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Being a tourist

Being a tourist is fun. Although I subconsciously hate myself when I take my 100th touristy photo, I know that everyone else around me is a tourist too! A shared culture. This week, especially the last few days, was a weird limbo between our orientation for CIEE/Vesalius College (the school I’ll be attending) and actual classes. I can’t remember the last time I had this amount of free time, but I really feel obliged to go out and explore. So, this led to a lot of touristy stuff. Good fun. […]

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So, Why Are You Here?

I have a not-so-closet confession to make. I don’t know why I’m here. Let me take a moment to explain my struggle for purpose. First off, I’m an “mzungu”. What this means is I am a white person in a clearly not white land facing the constant impending question of, “why are you here?” Now, this question is never asked with a harsh tone and people are so excited to talk to the American, stammering in broken Swahili, wide-eyed and spewing “asante sana”. However, the question has left me overwhelmed […]

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Week 2

Week 2 finally brought on more of a rhythm. I finally had a class schedule figured out, or mostly figured out. Thankfully here students have a two week grace period to really get classes selected and figured out before they register. Makes things a little easier for us international students who really have no idea of what they are getting themselves into, like me! With a little monkeying around, I was able to figure out a way for me to only take two engineering classes and still almost graduate on […]

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Adventures Galore

So this week in Seoul I made some new discoveries. I’m going to start this off by saying that I think I found my new favorite food here in South Korea. It’s called Dakgalbi (닭갈비). It tastes a little bit like BBQ, it’s just slightly spicy but not enough to make your lips dumb (yes, that’s happened to me many times here). I love it because it’s a mix of traditional Korean food and reminds me of home at the same time. I dedicated this week to spending study time […]

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The Very Underwhelmingly Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen, the sea, and quaintness are all strongly associated with Denmark, so there is no doubt why Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) is one of the most iconic images connected to Copenhagen. Seeing this four-foot-tall statue of a melancholic fish-girl was not exactly at the top of my to-do list, but I still felt it would be wrong of me to leave Denmark without doing so. Therefore, after my Danish lesson this Wednesday, I navigated through the city toward the sea to fulfill this cultural requirement. I […]

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The Road to Meknes

Volubilis “Yallah!” The familiar face in front of the tourist bus motioned towards the ten of us. On Sunday morning, we were sleepily waiting at Battha, a convenient halfway point for those living in the Medina and Ville Nouvelle, for any sign of what was going on. Telling us to “come on” was the same man who drove us from the airport in Rabat to Fes. After all piling into the bus, shoulder to shoulder, we were on our way to the historic city of Meknes. Although the city installed […]

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Touring the Amalfi Coast

For those of you who don’t know, I’m back in the good ole U S of A. However, I figured I should fill you all in on my last couple of weeks of the semester and traveling! To start my last break  (as if the 20 day break wasn’t enough!!) a few friends and I went to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We decided to do this lag of the trip with a tour group who specializes in weekend tours for American college kids studying abroad, and we weren’t the only […]

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Sweet Memories & Difficult Realizations

Hello friends and family, I am currently in the thick of finals, trying to study and ace my exams in Limerick. But, what better time is there to tell you all about my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium than now? I was so excited to find the gap in my schedule to visit the Netherlands again. Many of you may not know why I love the Netherlands and why I hold it near to my heart. In my senior year, I was a part of the International Studies course […]

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Procrastination, Meet Voluntourism

Wow. I really am an absolutely terrible blogger. So much has happened since my last post and you guys don’t know any of it! I almost finished this post as a procrastination measure while I was writing my final papers for class but even that I could not finish. It’s a shame. At any rate, I’m finished with school now! I finished right at the beginning of May and I have been traveling since May 2nd. I want to talk more about that and my travels but first, I want […]

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First Full Day, First Full Day, First Full Day, First Full Day!

I hope some of my Camp Warren friends are following this blog so they can get the reference that’s in the title. As it says, it’s the end of the first full day! And what a full day it has been! I’ve successfully made it through my first three meals and I feel good so far! That’s really nice. I also got to experience traffic up close and personal. I will try to take a video from the passenger seat of the car and upload it, because it is really […]

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Tourist Day

So this was another really cool tourist day. We went out of the city a decent way by bus to this museum. First of all, it doesn’t take long to reach farmland and nature from outside the city. The suburbs are very discrete and it feels incredibly small towny out there. Anyway, this museum was all about the polar expeditions that these Norwegians went on back in the day, both to the Arctic Circle, as well as Antarctica. They maintained two apparently important boats from these voyages, so these boats […]

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Eating Frites and Christmas Marketing

With the semester wrapping up, one last trip before vacation was a must. A friend and myself found ourselves buying plane tickets to Brussels to celebrate the end of our exams. now, I knew practically nothing about Brussels, other than they were known for their fries and waffles. I boarded the plane, not knowing what to expect from the city. Even without any expectations, I was pleasantly surprised by the city. As soon as our plane landed, I was struck by how green it was. Living in Montpellier, a very […]

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Paris- 3 Days in 610 Words

I had left at 5:24 am in the morning to save myself about 13 bucks by taking the early train. When I arrived and took the the metro to the stop where my hostel was at. . . I immediately didn’t know which way to turn and apparently this old French man saw it all over my face. He approached me and asked me in French what street I was looking for. He knew instantly it was down the way and the first street to the left. I thanked the […]

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