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Sunday Seven – Part I

Just for the fun of it, I will (try to) post a weekly list of the “Sunday Seven.”  It will make it easy for me to write quick updates on my life abroad, and hopefully will be fun for all of you to read. This week’s edition: 7 things I have learned about Denmark so far… The Danes are incredibly nice.  The other day I fell on my bike, and though I was completely fine, every single passerby approached me individually and asked if I was ok.  I feel like […]

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Categories

Well, I am reaching a point in my year where I am feeling kind of settled and finding topics to blog about is getting harder and harder. I think I am just going to walk you through the random thoughts I have about a variety of things. Classes: They have started but not really; they were supposed to all start by this week but I have only had one actual class. The class, Portuguese, was a ton of fun and I walked out with a huge grin across my face. […]

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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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Kaolack

Ah, Kaolack. What a place you are. I’m a week and a half into my life and internship here and it has been quite the experience. For one, it is hot. VERY HOT. Sweating doesn’t faze me much anymore, and mosquitoes and flies are batted away lazily; even my high-intensity DEET bug spray can’t do much to keep them away sometimes. Fans are a small luxury, though luckily my mom has one in her bedroom. Multiple nights I have dreamed about snow-covered mountains. That is not an exaggeration. Yet, life […]

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Procrastination, Meet Voluntourism

Wow. I really am an absolutely terrible blogger. So much has happened since my last post and you guys don’t know any of it! I almost finished this post as a procrastination measure while I was writing my final papers for class but even that I could not finish. It’s a shame. At any rate, I’m finished with school now! I finished right at the beginning of May and I have been traveling since May 2nd. I want to talk more about that and my travels but first, I want […]

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Define “House”

It has been almost a week since I got back to Quito from my viaje de Carnaval, but we’ve been pretty busy, from class trips, to more birthday parties, to bumming around gringolandia (okay, so I guess that was a non-busy choice), so I’m just now getting to everything I want to say. Carnaval was a BLAST- I hung out with my good friend Katrina’s super fun host family, saw some beautiful beaches, rivers, cute little towns (and bumping Atacames), and lots of gorgeous costal scenery. The coast is completely […]

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African Environment Day

I hear, I forget I see, I remember I do, I understand These were 12 of the 15 english words that a 74 year old Kikuyu woman knew how to say in English, the other three were “my name is”. The oldest woman at the United Nations Environmental Protection Conference in Nairobi, spoke about the impact that both the young and older generations can have on making a better environment in Kenya. It is though doing, and learning how to do with the help of the older generation. This years’ […]

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A Week into the Trip

Hey all, It has been a little over a week here in Toledo!  It is so weird how it feels like I have been here for way longer than a week.  I love it.  I literally live in a fortress!  Toledo is surrounded by a natural moat, a river that covers 3/4 of the city, the rest is surrounded by a wall.  No wonder the Romans decided on this location.  I went for a walk the other day around the river and looked at old Roman structure remains and the architecture of […]

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Start of Classes

Today was the first day of classes here at Accademia Italiana. Lucky for me, I only had one class which was two hours shorter than it normally would be. I spent the rest of the day enjoying all that Florence has to offer. Actually, first I spent at least an hour searching for a building that my screen printing class will be held in tomorrow morning. While the studio is a pretty far from the rest of school, I have to say it is likely the most beautiful building on […]

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Rose: Problems in Guediawaye

Asalaam Maleekum! I know I promised to post about ataaya in greater detail, but Guediawaye is on my mind and perhaps a little more important, so here we go. Last week I went on a field trip with my Environment and Agriculture class to Guediawaye, a suburb northeast of Dakar. Suburb here does not have the same connotation as it does in the Twin Cities. In general, the suburbs are the less well-developed areas where too many people live in less-than-sufficient conditions; Guediawaye, unfortunately, is a strong example of this. The focus […]

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Robert: El estado y el medio ambiente

The dawn in Mérida breaks with the sharp crack of a four-cylinder engine. It’s the sound of traffic outside my window and it follows me through my day—on the bus, to VENUSA, into every store, and into the apartment. There are other sounds here, too, like birds singing and the breeze coming through the window, but a car racing up the street or a car horn frequently pierces the calm. Honking—that’s another inescapable sound. Drivers here honk, I gather, for three main reasons: because they’re tired of the traffic line, […]

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Daniel: El Bosque de Agua y Petunia

A week ago I went with an environmental group to a forest in the north of town where the state of Morelos borders on the Federal District. We spent the entire day either walking on trails through the forest, learning about the vegetation, and making new friends or simply climbing. We climbed two portions of a ridge that overlooked nearly the entire forest and part of the highway going from Cuernavaca to Mexico City. The environmental group’s central concern at this point in time is a proposal for building a […]

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