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Wohin ist das Wasser gegangen?

There are no water fountains here.   Seriously, the last time I saw one was in the Amsterdam airport. They’re not on the street, they’re not in the university, they’re not near bathrooms… and it’s not like German tap water is unsafe to drink or anything. It even tastes great. So what gives? In Freiburg they’ve literally diverted the Dreisam river into little canals, called Bächle, that run along half the streets in the Altstadt but it’s impossible to get a simple drink of water. Carrying a water bottle is […]

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So much water

Maybe another reason Copenhagen feels so good is the culture surrounding the water… The Danish government started cleaning the harbor in the 80s and now it is clean enough to swim in. Copenhagen is the only city of its size that has been able to pull this off (!!!). Everyone LOVES it and people of all ages are seen going for a swim. This week I have seen people swimming laps in the harbor pool, naked people jumping off bridges to splash tourist on boats, people diving off of shipping containers, people jumping of […]

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Field Trip to a Maasai Village (Kijiji cha waMaasai)

So yesterday’s adventures included a field trip to a Maasai village. Many people are familiar with the Maasai tribe, actually, when you think “Africa”, you are likely imagining a Maasai village. However, the traditional Maasai communities are actually very different than the lifestyles of most Tanzanians. There are over 120 tribes in Tanzania, but most people only know the Maasai. Reasons they’re intriguing? Men have maybe 2 or 10 or 18 wives and so many children it’s hard to know their age. Cows are used as currency. Homes are built […]

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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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New Zealand!

Hey everyone! This past week and weekend was full of many activities since it was a long weekend for Easter. I hope you all had a great Easter and a great weekend! Last Tuesday, I went and saw Pinocchio at the Sydney Opera House. It was cute! For only paying $40, the quality of the show was better than some off-broadway shows I have seen in New York City. It was about two hours, but the show was different than the Disney movie. Overall, it was a great show to […]

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All You Need is Ecuador

Tomorrow marks 9 weeks in Ecuador as well as the end of the classroom phase of my study abroad program. When I think of all that I have learned, gone through, the places I have traveled, and the people that have become my best friends and new family, 9 weeks seems like so little time. It feels as if I have been here four months already. I am so comfortable in my neighborhood and with my family, but with the halfway point comes more change to disrupt that comfort. Tomorrow […]

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Define “House”

It has been almost a week since I got back to Quito from my viaje de Carnaval, but we’ve been pretty busy, from class trips, to more birthday parties, to bumming around gringolandia (okay, so I guess that was a non-busy choice), so I’m just now getting to everything I want to say. Carnaval was a BLAST- I hung out with my good friend Katrina’s super fun host family, saw some beautiful beaches, rivers, cute little towns (and bumping Atacames), and lots of gorgeous costal scenery. The coast is completely […]

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My Body in Not Invincible…

This past weekend, we went on a “Field Trip” to Ilha Grande, which technically translates to “Big Island” 3 hours away from Rio. The weekend was full of adventures. We hiked to different beaches around the island, went swimming, jumped off of port docks, tried new local foods, and strengthened bonds between classmates. Mentally, I felt invinsible. I had unlimited desires to explore different parts of the island and hike all different types of trails. We stayed up late talking on the beaches, and we woke up early to eat […]

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The Perfect Weekend

“An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted, and a whole new perspective is born.” Love this quote […]

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Assimilating

After Madrid, I didn’t do much other than school and explore more of Toledo. My experience has been great, but I definitely had a rough week after Madrid. I had finally passed out of the “honeymoon” stage of my trip and was definitely getting into the heart of being a Spaniard, and even though I semi-know the language and the culture, learning about it and actually experiencing it is completely different. I love my host family. They are truly great people, but sometimes it is really hard. I feel like […]

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La Maison Française

One of the biggest challenges that has come with living with my host mom is adjusting to the daily life here in France, so I thought I would share some of my experiences! The French are VERY conscious of the amount of water, electricity, and heat they use. For example, I turn the radiator off when I leave my bedroom for class or to go out for a few hours. In general the houses seem colder; my host mom often watches tv in a fleece robe. Although I’m from Minnesota […]

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Internship Update!

 It has been quite some time since I have updated ( I don’t have electricity or internet), and a lot of things have happened since I arrived at my internship. First off, I am now living with my new family. They are a polygamist family, so I have two moms and I still have not figured out which one of them is my actual mom. I have eight brothers and five sisters. They are nice. I also have a donkey, a horse, 5 sheep, lots of chickens, and an ever […]

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Peanuts

I’m excited to say that this will be my last post from Dakar, but I’m nervous, too. Mainly because I know very little about my internship and I’ll be completely alone, without any of the other students. It’s also 10 degrees hotter in Fatick (I didn’t know that was possible) with tempatures that feel like 109 degrees, according to weather.com. My weekend started on a bad note, with someone stealing my wallet off of my dresser in my bedroom. I woke up in the morning and all of my things […]

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Another Post About Water…

To quickly skip to the end of the story, I am fine and feel much better. Additionally, this post serves more as a means of personal reflection and not so much story-telling. Friday night I fell ill which left me with a grand tour of Dakar’s medical centers. When I told my brother, «I need to go to the doctor,» he walked me to a nearby clinic in our neighborhood which ended up being closed. After several minutes of discussion and explanation, I told him, «I don’t want to go […]

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Water, Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink

One of the first things I tried to do before coming to Senegal was erase all of my preconceived notions about what “Africa” would look like. That was impossible. When I got here, I was surprised to find running water and electricity everywhere. When we stopped having running water and electricity two days ago, I just kind of accepted that it was normal. But apparently, it is not normal. Some parts of Dakar have been without water for 16 days and that is not normal. I only lost water two […]

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