Traveling Europe: Don’t Break the Bank

I recently returned from three weeks in Europe, and I’ll be starting graduate school in exactly one week. I plan to chronicle my time in grad school through posts on this blog, so more about that later. During my time in Europe, I traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland. My time in Ireland was spent overnight in airports, so while a unique experience in its own right, I hope to go back relatively soon to explore some of the more scenic destinations. However, I got to spend a decent amount of time in the other countries, and I’m so glad I took the plunge and got to go. As a person who loves saving money, I was very nervous before I left about how expensive traveling internationally is. Through careful research, I found some ways to mitigate the overall cost, which I’m excited to share below.

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Tips for Visiting a Country that Speaks a Foreign Language

I think one of the most fascinating aspects of Europe is the broad range of languages that everyone speaks. In America, it’s common to be taught a secondary language in high school, but the depth in which that language is taught is inconsistent across schools and oftentimes forgotten by the time the student gets to college. In my own experience, I was taught both French and Spanish, but now I am confident I would not be able to hold a conversation in either language. Continue reading “Tips for Visiting a Country that Speaks a Foreign Language”

What’s With the Levi’s Shirts

Coming at you live from Europe. Currently, I’m sitting in a park in Switzerland on a computer that has a battery life shorter than a Friends episode. I’m hoping to get this written before it dies, and I’ll add hyperlinks later.

Having just gotten back from Italy, I have plenty of stories and opinions I’ll be exploring in future posts, but this one is dedicated to a phenomenon that wasn’t exactly obvious at first: the excessive amount of Levi’s shirts in Europe

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