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In the Beginning

My first few days here in Denmark have been wonderful! (Despite fighting the jetlag.)  My Danish family is awesome!  They have given me a nice room to myself, a bike, traditional Danish food, an authentic tour of Central Copenhagen, and more!   My host parents, Annette and Alan, are so friendly and nice – I am excited to get to know them better.  This week, Alan’s kids will be with their mom.  I got to meet Nikolai and Oliver during the first two days, but I will not see them […]

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Rubia. Rubia. Rubia.

I am not sure how but it has already been a week; I completely forgot how fast time moves when you’re not paying attention. My week started off with two and a half days in Buenos Aires for orientation and basically just being a tourist. We saw all of the big attractions: La Boca, La Casa Rosa, El Cemetario de Recoletta, ect. Maybe I was just too tired and not paying but besides the language, Buenos Aires felt like another big city that I had yet to explore. Mentally, I wasn’t […]

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Twenty Two Hours Later

What people don’t tell you about traveling is that leaving never gets easier. Saying goodbye, whether you are departing from your home country or your host country, is incredibly difficult. For me, this round of goodbyes was heartbreaking and soul-crushing. I’m sure all of the other goodbyes I have said have hurt just as bad, if not worse, but these goodbyes are fresh like open wounds. I have come to terms with the goodbyes I said leaving Denmark but I have yet to accept that I won’t see some of […]

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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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1/23/16

It’s been a little over a week since I arrived in Rome and I feel myself adjusting to the chaos. I still have to take a deep, deep breath before stepping into a crosswalk in my fears of getting run over by a SmartCar and my sleep schedule remains a bit wonky, but at least I’ve got my walk to school somewhat down. Highlights from the past week definitely included the copious amounts of pizza I’ve eaten, the time I got lost and ended up at The Spanish Steps and the bright […]

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Arriving in Toledo

After flying overnight from Philadelphia to Madrid, then taking a short bus ride from the airport, my group finally arrived in Toledo, Spain! I still cannot believe I’m not dreaming…this all just doesn’t seem real. Once we got to our home/school for the semester–La Fundación José Ortega Y Gasset–we received our room number, unpacked, ate lunch, and relaxed. I was fortunate enough to be put in my own room with a beautiful view! I share my bathroom with an awesome girl from Puerto Rico, named Yaureliz! We have already become […]

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Great to be back in 日本

After a little more than 24 hours of traveling, I can gladly say that I safely made it to Hiroshima, Japan! Due to extreme turbulence, my flight from Toronto to Tokyo Haneda airport arrived later than expected which ended up giving me the great experience of trying to switch tickets in Japanese while being extremely jet-lagged. Luckily, the man behind the service counter was extremely helpful in trying to get me on the next plane. We hadn’t really run into any problems until he started asking me whether or not […]

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Wonderful Arrival in Morocco

Today was my second day here in Fes and there is so much that I could say. In short, I can already tell that I’ll love almost every minute of my time here. Despite some very bad luck I’ve had, it is impossible for me to stay mad about it thanks to the happiness I feel having the opportunity to be here. The group of us traveled to the Medina, the old city, where Moroccan tradition flourishes. I had read about the medina through many sources, of course nothing beats […]

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First Impressions

9/7?/15 Somewhere Between Amsterdam and Kilimanjaro Time zones are hard. I’m not convinced the French aren’t Sims. There is an adorable yet disruptive tiny human next to me on this flight with her mother and much more well-behaved older sister. The 2-year-old has proceeded to scream her lungs out for half the flight, which actually hasn’t bothered me quite as much as others, as I resolved early on not to let her howls affect my slumber in any way possible. Back to the French being Sims, though; the mom keeps cooing […]

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Finally in the Little Big City

My group arrived in Montpellier on Monday, but I just finally got settled in tonight. On Monday, we landed and were immediately shepherded to the hotel in which we would spend our first night. After some initial confusion in the lobby amongst my groupmates concerning what we were supposed to do seeing as none of our program directors were there to help guide us, we figured out that we just had to talk to the receptionist and explain that we were part of the group from Minnesota. More confusion ensued […]

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SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015

Finally arrived in Montpellier yesterday morning after a long layover in Paris.  We all spent the day exploring the city and trying not to stand out too much as loud Americans.  The city is amazing, the food is incredible, and the atmosphere is one I have been searching for.  Everyone just kind of saunters on down the street, like there is no rush to get anywhere.  All the cafés are full of friends stopping to talk and get a drink together, even on a Monday afternoon. Today, we met our […]

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First Day in Ireland

When I arrived at the Shannon airport, I had to make my way through immigration. The immigration officials processed all of the international students last, since they needed to check several of our documents and we would have clogged up the line. I met a few new people while waiting in immigration who were also going to be studying at Limerick. When it was my turn to go through immigration, I found out that the officials’ computer system had crashed, so they couldn’t properly check any of us in! I […]

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Ooftah

Well, here I am. In Spain, at last.  As I’m sure anyone who has studied abroad will tell you, everything is so overwhelming at first.  Even more so, I would say, when you are studying abroad in a country that speaks a different language.  Aside from figuring out how to navigate my way around a new city and adjusting to a major time zone difference and communicating in a language I haven’t used in over a year, it didn’t help that I also spent five days trying to figure out […]

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Preconceptions and Landing

As you can definitely tell from the title of this post, I’ve finally finished the long day of traveling and am finally in Fez, Morocco. While I’m already here, and have walked around the area quite a bit, I did want to write something about what I thought of Morocco/Moroccans prior to studying here. Reflection is important, but only if you already have something to compare your experience too. When you say you’re studying in Morocco people generally give one of three responses: I hear Morocco is beautiful, you’re so […]

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Goodbye U.S., Hello India (Initial Observations)

I made it! After a very full travel day and a disorientation of my eating and sleeping schedules, I arrived in Bengaluru, India. (NOTE: Bangalore is 11.5 hours ahead of Minneapolis). There are several familiar and nuanced cultural points – I will focus on diet, hospitality, showers, transportation, and communication. 1. Diet From a high level, the Indian diet consists of curries, flat breads, and rice. I relived the Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan experience – this is highly recommended. I also strongly advocate that a daily tea(/coffee) time should […]

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