France Travel: Paris

Ah, Paris, la ville de l’amour et la ville lumière! Visiting the “City of Love” was one of my most surreal European experiences. From grade school up through college, I studied the French language, but never found an opportunity to apply it. Not only did this trip expand my knowledge of the language, un peu, but it also…

Scotland Travel: St Andrews

My last trip in Scotland was also the trip I had anticipated the most. You see, I had been planning to adventure to St Andrews for quite some time. I had been so enamored with this place I even considered going abroad there. Something about this tiny town just appealed to me– the quietness, a…

Scotland Travel: Glasgow

Oh, Glasgow. In truth, I don’t really know what to say about you. My feelings are so mixed and complicated. On one hand, Glasgow is a generic, bland, working-class city. The kind of type that would be fine to live in, if you were a Scot, but dull and uneventful to the average tourist (like…

Scotland Travel: Edinburgh

I never thought I would have ended up in Scotland. Only a few years ago, it would have been completely off my radar in terms of potential places in the world that I’d want to visit. But after meeting a student from the University of Edinburgh in Richmond, I decided to give it a shot.…

England Travel: Oxford

If London was a shining beacon of adventure and excitement, relatively Oxford was much more of a disappointment. I think this is true, for me, because I had a explicitly detailed, vivid preconceived notion of what I expected Oxford to be like. Like most college-aged, study abroad, American tourists in Europe, I had to hit…

England Travel: London

While many of my trips in Europe brought me to some of the world’s finest cities, I think it is fair to say that London was the most impressive. Maybe it was because my expectations were not set extremely high (I had been told for some time that London was essentially “New York, but everything…

Northern Ireland Travel: Belfast

“Belfast” is a fairly inaccurate title to encompass every place that was visited on our Northern Ireland trip. Instead, our UCD tour covered much of the province of Ulster (which is, essentially, the country of Northern Ireland). Northern Ireland, unlike the Republic of Ireland, is not a sovereign nation. Instead, it is one of the…