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Book review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

The premise of Persuasion was a refreshing change of pace from the others I’ve read recently, which featured painfully naive teenage girls experiencing their first brush of love and flirtation. The protagonist here, Anne Elliot, is twenty-seven (! That seems shockingly spinsterly, in Austen’s world, but there’s another unmarried sister older by three years), and she first … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: One full day in Bologna
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Summer in Europe, 2014: One full day in Bologna

(This is the fifth part of my six-part travel blog series. We’ve previously visited Rome, Pompeii, Prague, and Padua/Venice.) I do not have any photos of the oppressive Bologna train station. The construction site (where the bus stop was supposed to be) may not have been malicious, but the numerous customer service signs that pointed nowhere certainly were. I’m sure the experience … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: two days in Veneto (Padua and Venice)
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Summer in Europe, 2014: two days in Veneto (Padua and Venice)

(This is the fourth part of my six-part travel blog series. We’ve previously visited Rome, Pompeii, and Prague.) After a long day of travel by subway, bus, plane, and train, we finally neared the Italian city of Padova. But the closer we came, the more ominous our destination appeared. We arrived in Padova moments before the typhoon of the summer. Photo … Continue reading