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Sage Thornbrugh

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Sage Thornbrugh: scholar, athlete, video game enthusiast, German when I want to be, American when I have to be. Spent thirteen years of my incredibly fascinating life in Vilseck, Germany, which somehow led me to this place named Concordia College. I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I’m a fan of most things Concordia. I play soccer here, I work here, I study here; there’s not many things I do that aren’t related to the college. Maybe you’ll find something I ramble on about half-interesting.

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Another Hitler Discussion

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 3rd, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Another Hitler Discussion
A photo of our class discussion taken via Snapchat.

A photo of our class discussion, taken via Snapchat.

It seems to be every political science professor’s favorite topic. Adolf Hitler, and his reign in Germany, is a topic frequently discussed throughout all of the political science courses. On a (usually) weekly basis, Hitler, or something about his reign in Germany will come up in one of my classes. This week was no different.

Funnily enough, our Hitler discussion was in conjunction with Donald Trump. The class is on the topic of Comparative Politics, in which we find similarities and differences between not only political leaders, but countries, political systems, political institutions, etc. This is not the first time, either, that Hitler has been mentioned in the same discussion as Donald Trump.

Obviously, Donald Trump has committed nowhere near the crimes that Adolf Hitler did. That much should be abundantly clear. Rather, we compare their rhetoric, and their stances on illegal immigration, minority populations, and so on. I won’t reveal too much information on what we discussed in class, but it’s fair to say that we found a few similarities.

During these discussions, though, there is always at least one person who looks towards me when Hitler’s name is mentioned. That is one occurrence which never fails to arise. This Hitler discussion, though, was slightly different, and it felt satisfying that we could use our skills learned in the class to apply comparative politics to contemporary politics.

Cheap European Clothes

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on March 3rd, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Cheap European Clothes
A picture of myself in our full-body mirror on our bathroom door.

A picture of myself in our full-body mirror on our bathroom door.

While in Ireland, I got to spend plenty of time doing typical tourist things: seeing historical sites, touring cultural areas, and taking part in local activities. Another one of the nice things, though, are the cheap, quality clothes that you can get at European stores.

H&M is one of the most popular stores in such a category. Well-known throughout Europe, H&M is full of quality, cheap, and good-looking clothes. I didn’t expect to do a lot of shopping or clothes-buying when I was in Ireland, but I guess I did a little bit. Madeleine and I both figured I could use a couple of items to help upgrade my wardrobe a wee bit, and I think it’s safe to say I made some good buys.

Mostly I just got some pretty sweet long socks, along with a couple of shirts that I can use with what I already have, and spent barely over 30 Euro on multiple items. Surprisingly enough, despite being kind of ugly, pants were extremely expensive in Ireland. They wanted 70 Euro for pants which I didn’t think anybody would really want to buy anyways, but, as I would come to see, the stores were making plenty of sales. If you go to Europe for sightseeing, it may also be worth your time to take a quick stop for some cheap clothes.

Ireland Pt. 5: Galway, Last Day in Dublin

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on February 27th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Ireland Pt. 5: Galway, Last Day in Dublin
Madeleine and myself pictured outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Madeleine and myself pictured outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

While we were in Ireland, we got to see many Cobbers, actually. We met with Alan and his friend in Dublin on our first day in the country, which was a good way to start the trip. Later in the week we would see other fellow Cobbers such as Ashley Westbee, Nicole Westrum, and Lauren Spaeth as well. Starting from Wednesday on to Saturday, though, we were in Galway.

The main reason I wanted to go to Galway was to visit a very specific Cobber, a certain Madeleine DuBore. She’s pretty cool, I guess.

On our first day in Galway, we took a bus into the town from Dublin, and then took a taxi to the Galway Girls’ apartments. We went to see their university, came home, cooked dinner, and then went out for a night at the pubs as a group, which was awesome. I love the live music in Irish pubs.

The rest of the week we stayed in the city. Madeleine and I spent Thursday doing our own stuff, such as going out to dinner, late night pubs, and so on. Friday, though, we all reconvened for one last night, and Madeleine and I went to a place called the Front Door later in the night, which was pretty lively and fun.

Saturday morning we took a bus back to Dublin, went to Trinity College, saw the Book of Kells, went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and went to dinner at another traditional Irish pub. Lastly, we saw the play Juno and the Paycock performed at the Gate Theatre, before I had to send Madeleine back to Galway on her 10 o’clock bus.

This spring break has been the best part of the semester, and probably my favorite spring break of all time!

Ireland Pt. 4: Dublin Zoo

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on February 27th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Ireland Pt. 4: Dublin Zoo
One of the tigers at the Dublin Zoo.

One of the tigers at the Dublin Zoo.

On our second-to-last day in Dublin, Trevor and I decided to buy one of the 24-hour tourist buses which take you around Dublin to an extensive number of historical and lively areas. It cost about 18-euro, but we definitely got our money’s worth, because it is a hop-on/hop-off system where you can go and see whatever you want to at any time.

The tour bus was kind of a spur of the moment event. We knew we had done so much in Dublin already, and were running out of ideas, so we decided to just by the bus and see where it takes us. Fortunately for us, we spontaneously decided to get off at the stop which was for the Dublin Zoo.

I have been to a few zoos in my time, but this one was probably the most fun. One of the oldest zoos in the world, the Dublin Zoo was home to a number of astonishing animals which I hadn’t really gained an appreciation for until this visit.

The tigers were incredible! They are simply massive, beautiful, and powerful animals. We also got to see the sea lions perform, which was pretty impressive, and eventually made our way to the gorillas. The silverback was just chilling against the glass right beside us, so that was awesome as well. The Dublin Zoo was definitely one of my favorite moments of the trip.

Ireland Pt. 3: The Jameson Distillery

Posted in Sage Thornbrugh on February 27th, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh – Comments Off on Ireland Pt. 3: The Jameson Distillery
At the end of the tour, we were given a free drink. I chose a Jameson with ginger ale and lime.

At the end of the tour, we were given a free drink. I chose a Jameson with ginger ale and lime.

On Sunday, we decided to go to the Jameson Distillery to learn more about the Irish whiskey history, and the most famous/popular whiskey in Ireland. I had already been, as I have been to Ireland a few times previously, but Trevor wanted to go, and I was certainly not opposed.

In contrast to the Guinness Storehouse, the Jameson Distillery only offers guided tours, but still provides you with a free drink and taste-testing throughout the experience. I actually prefer the guided tours, as I would rather be provided the information by a professional than attempt to walk around reading all of the signs by myself.

The taste-testing at the Jameson Distillery, unfortunately, was not my favorite experience. They give you three shots of different types of whiskey: Jack Daniels (a single-distilled), some kind of scotch (a twice-distilled), and Jameson (distilled three times). They then have you go back and forth tasting the different types against each other. I’ve never been a huge whiskey fan, so it was a little rough, and frankly gross.

It’s definitely a place I’d recommend, though. The tour guides talk about how Jameson used to own a significant portion of the surrounding area of the (now non-functional) distillery, and how the wars affected their business, and Dublin as a whole. The Jameson Distillery is another must-do in Dublin.