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Sicily

The water bleeds into the sky; it’s impossible to tell the difference. Out the window, all I see is a piercingly incredible blue. The streets wind wilder than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s like God randomly decorated the ground with rocky roads and then decided a town should accompany them. In five minutes, I’m entranced. In ten, I’m in love. Although we have an insanely busy week ahead of us, the effects of the town are not lost on the other girls in my program. The light reaches people’s eyes, […]

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Semana 4: Vale la pena!, “It’s worth it”

Every day is a new adventure, a new opportunity to learn more about the Spanish culture. Vale la pena! Meet Minina. Minina is the name of my host family’s cat… and the name of all of the other cats in the street. (Minina is similar to the word kitty in the United States.) Below is a picture of my normal breakfast. My host mom makes me toast and coffee every morning! On the left is Jungle Party, my favorite type of cereal. It is an extruded wheat cereal. The nutrition label […]

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Sunday, 5 February: From Sevillana to Salamanca

Feliz martes, ¡todos! I hope this next blog post finds you doing well and experiencing your own adventures in whichever corner of our marvelous world you call home. Over the past week, I settled into the comforting routine of classes at the Fundación Ortega-Marañon (or the Fund), partook in a musical tradition from the south of Spain, journeyed to three of Spain’s multitude of historic sites, saw snow for the first time in my host country, and even went shopping (which obviously merits inclusion in this post because I did […]

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48 Hours in Paris

This weekend I spent 48 hours in Paris, and probably did 48 miles of walking. In all honesty, Paris was not on my list of places to see. It sounded overrated, crowded, and expensive. If I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, why not just look up a picture of it? Then I realized why not: because it’s transformative. I’m not a person who likes to be too cliche, but Paris changed my outlook on life. Pre-Paris, I was homesick, lonely, and counting down the days to seeing my old […]

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Mind The Gap

 “TRAVEL CHANGES YOU. AS YOU MOVE THROUGH THIS LIFE AND THIS WORLD YOU CHANGE THINGS SLIGHTLY, YOU LEAVE MARKS BEHIND, HOWEVER SMALL. AND IN RETURN, LIFE- AND TRAVEL – LEAVES MARKS ON YOU.” – Anthony Bourdain I have been in London for 3 weeks exactly but feel as if I have only just arrived.  I wake up every morning in disbelief that I am in a city so beautiful as London. As the quote above says, you leave marks behind but the travel leaves marks on us as well. For […]

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Week 2: Una vista diferente, “A Different View”

Toledo has a rich history. It is easy to walk right past something that has historical significance if you do not know what you are looking for. There is a church in the valley below La Piedra that has a festival called Romería de la Virgen del Valle on May 1st, my birthday. On this day, people hike to La Piedra, eat and venerate la Virgen del Valle. Some people sleep outside on La Piedra on April 30th. I like running around Toledo, because I can exercise and explore at the same time. I […]

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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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Classes, Madrid Excursion, and TURNING TWENTY-FUN

So, according to Aubree and my dad I’m already really bad at the whole “remembering to blog” thing. My apologies. I’ll try to do better but no promises. I’m finally starting to fall into a routine here now that classes are in session, so I’m excited about that. I’m taking five classes this semester: grammar and composition, Spanish phonetics, Spanish linguistics, History of Spain since 1936, and some culture class that I forgot the name of (clearly I’m not interested in that class because I can’t even remember its name). […]

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First Few Days

Hola todos, Well, I’ve been in Spain for exactly 3 days now and it already feels like I’ve been here for weeks. It’s been so exciting these past few days (and tiring!) seeing new sights, exploring the city of Toledo, and meeting new friends from all over the world. When we arrived on Saturday excited and jet lagged we took a bus from the airport in Madrid to the city our school is located in- Toledo. The bus ride was about an hour long and I’m not ashamed to say that […]

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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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Going Solo

For the third and last travel break I went to Norway. I went by myself (by choice, I swear). Having experienced traveling alone I can definitely say that it is fantastic and everyone should do it all the time. I began my trip in Oslo where I stayed for two nights. From there I took the train to Flåm, a small village in the fjords, where I spent one night at hotel so fantastic that I have raised my standards for hotels. After Flåm, I took the train a few […]

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Minding the Gap in London

So by the time we get to London Daryl and I were exhausted. I know, I have no right to complain; this is the opportunity of a lifetime! However, by the time we had reached London we were mentally, physically, and fiscally (I’m not sure if this is a thing) exhausted. We also happened to have pick THE most expensive city to end our trip. This being said, the first meal we had was McDonalds. To make this story even sadder, we used a coupon. At Mcdonalds. Definitely a low […]

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Urbanization: The Changing Life for the Animal Kingdom

As part of the MSID program, we are split up into tracks based on our interests. For the Environmental track, we were given the opportunity to go to Nairobi National Park (I think we made the other groups jealous, to be honest…). Okay, it is REALLY cool. Nairobi National Park is one of two national parks in the middle of a big city, the other one being found in South Africa. It is a huge tourist attraction and economic strength for the city. It is fascinating really, sometimes I feel […]

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Exploring Montpellier

Today was so beautiful in Montpellier that I just HAD to explore the city! Shops aren’t usually open on Sundays in France so I decided to walk around the city since I really haven’t looked around yet. I was randomly walking and come across the Saint Clément Aqueduct; the aqueduct was built in the 17th century and is 800 meters long. Next to the aqueduct there is a park called Le Jardin de Peyrou and it over looks the city. On one end of the park there is le chateau […]

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Globetrotting

Phew. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but I’m finally back home in St. Petersburg. Let me first say that traveling abroad was a refreshing change after being cooped up in dark, dreary Petersburg for so long. It made me appreciate the city and people all over again. I suppose you’re all curious how my travel week went after ending my last post so abruptly, right? Well, let me tell you, it was fantastic. It sounds silly, but being able to overcome all the minor obstacles that came up […]

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