Helen Hutchens

July 6, 2013

A Year Later

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A year ago, I left China. Jason took me to the airport and hugged me goodbye before my plane took off, and I embarked on my first journey alone halfway around the world. The past eight weeks had been transformative for me. I had both learned about my home by seeing it through Jason’s eyes […]

June 25, 2013

Saxon Switzerland

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I came across Saxon Switzerland for the first time months ago as I was applying for my study abroad program, and I was very happy to find such a beautiful place to go hiking within an hour’s train ride southwest of Dresden along the Elbe. Recently, I finally got to explore there. The Elbe, the […]

Haley in front of the reconstructed Frauenkirche, which was finished in 2005 for the 800th anniversary of the founding of Dresden

May 10, 2013

Spring has sprung in Saxony

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Spring came fast here in Dresden. It seemed like one week there was snow on the ground and the next the crocuses were blooming and the trees were starting to bud. My favorite part about spring is being able to comfortably go biking here. I ride to school every morning, and there is actually bike […]

April 16, 2013

Dresden’s Delightful Neighbors

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Field trips are amazing, especially when you are studying abroad. I talked about the local excursions to locations in Dresden last week, so now it’s time to share my bigger trips. Leipzig Leipzig is best known for being the home of Bach, who often worked and is buried in the cathedral on the left. However, […]

March 20, 2013

Die Sonne schneit in schöner Sachsen

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For those of you who speak German, that was not a typo. It snowed so much here in February that even my German teacher made the mistake of saying that the sun snows instead of saying that the sun shines. February 2013 was the darkest month on record. Regardless, the sun snows in beautiful Saxony. […]

February 12, 2013

Biking in the Netherlands

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Bikes. Bikes are everywhere  in the Netherlands, and to me they have defined my experience here. Before I had come here, I hadn’t biked for years, and then only on the country road in my neighborhood. In the past week, I have biked through Dutch cities in all kinds of weather (sun, rain, snow, ice, […]

January 30, 2013

Europa, ich komme gleich.

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On Friday, I leave for Europe. I will be leaving Lafayette, my friends, and my family for half a year. While that seems like a long time, I still feel like I was in China yesterday, and I know the time will fly again this semester. My trip to Europe will be my fourth time […]

January 25, 2013

Inaugural Festivities

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The Capitol Building at dawn is one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen, even when the lawn is overrun by people arriving early for President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration.   My family went down to the inauguration thanks to a generous donation from Peter Jacoby ’81. We entered into a contest for Lafayette […]

August 12, 2012

Eating at a Home Away From Home

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One of the joys of traveling is the ability to enjoy a new cuisine. In America, we pride ourselves on having food from many cultures from around the world, but it is never comparable to the real foreign cuisine. In China, I learned what my Chinese friends had already described to me. There are big […]

July 27, 2012

Xi’an: An Ancient City of China

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My summer is like the movie Inception. I keep falling deeper into travels and farther away from my reality at Lafayette. I will make my way back, but Xi’an is the farthest I will go. From Easton to Lancaster to Conifer to Dalian and finally to Xi’an, I have traveled around the world and back […]