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The Florence Tattoo Convention: A Good Excuse To Get Naked

The Florence Tattoo Convention is an annual event in Florence, Italy, held at the Fortezza del Basso, a Renaissance fort that has been converted into a convention center.  It hosts world-renowned tattoo artists, body piercers, musicians, and interesting people of all ages.  This year, there were more than 300 booths, with people being tattooed and pierced in front of a live audience, in addition to jewelry, ...

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YOLO, Right? Study Abroad Fall Break During A Public Transportation Strike

For my fall break during study abroad in Italy at FUA (Florence University of the Arts), I decided to plan a trip to Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona with my friends. This time we weren't using student travel service Bus2Alps, as per usual. Organizing a trip on our own, we were able to customize our experience without being on a tour leader's agenda.  However, it did add more stress; making sure that you're ...

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Lederhosen, Half-Chickens, and Steins: From Florence to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest was dope. It was like your local town fair, but 80 times bigger, and with a bunch of Germans in Lederhosen.  I booked my trip with Bus2alps student travel agency, which included transportation (a bus ride) to Munich and back, free breakfast, one free dinner, and the choice of camping out or staying in a hostel. I chose camping because it was the cheaper option (around €300 for 2 nights and 3 day ...

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