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Unusual Museums Worth Your While On a Visit to Prague

Unusual Museums Worth Your While On a Visit to Prague    Prague, like most major cities in Europe, has numerous public museums in both art and history that are worth seeing. The National Museum with its exhibits on natural history and the Technical Museum just for starters! These and many others are rate a trip out if you are of the ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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Best Outsider Art in Prague: The “Magical Cavern"

Best Outsider Art in Prague: The “Magical Cavern”Petrin Hillside Park in central Prague, just west of the river, has a beautiful view of the city from above. It’s is a lovely place to go for a walk when the weather is nice — there’s a monastery with brewery and library attached, Petrin Tower and the funicular leading to it, and ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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A Day Well Spent in Granada, Spain

A Day Well Spent in Granada, Spain  How often can you say you’ve skied in the mountains and taken a dip in the ocean in the very same day? If you travel to Granada, Spain then that idea can become a reality. Traveling to Granada anytime from November through April offers people the opportunity to hit the slopes and submerge in the sea ...

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Kristen Smith,
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The Best Restaurant in Prague and What to Eat There

The Best Restaurant in Prague and What to Eat There:    Prague is an enormous, bustling metropolis with pockets of history and culture that you can see in the very architecture and shops surrounding you. It’s a city that, as of 2015, contained 1.259 million. So it would be presumptuous to claim that I know the best restaurant with ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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5 Tips to get your Spanish Immersion Rolling

Just Arrived in Spain? Here are 5 Tips to get your Spanish Immersion Rolling  Is Seville the destination for your Spanish Immersion? Congratulations! You’ve chosen one of the most beautiful regions in Spain. Taking the first steps outside your host family’s home can be tricky, so here are 5 tips to start you off on the right foot. 1. ...

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Kristen Smith,
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Great Literature to Encourage the New Language Learner

Great Literature to Encourage the New Language Learner Learning a new language is an incredible challenge, both academically and emotionally. The latter aspect isn’t always given enough thrift, but anyone who’s ever stumbled over a question or greeting in a language other than their first, knows that it takes courage to publically practice ...

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Anthea Mitchell,
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5 Apps You Need When Traveling Abroad

5 Apps You Need When Traveling Abroad   Traveling abroad brings a host of questions of the unknown. “What if I lose my phone?” “What if I get lost?” “How can I communicate with my family/friends without a huge phone bill?” “Is there more to this city?” Never fret because the answers are readily available. Technology has ...

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Imani Bashir,
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5 Things in Your Room Right Now That Could Help You Learn a Language

If you have dreams of studying abroad with a program like Abbey Road, you’re going to want to at least have a basic grip on the language of the country you’ll be staying in. You don’t have to speak like a native to get by, but it is a lot more fun if you can understand what locals are saying to each other as they pass by you on the ...

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Jessica A. Scott,
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Reverse Culture Shock and How to Cope with It at Home

NOTE: *Make sure to check out the first post in this series– “Culture Shock and How to Deal with It Abroad” – if you haven’t already!* After returning home from my semester aboard in Italy, I could not wait to tell my friends and family all about my travels and experiences. When I got back to Idaho, however, it seemed like no one ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When in Dublin...

Dublin is a unique, quirky city which is very walkable and full of interesting buildings and architecture. Here are my top five things to do in Dublin (although there are a lot more!).    Dublin Castle Located in the heart of Dublin, the Castle is believed to have originally been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Although the Castle is ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Culture Shock and How to Cope with It Abroad

Culture Shock and How to Cope with It Abroad I have been extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world with my family, school, and friends. I had heard of culture shock in books and blog posts, but I did not truly experience this phenomenon until I studied abroad in Rome for a semester. At first, I thought culture shock was an exaggerated ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When In... Prague

When In… Prague Prague is a beautiful city with amazing food, interesting history, and tons to do. Here are my top five things to do in Prague (although there are a lot more!).   Source: https://tinyurl.com/ycsyu5e5 Explore Old Town Square Old Town Square is one of the main hubs of Prague and is surrounded by various shops, restaurants, ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Tips to Ace the SAT/ACT

5 Tips to Ace the SAT/ACT As one of the world’s worst test takers, the SAT and ACT were my living nightmares. I dreaded studying for them, taking them, and even hearing their names made me sick to my stomach. But after taking at least five real standardized tests – among countless practice ones – I have acquired many tips and ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When in Amsterdam...

When In…Amsterdam Full of cheese stores, clogs, and eclectic neighborhoods, Amsterdam is a city that should not be missed. The food is amazing, the locals are extremely nice and the city itself is beautiful, making Amsterdam the perfect place to explore while abroad. Here are some of my favorite highlights from my visit to this amazing ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Tips to Acing Those College Essays

5 Tips to Acing Those College Essays One of the most stressful parts of my college application process was writing the essay for the common app in addition to each supplemental essay for the different schools. After some trial and error, along with the occasional breakdown with tears followed by ice cream, I realized that there were a few ways ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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When In...Berlin: Must-Sees and Tips

When In…Berlin While I have been lucky enough to experience many cool cities abroad, Berlin has to be one of my favorites. From the delicious food to the rich history, this German city has it all. Here are a few of my must-sees in Berlin. Enjoy!  Source: https://tinyurl.com/y9j7lfcc 1. Brandenburg Gate One of Berlin’s most ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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5 Productive (but fun!) Summer Activities

5 Productive (but fun!) Summer Activities Although sitting on your couch and watching everything Netflix has to offer sounds ideal at first, it can get boring very fast (trust me). On top of that, your parents might be breathing down your neck for you to be productive during the break, and your resume probably does need some sprucing up. But ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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Top Five Things to Do in Rome

When In Rome… While studying abroad in Rome, I not only experienced the super touristy spots, but I also had the opportunity to live like a local and explore the hidden gems of Rome. Here are my top five things to do in Rome (although there are a lot more!).  Source: https://tinyurl.com/y7837cce Explore The Monuments A trip to Rome ...

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Jolie Blair,
Sun Valley, Idaho
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