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Away: A walking tour of Budapest

By Gabrielle Linnett
As I set out from Vienna, I felt somewhat apprehensive about my stay in Hungary’s capital. I knew little about the city and even less about the unique language there. The Cold War had interested me at school and now I was going to a country behind the infamous iron curtain. My suspicion was correct that it would be different to other cities I have visited, but in no way was I left disappointed.» >

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Reader’s pick and travel tips: Canada

By Jessica Freeland

Canada – the land of Beaver Tails, ice hockey and maple leaves. If I could describe Canada in one word I would say it is varied. After living in this glorious country I feel satisfied. I have that warm, content feeling similar to when  you’ve eaten a Sunday roast dinner. Canada is a beautiful and welcoming country. I would recommend that everyone should go, should the opportunity arise.» >

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London travel: The Shard

Jess Freeland

One of the newest features of the London skyline is the Shard and as the name suggests the building resembles a shard of glass. At three-hundred and ten metres it is the tallest building in Europe and if you have not seen it yet, it is as impressive as it sounds.

Visitors to the capital usually flock to the London Eye to get their ‘birds-eye view’ but if I were you I would climb the Shard – with adult advance tickets at £25 it is around the same price as the Eye, yet you get to go more than double the height!» >

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Travel tips: Day trips

Katie Parris

Bored at the weekend? Go on a day trip! 

Are you bored at the weekend and fancy doing something different? Here’s my list of things to do whilst studying in Reading:

Reading is well known for its close proximity to London, but there are many other days out to enjoy and experience whilst studying here other than the obvious attraction of ‘the Big Smoke’. One destination which is based relatively close to Reading is the Harry Potter Studios in Watford.» >

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Reader’s pick: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italia

Gabriella Craft

Cinque Terre National Park, a stretch of coastal Liguria made up of five coastal towns jutting out into the sea; hidden almost entirely from the mainland by mountains and forests. I was to travel three hours from Florence in order to make the hike through three of those towns, so we were up at 5.30am to catch the train to our first stop, the furthest north point of the park, Monterosso al Mare.» >

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Reader’s top destination: Brighton

Katie Parris

Brighton is located on the South coast of England and is a must visit destination to see whilst at Reading as it’s so close. Located just two hours and fifteen minutes from Reading! It’s a city which has: a great night life, Brighton Pier, the Pavilion, the Lanes and the recently constructed Big Wheel. For those on a tight budget you can get a return ticket, with a railcard for £20.80.» >

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A walk back in time: Washington D.C.

Katie Parris

In February 2009 I travelled to Washington, D.C. with my sixth form History class to study the American government. Washington D.C is the capital of the United States, now it may not be considered a typical holiday destination, however despite this it is a great experience! After our plane there had landed I got the chance to see The White House. The White House is the home of the American President and has been since 1800.» >

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Things to do, see and visit in London

London is situated just 25 minutes from Reading train station and offers a great day out. Whether you want to keep to a budget or splash out, London can accommodate you. London is a fantastic place to go sight-seeing and can be done virtually free, except for the cost of a train ticket! With a 16 – 25 student railcard, the cost of getting to London is around £13 – £17, depending on season and if off peak.» >

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