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Real República Rapó-Táxo

Real República Rapó-Táxo

Last month before the holidays, we were invited to a party at one of Coimbra University's Repúblicas, Real República Rapó-Táxo. For an American, it is easy to equate Portugal's Repúblicas with fraternities or sororities, but this wouldn't really be accurate. While they are both houses containing social groups comprised of university students, the República has a sense of all-inclusiveness that the aforementioned American groups seem to lack. The sense of community inside a República - from the decades of art on the walls to the genuine kindness shown to both housemates and guests alike - feels less like an elite clique and more like a family. 

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