Hard Goodbyes, Easy Hellos
Dec17

Hard Goodbyes, Easy Hellos

Leaving Florence was heartbreaking. I made so many friends over my semester, and I learned so much about the city and the Italian culture. I loved it all. I loved the Renaissance architecture and beauty, I loved the annoying tourists blocking my path to class, I loved the cafe around the corner from my apartment with the bartender who knew my order by heart. My final two weeks were the hardest. Knowing that I was about to leave this...

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Thailand, you’ve been good to me.
Dec16

Thailand, you’ve been good to me.

It’s over. I’ve been back in America for less than 48 hours. I’m writing this post at 4am because jet lag won in my fight for sleep. I’m experiencing a mixed range of emotions because my time in Thailand has just come to a bittersweet end. Bitter because I had to leave new friends and beautiful, WARM places knowing that this time of adventure in my life is over. Sweet because my heart is full of memories of...

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Seoul: The Survival Guide
Dec15

Seoul: The Survival Guide

  People. Food. Traveling. Culture. I’ll start first by talking about the people, and by people I mean locals. If you don’t look Korean the first thing I will tell you is get ready to be stared at. It’s not that they are being rude, it’s just that you simply look different and since the foreigner population is still very small in Korea, everyone is just curious. The locals are really nice and if...

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Exploring Amman One Step at a Time
Dec15

Exploring Amman One Step at a Time

When some people go abroad they seek out “cultural activities” like learning how to cook the local cuisine or playing a traditional instrument. While I did spend time painstakingly tracing Arabic calligraphy and cooking knafeh (a delicious Jordanian dessert), one of my favorite Jordanian activities was fastwalking. Early in the semester, my friends and I heard about a fastwalking group in Amman and thought, why not? Back home, I love...

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Saying Goodbye
Dec11

Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye to Cologne was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…even though I’m coming back. My last day was the day of the Christmas advent celebration at my school so I got an extra double dose of German goodness before departing. First my fifth graders performed a selection of Christmas carols (in English and German!), then I was invited to my sixth graders Christmas themed talent show, which was too...

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