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Fall In Stockholm

Happy Halloween! How is everyone spending their halloween weekend? Personally, not gonna lie, I’m not huge on halloween (but I do love candy!). The stress of figuring out a character, then having to find a costume is just not for me. However, I do enjoy seeing what everyone else dresses up as. What I do love though is fall weather ! All the colorful leaves and brisk cold is perfect for scarves, boots and oversized sweaters/jackets. My first fall experience this season happened to be in Stockholm and it was […]

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El fin de los fin de semanas…

This last full weekend in Ecuador was definitely one to remember. As I mentioned in my precious blog, we spent the weekend in Baños. Our sweet, sweet hostel was called La Casa del Molino Blanco and it was magnificent! When we arrived on Thursday night, we spent some time relaxing on the hammocks outside and taking a HOT (praise Jesus) shower. Friday, Madeline and I spent the day doing something we haven’t really done since we’ve been here — relaxing. We ate our delicious complimentary breakfast and headed out to the terrace […]

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REIGNITING THE DRIVE

On October 15th, I was privileged with the opportunity to see a play that surrounded a storyline of the daily struggles that North Koreans refugees face living in South Korea. Basically, the storyline was 3 interconnected stories of individuals breaking the stereotypes that ingulf North Koreans while growing their personal relationship with the North Korean refugee that surrounds them. and changing their perspectives. It was absolutely wonderful, each and every actor did a sublime job, and there were four actors who were refugees themselves. Ever since my first involvement with 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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Weekend 1 — Otavalo

On Friday, Madeline and I had the AMAZING opportunity to travel to Otavalo and shadow in an indigenous medical clinic called, Jambi Huasi. We woke up early and took a 2 hour bus ride to Otavalo to be at the clinic by 9:30. Otavalo is known for its indigenous people and also its Saturday market — the biggest in South America! When we arrived at the clinic we met our Yatcha, Maria. Yatcha is the name given to those who practice the indigenous medicine. We got to see quite a few espantas, […]

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Wine a little, you’ll feel better

Another weekend, another city! (I promise, there will be an end to this craziness. Soon. ish) But for now, I went and did more going and doing so naturally I need to talk about it on the internet. It’s a crazy, egotistical world we live in. And I’m merely feeding the fire. And you’re all massaging my ego. Thank you. ​ So Bordeaux. Friday Rachael, Cecilia, and I hopped a ride-share with Blabacar (a pretty excellent system, though I think we would have saved money if we had taken the […]

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Trip Planning

So it’s Sunday, and I’m meeting with my new best friend here in Denmark, Kevin. Without going into too many details, he’s a really great guy and genuinely cares about other people. So, in short, the best kind of friend anyone could ask for. So we planned to meet up, catch up, and start booking our travel itineraries! We’ve booked a weekend in Barcelona, and another weekend (Thanksgiving weekend) in Prague. I am not sure what we’re doing in Barcelona, that’s all Kevin. Prague is a trip I’ve been planning […]

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Paris

​Salutations! It has been a busy weekend but with a 3.5 hour TGV (train de grande vitesse – how great is it that the name of the train line just translates to super-fast train?) ride back to Montpellier, there was ample opportunity to get this post written (hah, I VASTLY underestimated how long this post would actually take as you will realize that it’s Friday and this post was started Sunday night). As I mentioned in a previous post, Cedric has organized a number of weekend excursions for us in […]

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632. Walk closely with people you love and with people who believe life is a grand adventure.

Spontaneous trips: take one. I have wanted to go to the Cliffs of Dover ever since I heard that they were in existence and yesterday I mentioned the possibility of me going to my wild friend Kat and batta bing batta boom we booked a trip to the Cliffs of Dover from London the day before leaving. “This is actually ideal” said Kat after we missed our train in the morning. Getting the tickets took longer than expected and randomly one of the attendants was really loving Kat so he […]

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A weekend in Marseille (and I did it myself!)

It is Sunday, there is classical music on the radio, and my host mom Christiane made a tarte aux pommes. Life is excellent. What’s more excellent? I just got back from a very successful weekend in Marseille that my friend Rachael and I planned together – from a ride share to get us there and back, to Airbnb lodging, to a hiking adventure – and we managed to do all the adult things like not getting lost, buying bus tickets, going out for dinner, and we made it back in […]

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A Content American

Something I’ve noticed in England is how many Americans, within days of landing in Britain, begin trashing the United States.   “Yeah, American politics are a joke.”   “Americans are fat.”   “England rocks. America needs to get its shit together.”   It’s like a giant, self-conscious apology no one asked them to give on behalf of the United States.   I understand this habit, kind of. American politics can get circus-y, the U.S. certainly suffers from an obesity epidemic, and so on. But the facts rarely seem to be the speaker’s […]

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Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine

The weekend of September 17-18, is the Journées du Patrimoine – a celebration of heritage and citizens and everything national and French-y that the French have to be proud of. Granted, this happens in many cities and countries across Europe, but the nationalism and pride that France has for their own heritage and culture really makes these days special. Basically, this is a weekend when many government buildings, national monuments, and historically/culturally relevant places are free (mostly) and open to the public in ways that you can’t access them regularly […]

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Le samedi, nous allons au marché!

On Saturdays, we go to the market. It’s not quite as catchy as Mean Girls, but I’m trying. Saturdays and Sundays are big for outdoor markets in and around Montpellier. Actually, to be honest, there are markets every day of the week, but the big days to go to market are the weekends. Keeping up with the French style of buying fresh things at the market on the way home from work for that night’s dinner, these wonderful little markets are everywhere and have everything you could want. Last Sunday, […]

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