Semana 13: Muchísimas historias, many stories

This week a group of friends and I went to Barcelona. A few of us got to go to Palm Sunday mass at the Sagrada Familia!! We almost were not able to go. When we arrived, the attendant at the front door asked us if we had invitations. We did not know we needed invitations to go to mass. We looked up the details online and it said that the invitations were free, but you needed to pick them up at a nearby monastery in advance. Our spirits were a […]

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Safety

Hey everyone. It’s been long enough since my last real post about what’s been going on here in Oslo, so I thought I would give you an update. I haven’t traveled lately. I’ve enjoyed that. I’ve explored so much more of Norway and the city I’m in, it’s been well worth it to stay a while. As for news here, most of you heard about the Swedish terror attacks that took place in the middle of Stockholm. The attack, as I’m sure you know, involved a stollen supply truck running […]

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Brussels, I love you

With all the travelling I’ve been doing it’s easy to get caught up in what I love about other cities I’ve been fortunate enough to visit. However, it’s important not to forget how much I love and how lucky I am to be here in Brussels! Going away makes me appreciate it more, if I’m being honest (insert you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone/thousands of other song lyrics here). The bruxellois are so nice. People here are truly polite and caring, everybody thanks everybody and makes sure to be […]

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Old friends

FINALLY I am on Spring Break- although I should be doing some of my break homework right now on my few days back in Brussels, I am so overdue in an update! I am so sorry everybody. Bear with me 🙂 I got to do something really cool this weekend. My senior year of high school, I participated in an international exchange program (shout out to SBHS TIE!) and was partnered with a French student, who came and stayed with me in Vermont for a few weeks, and who I […]

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The travel posse is back at it

I’ve made so many new, amazing friends through my program here. We’re from all over the country but thanks to CIEE, we’ve been brought together! And oh the adventures we’ve had. There’s a group of us that does a lot of travelling together. We always have a ton of fun and do so many cool things wherever we may be. These past few days, our group in some form took on Venice. My, oh my I could write a lot about Venice. What a beautiful city! Though it doesn’t quite […]

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Semana 12: Los molinos, Windmills

The featured image is from my favorite part of this week. A friend surprised me with the opportunity to see the windmills from Don Quixote! Don Quixote is a famous Spanish novel that was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s. The main character in the book is a knight named Don Quixote. In one part of the book, Don Quixote fights with windmills, the ones that are behind me in the featured image. Last weekend, a group of students and I went to Segovia, Spain. This 2,000 […]

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Sunday, 26 March: Feeling at Home

Qué tal, ¿amigos? I hope this latest post finds you hale and healthy and, if not, that you soon arrive at such a condition! If you recall from my last post, I spent the weekend of 17-19 March in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. The bus we took from the city left around 9:40 p.m. and, with the extra hour added on crossing into Spain, arrived close to 6 a.m. Side complaint: time zones in Europe sometimes make as little sense as they do in the United States, or even […]

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Sunday, 12 March: Cheers, Ireland!

Hey, everyone! I know it’s been quite a long time since I’ve written: I could blame the delay on any number of things, but mostly it was just a lack of motivation. Between my assignments from the Fund and all the necessities in planning trips on the weekend, I ended up shrugging off the responsibility of this blog for the last three weeks. My apologies! I hope to have this updated by next Friday at the latest; these posts will also probably be less detailed than past ones due to events […]

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Kleinen Siege

It is very interesting to me how similar the language learning and cultural adaption process is to overcoming stuttering. The end goal – if there even is such a thing in either case; I would actually argue not – is so daunting that you can’t measure your progress against it. That way lies madness. So what you do is you set smaller goals for yourself and you work towards those, making new ones to replace ones you’ve achieved. Currently, I’m considering an interaction successful when I can A) never resort […]

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Semana 11: Nubes de azúcar

Sugar clouds… or marshmallows? Last Friday Audra and I went to Fátima.  I felt so loved that Audra went with me, because she knew how much it meant for me. Anyone who knows me knows I love popcorn. I bought a container of popcorn for Audra and I to share for a snack on the bus ride to Fátima. There wasn’t supposed to be mass when we arrived at the apparition site, but there was a large group visiting from Brasil, so they had a special mass. The mass was […]

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Visitors

I haven’t updated in a while and in the time since, I’ve been asked if I’ll keep this going when I inevitably come back to the United States. For the time being, I would say Minneblog will be a thing after I get back and that’s for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious. I really like doing this. I was a writer for the Wake, the Odyssey and the Minnesota Daily before this (all campus-based papers in Minnesota, although the Odyssey has branches all around the US). Afterwards […]

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