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Extranando mi país: The Not So Easy Aspects of Being Abroad

As I mentioned in my last post, seeing all the families together during Fiestas Patrias caused a bout of homesickness. And it still isn’t quite over. It’s been 2 months since I arrived in Chile, and the honeymoon stage is coming to end. We’re now in the daily grind of school and all the initial excitement is starting to wear off. Please keep in mind throughout this entire post that I am extremely and eternally grateful for this opportunity to be abroad, and I wouldn’t change anything for the world. […]

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Fiestas Patrias

Happy belated birthday Chile! For those of you who don’t know, Chile’s Independence Day was September 18th. Instead of a measly day off and some lame fireworks like in the U.S., however, Independence Day turns into a week of celebrations. There are asados (BBQ) literally every three houses. People cram into fondas (I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to translate this..they’re basically like state fairs in various places where various vendors set up shop and people eat outrageous amounts of food). If you’re not drinking terremotos (a […]

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Homesickness and FOMO

Today marks one month since I arrived in Copenhagen, and it has been an amazing ride so far. I am learning so much not only in my classes, but also about Danish culture, and even a little bit about myself. However, although I may be currently residing in the world’s happiest country and eating more than my daily recommended dose of pastries, I am only human; sentiment and emotions are beginning to take their toll on me. During the first few weeks here, I was so busy getting adjusted to […]

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Homesickness is for Real

Studying abroad is hard. Sometimes I underestimate that fact and act like its no big deal and that I could travel for the rest of my life… or at least my 20’s. But the truth is being abroad is really difficult at times. Yes, a lot of it is one big adventure of traveling the country on weekends, meeting amazing new people, and trying new things. And although there have been ups and downs, I have overall had an amazing experience so far…and its not over yet! On Monday I […]

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Whitney: Continued homesickness

Tomorrow is the 28th of November and it marks the two-month anniversary of my departure from the U.S. I wish I could say that in that amount of time I’ve traveled to seven different countries, tasted crazy foods, tried dozens of new activities, and made friends that will last a lifetime, but I really can’t. These first two months have been an immense struggle for me, and I fear that the water up ahead may be just as rocky. I have had good days and bad, but the good ones are […]

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Margaret: 假的 – jiǎ de – fake

One of my American friends here grew up on the east coast and is attending a small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania studying business.  Some weeks ago a few of us were out for drinks when he asked us what cities he should try beginning his career in after graduation.  Naturally, I suggested Minneapolis – I’ve always seen it as a great place to be a young professional thanks to a good local economy and several Fortune 500 companies.  Beyond that, the city literally sparkles.  There’s a distinct Midwesterness about it.  Lakes […]

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Whitney: times they are a-changin’

Up until today, I really haven’t been happy for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s been so hard to convince myself that coming to Berlin was the right decision because all I could feel was loneliness and all I could think about was everything I might’ve been missing back in West Bend and Minneapolis. I mean, thinking logically, a person should stay in the same city (or at the very least the same country) as the people they love. But here I am – 4,000 miles away […]

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Whitney: Today was a hard day…

Today was a hard day. I can’t really even explain why, but it was just one of those days when everything seemed to remind me of the things I miss most back home. And the hardest part is that after the first wave of home sickness hits me, it becomes like a case of hiccups that I just can’t kick. The kind of hiccups that hurts in your throat, too. All I want to do is crawl into a loved one’s arms and talk to them about it so that […]

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Emily: Homesickness sets in

I am not sure this is the best time for me to write my first post in Barcelona because the truth of the matter is that I am one hundred and fifty percent homesick. There are so many things that frustrate me–the language barrier, moving in with a new family that has different views than me, living in a place that is hot and humid but none of the buildings have air conditioning. (See! I sound like a complete downer right now!) Study abroad materials say that homesickness is natural […]

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Katie: Homesickness

Wow it has been a whirlwind of two weeks! I feel like I am starting to get the hang of London…kind of. Though they speak English and there are a lot of things that are similar to life in the US, I feel lost here. Not the lost that requires directions, because to be honest, I am quite good with directions and finding my way. I feel lost in a different sense. To just go to class I have to think twice as hard to do normal, everyday activities. I […]

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Kelly: los fines de semana

Story from a few weekends ago: We (a group of 8 ) were at a club/bar on Saturday night where we were dancing and celebrating the birthdays of Toby and me. We were enjoying ourselves and looking like an obvious group of gringos who can’t latin dance when a male and female stripper appeared on the stage in front of the club. They each twirled around solo for a while and then started pulling people from the audience to, um, entertain. In several minutes, all layers expect the skimpy undies […]

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Haley: Emotional rollercoaster

I haven’t posted anything the past few weeks. I found myself in a strange state of mind where I didn’t know HOW to write what I felt, experienced, saw… mostly because I wasn’t sure of what I thought. My apologies!!!! But I still have stories I want to share. SO this post will consist of a few play-by-plays or bullet points of the past couple of weeks spent in Mombasa. The overview being: Homesickness hit HARD when we first arrived, eased into contentedness to full on travellers HIGH, and back […]

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Sam: The crave list

Before lunch today some of my classmates and I discussed the things that are making our stomachs homesick and, unsurprisingly, many were the same. We all appear to be jonesin’ for some kind of fast food (many for more than one type) as well as a few regional or unusual blends. Here is my personal list (and yes, most are horrible): Brownies Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Chili Doritos Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme Blue & Grey Café buffalo chicken meal deal Waffles Lunch meat sandwiches Hummus Lehigh Pizza […]

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Haley: What I’ve been up to

***I do not have a post for everyday (some days were nothing but school and research. And it is safe to say during the process of this time frame I got my first dose of “home-sickness” Which I discovered was not in fact missing my actual home, but instead a HUGE frustration with simple things. Blah… I’ll write about that later*** September 14: So the past couple of days have been in the Gray, and it wasn’t until today that I realized it. I had a headache and just felt […]

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Lindsay: battling homesickness

I’m sorry for not writing for so long, but I promises I have some good reasons. The week after I wrote last I was pretty sick. I had a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. It was no fun. I drank a lot of hot lemonade and this medicine called Lemsip, which is a powder you dissolve in hot water and drink. It also had a lemony flavor. At the end of my last week of break I also started battling a strong case of home sickness. I’m at the half-way […]

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