Sunset in Halong Bay

January 24, 2015

Scooters on scooters on scooters

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It was funny how I never realized how much honking there is in Hanoi. The traffic has always been crazy with tons of scooters dashing back and forth in different directions. However, only until my friends pointed it out to me did I realize how Hanoians, or Vietnamese in general, just like to honk for […]

Von Shakes at The Spot

January 24, 2015

Out On the Town: the Vibrance of Easton

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Take a walk down College Hill, into the center of Easton. It is a great way to relax and clear your head during stressful times. It may be tempting to stay tucked away in the library or spend your days on College Hill, but Easton has delicious food, a vibrant community, and wonderful activities and […]

Five first-year students sit around a table at a cafe/bookstore in Easton, The Quadrant

January 22, 2015

Dining In Easton: Cheap Eats, Delicious Treats, & Fancy Feasts

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Naturally, when you go to Lafayette, students will rave about coffee and lattes from Cosmic Cup, Wawa mac-n-cheese, Don Juan’s burritos, and pizza from Pizza D’Oro and Morici’s, but restaurants down the hill have so much to offer. To celebrate the weekend, a birthday, the completion of a tough paper or exam, to spend some […]

Trying egg beer and egg coffee

January 21, 2015

You get what you pay for (for way less)

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It amuses me how shocked (and happy) Ashley and Eric were at what they considered insanely cheap prices in Vietnam. The foods, the goods (except for branded ones, which came as a huge disappointment to both), the service fees, were all so cheap compared to those in the US. To me, this reflects the strength […]

Team Land of the Free

January 19, 2015

Day 3: El Salvador Service Trip

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Through Alternative School Break a group of students was able to participate in a service trip. Today is our third day in El Salvador and it has been a complete blessing. I have already learned so much more than what I have ever wanted to know. Reflecting from the home visits we had yesterday I was […]

Alexa Gatti

January 18, 2015

My Decision to Double-Major: Combining EVST & GOVT

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During my first semester at Lafayette, the Environmental Studies department was being created. I was able to register for EVST 100: Intro to the Environment. This class reassured me of my interest to pursue environmental policy through courses at Lafayette and for a career. Professor Brummel served as my mentor since that first semester of freshman […]

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January 17, 2015

Past & Present: My Experience with LEAP

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I’m excited for this coming semester for many reasons. I will be reunited with dear friends after a semester abroad and I’ll be living off campus in the Folk Music house. Also, I’m excited for each of my courses, for my four new professors, and to have the Skillman library as my safe haven once […]

Ho Chi Minh Masoleum

January 17, 2015

The journey of a thousand miles

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  Our adventure continued in Hanoi, Vietnam right after Christmas. Although I am from Hanoi, I haven’t actually lived here in a long time. Taking Ashley and Eric (who came along on his own budget) around to see the different places helped me learn so much more about my own country and made me revisit […]

Making gingerbread cookies

January 17, 2015

Just a small town girl…

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Although I have been to a fair amount of cities and towns in this country, my stay at Ashley’s house gave me a first-time experience living life in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Many shops and restaurants were old-fashioned yet cute and heart-warming with a rustic charm. Some especially reminded me of what I have seen in […]

Beautiful hiking trail

January 17, 2015

Women vs. Wild

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The most exciting part about my visit to Ashley’s house was probably all the outdoors activities that we did together. Having grown up and lived in the city my entire life, I get really excited every time I can get close to nature and the Poconos gave me the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in […]