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The Rest of Rabat… Finally

Rabat, Saturday 9/20/14 An early breakfast on the roof of the hostel at 8:30 (although the clatter of crowds in the narrow streets below that had been going on for hours that morning indicated we were late to rise) included generous portions of a flaky, pancake-like break called Mallowi with butter and jam, assorted fruits, and a choice of orange juice, sweet mint tea, or coffee. Accompanying our sluggish, groggy-eyed party that morning was a quiet, blonde Australian woman who would be leaving soon and Abdel, who spent the allotted […]

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Kochi Hospitality

We took an overnight bus to Kochi from Bangalore, about a 10 hour drive straight through. In Kochi, we found a couple of auto drivers who offered to take us around the city for relatively cheap, so we all piled in and went to see the sights. We stopped by the Dutch palace, a Hindu temple, a Catholic basilica and a Jain temple. We saw the local community laundry center, which was empty because of a Hindu holiday. We visited a spice shop and a silk shop and a saree […]

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Week 3

So I am starting to feel at home here, or at least that its more normal that I am in a foreign country. I am starting to get used to the differences in food, way of speaking, and the way the weather changes all the time. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but I am definitely getting the hang of things. So that is a pretty great feeling. I would have to say that the most different thing is cooking. I am still struggling with the fact […]

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So, Why Are You Here?

I have a not-so-closet confession to make. I don’t know why I’m here. Let me take a moment to explain my struggle for purpose. First off, I’m an “mzungu”. What this means is I am a white person in a clearly not white land facing the constant impending question of, “why are you here?” Now, this question is never asked with a harsh tone and people are so excited to talk to the American, stammering in broken Swahili, wide-eyed and spewing “asante sana”. However, the question has left me overwhelmed […]

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Weekend at Home and a Weekend Away

Hola todos! Happy Monday! I’m feeling rejuvenated this Monday morning because I got a little over 11 hours of sleep last night. (Yes, Mom and Dad I’m getting enough sleep every night, so don’t worry!) Last weekend I stayed in town (here in Toledo) and just had a lazy, fun weekend exploring more of my city and just laying low. This past weekend, though, our school took us on another weekend excursion to Avila and Salamanca. Both of these are cities in Spain a couple hours from home. So, last […]

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Adventureland

I like to live my life asking myself the question “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?” And lately the answer is every day, multiple times a day. This weekend of adventure was no exception. Another one for the books. Firsts: First time in Kanchanaburi – a tourist town about two hours away that a few friends and I traveled to on a hot, crowded minibus. After waiting and wondering for about 30 minutes if we would actually be able to catch this supposed bus, we […]

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Week 2

Week 2 finally brought on more of a rhythm. I finally had a class schedule figured out, or mostly figured out. Thankfully here students have a two week grace period to really get classes selected and figured out before they register. Makes things a little easier for us international students who really have no idea of what they are getting themselves into, like me! With a little monkeying around, I was able to figure out a way for me to only take two engineering classes and still almost graduate on […]

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The Hermitage

So I am finally making a post about the Hermitage, where we went last weekend. The Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, with only the Louvre surpassing it in size. It was founded by Catherine the Great, and was open to the public in the 1850’s. It takes up several buildings that are all connected, including the former Winter Palace, which was added to the museum after the Revolution of 1917 and the end of the monarchy. The museum has more than three million […]

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Adventures Galore

So this week in Seoul I made some new discoveries. I’m going to start this off by saying that I think I found my new favorite food here in South Korea. It’s called Dakgalbi (닭갈비). It tastes a little bit like BBQ, it’s just slightly spicy but not enough to make your lips dumb (yes, that’s happened to me many times here). I love it because it’s a mix of traditional Korean food and reminds me of home at the same time. I dedicated this week to spending study time […]

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Extranando mi país: The Not So Easy Aspects of Being Abroad

As I mentioned in my last post, seeing all the families together during Fiestas Patrias caused a bout of homesickness. And it still isn’t quite over. It’s been 2 months since I arrived in Chile, and the honeymoon stage is coming to end. We’re now in the daily grind of school and all the initial excitement is starting to wear off. Please keep in mind throughout this entire post that I am extremely and eternally grateful for this opportunity to be abroad, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world. […]

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LES DEUX DERNIÈRES SEMAINES

I have not written in almost two weeks since I have been so busy! Last weekend everyone from my program went on an excursion to Brentagne in the north west section of France. While there, we visited Mont-Saint Michel (a large monastery on its own little island) and Saint Malo (a fortified picturesque port city on the sea). Both were absolutely beautiful as was the French countryside in general. In addition, both had such interesting histories! After the weekend it was back to classes. The courses are good but what […]

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The Place Where the Tourists Take Photos

Today, megan, leanra, roberto and i went to the outside of toledo to take pictures for leandra and roberto’s engagement as well as a couple for me because i missed the photo-op the first couple days when i was late. It was a long walk/taxi ride, but it was a good time regardless. I got to hear the incredibly adorable story about how they met and how much they love each other. They care about each other so much and they work so hard to keep their long distance relationship […]

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Gloves-On Learning

Last Friday was Clinical Day for my Medical Practice & Policy core course: Human Health & Disease. Instead of having a regular lecture at the hospital in Glostrup, our class met at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen where we participated in some lessons from the CEKU – Center for Klinisk Uddannelse (Center for Clinical Education). This was a very hands-on (or gloves-on, maybe?) learning experience, much different from any classes I have taken back in the States. Not only was it informative, but it was a lot of fun, too! The CEKU […]

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En dansk fødselsdag

En dansk fødselsdag – A Danish Birthday Turning 21 in the States is kind of an important milestone. In Denmark, on the other hand, where the alcohol consumption laws are quite a bit more lax, this isn’t the case. However, when my roommate Zach had his 21st birthday this Monday, my host family made sure to throw him a big celebration to make him feel at home. The festivities started at about 08:30 when I walked out into the kitchen to find Stig preparing a big breakfast. This was a […]

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Fiestas Patrias

Happy belated birthday Chile! For those of you who don’t know, Chile’s Independence Day was September 18th. Instead of a measly day off and some lame fireworks like in the U.S., however, Independence Day turns into a week of celebrations. There are asados (BBQ) literally every three houses. People cram into fondas (I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to translate this..they’re basically like state fairs in various places where various vendors set up shop and people eat outrageous amounts of food). If you’re not drinking terremotos (a […]

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