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Paris Adventures – Feb. 5

Hey guys, So this weekend I was in Paris, (how crazy is it to say that?!), and it was by far one of the coolest things I have ever done. The city is beautiful and had so many cultural details to it that I will never forget. The weekend started with going on a boat tour throughout Paris on Friday night. While on the tour we got to see the Eiffel Tower light up when it turned dark, and that was honestly the best way to have started that trip. […]

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Corinne, or Italy: a Brief Reflection

“Here the genius feels at home, because here reverie is so sweet. If he is restless it soothes him, if he regrets some unattained goal it presents him with a thousand golden visions. If men oppress him nature is there to welcome him.” I just started re-reading A Room With a View, which I bought at a bookstore with my parents when they dropped me off for my sophomore year at the U. Needless to say, it’s a special book. However, the above quote is from Corinne, or Italy. The […]

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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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Hola, ¡Toledo!

Buenas días (o noches, dependiente en cuando lees esto), ¡todos! Yep, that was Spanish: I arrived in Madrid this past Friday, 13 January and settled in Toledo the next day. On Friday, I left Mondaye Abbey with Adam, another SNC student studying in Toledo who accompanied the class at Mondaye for the week. We departed by car around 7:45 a.m. (still dark out, but much warmer than Wisconsin was at the time) for Bayeux, where we caught a train to Caen. From Caen, we took a bus to Orly Airport […]

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Cheers from London!

CHEERS TO A BLOODY FANTASTIC SEMESTER ABROAD! As some of you may know, I am currently studying and interning abroad in London for Spring 2017 semester and then backpacking around Europe for 5 weeks afterwards (Jan. 10th- May 26th). I am so excited to have this opportunity to experience a new and beautiful culture/city and can’t wait to share it with you all! We have been here for about 2.5 days and jetlag is still not our friend. Nights have been restless and afternoons have been exhausting but completely worth […]

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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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MPL –> CDG –> MSP

The fairytale is coming to an end. This morning (yesterday in the United States) I left Montpellier, France; my home for the past four months. It still doesn’t quite seem real that I’ve left. After the goodbyes, the struggle of packing up the suitcases again and the rush to the airport, I’m finally taking the time to write down some thoughts. First, let me catch you all up on the last couple weeks. They’ve been rather busy, to say the least. Two weeks ago I finished up at my position […]

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The Louvre, the Lock Bridge, and the Next Step

There’s no time for sleeping in on vacation. Not in Paris. On day two we forced ourselves to wake up early enough to beat the crowds at the Louvre. Our alarms buzzed at 8am. Snooze. Our first day exploring we were up and at ’em by about 9:30am. The line for the Louvre around then was nonexistent, so our groggy morning minds figured we could sleep until 9, leave the hostel around 10, and be one of the first in line at the Louvre by 10:15. Not true. We got […]

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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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Hither and Thither on the Tramway

I have been doing the city life and using public transportation here in Montpellier. Gotta say, it’s a bit to get used to. Coming from itty-bitty State College where I have a car and a bike and can walk, it’s a whole new world (cue Aladdin music) to have my TaM pass and hop on and off the tramway to get to school, the bureau, etc. Everything takes 10x longer than I want it to. To get to school in the morning? Wait 4-6 minutes for the tram. Ride the […]

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The Bureau + A Renaissance Fair

No, I’m not referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Bureau” means office in French, and over the past month those of us in the program have taken to calling the UMN office in Montpellier as such. As there are American-French and French people working with American young adults, it makes sense that word replacements like this would happen. It’s amusing, however, as one uses this word exclusively with the previously mentioned government agency when in the US. Now that we’ve gotten that squared away, I can say that one of my favorite […]

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Aquarium Mare Nostrum

One of the organized activities this week – thanks to our lovely office assistants – was a trip to the Aquarium Mare Nostrum at Odysseum (the large outdoor mall/other entertainment complex in Montpellier). Camlyn and I met up with Carrie as the only two available on a Wednesday afternoon and willing to pay 12€50 to see some fish (National Ocean Sciences Bowl tendencies die hard) and we had a WHALE of a time. This aquarium is great – right on par with the other smaller aquariums I’ve seen in the […]

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School Update

So last week, I had my second test for biomedicine already (89.5% on the last one). I’ve been reading a lot for existential philosophy, and we have our second paper coming up for that as well. Also turned in the rough draft for my second creative writing piece, which I think is going to be really great! I can’t wait for feedback on it. Actually, we had a guest speaker for the 1st half of last class named Sigurd Hartkorn Plaetner. He is a young Danish author who has taken […]

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Dare Say Yes to the Unknown

Hey loves! Happy hump day, you’ve made it half way through the week! I was supposed to do this post on Sunday but my laptop decided to act up. I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to it though. I’m excited to talk about taking chances and saying yes to the unknown. I don’t know about you but I’m often very hesitant to try new things when I’m comfortable with my regular routine. The biggest fear when deciding to try something new is not knowing whether or not it will turn […]

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