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Life is Good

A lot has changed in the 2 weeks since I last updated the blog! As my mom (real mom from the states) says, “I can tell when you’re happier there because you don’t have time to talk or skype!” I have been keeping busy the past two weeks after a change of location and internship. After 5 days in Otavalo, I was still really unhappy and homesick and not enjoying my time there. Our internships are only 5 weeks long and it is hard to switch after the first week. […]

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Just My Luck

Today, after our guides decided weather conditions were too bad for the planned parasailing adventure of the morning, I thought to myself, “I guess it is just not in the cards for me this weekend…” And then I promptly mentally slapped myself back to reality. It seems in this country you have developed an overly high standard for an excellent weekend. Dude, you had ice cream yesterday. Twice. In the United States would be like the best weekend of the month! You are in a truck, on a mountain, with […]

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Returned from Eurotour

3/21/14. First day back from break. Actually that was yesterday, but I slept from breakfast time until well after the sun went down, so it kind of feels like that entire day never happened. Today is the first day back to school. Break was an experience unlike any I’ve had. I, in the company of three individuals from my study abroad program, bounced from Montpellier to Barcelona, Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and finally, Lyon. I must say that all of this was truly as incredible as it sounds. If I […]

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Worth It Sushi

This weekend is some of the warmest weather we’ve had since I got here. Today’s high was in the 60’s, so of course I had to go on a run and enjoy the nice day. I went up the mountain a ways and found a lake that I ran around and came back. There were so many families and groups of people out hiking, or walking, or running around the lake and the rest of the surrounding nature. I love the active lifestyle that everybody over here lives. For lunch […]

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Canals and Museums in Amsterdam

Hello all! Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but WIFI was getting increasingly difficult to find, and I really hated trying to type on my phone. Anyway, I’m back in France! It’s been an amazing and exhausting three weeks of travel! I am excited to share my stories with you guys. After Brussels we took a train to Amsterdam. We arrived in Amsterdam around midnight which was a super interesting time to try and navigate around a foreign city. However, every time we got lost I was always […]

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Turning 21 in Montpellier

Hello all! So last Thursday was my 21st birthday! If I’m being completely honest, turning 21 in France was one of the things I was kind of disappointed about. My thought process was ‘even as amazing and awesome as it is to be in France, it’s not going to be the same as celebrating my birthday in Dinkytown!’ All I could focus on was not being able to go to The Library and Blarney’s with all my friends; we had been waiting for this moment since Freshman year, and now […]

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Bouillabaisse in Marseille

After a busy couple of a days I’m finally getting around to writing a blog post! Last Friday was Valentines Day, so some friends and I decided to do dinner and a movie. We headed down to Odysseum which is this super American-esque shopping, eating, and entertainment center on the outskirts of Montpellier. The restaurants here are HUGE even compared to American standards, and the whole place has this very Disneyland feel, which I don’t hate. We saw a rendition of La Belle et La Bête or Beauty and the […]

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Volunteering

So you East Coast folks apparently got a healthy bit of snow the past couple days. This was at the beginning of about 5 inches of snow that has melted in the past day. The trees were pretty though. I went with some friends last night to go watch the Norway-Canada hockey game at the same sportsbar as always, which was an absolute blast because I was constantly giving the Canadian in our group flak the entire time, even though they won. That atmosphere still has nothing on a Gopher […]

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The Beginning of Core Course Week…

As the days go by, I am becoming more and more at home here in Denmark. I have fallen into a routine, I have made friends, I am enjoying the time I spend with my host family, and I am doing homework (this in particular makes my time here feel real rather than like a dream). This week I have been spending quite a bit of time on my studio project because it is Core Course Week. During Core Course Week we forego all our other classes to focus on […]

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I Have (Finally) Arrived

I finally arrived to Sydney! After driving from Geneseo to Chicago, flying Chicago to Los Angeles, then Los Angeles to Brisbane, then Brisbane to Sydney, I finally made it! The flight wasn’t as bad as I thought either. It is beautiful out! It has been about 70′s or 80′s every day. I went to Coogee beach with people from my group here studying abroad and all of us got burnt right away. This kept us away from the sun and beach for a few days. Sunday was Australia Day which […]

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It’s All Good Craic!

The past couple days in Ireland have been absolutely wonderful. I have met so many different people from around the U.S. and the world and I love hanging out with such diverse people. On Thursday, orientation finally began. The international students were divided into study abroad students (mostly Americans) and ERASMUS (those lucky Europeans that get to come here for free). It felt like freshman year all over again- being spoon fed loads of information about courses, life at UL, touring the campus, touring Limerick, and hanging out at Stables […]

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Missed Memo

These last few days have been pretty busy, so hopefully this will be a bigger post. For starters, I went out last night in terribly cold weather to go “tryout” for one of the local club teams, which turns out plays in a low division of the national league! I got there, only to have a few Norwegians laugh when I said I was trying out for the team. They let me know that they don’t take the team too seriously, so just by putting on my cleats, I’m part […]

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Brave/Am I Making Too Big a Deal Out of This?

I have chosen a theme for my semester away: Brave. Sometimes I feel like people don’t understand this theme, at least not right away. 2/3 of Macalester students study abroad, most for a full semester. And many go on trips all the time like it isn’t a big deal- because it isn’t, to them. They can no more truly appreciate the fact that international travel is special than I can truly appreciate that going to college or having lots of relatively nice clothes is special. It has always been there. […]

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Exploring Montpellier

Today was so beautiful in Montpellier that I just HAD to explore the city! Shops aren’t usually open on Sundays in France so I decided to walk around the city since I really haven’t looked around yet. I was randomly walking and come across the Saint Clément Aqueduct; the aqueduct was built in the 17th century and is 800 meters long. Next to the aqueduct there is a park called Le Jardin de Peyrou and it over looks the city. On one end of the park there is le chateau […]

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Fear of Writing

One of the things I have found the most difficult in writing about my experience in Senegal has been that I don’t want my words to have a negative impact or make me appear ignorant. I view the world with all the biases I grew up with, and I know those are reflected in what I write. However, as I have powerful experiences, it is extremely difficult to immediately analyze those experiences without passing judgement or generalizing. After two months here, my experiences here have ranged from absolutely wonderful to […]

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