The Vermont Cynic

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

How a Brit experiences the wonders of American college life

Anna Rees

October 17, 2019

Some might say the transition from rural Wales to the U.S. wouldn’t come with many adjustments, but you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve been here for just over a month and it’s fair to say my visit in Trumpyland has been an experience. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve got their similarities; w...

Sri Lankan Tea Pickers: Plantations and the Periphery

Between fall and spring semester, 12 students enrolled in the course Travel Writing in Sri Lanka. The trip lasted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.

Ali Barritt, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

I found myself standing on a government-owned tea plantation in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, Dec. 30, 2018. My UVM classmates and I were just outside the Janaudanagama village, where we had lived for a few days. I was one of 12 students enrolled in the winter session course Travel Writing in ...

Travel must be simplified for students

Travel must be simplified for students

Mills Sparkman

November 30, 2018

We’ve all been there: break rolls around and after trying to ride with a friend or join a carpool, you give up and buy a bus ticket. Shivering in the Downtown Transit Center, afraid to get out of line because you might lose your spot, you ponder the choices you have to get home. Surely there’s ...

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Learning to embrace a city as a home

Kian Deshler, Feature Writer

August 30, 2018

Holly Coughlan Fog nestled into the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The wind whispered over the bay, causing the slightest of ripples. Conifer trees colored the landscape a deep green. My family and I paddled across the bay near my cabin. At that moment, there was nowhere else I would rather b...

Chasing West

Chasing West

James Gaudreault, Writer

September 26, 2017

My friends and I departed on a Friday afternoon during the peak of summer, leaving behind our homes and any concerns for the time of day. We’d entered into a losing race with the setting sun, united by our common western destination, winding through those vibrant green New Hampshire mountains without...

Adventure-seekers on a budget joining a tourism wave in Iceland

Adventure-seekers on a budget joining a tourism wave in Iceland

Gabriella Marchesi

September 2, 2017

No one had to look further than their Facebook timeline this summer to see the wondrous and dramatic landscapes of Iceland. It seemed like everyone was jetting off to explore this once-remote country to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience– including me. I booked a relatively cheap flight and spent ...

48 Hours across the Border

Montreal from Mont Royal, QC. CAROLINE SHEA. B-Side.

Caroline Shea

April 12, 2016

It’s a strange feeling to hop in your car for a short ride and suddenly be in another country. It’s a little like slipping through some Fairyland portal to an alternate dimension where everyone speaks French, the money is multicolored, and teenagers can go to bars. Only Fairyland is just Canada -...

Bonded over a broken down bus

Bonded over a broken down bus

Allie Parkin

April 8, 2016

I’ve always loved a good adventure - I read a lot of books when I was young, following lone heroes on brave and arduous quests. These quests rarely ever started with overheated engines or drunken Spaniards starting dance parties on the upper floor of a crippled double decker bus, but I guess every adv...

A Vermonter’s spring break in California

A Vermonter's spring break in California

Hunter Colvin

March 25, 2016

Big news: I can start blaring Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” everywhere I go now because over spring break I went to California for the first time. My family went to San Diego over break. I’m an East Coast girl, and we usually go to Florida for the week, but I have to admit I really enjoy...

Stuck in a Stockholm suburb

The old town section of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden is pictured Feb. 10. PHOTO COURTESY ALLIE PARKIN

Allie Parkin

February 25, 2016

All college students know deep down that a month is not a long time. It certainly feels that way now, as I look out my window  at snow-covered playgrounds in the bustling city of Stockholm. At least, the part of Stockholm I’m living and studying in  – the quiet suburb of Bergshamra – b...

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