Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Modern Ireland

This is one of the many messages written on the Peace Walls of Belfast, Ireland. Graffiti throughout Ireland interested me but the single wall we saw held the most intricate and powerful images by far. For me, our trip to Belfast was unique in that the historical struggles of Ireland were immediately present rather than mediated through a lecture or museum. I took several pictures of the most inspiring images on the wall. This one, however, holds particular significance. Previously, in an English class I was taking that semester, the topic of feminism in Ireland had been starkly brought into focus. When the professor asked which of the fifteen students, all young women, were feminists, only the three American students raised their hands. So I was delighted to see such a bold and clever statement elsewhere in Ireland.

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