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MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #11
MUDEC Méinden Spring 2021 #11
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Spring 2021 #11

April 5, 2021

  • Exploring the MUDEC Archives
  • Travel in 'COVID Times'

Exploring the MUDEC Archives

by Megan Fogarty, MUDEC student
Students in 'World History Since 1945' (HST296) had the unique opportunity to read through past MUDEC archives to learn more about those who have come before them. Housed in the upstairs Student Mezzanine, these archives include past field trip itineraries, receipts, tickets, photographs, letters and more. Some of these documents date back to 1972.
History professor Dr. Elena Albarrán organized these archives by category and date, and then set up a database for her students to use for projects. Students can review varying types of documents such as old newsletter copies, past scholarship records, student-written reflections, itineraries and receipts. 
HST296 students used these documents for their final paper, which was an analysis of past travellers. The archives provide insight into the activities of previous MUDEC students. Even though records were from 30-50 years ago, many students found hints of their own experiences sprinkled throughout. 
The archives also offered interesting historical information. For example, many of the archives included records of the Berlin Wall. Students could read first hand accounts of the division, fall, and unification of the Wall, as well as looking through past yearbooks for photographs of these events.
These archives will continue to grow as Dr. Albarrán works on digitizing and organizing additional records. She is even adding her own paper receipts, photographs and itineraries from her HST296 class field trip to Schengen a few weeks ago.
An archival MUDEC document students with archival documents and boxes on tabletop

Travel in 'COVID Times'

by Hannah Sroka, MUDEC student
MUDEC students are very familiar with the program’s three pillars—study, engage, travel—but many have noticed that COVID has greatly affected their ability to complete these actions, particularly with traveling.
Several neighboring countries have closed their borders or require Luxembourgish residents to quarantine upon arrival. Students also have to take a PCR test in order to enter most countries, which can be costly. And because countries can close on such short notice, students often have to book last minute, which can be both expensive and stressful. Many of the students’ top destinations are closed as well.
Nevertheless, students have still been able to travel far and wide. Some have taken advantage of Discovery Tours to explore parts of Luxembourg that tend to slip under the radar, like Esch-sur-Sure and Grevenmacher. Others have spent time researching cities in countries that are safe to travel to. In the first few weeks of the semester, students visited places like Zurich, Interlaken, Milan, Rome, Strasbourg, and Trier.
Zurich Milan
Above: Zurich and Milan
Below: Stockholm and Colmar
Stockholm Colmar
Restrictions have gotten tighter as the weeks have gone on, and many more top destinations closed, but students did not let this faze them. Luckily, they still had many excellent options, and have spent their last few weekends in places like Colmar, Paris, Stockholm, and Barcelona. They do COVID-safe activities such as sightseeing, boat tours, and picnics.
Overall, while COVID has restricted students’ ability to travel, they are still having an exceptional experience in Europe. There are also some hidden benefits to these restrictions; for instance, larger cities like Paris being closed allowed students to explore other areas of France that they otherwise may have skipped, such as Bordeaux, Biarritz, and Metz. And ultimately, students are aware that they are still in a great position, as they have been able to see so much of Europe in such an uneasy time.
Students only have a few more weekend trips ahead of them before they head home, but many are optimistic that more places will open up after Easter, as long as it is safe to do so. Until then, they will continue to explore Europe to the best of their ability, seeing the beautiful sights while respecting COVID measures in the process.
Château & Administrative Hours
Winter view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

Château Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00-22:00

Friday:                     8:00-17:00
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Administrative Hours

Monday-Friday:  8:30-12:30

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