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Visitors

I haven’t updated in a while and in the time since, I’ve been asked if I’ll keep this going when I inevitably come back to the United States. For the time being, I would say Minneblog will be a thing after I get back and that’s for a couple of reasons. The first is obvious. I really like doing this. I was a writer for the Wake, the Odyssey and the Minnesota Daily before this (all campus-based papers in Minnesota, although the Odyssey has branches all around the US). Afterwards […]

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London, Manifestations, and Medieval Music

Before studying abroad, I never thought I would be traveling so much around Europe. This passed weekend was Easter weekend, (Happy belated Easter everyone!) which meant students had Monday off as well. So basically, I had a 4-day weekend to explore any place in Europe. I decided to visit Portobello Market, Big Ben, and even Buckingham Palace. As you probably already know, I went to London this weekend, and it was awesome! I definitely recommend visiting London at least once in your lifetime. So, I arrived in London on a […]

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Paris, France

Bonjour from Paris! For the first half of my Spring Break vacation I was fortunate enough to be with my family. Just a week before, my mom and brother, Ian, came to visit me in Spain. After showing them Madrid and Toledo, we flew to Paris to visit our relatives. My uncle Jack was given the opportunity to do a sabbatical, so him, my aunt and cousins, are traveling Europe over the course of 4 months! My family and I were very lucky to have them welcome us into their […]

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Winter Break Part 2

Nice At first I thought spending so much time with my mom traveling around Europe would be difficult, but I found that I needed more time. We took a blablacar (similar to an uber ride, but for longer distances and very convenient) to Nice and got there around midnight on Wednesday. We only had Thursday (Feb 25th) in Nice, which gave us just enough time to see part of the Carnival preparations and a bit of the city. Nice is in the Côte-d’Azur area, still in the South of France. […]

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Eating our way around Dublin

Hello! After four weeks of living in Ireland, I finally made it to it’s capital – Dublin! It was a wonderful trip and even more, our bellies were definitely happy since we basically planned our trip around food (: A group of us took an overnight trip because we felt that we couldn’t fit in everything in just one day. After a two and half hour bus ride and finding our airbnb, we did the first thing on our list – find lunch. We headed to the Temple Bar District […]

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A Weekend in Paris

When first thinking back on my trip to Paris, I wanted to initially say it wasn’t everything I dreamt it to be. Here’s the thing, though, I’ve tried writing that story at least six times now and it never seems to accurately convey my experience and feelings towards one of the most iconic cities in the world. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I loved Paris. It wasn’t exactly what I had expected or what I had built it up to be – it was more. […]

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Vamos a la playa

Valencia, February 12th – February 14th My first weekend trip was a success! Here is an overview of our time in Valencia: On Friday afternoon, I went to the Museo del Prado in Madrid with my Master Painters of Spain class. After that, Chalena and I met up with Karlie and Emily in the bus station. We took a late bus from Madrid Friday night so didn’t arrive to Valencia until 2 a.m. – praise God that we were able to find our hostel easy and then go right to […]

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twenty-fun in london town (part II)

On Saturday morning, we started out our day by heading over to Notting Hill’s Portobello Market, a huge outdoor market that takes up a few blocks on Portobello Road. We spent a good couple of hours walking down the street and looking at all the cool things and the delicious food the vendors were selling. After eating an English breakfast {sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes} at the market, it was a short walk to the Kensington Palace and Gardens. It was windier and chillier in London than the day before […]

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When in Rome…

For Valentine’s weekend I was fortunate enough to be in one of the top romantic cities in the world: Rome. I visited my sorority sister, Margaret Biebel, who is studying abroad in Rome. After a long night/morning of traveling I had finally arrived in Ciampino, then took a 40 minute taxi ride to my hotel in Rome. The drive wasn’t anything special, although toward the end, my cab driver gave me some much needed advice: “In Italy, we Italians follow one word: Live lightly”. At first, I didn’t take his […]

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My Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica

For one of the courses I’m taking here in Rome, my class spent a couple of hours in St. Peter’s Basilica. Once the tour came to an end, we were asked to write about how the Basilica of St. Peter made us feel. Not what we saw, not which dates and names we remembered, but how it made us feel. This is what I submitted. ——— The first thing I felt upon stepping into St. Peter’s Basilica was speechlessness. I know, I know, not very original. I’m sure that is […]

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Barcelona

One of the greatest parts of the program here in Montpellier is the fact that they give us the option to take part in group trips every once in a while where we don’t have to worry too much about the planning process. All we are responsible for is getting ourselves to the bus on time to leave and deciding what we want to eat while we are there. Last weekend, we got to take a trip to Barcelona together. Why not take part in a short little international field […]

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Almost there!

It’s currently about 4pm on Wednesday afternoon here in Japan and I’m oh so close to being completely set up. I went to “au” today (a cell phone shop), and ordered my mobile wifi router. Unfortunately, the device won’t come in until Saturday morning so I have to wait just a few more days until I’m finally able to contact people from my dorm room. This week has been great! As I stated earlier, after Monday’s orientation we had a welcome party, followed by a few of us going out […]

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天気は暑すぎる

About to wrap up another busy day here in Japan. Today started out at 8am with part two of our new student orientation, followed by a campus tour, library orientation, and now a HUSA welcome party. There are about 200 of us here and they’re making each and every one of us walk up to the mic and introduce ourselves, so… As you can tell it’s taking quite a while and I think we’re all ready for dinner. Tomorrow my student supporter plans on taking me to set up my […]

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First Week Shenanigans!

For this first week of class we had a substitute because our teacher was still on vacation. We did a quick review on all the tenses of the indicative mood. We mostly focused on reviewing the dreaded passato remoto and the trapassato remoto/prossimo. It wasn’t too bad, I actually preferred having this slow start back into learning Italian. So far, so good. My class is awesome. We have classmates from all around the world! Nigeria, China (Score. I get to practice my Chinese all time now!), Croatia, Holland, Germany, Gabon, […]

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A Second Home

That. Flight. Was. Sooo Longgggg. I left LA on Monday August 24th and arrived in Sydney on Wednesday August 26th. I’m not sure what happened to Tuesday, but I think I may have just time traveled. I was sore and stiff after getting off the plane, but I could not have been happier. Transitioning to a foreign culture is always difficult, but seeing that everything was in English definitely made it easier. And seeing palm trees in winter. I really liked that. Everything seemed surreal as my new friends and I […]

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