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Paris, France

Bonjour from Paris! For the first half of my Spring Break vacation I was fortunate enough to be with my family. Just a week before, my mom and brother, Ian, came to visit me in Spain. After showing them Madrid and Toledo, we flew to Paris to visit our relatives. My uncle Jack was given the opportunity to do a sabbatical, so him, my aunt and cousins, are traveling Europe over the course of 4 months! My family and I were very lucky to have them welcome us into their […]

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Break part 1

Last week I got the chance to go to a beautiful mass service at the cathedral in Montpellier. I couldn’t really understand a few things here and there, but it was definitely worth going to at least once while in Montpellier. Now, school is officially out, and I was trying to figure out what exactly I would do with my life for 2 ½ weeks. Well, it turns out my mom came to visit me for a week. Our plan was to visit Paris for a few days, go to […]

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Culture Clash – Prioritizing People

I have some more thoughts… I am fascinated by culture. There’s almost nothing cooler to me than learning how other people live. I’ve been very lucky, mostly due to my parents, to have had the opportunity to travel the world and to study Spanish (one of the best decisions I’ve made). I’ve taken advantage of my ability to look critically at how other nations go about the day to day, and there are a few things that I wish the U.S. did differently. Let me clarify something first; culture is not, “People from Italy eat pizza,” or, “People […]

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Christmas with the Aminpours

Happy New Year! It’s been quite a while since my last post, but with the holiday’s and New Years being over with, I finally have some time to sit down and write. As many of you may already know, I was lucky enough to have my family visit Japan over winter break. From Hiroshima to Saijo, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto, we had ourselves quite a busy 10 days, but they were sure worth it. Of course a trip to Hiroshima isn’t complete without a visit to Itsukushima Shrine on famous […]

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Arriving in Chile

After 3 days of treacherous rain, and minimal activity, it’s a perfect time to reflect on my first few weeks abroad. The first 20 days of my adventures abroad have been amazing and have revolved around a few different things; friendly Chilean people, new friends, public transportation, bread, and rain! Before I left for Vina Del Mar, Chile I was warned of the many creepy, cat calling, “gringo” preying people that I would encounter on a daily basis and I was told how to handle those situations, but to my surprise […]

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Finals, Literally

It’s been a fun week or so! My Step-Mom and Dad came to visit me, and I took one of my final two exams (the fun in that is that it’s over now). Dad and Sarah came from Norway’s American colony (Minnesota) late last week. After reuniting we started finding our way across Oslo. I got to show them the places I thought were worthwhile, and they humored my playing tour guide. We saw Viking ships, the Scream, the Royal Palace, a cool island in the fjord, a cool walk […]

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A Week With My Family

Having my parents and brother here this week was extremely fun but also kind of stressful. I’ve become such a fast-paced person and like to have schedules to follow and that is not how my family operates, so I was very patient all week and tried to just go with the flow of things. Their hotel wasn’t that far away but it still took at least 30 minutes to get there (if you catch all the trains on time). They had a buffet breakfast so naturally I went over four […]

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What India is Like

Just got back from a wedding in Mysore a couple of hours ago. It was my first time wearing a saree and it was beautiful! I can’t wait to come back into the states and give it out to everyone! I’m sorry for not updating, it’s difficult because I don’t have access to internet every day and when I do I’m at school and can’t really use my laptop/internet in class. Well school here is like school in the US, but harder to manage because to various things. I take […]

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We Were Wrong About Everything

….except for disconnection from society. So here we are. It’s been more than a week since I crash-landed in the BEAUTIFUL Arusha, Tanzania. I can promise you one thing, this place does wonders for your soul. At this point, I think it’s absolutely imperative to know that we had no idea what Tanzania was like. Because yes, everything is new, and yes, I am overwhelmed, I guess I’ll just tackle the issues as they come. Family (Familia) I have always had the understanding that family can mean more than blood. […]

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Excursion to Madrid

Today was the first of 3 excursions with la fund. We took an hour long bus ride to and from madrid. We went on a guided tour of the palace, had a bus tour of the city, ate lunch at a buffet, then had 3 hours of free time to look around the city. Leandra and I wandered around the city, going from store to store checking out souvenirs and accessories. There were only a couple things that really stuck out for me: there were a ton of scarves and […]

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Getting Adjusted: First few days

All right, so it took lots of worrying about travel documents but here I am in St. Petersburg. The first few days have been a whirlwind, but even though it feels like it has been a long time it hasn’t even been a week. The first two days my CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) group was in a hotel right by the airport where we met each other and had some long orientation sessions so I won’t say much about that. But the one thing I will say is […]

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Day Two of Classes

Today I went to my grammar class which I am super excited about because I think it will help tremendously! I haven’t taken a grammar heavy class since high school, so I have a hard time with choosing which way to conjugate and how to do so. I bought my books today and they were only 33€!!! That’s like 40$ for all the books I need. I’m used to paying that for 1/2 of a book in the US! I had some extra time after that so Mara, LeAndra and […]

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First Day in Toledo

Yesterday, I was taxied from the airport to la fundación, and slept at la fund because it was late. 
Today, we had a placement exam, and two interviews. I also met with yuki and milo about my host family and my situation with my travels being late. My roommate, mara, showed me around toledo and gave me tips on how not to get lost. Leandra, who is also from morris, and i then bought our burner phones, had orientation, then had hors d’oeuvres for dinner (which i couldn’t really eat […]

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My Moroccan Family

An unexpected change gave me a new host family – a single mother who speaks Arabic and French fluently (but apologizes for not speaking English) and a nearly fluent English speaking girl about my age. They arrived at ALIF, the American language center where I will be taking my classes, and I followed them home fully encumbered by my gargantuan backpack and overly stuffed Vera Bradley carry-on. The walk was only 15 minutes or so and the sidewalks, a loose term in this sense, were uneven and covered in rocks. […]

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The First Few Days

Nasmaskara! Just being in India for maybe almost 2 days has been great! Had really great experiences with food. The first morning, we went down for breakfast service. We had dosa for breakfast, which is equivalent to pancakes, but it’s made out of rice. Accompanying that we also had this spicy soup along with coffee or tea. The COFFEE and TEA is really good here!! For our Welcome Ceremony, we all lit a candle and introduced ourselves, afterwards we would put the lit candles into the bowl. Everyone is very […]

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