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LA CAMPANA HIKE

My legs really hate me today, but yesterday was so worth it. I left my house at seven a.m. to meet six other girls from my program in Valparaíso to take a train and a bus to La Campana National Park. The park is about 25 miles from the coast, but the landscape changed dramatically once we left the city. In Valparaíso and Viña del Mar the geography is flat near the beaches and then extreme hills a mile or so inland. However, in the countryside there are more mountains than […]

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Lake Geneva, Switzerland {last stop of 12 day break}

Our last 5 am wake up call for our final stop.. Lake Geneva, a town and one of the largest lakes in Western Europe,   that is divided between France and Switzerland at the most southern part. It was intriguing to hear french, german and english constantly given that the border of France was about 5 minutes from our Air B and B where the prices dropped dramatically and the romance language sure sounded a bit prettier. You sure know you’re in Switzerland when your Starbucks costs you about 7 CHF and […]

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Cinque Terre: Cliffside Beds & Beautiful Views

Megan and I have always sought out our next new adventure. Being the high-speed Army individuals that we are, hiking the trails and cities of Cinque Terre on the coast of Italy seemed like the perfect destination. However, we wanted to go the extra mile with adventuring this weekend– rather than booking a hostel or AirBnB for sleeping accommodations, we opted to make use of our hammocks and sleep outside. We stuffed our rucksacks to the brim with just the bare necessities: hiking clothes, sleeping bag, hammock, camera, and toiletries (don’t […]

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Onomichi 尾道

Hello again! Just a quick update on life, mainly my excursion last weekend to Onomichi. Last Sunday (November 29th) I few of my friends and I tagged along with the Hiroshima University group, NOIE, to go visit the town of Onomichi which is about 1 hour away from our campus by train. Onomichi sits on the Inlet of the Japanese Sea and is known for its; great view and its’ ramen. Unlike my recent trip to Miyajima, since there were a few elders along with us on this trip, we […]

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Spring Break Positano Day 3

Our third day in Positano was a free day to do what ever we pleased. Graced by the warm sunshine again, we decided to use the beautiful day hiking the famous Footpath of the Gods. But before our hike I had to take a moment to enjoy the beach… To get to the Footpath of the Gods we had to take the Citta Bus up the mountain to a very quaint coast town which holds the entrance to the Footpath. At the entrance to the village we came across a […]

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Climbing to the Top of a Mountain

Where I am staying is in the Southern part of France known as the Hérault situated along and just North of the Mediterranean. And this past weekend we were able to visit Saint Guilhem le Désert. It’s a medieval city that is situated along one of the routes of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle – that large numbers of pilgrims from all over France to Spain. Saint-Jacques or St. James as you may know him is the guy who brought Christianity to the “heathen Spain” during the 1st century. Also, fun fact: […]

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The Life Is Nice in la Méditerranée

To be totally honest, it hasn’t completely hit me yet that this is where I will be living for the next 9 months. It still just feels like an extended vacation while everyone else is in school. I guess once classes start on Monday, that will change though. We’ve now had our academic orientation and chosen our classes, which is making the whole “school” thing a lot more real to me. Most of my classes are with other American students, but taught in french by french professors. I believe I […]

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Alex: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Yesterday, I did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It was life-changing in a way I thought not possible. I am not a fit man. I am technically obese (I’ll spare you my rant on that system). I also do not handle heights well. I’m not petrified by them, but I certainly do not seek them out. So the idea of an 20-kilometer alpine mountain crossing was not the most attractive idea I have ever heard. I am so glad that I did it. I’m having trouble articulating this experience in the usual way, which […]

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Alex: Piha

I have been wanting to go to Piha since I decided to come to New Zealand. I’m told it is one of the most beautiful and most popular surfing beaches around. It did not disappoint. One of the things on my must-do list while I am here in New Zealand is learning to surf. I got it in my head that Piha would be the place to do that, so when I heard the tramping club would be going on a day trip there, I was pretty excited. Certainly I […]

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Alex: First day of classes

Yesterday was the first day of classes, and as much as my compatriots will probably bemoan this event, I welcomed it with open arms. As I’ve already said my primary motivation for visiting New Zealand is academic, so I was not exactly excited about classes, but I was relieved. At least this will give me some sense of normalcy, and give me something to keep me busy. I only had one class today, and thankfully all of the readings are online for the first 8 weeks, because I still don’t […]

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Heather: Return to Tanzania

Definitely one of the top 3 of weekends since I’ve been in Kenya. On Saturday morning I headed to Tanzania. Got on my bus at 7 a.m., and the only plan in mind was to get to Moshi, Tanzania. I was going to meet our friend Simon who we met while rafting in Uganda. I was afraid we would miss each other because my bus was 1.5 hours late and there was no way I could get a hold of him, as he has no phone. So I got off […]

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Daniel: Popocatépetl in Person

These photos come from a trip I recently took to Popocatépetl with my host mother’s brother who, as I believe I have explained, is a professional photographer. We just went for the day with some of his current and past students who were very interested in the trip until we started hiking and the temperature was close to 35 degrees F. We hiked for a few hours on a portion of a pass not directly on Popo itself, but quite close to the volcano as that portion is closed right […]

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Emma: Hanging with the kiwis

I don’t even know where to begin with my New Zealand Adventures. It all started on Thursday night when I arrived at the airport and entered the Duty Free Shop in the international terminal. HEAVEN on EARTH. After my little bit of excitement over some of the cheapest things I have seen since coming here, my flight took off to Auckland, New Zealand—the City of Sails. The weekend was off to a great start when we got on the ferry to Waiheke Island right off the coast of Auckland. When […]

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Heather: Mt. Longonot National Park

On Friday we only had 2 classes, and we got out really early from the second one, so we the four of us went to Uchumi to get a few more groceries and some lunch before we started the trip to Mt. Longonot. We headed out and waited for a bus to take us into town to get on a matatu to take us to Longonot. Our friend Ruehl, who helped us last weekend with Hell’s Gate must have seen us waiting by the bus stop and he came over […]

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Heather: Hell’s Gate National Park

Ten of us left for Hell’s Gate on Friday after classes. We were supposed to be picked up at 2pm at school, but the matatu did not get there until 4:30. Yes, 4:30. That is even beyond “Kenyan time.” I was pissed. We were supposed to get to the park and have an hour long safari ride and then set up camp and go to town for dinner. Well, none of that worked out. We didn’t even get out of Nairobi until 5:30. We finally reached Hell’s Gate around 7:30, […]

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