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As I write this, it’s November 22 — Thanksgiving Day. I am sitting alone on a hostel bed in Budapest, and all I can think about is the glorious day when I board the plane headed for home. I am supremely grateful for the forces and people and organizations that have given me the chance to study abroad, yet in times of desperation and loneliness, I still question whether I should’ve made the choice to...

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Following — or possibly leading — a recent trend within Europe, Hungary has proven to be a very conservative country when it comes to immigration policy, among other things. Like the United States’ current president, Hungary prime minister Viktor Orbán proudly and loudly promotes his staunch anti-immigrant views, and in my limited experience here, many Hungarians happen to share those same views. Hungarians don’t just agree with Trump — many I’ve talked to have actually...

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OpinionBeing self-aware while abroad

September 23, 20181102 min

Don’t worry, everyone — I’ve finally made it to Budapest. I’d like to take this opportunity to draw on both my past and more recent travels: I have come to notice how being a tourist, both conspicuous and inconspicuous, can influence a traveling experience. I’ve compiled a guide of things I’ve been keeping in mind over here. Now, to be clear, I’m writing this for how I prefer to take in a new place. I...

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OpinionBudapest or bust

August 23, 201871 min

Welcome to my oh-so-clever and original column from abroad — I don’t believe anyone on the Trinitonian has ever done this before! This past summer I’ve been bracing myself, both body and mind, for a world of change. I am going to spend this fall studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Why Budapest? I spent hours and hours last semester poring over brochures for programs in places that I’ve always wanted to go: Florence, Edinburgh, Seoul...

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Historical and Cultural Good: McNay Art Museum This 24-room Spanish colonial-revival house turned art museum is really an artwork in itself. Wander around the maze of paintings, drawings, sculptures and more to escape the Texas heat on any given day. Then, explore the beautiful grounds and take pics of the extravagantly tiled courtyard when the frigid Texas air conditioning gets to be too much. Bad: Southtown On a normal day, the King Williams Historic District,...

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Winner: Bird Bakery Finalists: Bakery Lorraine, Nothing Bundt Cakes OK, I get it — the cupcakes are delicious. The tables are twee. And the latte is filled with enough sugar to make it more dessert than coffee. But where the hell is Armie Hammer? I saw peach and blueberry cobblers, gluten-free brownies, even tomato pies, but no Armie, the husband of Bird Bakery founder Elizabeth Chambers. Known for his Parent Trap turn in “The Social...

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Have you ever driven halfway across town for a subpar, overpriced, yet maddeningly appealing food item that Instagram seduced you into buying? It’s an experience that most of us have probably fallen victim to at one point in our digital-age lives. We, your critics of foodie culture du jour, are here to assess the pros and cons of ‘gramming cuisine by reviewing some of the most popular San Antonio insta-locations. Fahrenheit 32 Hype: An ice...

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The Pathways curriculum is not as straightforward as the name suggests. As a junior, I’ve been attempting to navigate this curriculum with little success since its implementation in the fall of 2015. Only a few of the requirements — fitness education, quantitative reasoning, natural sciences, digital literacy and the ever-notorious First Year Experience (FYE) — have been one-stop shops to fulfill. My peers and I have spent countless hours during each registration season discussing the...