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In the Beginning

My first few days here in Denmark have been wonderful! (Despite fighting the jetlag.)  My Danish family is awesome!  They have given me a nice room to myself, a bike, traditional Danish food, an authentic tour of Central Copenhagen, and more!   My host parents, Annette and Alan, are so friendly and nice – I am excited to get to know them better.  This week, Alan’s kids will be with their mom.  I got to meet Nikolai and Oliver during the first two days, but I will not see them […]

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Dag (Day) 2

It’s officially my first full day in Denmark and it started at 6:30 AM. The first thing I did this morning after waking up, was go back to sleep. Waking up the second time was better, but the general grogginess stuck with me the rest of the day. The first real thing I did, after taking a hot shower, was eat breakfast. Typical morning routine, been doing it since I was probably 11. Never did I imagine it would be difficult. Showers can be tricky to work wherever you go, […]

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Switzerland: Cheese, Chocolate, & Bungee Jumping

The weekend I spent in Switzerland was filled with unbelievable scenery, scrumptious cheese and chocolate, and one big adventure (and by big, I mean 735 feet big). One thing I loved most about this trip was staying in a small town called Lucerne. Encircled by mountains, this lakeside city was full of charm. On Friday, we spent the morning simply wandering around the quiet and empty streets. We crossed over into Old Town and stopped inside almost every chocolate shop we passed for a fresh sniff. It was refreshing not […]

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Barcelona

At the beginning of March I was lucky enough to visit my friend Jessica, who is studying abroad in Barcelona. This weekend was unique because it was “Study Abroad Fest”: a weekend where students who are studying abroad all around Europe come to Barcelona for concerts and a good time! The first day, Jess, her friends and I, went for brunch at Aslur Cafe. I had a grilled cheese waffle sandwich with avocado–it was surprisingly delicious! Then we did some shopping/girly things. The next day, we joined a huge group […]

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Eating our way around Dublin

Hello! After four weeks of living in Ireland, I finally made it to it’s capital – Dublin! It was a wonderful trip and even more, our bellies were definitely happy since we basically planned our trip around food (: A group of us took an overnight trip because we felt that we couldn’t fit in everything in just one day. After a two and half hour bus ride and finding our airbnb, we did the first thing on our list – find lunch. We headed to the Temple Bar District […]

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Korea

Day One Friday Nicolas (my friend from France) and I arrived at Seoul Incheon airport at about 1:30 in the afternoon and immediately starting searching for wifi so we could figure out how to meet up with our Korean friends. After making it to Seoul Station, we were quickly greeted by our friends Kwanghee and Kyoung Jo (both attend Hiroshima Univ.) who helped us buy re-loadable train cards  and find our Airbnb. Although Jo had to leave for other plans, Kwanghee stuck with us for the night to show us […]

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From Westerner to West African-er

Many of the European and French students that I have talked to think I am absolutely crazy when I tell them how much traveling that I plan on doing. To me, it doesn’t seem like that much since I’m only here for one semester. To them, “oh yeah, Spain, I’ve been there before.” Like it’s nothing. I just had the most exciting week of travel I have ever had in my life. I went to 3 cities, 2 countries, 2 continents in 10 days and yes, one of those countries […]

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A Weekend in Paris

When first thinking back on my trip to Paris, I wanted to initially say it wasn’t everything I dreamt it to be. Here’s the thing, though, I’ve tried writing that story at least six times now and it never seems to accurately convey my experience and feelings towards one of the most iconic cities in the world. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I loved Paris. It wasn’t exactly what I had expected or what I had built it up to be – it was more. […]

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SCANDINAVIAN EDITION: CHAPTER 3

A quarter of the semester down. An even smaller fraction of homework done. And an even bigger fraction of money gone. I thought it might be time for an update from my semester abroad. This is mostly stemming from my mother’s concern that I am not posting enough snap chats for her mostly to lay her eyes on me and know I am still alive. From there I like to fancy myself that I have more followers than just my mom and here with this blog I have a safe […]

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twenty-fun in london town (part II)

On Saturday morning, we started out our day by heading over to Notting Hill’s Portobello Market, a huge outdoor market that takes up a few blocks on Portobello Road. We spent a good couple of hours walking down the street and looking at all the cool things and the delicious food the vendors were selling. After eating an English breakfast {sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes} at the market, it was a short walk to the Kensington Palace and Gardens. It was windier and chillier in London than the day before […]

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When in Rome…

For Valentine’s weekend I was fortunate enough to be in one of the top romantic cities in the world: Rome. I visited my sorority sister, Margaret Biebel, who is studying abroad in Rome. After a long night/morning of traveling I had finally arrived in Ciampino, then took a 40 minute taxi ride to my hotel in Rome. The drive wasn’t anything special, although toward the end, my cab driver gave me some much needed advice: “In Italy, we Italians follow one word: Live lightly”. At first, I didn’t take his […]

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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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Étranger

I have now been living (not just vacationing) in France for almost a month! The end of this week which will mark my one month anniversary with Nice. It will also bring new experiences as I will be leaving for another city, country, even continent! Spring break at Université de Nice is earlier in the semester because their exams are in April! Crazy! Along with a few friends in my program, I will be flying to, yes indeed, Casablanca, Morocco on Friday. As this big trip approaches, I am recognizing […]

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Scandinavian Edition: Chapter 2

I’ve officially been in Denmark for 12 days. And my jet lag excuse of wanting to go to bed before 9pm has officially worn out. (I officially have to own up to my preferred, senior-citizen bed time). But don’t worry, I know this semester is not for bedtimes. It’s gonna be a lot about carb-ing up. Any combination of bread and sugar here is absolutely delicious. Just the other day I walked to a different train stop, slightly farther away. I saw a super cute bakery near there and I thought oh I’ll […]

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My first full week in Toledo

Monday, January 18th – Thursday, January 21st: First week of classes To be honest, the first week of classes for me was very overwhelming and difficult. I feel as if I am still adjusting and trying to get comfortable here. I found it funny because on Thursday, I attended an optional 30 minute class called “Project Iceberg” taught by one of the program coordinators, and the girls in the class were at stage 2 – or at the low end of the happiness meter, whereas the boys were still at […]

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