The Return Trip Effect
Jan06

The Return Trip Effect

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust The return to graduate school after winter break is always tougher than I expect. From being treated like a prince at home, I return to the stables where memories of grand feasts, shoulder rubs, and encouraged slothfulness are replaced with stale PB&J’s, knotted muscles, and an alarm clock that won’t shut the hell up....

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Expecting My Return?
Dec30

Expecting My Return?

We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us. – Anonymous Every time I’ve traveled to a new place—whether that is a foreign country or another town in Ohio—it reminds me how little of the world I have actually seen. The different clothes, the different customs, the different sauces you use to dip your fries (in Belgium, they use straight mayonnaise). Exploring these different cultures, then, is almost a scientific...

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A Brief Respite
Dec16

A Brief Respite

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. — Anonymous Well, only now, sitting in the airport, did I realize I failed to note in last week’s post that I’ll be taking a break from the blog this Wednesday and the next. Through good fortune (and my father’s wallet), I am currently on my way to Europe for about a week. There, I’ll see the sights, eat the food, meet the people, and do other nondescript touristing...

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A Whirlwind Conclusion [Italy Trip Pt. 3]
Jan22

A Whirlwind Conclusion [Italy Trip Pt. 3]

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — St. Augustine Realizing that it took me a post per city (and we traveled to six) to chronicle our adventures, I decided to purchase a ticket for the fast train (metaphorically nor literally something my brother and I ever did), and conclude our experience of the remaining four cities in one post. I apologize for the added length. Actually: you’re welcome....

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Misadventure and Good Fortune [Italy Trip Pt. 2]
Jan15

Misadventure and Good Fortune [Italy Trip Pt. 2]

It is better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha Well, if you read the title, you’d realize this is part due (“two” in Italian; pronounced “DUE-eh”) of Zach and my travels through Italy. So if you forgot where I left off, let me give you a brief recap: Read the last paragraph of my previous post. Now, to continue– After settling into our Bologna hotel (oh, was it nice to have a room to ourselves!), we walked 10 minutes into...

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