Archive for January 2013

Munich

From the moment that I stepped off of the train (four transfers and eight hours later), I was in awe of the clean and quiet charm of the Bavarian city of Munich.  On Saturday, we joined a  free tour to see the major city sites, and then strolled through the markets, stopping at a honey bee stand and a chocolatier.  Despite the bitter cold, the city was bright, and the food, surprisingly delicious. The Glockenspiel located in the main square, Marienplatz Colored buildings seemed to brighten the dreary day. Cafe lined streets The trip would not have been complete without a…

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Milano

For our first weekend trip, we headed to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that the city was not as glamorous as I had expected. After a rough hostel experience, we had a lovely day visiting the Il Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.  Lunch (followed by authentic italian gelato!) was also fabulous. Il Duomo – There was something so awe-inspiring about the intricate details inside and outside of this gorgeous cathedral. Galleria – With stores ranging from Louis Vuitton, to the Gap, the shopping in Milan was absolutely outstanding. Galleria (Interior) –…

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Views of Lake Lugano

On our first full day in Lugano, our Professor took us on a “walk,” that ended up being a 10 mile hike to one of the tallest peaks in the city.  In addition to some great cardio and group bonding, I also enjoyed the view and scenery that followed. Just the beginning View from the top Taking the scenic route back

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Living in Lugano

My first few days here have definitely felt like vacation.  When I say vacation, I mean that it has felt like I am walking through a mix of Epcot, Busch Gardens, and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  When I say vacation, I also mean a vacation with meals made up of peanut butter and jelly, pretzels, and vending machine cappuccinos.  Here are some of my recent realizations: – Eating airline food is basically like consuming a (not so) lean cuisine – I will look American regardless of the clothes I wear, the shoes I wear, or how I do…

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LishyLishy Goes Abroad

Streets of Lugano Lugano Rooftops Gates on Lake Lugano On January 10th, 2013, I traveled to Lugano, Switzerland with 44 other Virginia Tech Students to start my spring semester study abroad experience.  After hearing about GC’s and so many other’s amazing study abroad adventures, I wanted to embark on a journey of my own. We are based in Lugano, Switzerland, where we are taking 18 credits (that will count towards my marketing management major) at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) .  We are required to visit ten different cities throughout Europe during our stay, and the travel will be…

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