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Infinity and Beyond: Endeavour’s last launch

Monday, May 16th, 2011

What’s it like in outer space? We’re still thinking about ways to get on-board a space flight. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the views from 35,000 just like Stefanie Gordon. Although, Gordon’s views are a little more memorable than most…

Today was the Endeavour space shuttle’s last launch out of Florida. Gordon was flying from Palm Beach where she got some great photos and video using of the shuttle’s launch using her iPhone.

Check out the shuttle launch video here. If you want to learn how these photos launched Gordon to Twitter fame read here.

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Yee Peng Festival, Thailand

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Yee Peng, or Lantern Festival, in Thailand is one of the most incredible visual of lighted lanterns. Traditional belief has it that when these lantern hot air balloons are set adrift and float away, so do the troubles of the persons who launched the balloon.

According to Thai tradition, “the festival is northern Thailand’s version of ‘Loy Kratong’ celebration.” The event also include a Lantern contest, light and sound presentations, raft competitions, row boat races and various kinds of local plays and performances.

Yee Peng literally means the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month and the Chiang Mai ‘Yipeng’ and ‘Loi Krathong’, the Festival of Lights is organised annually by the Chiang Mai Municipality in Thailand. On the full moon night, the “krathong” or banana leaf boat contest is being organised by the Youth Club from various temples in Chiang Mai. While traditional krathong were made exclusively from banana leaves, today the krathong come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a broad range of material including coconut and banana trees. Following the contest, the krathong are set afloat on the Ping River in Chiangmai.

“Yee Peng Festival, Thailand” photo by Sanchai Loongroong.

Best side trips from Florence

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

You could spend endless weekends exploring all that Florence has to offer. From the Uffizi collection to the Boboli Gardens to the Piazza de Michelangelo, there is plenty nearby to keep your weekends busy.

However, one of the best parts of studying abroad in Europe is exploring different cities and countries with friends. We’ve put together advice on the top day trips from Florence from study abroad students using gtrot is a social travel site that makes it easy to show were your friends have been, where they’re going, and see overlapping travel plans.

Pisa: One of Italy’s most iconic buildings put Pisa on the map for tourists. Pisa has the same charm of the Arno in Florence but with a quainter downtown containing plenty of shops and restaurants to check out during the day. When you go, make sure to bring your camera to get the obligatory “holding up the leaning tower of Pisa” shot. You’ll also need to step back and snap a picture of all the tourists trying to do the same. Plan your trip during daylight hours, as the iconic leaning tower of Pisa is not lit up at night.

Siena: This tiny medieval village has maintained the narrow stone streets and buildings from centuries earlier. Spend a day wandering the narrow alleys, admiring the church frescoes, and imagining what it would’ve been like in a world without cars, electronics, or paved sidewalks. Do not miss the town square that is famous for Il Palio, a two-day series of horse races held each August. Neighborhoods become rivals, each cheering on their horse and proudly wearing scarves with their neighborhood crest. The event lasts all day with a final winner declared during the last race. After glory or defeat, each micro-neighborhood eats together at long wooden tables in the street.

Continue reading the top side trips on the ultimate Study Abroad website: Then make sure to share all of your  side trips with friends using gtrot.

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Photo by 7Bart.

Travel Tuesday: Island Hopping

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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Want To Go Wednesday: Gippsland Lakes, Oz

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Check out the Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes, Australia photograph by Phil Hart. If only all biology was this beautiful!

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