Making Connections & Building Bridges- Emma Hellevik

This is a picture drawn by a school-aged student in Sibiu, Romania.

This is a picture drawn by a school-aged student in Sibiu, Romania.

This is part of a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. It is made of many pairs of bronze shoes and is in remembrance of those who were murdered and thrown into the river during the Holocaust.

This is part of a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. It is made of many pairs of bronze shoes and is in remembrance of those who were murdered and thrown into the river during the Holocaust.

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In Venice, we sang at high Mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral. As a catholic, it was really interesting to participate in the Mass. Even though it was in Italian, I was still able to follow along and understand the structure of the Mass (for the most part)!

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While I have so many breathtaking photos from Florence, this may have been one of my favorite parts of our day in the city. I was sitting eating a pizza when this little bird came up to me looking for food. Growing up in the country, I loved feeding the birds and squirrels in the winter. In an odd way, feeding the bird reminded me of home.

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Climbing to the top of the Duomo Milano provided a brilliant view of the city. At the top, we had a wonderful conversation with a couple from the UK about our travels and the choir.

"The eye of God" found by looking up through a hole in the floor at a church just outside our our home stay in Ohringen, Germany.

“The eye of God” found by looking up through a hole in the floor at a church just outside our our home stay in Ohringen, Germany.

Two music majors posing with the face of J.S. Bach.  By seeing this Bach House in Eisenach, Germany we had seen both the birthplace and burial place of this famous composer.

Two music majors posing with the face of J.S. Bach. By seeing this Bach House in Eisenach, Germany we had seen both the birthplace and burial place of this famous composer.

In Istanbul, Turkey, we were able to experience a whole new culture with different religious roots.

In Istanbul, Turkey, we were able to experience a whole new culture with different religious roots.

In the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, here we see different religious groups combined. A mosaic of the Virgin Mary can be found right next to Arabic writing of Allah.

In the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, here we see different religious groups combined. A mosaic of the Virgin Mary can be found right next to Arabic writing of Allah.

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