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Parsa Man Parcha (Or I Like Parsa Wildlife Reserve [Celebrating Holi]) Pt. 3

Greetings Friends, I hope this message finds you well. To complete this trilogy of posts from our experiences in Parsa, I am thrilled to update you about celebrating ‘Holi’. Holi is a spring festival that is celebrated largely across southern Asia. It is also known as the festival of colors or festival of love. Originally a Hindu holiday, Holi has spread in popularity past its roots and into the mainstream culture. Even in America, the popular ‘Color Run’ models itself after this holiday. It came to pass that celebrating Holi fell […]

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Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano and Naples

Getting back into the groove of things after break was a little difficult. The weather was gorgeous, so all I wanted to do was read a book on the beach! However, I am not nearly as busy any more now that “As if People Mattered” is over. I’m sad for it to end because I loved the class and learned a lot. However, having Tuesday and Thursday afternoons free opens up a lot of time in my schedule! Last week, I was able to visit a few neighborhoods for class […]

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Exactly One Month Left

Today marks exactly 1 month before I leave London…where has the time gone?! I feel like I was just saying goodbye to my family and friends for 3 months, which seemed like a lifetime then. But these past two months have been so much fun and I know this last month will be fun too. When I was trying to decide where and when to study abroad I was super nervous to commit to a whole semester abroad, but now I am so glad I did it! Being here for […]

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Kumroj Homestay and Vegetation Classification

Greetings Friends, I welcome you again from our home in Sauraha. Since my last post, our group has celebrated the 21st birthdays of Teanna and Maggie. We have also completed the first of two parts to our ‘Tropical Ecology’ course. The two groups that were formed from the students presented their findings on Carbon Sequestration levels in the surrounding community forests. Maggie and Shana presented for the ‘Dream Team’ while Vanessa and I presented for ‘Power Squad’ – they both went quite well. In addition, our group of nine students […]

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48 hours in the Africa Sun

It is amazing how easy it is to lose track of time when you are living your life. I wish I could press a button and make my time here slow down but the days and weeks keep flying by. One month ago I ventured to Morocco, Africa. Crazy to think that the amount of time it took for me to travel from Sevilla to another continent is less than the amount of time it takes me to drive from my home in Fargo to my University in Minneapolis. We […]

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Narayanghat and Devghat (Or The Life Bringing Impetus of Unified Currents)

Greetings Friends, Long in the queue of potential updates has our experience in Devghat patiently awaited the moment to shine. Our group had the option of using one of our Saturday’s to travel around the country. We decided on Devghat, a cultural and religious city about an hour north of Sauraha. We loaded up in the back of an open pickup truck on what was to be a day filled with dark clouds and passive rain. Undeterred, we continued onwards towards adventure, delicious foods, bustling cities, majestic sites, and very […]

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Ashley and Brandon Come to London

I got to spend this past week with my sister Ashley and her boyfriend Brandon while they were in London for their spring break! It was so great having them here and I’m sad they had to leave already. But they fit a lot into one week. They arrived on Sunday morning and I took them to Camden Market to get lunch. We had planned to go to Olympic Park afterwords but it was raining and they were exhausted, so instead we went to check them in to their hotel. […]

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Spring Break in Saly, Senegal

I spent Spring Break with 3 other American girls – Katherine from Virginia, Tori from Chicago, and Haley from Wisconsin. It was the perfect group to spend a week with… Saturday, March 14 Pool at the house we stayed in Left Dakar and arrived in Saly, Senegal. I was in awe about how gorgeous of a house we were staying at for not too expensive. We had two large bedrooms and bathrooms. (Most importantly, running hot water! Easily one of the best parts of the trip.) We also had a […]

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Spring Break in Santorini Part 2

I had a very relaxing birthday in Santorini. Unfortunately, it was really windy outside, so no hikes or beach, but it was nice to stay in and catch up on homework and reading. It’s hard to feel stressed in such a beautiful place, but there was still work to be done, and I have two mid-terms when I get back. For dinner, I made a seafood paella with mussels and shrimp. It turned out really well! I had wanted scallops, but I couldn’t find any, so I had to make […]

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I believe He’s watching out as I travel around Senegal

I’m truly overwhelmed. I keep saying “best meal so far in Senegal”, “nicest person so far in Senegal”, “coolest thing so far in Senegal”, “best day so far in Senegal”, “best week so far in Senegal”. I’m not sure if things truly keep getting better or if it’s just the case that everything is so awesome all the time that everything feels like “the best”, “ever”. This past week was Spring Break for me, and the week between the two halves of my time abroad, the first half being the […]

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Red Nose Day

Friday 13 March, 2015 I said once before that my favorite website is Timeout. They proved themselves once again! I was searching for what was going on Friday night and discovered a Comic Relief event for Red Nose Day. Side note – Red Nose Day happens once every two years in the UK – it’s a huge charity event reaching out to help all sorts of foundations ranging from kids in Africa to people with dementia in the UK. Everyone gets really into it here. SO I figured comedy on […]

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Greece

What better way to spend a birthday than in 60 degree sunny weather by the clear blue water? There is definitely something to be said about traveling to destinations that are not in vacation season. Spring Break 2015 I took a British Airways flight from London to Athens and was pleasantly surprised with a full meal and movie during the flight. Upon landing in Athens the language barrier hit me rather quickly because the maps made NO sense. They have the Greek words for places and an English translation but […]

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Carbon Sequestration Estimation (Or The Parting Of The Sensory)

Greetings Friends, Happy Wednesday to you all. Life has been engaging as usual here at the NTNC. The past few days have consisted of learning the process of measuring carbon in the surrounding community forests. Anup Joshi has lead our classes as we have marched off into the forests, crossed streams, climbed trees, and recorded copious amounts of measurement data. In addition to our classes (which will be explained a bit more below), many of us have forged our own adventures along the way. For instance on Saturday, Shana, Norma, […]

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Unplugging to Reconnect

For 7 days, I unplugged and reconnected in the small mountain village of Ait Ouahi. Our group spent a week learning about rural life in Morocco and enjoying the beauty of the Atlas Mountains. I feel that I can speak for almost our whole group when I say this was perhaps the most peaceful week I’ve experienced in a long time. Ait Ouahi was not what I expected. First, I knew it was in the mountains, but I assumed it would be in a valley or something, especially knowing that […]

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Oxford, England

Land of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland inspirations! (and very very famous colleges, of course). I love small towns like this one. An easy train ride from Paddington took us directly into Oxford on Valentine’s Day. Much like other small towns we didn’t need any transportation once we were in town because you can walk across it in about 20 minutes! First stop of the day was Christ Church College. This specific college has a lot of fame – the inspiration for the great hall and also the welcome […]

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Time Spent in the UK

Wednesday, 4 February WICKED!! At Apollo Victoria Theatre. Need I say much else? It was phenomenal (for the 3rd time in my life). Friday, 13 February This was the start of one of my first weekends staying in London so I felt I had to make the most of it. How do you find all of the hidden gem things to do in a big city? Well, meet my new best friend and website timeout.com. I have never found a more helpful website. Timeout told me that there was a […]

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