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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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The Great Outdoors

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers At Peking University, students in the school of Chinese as a Second Language are taken on one expense-paid field trip per semester. Last semester our teachers took us to the Summer Palace and out to dinner. This semester we went to the Beijing Botanical Garden so I hopped myself up on allergy pills and took a lot of pictures. I’d never seen so many flowers in my life. The Russian Embassy I don’t have any religious background and in fact have never even attended a […]

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A little bit of everything: Weekends with Javi, Church, Soccer Game, Happy February!, and More Random Adventures

Weekends with Javi The past two weekends here (January 22nd – 24th and January 29th – 31st) have been pretty quiet around the house because Carmen and María Jesús have traveled to “el pueblo” – a town just 30 mins or so away from Toledo, I am not sure what the town is actually called but they just call it the pueblo so I do too – to both take care of María Jesús’ mother and so that Carmen can practice dance. Carmen loves to dance and a group of […]

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Sunday Morning Peace

Again I am blown away by my experience at church this morning. I visited an Evangelist church in Dakar, about a four minute drive from my house. I went alone today, although in retrospect I should have invited someone to come. Anyway, it was good time spent free of distractions. The title of the sermon today was “A la recherche du bonheur”, The Search for Happiness. The preacher started off with a little story. There was a man who lost his wallet. The next day he was searching along the […]

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Explore de Paris

So much has happened since I first arrived in Paris, I have not had much time to write! After a day of orientation we have started a week of French intensives (2h30-3h of French a day) and exploring the city in the afternoons. We’ve also had the chance to purchase our own Pass Navigo Decouverte which makes riding on the Métro easier and cheaper! Also, we bought French cell phones straight from the early 2000’s (complete with flip phone technology & no camera). C’est la vie! In the free time […]

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Easter in Brazil

One Wednesday after class, one of my professors asked me what I was planning to do for Easter. I explained that I didn’t have plans yet, but I was hoping to travel somewhere to make use of the long weekend. He immediately recommended that I visit Ouro Preto. I had never heard of this city, and even after he mentioned that it was in the state of Minas Gerais (which neighbors the state of Rio de Janeiro), I still had no idea where this place was. We didn’t talk much […]

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A Week (the Third One, in Particular) in Review

So there is a thing that is happening that is upsetting me. That thing is school. (Everyone is shocked, Mariah has NEVER been upset by school before, or so they think.) No, actually, I like my classes and professors (except literally every one of them is a dude, I’m going to write about gender and this country later). It is just that we are in school from 8:30 until 4 almost every day (classes vary, but it is a LONG time). There is quite a bit of homework, but now […]

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A Rainbow Over Tuscany

This weekend had its fair share of sight seeing and eating. Yesterday afternoon two friends and I toured the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. Florence’s Duomo). When I say we “toured” the Duomo, I mean we explored the inside of the cathedral, wandered the basement museum, climbed the bell tower, and hiked to the top of the dome. I will be completely honest and say I was not very impressed by the inside of the cathedral. Compared to other churches that I’ve seen here, the inside of the […]

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The Beginning of Core Course Week…

As the days go by, I am becoming more and more at home here in Denmark. I have fallen into a routine, I have made friends, I am enjoying the time I spend with my host family, and I am doing homework (this in particular makes my time here feel real rather than like a dream). This week I have been spending quite a bit of time on my studio project because it is Core Course Week. During Core Course Week we forego all our other classes to focus on […]

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Siena and San Gimignano

Once again I had another eventful weekend here in Tuscany. While Friday was cold and rainy, it didn’t stop us from going out for gelato after dinner. Our little trip for gelato ended up taking us across the Ponte Vecchio to a hidden Gelataria called Vivaldi. Later that night, while browsing through travel books, we learned that Vivaldi is actually ranked as the top Gelataria in Florence. I’ve come to learn that some of the best restaurants are those that are hard to find and are tucked away from the […]

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Mass at Santa Croce

As promised, I will briefly explain what it is like to attend mass here in Firenze. While we did not attend mass at Il Duomo, we did go to another very famous basilica: Santa Croce. It is in the cathedral that several historically famous people are buried, such as Michelangelo and Galileo Galilie. As I made my way to a pew in the church I was walking on and around large rectangular marble tiles, each with their own unique inscriptions. After mass my friend informed me that each of those […]

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Is My Life A Movie?

Is there anything more romantic than Rome? The answer is yes, being in Rome with the person you love. How incredibly blessed am I that my boyfriend bought a ticket to fly out and see me over my fall break? If that isn’t a romantic gesture, then I don’t know what is. I tossed and turned as I attempted to get even an hour of sleep that Sunday night- but my nerves and excitement kept every ounce of my being wide awake. All I could think about was Billy. Did […]

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Unknown and Undiscovered

This past week I discovered my second favorite historic site in Rome. My favorite would have to be St. Peter’s Basilica, but coming in very close behind is the Basilica of San Clemente. My advice? Visit them and drink in every second you have while being in their presence. Easier said than done, but can you blame me for trying? We visited San Clemente on Wednesday for my art history class. And the best part? It is only a few short blocks away from the Colosseum! And let me tell […]

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Patricia: Praying for the Queen

Sunday I went to a catholic mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral which is absolutely gorgeous. There weren’t too many things different except: 1. It was in an Australian accent 2. The people’s responses didn’t sound unified. That may be due to the construction of the cathedral. 3. There were many people with an Asian background there. This surprised me because where I’m from the mass is made up mostly of people who are white. 4. They pray for Queen Elizabeth in their Lord’s prayer which made me laugh.

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