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A Starving Postgrad Student takes on Claridge’s

A Starving Postgrad Student takes on Claridge’s

(Originally written on June 12th.)

If you don’t know what Claridge’s is, that’s cool—I didn’t either a few weeks ago. But turns out it’s a super fancy hotel in London. When one of my mom’s friends had a conference coming, she invited me to stay with her. I said yes, but I didn’t know what I was getting into!

A man in a top hat and uniform stepped up to the cab to let us out. A bellhop took our luggage. We pushed through the spinny door (love me some spinny doors) and entered a huge, gorgeous room filled with light and marble and the gentle clinking of expensive wine glasses. Even the air seemed to carry invisible…Continue Reading

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Mom and Laura: Trip Highlights

Mom and Laura: Trip Highlights

As you may or may not know, I have been traveling from April 10th-April 29th with my mom and sister. In our mildly insane adventure, we went from Paris across northern France, then to Somerset and Cornwall before winding up in London. Instead of taking the time to type up all my journal entries (which are nearly half my new journal anyway), I thought I’d do a roundup post and just give you guys the sweet stuff.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Pain Passes

Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Pain Passes

While in Paris, Mom, Laura and I went to Musée d’Orsay to see the Impressionist paintings. It wasn’t until I saw the first Renoir that I remembered he and I share Rheumatoid Arthritis. When I saw that first painting (I can’t remember which it was), his words rang in my head as if I’d just read them:

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

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Mountains and Manuscripts: Scotland Trip

Mountains and Manuscripts: Scotland Trip

On the train back from Venice, Annie turned to me and said, “So, Scotland…?” And thus a second writing trip was born. This time, we wanted to attempt to see the northern lights and we invited another friend/classmate Sarah along for the adventure. Everything came together rather last minute, and then we were off!

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Illuminate Venice: Day 5

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On our last day, we met a real-life eccentric bookshop owner and did the two great S. Marco’s sights in under 45 minutes with the power of Winter!Venice. Then we journeyed home and (spoiler) made it back to England.

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Illuminate Venice: Day 4

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On this day I discovered how valuable a perfume exhibit can be, I solidified my status as a nerd forever, and chased the sunset across Venice.

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Illuminate Venice: Day 3

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From the warm forges of glassblowers’ to the grandeur of the Doge’s Palace, this day was about getting more familiar with Venice’s rich history. Also: Conspiracy theories.

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