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72 Hours in Venice

Of all the beautiful pictures I took in Venice, this one isn’t the obvious choice. It’s dark, deserted, dismal. But the tranquil experience it provided me is reason enough for me to want to share it with you. Through many struggles (getting lost for hours in the middle of the night/thinking we’d have to sleep outside, plane delays, missed trains and busses) three of my favorite people made it. This weekend was many things: relaxing, picturesque, and just right. It’s surreal to me that I can meet my closest friends in […]

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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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Stuttering 101

This is a topic that is at once very difficult and very easy for me to talk about, for a plethora of reasons. Many of you are already aware that I am a stutterer, or have at least noted that my speech patterns are a bit unusual. Stuttering is something that has dramatically shaped my life from childhood. As a kid and a teenager it neutered my self-confidence and social skills and drove me to become a near-total hermit for most of my teens, and has taken over six years […]

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The first 2 weeks: Struggles

Let me preface this post by saying I love it here. The people are rad, the country is beautiful, and the $30 lunch plates are usually pretty good! With that being said, there have been some struggles along the way that have really…rounded out…. this experience. Here they are. I broke my phone the first week I got here. I woke up one morning to a damp side table, destroying my travel journal, my orientation papers, and best of all my phone! Waking up to not having any real mobile […]

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Orientation and Beyond

Well today was the first day of class, and if the rest of the semester is like today, it will be a great semester. I have class through Wednesday, with Thursdays and Fridays off. I have a Norwegian class for about three hours on Monday and Wednesday, and on Tuesday I have two geography classes from 8 to noon. I have some open time, so as of right now I am planing on joining a cross country ski club here on campus, along with maybe a kayaking club too, but […]

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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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7 Things You Will Feel Before Going Abroad

Leaving home is a huge step. Monumental. In order to make it through, realize that an emotional roller coaster is OK. It’s healthy even. To make the most of your time abroad, get in touch with yourself. Understand the following emotional stages are key to success abroad. 1. Indecision It’s okay to take a long time to figure out if something is right for you. It means you care. It means you’re making the best decision for yourself as possible. The indecision and confusion at this point are normal, but […]

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Bittersweet

This is my final study abroad blog post. So, three not-so-great things have happened this week: my computer crashed during the middle of finals, I got deported from Sweden, and I had to say good-bye to my friends and family in Denmark. Lessons that I learned (respectively): write all of your important final papers on Google drive, always bring your passport with you when traveling to a different country (even if said country is only 30 minutes away), and that I have so much to be grateful for during my […]

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Just some small, Provencal towns

Saturday, we did our final day-trip adventure to Provence! ​ The squad of eager travelers has dwindled as the semester has gone on… Shout-out to Grace Nell, Grace Evans, Dawn, Eddie, Haleigh, Rachel, Erin, Aaron, Cecilia for sticking it out to the end. And to Cedric and Carrie for organizing and leading another great excursion. We started our day at Fontaine-de-Vauclause. This little town is known for its natural spring which surges up from a steep cliff – the “close of the valley” (fountain valley close – it’s a pretty […]

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Week 2 — Rishikesh

Namaste my wonderful people! This week has been another whirlwind adventure for this gal! On Monday morning I woke up, ate breakfast, said goodbye to the sweetest host family a girl could ask for, and headed off to a Rishikesh! Rishikesh is about an hour and a half away from Dehradun, the city in which I spent week 1 for those of you just joining us. My coordinator, Mayank, and I chatted the whole way. We enjoyed some oranges from a fruit vendor and some really great conversation. Rishikesh is […]

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​{the reality of leaving home was scary but the reality of leaving Florence is even scarier}

“Never walk alone” “always hold your purse shut” “stand your ground” “this experience will change your life” “please be safe” “you’ll come back a new person”. Ever since I brought up the idea that I wanted to take my studies abroad, these words became redundant. The nerves, the excitement and the unknown were exhilarating and the fact that I would be studying in the capital of Tuscany didn’t seem real. Heading overseas with a passport in hand and a spirit of adventure was all I knew, but it all felt so distant. As I was entering […]

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위안부: COMFORT WOMEN

Sex slavery has been an issue that has haunted Korea for years, and puts a huge strain in Korean-Japanese relations. For those who do not know much about this issue, below is a very well made animation for this issue. It even uses the voices of actually survivors who share their traumatic and agonizing past. Moreover, the reason for this topic is that I had been able to experience one of the famous 수요 집회 or Wednesday Demonstrations. These demonstrations are held weekly to continuously urge Japan to readdress the […]

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From Pisa to Paris: Learning to Navigate the World

Extensive traveling is equally exciting as it is exhausting. People post incredible photos online of their picturesque getaways, showcasing the absolute highlights of their vacation. But what’s not shown are the endless lines outside of bathrooms, the labyrinth of different train platforms, and the groggy travelers hectically pushing through the masses trying to catch their next ride. Megan and I set off from Florence for a ten day journey; Train to Pisa, then fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, and Milan. Then we would catch a train from Milan back to […]

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A small update on my Indian adventures!

Now that I have more than one day under my India belt, I just wanted to check in with you all and update you on this crazy life! **DISCLAIMER: I don’t know why, but my medium account has been seriously malfunctioning when I have tried to add pictures to my blogs. For now, I am choosing to leave them off to avoid losing progress and what not. If you want to look at my photos, please go to Facebook :)** I am still very homesick. This experience of traveling has been […]

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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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