Vive le France!
Oct30

Vive le France!

It has been a while since my last submission as a Bama Blogger — but only because I’ve been travelling! When we all arrived, haggard and jetlagged, in Heathrow airport, we expected a week to get to know people and put our lives in order. However, as international students, we found that instead of a single week, we had two before classes began! Having explored Leicester during the first week, myself and three other...

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Američankas in Praha
Oct30

Američankas in Praha

I’ve been in Prague, Czech Republic for about 6 weeks and coming here was the best decision I’ve ever made. Compared to other European cities, Prague is easy to get around, not too big or too small but just the perfect size and the money exchange for Americans is way better than the exchange for the Euro. Prague is in a central location of Europe so traveling is pretty easy and affordable. I traveled to Munich, Germany for...

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Living in a Foreign Culture

I thought I had a handle on some of what defined Russian culture before my time abroad in St. Petersburg, yet a few weeks into my trip I realized I knew far more and far less than I’d guessed. You can study the individual pieces that make up a culture at your home university- its language, history, religion or art. You might obtain a holistic understanding of, for example, the history of the Finnish people, and apply this knowledge to...

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Am I There Yet? (Part 2) Excursion to Leicester, UK
Oct24

Am I There Yet? (Part 2) Excursion to Leicester, UK

“What did I do to deserve this? Why MY luggage? Why does this airport have to be so big? Why did I have to pack those extra shoes? The luggage is that much heavier.” After about 15 minutes of complaining to myself, my normal optimistic disposition engaged and made light of the situation. “At least I’m getting my weekly workout whilst lugging this suitcase!” At this point, I’m pretty sure I was...

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Ain’t it fun living in the real world?
Oct24

Ain’t it fun living in the real world?

Today, I feel the need to tell about adventures, relationships, and growing up. I have always been a free-spirited, exploration-driven person, but studying abroad in Thailand has brought out the beast in me. These past few weeks I’ve learned more about myself, other people, and life in general than I have in my previous 20 years of existence.  And it all started with a decision to go. Before, I was always a dreamer, who spent much of...

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