Posts by Maggie

Norway!

Hello there! My latest excursion took me to Norway with two of my friends. We stayed in Lier, a small town about 30 minutes from Oslo. This was my first experience using Air Bnb, which is pretty much glorified couch surfing. We stayed with Havar and his two daughters in their house and literally slept on the couch in their living room. It was so much better than a hostel because we got to meet a Norwegian family and get to know them, plus it...

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High on Tourism

Hi! This past weekend, I went to Amsterdam with my class. It was our last trip of the semester—I will be done with finals in exactly one month, which is totally crazy. We were able to stay in Amsterdam for three days because we didn’t have class on Monday (Belgium celebrates Armistice Day). We had a museum overload during this trip, but they were all pretty interesting. The weekend started with a boat tour of the city through the canals and...

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Catacombs and Kilts

Salut! I’ve been traveling like a madwoman over these past few weeks. We just had fall break, and I went to Paris and Edinburgh. I spent 4 1/2 days in Paris with my art class, and it was a lot of fun. My professor is awesome. She’s so sweet and shows us a lot of different things. I’m always exhausted at the end of the day, but in a happy way. We visited Versailles the first day, and much to my delight, we spent most of our...

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Jolly Old England

Hey everyone! This past weekend, I went to London. Everything worked out really well, despite some last-minute planning. We were able to meet up with my friend Aaron–we worked together over the summer. He’s studying abroad in London for the semester and showed us around the city on Saturday. We visited some lesser-known things, like the Portobello Market. It’s a huge street fair that has vendors set up, but there are also a...

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The Grand Tour

Dear Reader, I thought it might be nice for you to see where I’m living during my semester abroad. I also thought it may be a little weird for me to post pictures of my host family’s house directly to Facebook, so I’ll share them here. As you’ll see, their house is very nice, especially considering that it’s located in Brussels. First we have the vestiaire, which is a fancy word for the foyer, which is a fancy word...

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Crazy weekend in Germany

Hi! This past weekend, me and Aditya went to Germany. We had midterms last week, which was rough, so this was a much-needed break from studying and being rather grumpy from studying. We were able to stay with a friend of Aditya’s, and that was really nice. Free lodging is the greatest. Because we are super cheapskates, our travel plans ended up being pretty interesting…we booked a train that left on Friday night at 8 and was due to...

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Traveling in Belgium

Well hey there! This post shall be dedicated to my trips to Antwerp and Bruges, even though I visited them several weekends ago. I keep getting sidetracked and forget to blog, so I’m always late in posting about my exciting travels. Anyways, I went to Antwerp with my travel course and it was a lot of fun. Antwerp is about an hour north of Brussels. We visited a printing house and learned all about the history of 16th century printing...

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And for the past few weeks…

Hello everyone, I know I haven’t blogged in a long time, but things have been sort of crazy lately. For instance, I flew back to the US on Saturday morning. My grandmother passed away on Friday, so I went home to spend some time with my family. I got back to Brussels today. I’m glad I was able to go home, though it definitely gave me a different experience of studying abroad–most people don’t make pit stops back home...

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First day of school and other adventures

Hello everyone! My first day of classes at Vesalius was on Wednesday. I’m taking four classes while I’m here–two are focused on the European Union, which is a very important part of Belgian life because its headquarters are in Brussels. My first class kicked off at 8:30 am, which meant that I had to get up a little past 6 to eat a big breakfast and get to the tram on time. (Sidenote: I seem to eat a lot here, even for Maggie...

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My first week abroad

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog! Just in case some of you may be unsure of what I’m doing this semester, here’s a quick re-cap: I will be studying at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium until mid-December while staying with a host family. Vesalius is a very small school (only about 300 students) whose main focus is International Affairs. I arrived at 6:00 am on Monday morning and found my driver, who was also picking up 3...

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