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2 posts from April 2014

04/30/2014

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Greetings from sunny London!

It's been a busy semester on this side of the pond and we can hardly believe it's final exam period already! Students have just returned to London from various European and UK travels over the Spring break period and I hope you can take the time to read some shared experiences from our resident student blogger Abbie Dodge of Hope College.

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CIEE Excursions: Next up on our CIEE excursion calendar is a day trip to Blenheim Palace and Oxford this Saturday followed quickly by a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe theatre the next week.

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Summer in London: Spring is in the air and CIEE London Summer programmes are just around the corner. Here's a reminder of the programmes we're offering this Summer in London:

Summer British Culture

Summer Communications: Telling the Story [London + Berlin] 

Summer Comparative Public Health Systems [Amsterdam + London]

CIEE Staff Update: I would like to take the oportunity to introduce CIEE London's Summer Program Coordinator, Samantha Deave. Sam graduated from Warwick University in Psychology in 2010, and having spent many holidays traveling through southern Africa and Eastern Europe, Sam went to live and work in rural China in an international school.  After 9 months of English teaching, she took up the position of International Liaison Officer in the same school where she was responsible for international university applications to the UK, USA, Canada and Hong Kong, as well as university decisions, preparation and visits. Having loved the culture and experience in China, after 18 months, Sam decided to return to London where she had grown up to continue her career working with students in international education. Sam is currently finishing a Master's Degree in Chinese Studies from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). Most recently Sam worked at FIE (Foundation for International Education) as Program Coordinator, managing programs such as Northeastern's Freshman in London. We're very excited to have Sam with us for the Summer!

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04/29/2014

This Is The Life

The last nineteen days I spent traveling around Europe. No, we're not petting baby tigers but we get to see the world! We have experienced things I never thought I'd have the opportunity to experience in my life. For the last nineteen days we travled through, Spain, Italy, France and Greece. With a backpack on our backs and a smile on our face we saw the world. 

We started off in Ibiza an Island of the coast of Spain, before heading to Valencia. In Spain we discovered Siesta's and the difference of eating times. Siesta's, are a two to three hour gap in the middle of the work day where nothing is open. The shop owners, and buisness folks go home and hang out with their kids, enjoy lunch and some of them even nap...what a life. For those of us that usually eat lunch during the siesta time you could see how it could be quite an incovenience. However, we went with it and ended up eating lunch at 3 and dinner at 10 or even 11 sometimes! 

Next we went to Marseille, France! Here we discovered beautiful beaches, and Ports, and what exhuastion feels like. The beaches in Marseille were beautiful, the water clear and very very cold. We figured this out by taking a dip into the Mediterranean Sea...what a rush. Traveling for 19 days will make you tired, I thought I could do it but it was definitely a struggle. One night I fell asleep with my shoes still laced on my feet and jeans on. 

After France we traveled to Italy to Venice and Rome. In Venice we were surrounded by water and tourist's. It was interesting to see police boats instead of cars, garbage boats instead of trucks, and Gondola's hauling tourist after tourist around the sewage filled seas. In Venice, it wasn't hard to get lost either....you would think you were going in the right direction just to find you were walking into the water! We were in Rome the week before easter and so it was crowded, we saw the Vatican, the Coloseum, the Trevi Fountain, and much much more. It's not unusal to walk past a nun or a Priest in Rome...they were everywhere. 

Our last stop was Greece! The town covered in white, with pops of blue, green, red and sometimes yellow covering the doors and shutters. What a beautiful place to end a long vacation, relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sun and the beauty of the island. 

I can't say I wasn't ready to get back 'home' because I was tired and ready to get some rest. However, I enjoyed every bit of being tired because I was seeing things that I only dreamed I would ever see! 

Now I'm back in London prepping for finals, and soaking in my last four weeks in this beautiful city. 

 

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