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Elephant Cave Hike and Karatu

Me holding the skull of a cape buffalo at the entrance The weather in Tanzania so far has been absolutely gorgeous every day, making it dangerously easy to fall deeper in love with my surroundings. We are at the beginning of the dry season, and the short rains won’t start until November. The mornings start out cool and breezy, progressing towards a daily high around the mid-80s F. The sun is constantly shining with only a few clouds in the skies, which contributes to a dry heat augmented by the dust everywhere. […]

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Wait, it’s May?

First and foremost, let me start off by saying that it freaks me out that I leave here in LESS than a week. Secondly, let me apologize for not being on top of all of my adventures and sharing them with you all. This month has literally flown by and I am not ready for it to end. Since the Galapagos, sooooooo much has happened! Without further edu, let me attempt to sum up my life for the past month in several hundred words. Week 1: April 1st – April 5th […]

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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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Turning 21 in Montpellier

Hello all! So last Thursday was my 21st birthday! If I’m being completely honest, turning 21 in France was one of the things I was kind of disappointed about. My thought process was ‘even as amazing and awesome as it is to be in France, it’s not going to be the same as celebrating my birthday in Dinkytown!’ All I could focus on was not being able to go to The Library and Blarney’s with all my friends; we had been waiting for this moment since Freshman year, and now […]

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Jeg er toogtyve år

Imagine the 4th of July. I would guess the first things you think of are red white & blue and the American flag. Now imagine your birthday. The first thing you think of is probably cake, right? Wrong! In Denmark every holiday, birthdays included, are like the 4th of July (minus the blue & the American flag and plus the Danish Flag). Confused? It would be strange to celebrate an American birthday with American flags, but here in Denmark, that is how one celebrates everything. So yesterday when I turned […]

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Belated Birthday

Happy belated 21st birthday to me! Yesterday was the big 2-1, and while I was very excited for my birthday and the last big milestone. At the same time it didn’t hold the same emotional value as it usually does for young adults experiencing their first legal drink. My mind it still focused on getting ready to leave. I am so excited to just finally get on the plane, to finally be done with the stress of preparing for such a large undertaking. Planning the last couple days here in […]

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It’s All Coming Together

I have so much on my to-do list it’s not even funny. Luckily, however, I have managed to get a lot checked off the list. I have my plane tickets to and from India arranged, I have all my doctor’s visits schedule (only 4 more shots left!), and I finally got my visa in the mail yesterday and that’s a huge relief. I also have a ride arranged to pick me up in Mumbai when I land on the 19th (The family that I will be staying with is insanely nice and […]

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Things are a Little Different Here…

Looking at my posts so far I realized that the focus of my blog has been on my travels and experiences, which is great, but I felt I hadn’t told you guys much about what it is like being an American living in the UK. So I am writing this post partially because I wanted to share some of the differences I encounter living here, and partially because I have three midterm papers due on Monday and if I do not take a break and focus on something else I […]

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The Highlands & Loch Ness

I know I mention this in nearly every post, but I seriously cannot believe how fast my time in Scotland is going by! This marks the end of my seventh week in Glasgow, which means I am almost half way through my study abroad experience. It is so bittersweet because as each week passes I am getting closer to seeing my friends and family again, but it also means I have less time left here. I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun! The past two weeks […]

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Emily: Birthday in Oz

Tuesday, March 6th was a wonderful day to spend in Australia – it was my birthday! I was wished a happy Australian birthday by Amelia Black in Sydney – check out her Aussie adventures at waltzingamelia.tumblr.com! It really made me feel at home, as if she was just in the room next door! The birthday wishes from my family were equally as special – right on the dot at midnight in Townsville! It was definitely going to be a challenge to be away from them, for though I am 20 […]

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Holly: Birthday weekend

On April 20th, I celebrated my 21st birthday! The day started out with a mandatory field trip to a farm with our Sustainable Foods class. The farm that we went to was actually in Rome and I couldn’t believe that this wide stretch of land was hidden within the densely populated city of Rome. We learned about the farms’ organic and sustainable practices and got to see some of the cows and pigs. Although the smell of the farm wasn’t pleasant, it was very educational. After seeing the farm, we […]

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Jessica: Birthday girl

I am alive! And back from vacation, and how appropriate because woohooo! Today is my birthday and I am finally 21! Even though everyone says that it isn’t that great, I’ve been so pumped, even though I’ve been legal here since I arrived.  Liberated is the way in which I would describe my feelings, since I am legal to drink anywhere in the world now!  Luckily, I don’t have class today since it is a Monday.  However, I do have a test or midterm tomorrow in my Earth Science Class.  I’ve […]

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Chelsea: Family = love

So, just have to make a special post dedicated to my Ecuadorian family. Today was definitely one of my favorite days here, simply because of time spent with them! I made breakfast this morning for my family: pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs! They loved the pancakes & syrup I brought as a gift, but I’m not quite sure they understood how to eat them. They ate them with their hands and would pour a little bit of maple syrup (that they called ma-play) on the pancake before taking a bite. I was […]

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Kelly: Field study to Otavalo & Cotacachi

Our program is divided into 4 tracks, one of them being a Public Health group, which I am in. Last Wednesday–Thursday we took a trip to Otavalo and Cotocachi to observe indigenous medicine practices (un parto vertical y práctica curativa por Yachac) and to observe the interrelations of health systems (medicina occidental y indígena). Our first visit was to Hospital San Luis in Otavalo. This hospital is the only intercultural hospital in the area and has been making an attempt to integrate/co-opt/absorb/accept (the word choice depends on your viewpoint) indigenous medicine […]

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