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Sunday, 9 April: Eternity in Two Days

Ciao, tutti! (Hello, everyone!) Yep, I’m using Italian again, because I visited Rome ethe weekend of Palm Sunday to start of my spring break from the Fundación Ortega-Marañon y Gasset, the school through which I am studying here in Toledo, Spain for the spring semester. I could also say “Hola a tothom!” which means the same thing in Catalan; I visited the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Barcelona, on Friday before going to Rome. The week before my travels commenced was the last week of regular classes at the […]

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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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Finding my Stride

Well its been a few weeks since my last post, so I am a bit over due. Its been a whirlwind of time here in Oslo. Classes have started while I continue to get situated. I have three classes at the University of Oslo Monday through Wednesday. Its nice having three days of class, as Thursday is kind of dedicated towards completing readings and other assignments, which gives me three days to go explore and have fun. Of my three class, I have Norwegian; Population, Migration and Immigration; Environment and Innovation. […]

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Semana 3: Si te gusta cherimoya…, “If you like cherimoya…”

I enjoyed taking two Flamenco dance classes this week!  I also learned the meaning of some slang words: Ta luego!= Hasta luego! or See you later!, Nada!= De nada! or You’re welcome! and Buenas!= Buenas días! or Good morning! Below is a picture of cherimoya, a delicious fruit that tastes like a piña colada but has a texture similar to a banana. I am becoming more accustomed to a few cultural differences like wearing my shoes inside the house,  eating la comida (lunch) at 2:00pm and la cena (dinner ) at 9:00pm, and keeping my […]

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Myself and I

Hey folks. If you are reading this then chances are you already know me, but just in case you don’t: My name is Timothy. I was spurred to start blogging in order to chronicle my upcoming adventures in Germany, but I also intend to use this blog to write down my thoughts on other topics. I am a person who stutters, a person who has dramatically (and intentionally!) changed the course of his life at least twice, a massive nerd, an artist, and someone who likes to pretend to be […]

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¡Adiós America!

It’s finally here. The day I have been anticipating, planning for, and dreaming of for the past six months! Tomorrow I am leaving Minneapolis and flying to SPAIN!! I will be living with a host family in Toledo and taking classes at La Fundación Ortega-Marañóa. I am committing to [try to] speak only Spanish over there, to increase my fluency and dive deeper into the culture–so I look forward to all the joys and challenges that will bring! :)   Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine and I am thrilled […]

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About Me

Hello! You probably stumbled upon this blog wondering about studying abroad in Korea, or perhaps you’re just a wanderer. Here is a little information about me to get this blog started! Feel free to contact me via social media with any questions. Name: Brenna Age: 20 Location: Seoul, South Korea University: Korea University Anyways, this blog is about the trials of life abroad as a student, and even the life of someone applying to be a student abroad. There is a lot of work that goes in not only preparing […]

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11 Facts About the Netherlands!

1. The Netherlands is the lowest country in Europe. In French, it is literally called Pays-Bas, or low country. 26% of the Netherlands sits below sea level, including Schipol Airport, which is 3 meters below sea level. 2. The Netherlands is home to more bikes than people. Bikes = 18 million, people = 16.8 million. Dutch people cycle an average of 2.9km per day and use bicycles for more than a quarter of all trips. 3. In Amsterdam, there are more than 8500 homes which date back more than 250 years.About […]

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Sunday Seven – Part V

Last week was another one of my travel weeks, and this time I went on a trip to Poland (specifically Warsaw and Krakow) with my Positive Psych class.  It had it’s ups and downs… The 7 Best & Worst Parts of Poland 1. Worst: Food poisoning Yep, that’s right, I (presumably) got food poisoning during my trip.  During dinner on the second evening, I started feeling really nauseous and went back to the hotel early.  To spare you all the details, let’s just say I ended up in the hospital that […]

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The final countdown…

I’ve always liked countdowns. Counting down till my birthday, Halloween, Christmas, the end of finals, things like that. I’ve never liked counting down my days here. Ecuador is home just like Minnesota and Nicaragua are home to me. I feel like a small part of me is missing and I’ll only find it when I return to this wonderful country. Our final clinical placement was in a private dermatology clinic named Centro de la Piel or CEPI for short. It was a very beautiful clinic, the most like the US […]

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ONLY LYON

Fall break Part I: the beginning Happy fall break ! It’s a foreign concept, but fall break actually falls in the MIDDLE of the semester at Paul-Valéry and UMontpellier 2. Crazy. No 14th week of the semester week off, it’s week 6 and we’re getting our week to be all fresh and ready for the second half of the semester. And so it’s time for a REAL ADVENTURE. Not to say that the adventures before-hand we less real, this is just going to be a week of traveling and seeing and […]

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A (Danish) Day in the Life

I am already past the halfway mark of study abroad experience.  The thought initially comes to me as a shock, but this comes less surprising to me the more I think about it.  I know my streets of Copenhagen, I feel at home with my host family, and aspects of my day-to-day life that used to feel noticeably foreign have now become routine to me.  On some level, my adjustment has made everything a little less exciting, but that is not a bad thing.  I already can feel how I […]

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Castles on a Cloud

Chickens, gorillas, castles. There was a lot of mist to be seen on this excursion. ​Saturday, Paul – my medieval literature professor (one of the classes offered by the Minnesota program at the bureau) – took us on a day-trip to visit some châteaux south-west of Montpellier. Studying medieval literature and architecture in the region of the south of France, the history of these châteaux has factored into our studies – making this trip fun AND educational! ​ These two châteaux: Queribus and Peyrepertuse, were the hideouts of Cathares in […]

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Le Trajet

How to begin… Le Trajet (the flight, the journey, the ride): Getting here, on the 8-hour flight was torture…PURE torture. I’ve never traveled internationally before, but I figured it would be somewhat similar to one of the long road trips  (minus the rest stops) I’ve had before, where you sit on your butt for an extremely long period of time. But no, it was worse. I’m probably being a big baby since there are horror stories out there you can’t compare to my brother’s Grimm tale, but I’m too stubborn […]

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