variety, and more often than not, it’s pizza. Sure,
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Wise words from a well-traveled teddy bear

If my childhood teddy bear, Garry, owned a passport, it would boast stamps from five continents and over a dozen countries. It would also verify that his name is indeed spelled with two R’s, as I quite enjoyed double consonants in my youth and decided to include that particular quirk
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A fiscal, ethical dilemma

This week, I spoke with a UC Berkeley sophomore who is paying her own way at Cal. She started off this semester as a newly declared English major with hopes of studying abroad, but after the financial aid office canceled her work-study in September, she began reconsidering her plans for
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