3rd drama and coda

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From Florence, we took another train to Rome. It was warmer in Rome, and the whole city was like one big museum, with ruins of ancient times found in every […]

2nd drama

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We arrived in Florence the following morning. We were walking towards the hotel when I felt a tug on my backpack. Maya was ahead of me. I turned around, and […]

1st drama

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Marc saw us off at the train station. We were heading to Florence. We had plenty of time until departure, but we noticed the schedule board wasn’t showing our train. […]

Taste of Paris

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The food I had in Paris was fantastic, too. I liked the concept of French eateries. There was a cafĂ© for coffee and a quick bite, a bistro for a […]

Paris a jumble of gems

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After Christmas, Maya and I left for Paris. Meili’s father dropped us off at the train station after dinner and saw us off with a concerned look on his face. […]

Footprints of The Third Man

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There was one place I longed to see in Vienna. When films were the only distraction that sustained me through high school years, I watched many film noir. Among them, […]

Memories of Vienna

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I had no plan for the winter break. I should have had, as the campus was going to be closed. So I was incredibly fortunate that Meili, the Taiwanese girl, […]

Photogenic student life

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Maya and I were sitting at the outside table of a campus cafe one afternoon with Shuji, who had studied at Waseda the previous year. I was facing Maya when […]

Cost of a free trip

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On the plane to Kona, I started to feel anxious. I could play the role of a fun girl for the duration of a dinner or a 30 minutes chat […]

Extra ticket

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A few weeks after the San Francisco trip, Martin came to my room and asked me, “will you come to Hawaii with me for Thanksgiving?” He explained that there was […]