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Study Abroad in the UK

632. Walk closely with people you love and with people who believe life is a grand adventure.

Spontaneous trips: take one. I have wanted to go to the Cliffs of Dover ever since I heard that they were in existence and yesterday I mentioned the possibility of me going to my wild friend Kat and batta bing batta boom we booked a trip to the Cliffs of Dover from London the day before leaving. “This is actually ideal” said Kat after we missed our train in the morning. Getting the tickets took longer than expected and randomly one of the attendants was really loving Kat so he […]

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A Content American

Something I’ve noticed in England is how many Americans, within days of landing in Britain, begin trashing the United States.   “Yeah, American politics are a joke.”   “Americans are fat.”   “England rocks. America needs to get its shit together.”   It’s like a giant, self-conscious apology no one asked them to give on behalf of the United States.   I understand this habit, kind of. American politics can get circus-y, the U.S. certainly suffers from an obesity epidemic, and so on. But the facts rarely seem to be the speaker’s […]

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A Reminder To Have Fun

Yesterday, my friend Max and I snuck out of our flat shortly after breakfast for a day of urban on-foot exploration. We walked to a theater and scored rush tickets, strolled along the Thames beneath the great, spindly Eye, and across Westminster bridge.   Well, ALMOST across Westminster Bridge.   Our path there was interrupted by a middle-aged, white-bearded, bear of a man who asked us if we “had a sec?”   As a policy, I never “have a sec” for middle-aged men on city streets. But this one spoke […]

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Landslide

Standing like guards at the northern fore of the Swiss Alps is a trinity of peaks known as Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Together, their names translate to Ogre, Monk, and Virgin — like characters in a Swiss fairytale, right? Wrong. Their names are allegedly coincidental and origins unrelated. Not sure if I believe that. ANYWAY. They rise at the south end of a 12-mile, 14,000-foot deep valley. The north end is corked up by the city of Interlaken. Lauterbrunnen, where I am staying, is in the dead center of this […]

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Switzerland: Cheese, Chocolate, & Bungee Jumping

The weekend I spent in Switzerland was filled with unbelievable scenery, scrumptious cheese and chocolate, and one big adventure (and by big, I mean 735 feet big). One thing I loved most about this trip was staying in a small town called Lucerne. Encircled by mountains, this lakeside city was full of charm. On Friday, we spent the morning simply wandering around the quiet and empty streets. We crossed over into Old Town and stopped inside almost every chocolate shop we passed for a fresh sniff. It was refreshing not […]

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Lovely London

One of my favorite things about this semester is how much I have been able to travel around Europe (ten countries and counting!). During March, though, I took a nice break from trying to fit an unreasonable amount of things into a backpack and decided to spend some quality time with my main squeeze: London. Lucky for me, spring decided to come out of hiding (who am I kidding, winter has been a breeze compared to home) fully equipped with lots of sunshine, an adequate amount of rain and that […]

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Something Magical in Scotland

Somehow it has been five weeks and six countries since I have last written about my adventures abroad. That’s the thing about time here – I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist. Every time I cross something off my list of things to do and see, I add about six new attractions, four countries, and two midterm papers I have yet to start. Despite this chaos, though, I am constantly bewildered at how wonderful the world truly is. A couple weekends ago, I traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland and it was downright […]

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A Weekend in Paris

When first thinking back on my trip to Paris, I wanted to initially say it wasn’t everything I dreamt it to be. Here’s the thing, though, I’ve tried writing that story at least six times now and it never seems to accurately convey my experience and feelings towards one of the most iconic cities in the world. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I loved Paris. It wasn’t exactly what I had expected or what I had built it up to be – it was more. […]

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Adventures in Denmark

Hello, world! It’s safe to say studying abroad has kept me busy and on my toes throughout these past five weeks. Sleep has lost rank in priority when there is so much to see and do. With this in mind, I’m a bit behind in narrating my experience here in Europe, but for the best reasons. I’ll catch up now by sharing a little about my time in Copenhagen, Denmark from a couple of weekends ago. I had absolutely no expectations of Denmark before arriving. My flat mates and I […]

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A Warm Welcome

I can hardly believe it has already been two weeks since landing in London! The days have been jam-packed between school, work, and exploring this vivacious city. In many ways, London is exactly the magical city I have always dreamt it to be. But being completely honest, my first impression was did we get on the right flight? As my flatmate Erin stated, “What do you mean I can’t see Big Ben from my window?” When they said we would be living in inner city London, we thought a.k.a. Will […]

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A day in Copenhagen

Anne and I only had one day to spend in Copenhagen. This was also the day following my trek over the ocean, so I was still slightly jetlagged by the time we got up in the morning. We planned to leave the next day to head to Aarhus, Anne’s hometown and the second largest city in Denmark. Our plan for Copenhagen was simple: start at one end of the city and walk down the the other end, taking the train out that night. Immediately after walking outside from the train, […]

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Arriving in Denmark

Upon arrival in Copenhagen, I had been awake for quite a while, unable to sleep on any of the planes. A 7 1/2 hour layover in Heathrow was brutal, but I made it through. Anne and her aunt and uncle were waiting for me – waving little Danish flags (which Anne made me take with me.) Her aunt and uncle were incredibly, incredibly kind – they lived outside of the city, along the fjord. To describe it would be to make it seem like I was in the backdrop of […]

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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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Cheers To A Great Semester

Well, this it. I am officially done with work and classes and I leave London on Saturday (just when I got the hang of which way to look when crossing the street!). Not going to lie though, I have been pretty emotional this past week. Surprisingly, this is the first week I have actually felt homesick. Probably because the end is just so close, and also the fact that my birthday was yesterday and I really just wanted to be home for it. But that’s okay because I’ll have round […]

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The Art of Stillness

Ahhh I only have 8 days left in London, how is that possible?? I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family at home but I am not ready to leave London yet. Who knew 3.5 months was such a short amount of time. Anyway, my nerdy side is going to come out in this post but it’s worth the read, I promise. For my Travel Writing class this week we had to watch a short Ted Talk video called “The Art of Stillness.” I really like Ted Talk […]

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