London Adventures – Jan. 13

This weekend we did all things touristy. We went on this 4 hour coach bus tour through London, and I guess I never really realized just how big this place is. So many times throughout the tour I thought we were in a different place, but turns out it was just a different part of London. Apparently my apartment is in THE area to be in in London… especially considering the fact that Madonna lives just down the road from me… (!!!!) I also got to see Buckingham Palace… Sadly, […]

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Mi primer semana, “My First Week”

Last Saturday I moved to my new home for the next few months. Toledo is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City with a history of a mix of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures. Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha is the sister city of Toledo, Ohio. The picture below shows me pointing to a street that is called Calle Toledo de Ohio or “Toledo Ohio Street.” Many of the streets in Toledo are calles estrechas or “narrow streets.” For this reason, it is easy to get lost in Toledo if you do […]

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London Adventures – Jan. 19

Hey friends, As of about 12:50 this afternoon, I officially finished my first week of class in London. (!!!!!) My classes are really cool and actually super interesting. I just seem to find myself drinking lots of coffee before hand because classes are 3.5 hours long… yep, you read that right. One class is 3.5 hours long. Because they’re so long, you only have each class once a week, which is kinda nice cause you have a lot of time to work on homework. But at least I’m enjoying what […]

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Week 1 Recap

Living in Italy isn’t completely what I’d expected. I miss Kraft Mac and Cheese and my mom substantially more than I should. That being said, through the tears of homesickness, there have also been many bright times. Every day, it take courage to leave my apartment and step out into the world, to venture into shops where I don’t understand the language/culture. It takes courage even to go to classes to meet other people in my program… they seem to have it all together and I do not have it […]

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A difference in seating arrangements

On my 6th day in Norway I was given the opportunity to tour the Norwegian parliament building. These are my takeaways. I remember from time to time in school learning about the Scandinavian societies and how their governments are run. We’re always taught that these are the happiest nations in the world. They lack the gun violence we’ve become desensitized to. They have amazing standards for women’s rights, and their carbon footprint is minimal at worst. For me, having an Americanized education, and growing up to believe this prosperity, it […]

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Hola, ¡Toledo!

Buenas días (o noches, dependiente en cuando lees esto), ¡todos! Yep, that was Spanish: I arrived in Madrid this past Friday, 13 January and settled in Toledo the next day. On Friday, I left Mondaye Abbey with Adam, another SNC student studying in Toledo who accompanied the class at Mondaye for the week. We departed by car around 7:45 a.m. (still dark out, but much warmer than Wisconsin was at the time) for Bayeux, where we caught a train to Caen. From Caen, we took a bus to Orly Airport […]

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The First 11 Days

Last week the University of Minnesota reached out to students going abroad, asking for consent to re-publish our experiences on the Learning Abroad blog page. I wasn’t sure if I would write down any of this semester in a blog or any sort of public forum, but since I won’t be taking any journalism classes this semester, I figure I should stay up on my major in some fashion. Right, so last week I got on a plane to Iceland. Interestingly enough, there are no direct flights from Minnesota to […]

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Myself and I

Hey folks. If you are reading this then chances are you already know me, but just in case you don’t: My name is Timothy. I was spurred to start blogging in order to chronicle my upcoming adventures in Germany, but I also intend to use this blog to write down my thoughts on other topics. I am a person who stutters, a person who has dramatically (and intentionally!) changed the course of his life at least twice, a massive nerd, an artist, and someone who likes to pretend to be […]

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Cheers from London!

CHEERS TO A BLOODY FANTASTIC SEMESTER ABROAD! As some of you may know, I am currently studying and interning abroad in London for Spring 2017 semester and then backpacking around Europe for 5 weeks afterwards (Jan. 10th- May 26th). I am so excited to have this opportunity to experience a new and beautiful culture/city and can’t wait to share it with you all! We have been here for about 2.5 days and jetlag is still not our friend. Nights have been restless and afternoons have been exhausting but completely worth […]

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¡Adiós America!

It’s finally here. The day I have been anticipating, planning for, and dreaming of for the past six months! Tomorrow I am leaving Minneapolis and flying to SPAIN!! I will be living with a host family in Toledo and taking classes at La Fundación Ortega-Marañóa. I am committing to [try to] speak only Spanish over there, to increase my fluency and dive deeper into the culture–so I look forward to all the joys and challenges that will bring! :)   Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine and I am thrilled […]

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7 Things You Will Feel Before Going Abroad

Leaving home is a huge step. Monumental. In order to make it through, realize that an emotional roller coaster is OK. It’s healthy even. To make the most of your time abroad, get in touch with yourself. Understand the following emotional stages are key to success abroad. 1. Indecision It’s okay to take a long time to figure out if something is right for you. It means you care. It means you’re making the best decision for yourself as possible. The indecision and confusion at this point are normal, but […]

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Preparing to Go Abroad: Financial Aid

Financing study abroad can be extremely worrying and taxing. I honestly did not think I would get enough money. Most universities offer the ability to ‘reevalute’ your FAFSA (if you are from the United States) and if your school offers it, there are also trust fund loans. In my experience, the process of getting more aid was easier than I thought. The financial aid office at my school has advisers for a SACE (study abroad cost estimate) evaluation. Once I completed a meeting with said advisor, I was able to […]

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