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2010

Art for the masses

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So, wanna go to Europe to explore it’s great artworks, but don’t see that happening any time soon? Here are a couple of recent developments by Google that you can check out. Do you think this kind of initiative replaces the need to go and visit these great pieces, or does it complement and encourage people visiting them in person? http://www.googleartproject.com/ ultra high definition images from the Prado

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The rise of the temp agency and the fall of the lower class

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I read in last month’s edition of the Economist that the European progress toward creating better conditions for workers has recently been brought into question. This doubt which the author wrote about has to do with the sovereign debt crisis and other deficit problems underway in Europe. The sovereign debt crisis unfolded in Greece where the country neared bankruptcy earlier this summer. A different debt issue in France is also to blame for their pension reforms which, in a reversal of historical trends, forced the raising of the retirement age. The progress toward better working conditions which the magazine refers…

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Europe Full Circle

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Returning to the normalcy of home life, and being once again immersed in familiar routines and in the mundane, it is strange to imagine that I was once in the most majestic of places, such as Florence, Italy. It wasn’t long ago that I was in Salzburg, standing inside Adolf Hitler’s hidden bunker. It was only a month ago that I was in Bruges, Belgium, gazing up at the wondrous St. Salvator Cathedral. There are parts of this trip for which the memory of them now seems almost surreal, like a dream, because of its great contrasts to the Canadian…

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Unable to Avoid

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Now that I’ve returned to Canadian soil and answered the repeated question of what my favorite moment and place was, life is ‘normal’ again. This feels strange and I find myself bringing up anecdotes and quotes whenever I can slip them into conversations. Aside from the obvious great experiences gained from a trip like this, this trip taught me to process my experiences. I have always been one to avoid sharing my thoughts or writing them down in a journal, I would simply brush it aside and move on. The problem, I now realize, with this method is that I lose opportunities to grow. Through the mandatory journaling and debrief sessions througout the trip I…

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experiential learning, material culture, myth

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Three things that stick in my memory from this trip are experiential learning, the importance of material culture and how myth has been used and is still being used to this day. There are many other things that I learned on this trip which are also significant but these three stick out particularly to me. I learned how important experiential learning was and how enjoyable it can be. When I had thought of experiential learning prior to this trip I always thought of learning from one’s mistakes, something that I think I am a pro at now. But on this trip I learned how one can…

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So how was your trip?!

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Oh, what a horrible question that is!  That inevitable question when you first get back, and see someone who cares about you and you know it’s coming; you almost hold your breath for it a little…and I hardly resent my friends and family for the interest they show in my life! On the contrary, I love them the more for it! But can I say it?  Can I really answer with just “It was great!” ?  How can I possibly infuse that inevitable five-letter response with an appropriate amount of joy, excitement, sweat, stress, claustrophobia, thoughtfulness, deliciousness, grumpiness, humour, laughter,…

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Wondering about David. (Jacques-Louis, that is)

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What Angela says is true: it’s hard to believe that we just experienced all of that. The Europe trip was incredible. Right now, we’re all in the midst of our post-trip studies. For me, this has meant that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the French Revolution. Would I have ever thought that I would find the French Revolution interesting? No. But to my surprise, it is. I remember being in the Louvre in Paris and seeing one of the rooms filled with paintings by Jacques-Louis David. Museum visitors crowded around his works. Great as they are, I…

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In all its Colours and Shapes…

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I have been home for nearly two weeks now and I still have not figured out how to answer the ever constant question of “How was Europe?”  I have been on a journey this summer; a journey to grow in knowledge and a journey to collect experiences. On it I have been surrounded by over thirty friends who have, with or without knowing it, aided in my journey. I have been presented with new thoughts, seen new sights, conversed with individuals far from the comfort of my home. Each of my senses has been involved in the process of experiencing…

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Seeing Europe

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Well, it has now been three weeks since we returned from Europe, and I guess its time to say what all I learned from the trip. Well, in just a little more than 2 months I traveled through some of the most famous, and beloved places on earth. Saw the medieval streets of Carcassonne, the 16th century cityscape of Florence, the ancient history of Rome, the beer gardens of Germany, the Art Galleries of Paris, and rain of England. Throughout all of these experiences I feel like I have seen every little aspect of Europe possible. I have seen the…

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The Best of Europe?

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That’s the one question that people keep asking me: what was the best part of the trip? What was your favourite city? Then I look like an idiot because I have no answer. How do you condense eight weeks into three or four sentences? Simple. You don’t. We learned so much I’m pretty sure it’s still oozing out my ears. The academic side of things was broadening, while the intrapersonal aspect deepened my perspective, pushing my limits and asking me to move past my comfort zone. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not so great with that whole expand-your-horizons…

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