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Palermo!

I had a fantastic time in Palermo this weekend, but my week preceding it was just as wonderful. Tuesday, Sean gave us a special private tour of the Vatican, a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We got to go behind the scenes to the areas where only employees of the Vatican are allowed. We also got a little insight into the life of the Pope and all those around him. The most powerful man in the world lives in an area of only 100 acres and dwells in a hotel among other every […]

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Harka-Man and Bishnu Lama’s Story. A Story of Two Brothers. A Story of Nepal. Pt. 1

Harka-Man Lama For one tumultuous minute the earth intensely wrestled with itself. Immeasurable years of geological warfare had amassed enough pressure to shake the world with its wrath. Nine miles underground, violent collisions between plates splintered the ground above in all directions. Entire collections of snow were dislodged from the highest regions of mighty Everest and gave birth to vengeful cascades of ice that would wash away the lives of at least nineteen who dared to challenge its peak. In the middle hills, unfastened terrain caused entire villages to plummet […]

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See you later, Morocco!

My semester has come full-circle, now, almost, as I sit in the Atlanta airport, waiting for my flight back to Iowa. This morning, I started my 22-hour travel day in Rabat, and I have about 5 hours left. I held it together through all the good-byes with my friends, but as we took off, actually left Rabat, the tears came. I cried when I left the U.S., and I cried when I left Morocco. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you know a lot of my stories and […]

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Seeing as Much as I Can

It’s already Thursday of my last week in Morocco. I’m not really sure when the time went, but I wanted to get in a few last stories of my experiences before wrapping up the semester, packing for home, and transitioning back to life in America. I’ve had some fantastic trips within the past few weeks that I want to share with you. Tangier: The International City Two weekends ago, my friend, her friend who is studying in Spain, and I took on Tangier. This was the last city on my […]

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Meghauli (Or We Celebrate Our Sense of Each Other, We Have A Lot To Give One Another)

Greetings Friends, (Update from 4/21/15 – 4/23/15) Welcome again from Sauraha. Following Vanessa’s birthday celebration, Rachel, Teanna, Valerie, and I set off for the west of Chitwan National Park. The area in which we were sent to visit was Meghauli. The four of us were sent to visit based off of our final project selections. In order to do this, we filled an open-backed vehicle with students, instructors (Dave and Alex), Kumroj homestay guests, and more before setting off three hours west to Meghauli. Fun fact about Meghauli: until a […]

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Wait it’s May?

First and foremost, let me start off by saying that it freaks me out that I leave here in LESS than a week. Secondly, let me apologize for not being on top of all of my adventures and sharing them with you all. This month has literally flown by and I am not ready for it to end. Since the Galapagos, sooooooo much has happened! Without further edu, let me attempt to sum up my life for the past month in several hundred words. Week 1: April 1st – April 5th […]

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Independent Project Start (Or All Circles Presuppose They End Where They Began)

Greetings Friends, (Hey Everyone, this update comes to you about 2 weeks late due to the Nepal earthquake and a broken computer) I welcome you again from Sauraha. We have returned from our brief stay in Pokhara, renewed our visas, and begun the fifth (and final!) class of the semester. How the time has flown. For this class, we have been tasked with designing our own independent project for the communities surrounding us. The goal is to create something that will deliver longlasting benefits to the communities that have welcomed […]

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Procrastination

Many of us are too familiar with procrastination, the series of compromises which leads most college students to Netflix or naptime. It’s the reason I’m writing this instead of working on the essays I am responsible for. Not to worry though, this last week I have been a recluse working on the final essays of this semester. I cannot believe that these will be the last I write as an undergraduate! I did take a break this weekend to go for a nice hike on saturday, and walk around the […]

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‘Til Next Time (Chapter 11)

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Pokhara (Or Living Amidst the Shadows of Titans)

Greetings Friends, Nearly two weeks ago, our group travelled to Pokhara, a city with its head between the lap of the Annapurna Mountain Range. We travelled to this place for two reasons. First, we left for a short three day rest and relaxation get-away after completing Dean Current’s ‘Sustainable Development’ course. We had been moving to new locations almost everyday in order to conduct interviews – and we were ready for this long talked about break.  Second, we were required to renew our visas in order to stay in the […]

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Readjusting

I have heard readjusting to life after studying abroad can be difficult. The first few weeks are supposed to be great while you’re catching up with everyone, and then you start to get annoyed easily as you start missing your host country, the culture, the people, etc. But hopefully that doesn’t happen to me because right now I am happy to be back and would like it to stay that way. Not saying I won’t miss London because I will, but Minnesota is pretty great too :) Seeing my friends […]

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Sustainable Community Growth (Or Boy, We Can Do So Much More Together!)

Greetings Friends, First of all, I wish to apologize to you all for getting behind on the posts. The past couple weeks have proved to be quite difficult. The difficulties began with my computer breaking down about two weeks ago. This was inopportune (I suppose one can say, ‘when is it not?’) because are group started our final independent projects. Second, and more importantly, the earthquake event in Nepal happened. This devastated the lives of so many from across the country. Wherever one walks around, she or he is met […]

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A Spring Break To Remember… Part 2 (Chapter 10)

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Showing a Readiness to Give More of Something Than is Necessary or Expected

It was never an original idea, my theory. There are probably lots of quotes, maybe even a Bible verse, which say the same thing. But I realized this theory for myself and decided a couple years ago to really live it out. It started out slowly, but I’ve gotten much better. I finally think I’m good at it, that it’s a habit, although there will always be room for betterment. Here it is: If you are generous you will never run out. Be generous, with everything: your time, your food, […]

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Nepal Earthquake Update

Greetings Friends, Firstly, I would like to say that all the students and teachers are doing okay in Nepal. For those that have not heard, Nepal was struck by a 7.8 earthquake on the 25th of April. The result of the earthquake (the epicenter was between Kathmandu and Pokhara) cost the lives of many people (an updated estimate is now over 4,000), damaged historic landmarks (including the most visited Stupa in Nepal), and caused an unknown amount of structural damage to the homes of countless families. Reports of others experiencing […]

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Una Mezcla of a Blog Post..

If you were to see my to-do list you would see listed on there: 1) blog Switzerland 2) blog Córdoba 3) blog Cádiz (possibly some mention of homework…) and so on and so forth until catching up with the point I am currently at in my study abroad journey. To say time flies doesn’t even begin to describe it. However by the pleas of my family back home I would love to take a little time to catch everything up to speed before continuing on with the current (actually current) […]

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