John’s Visit
Dec05

John’s Visit

What’s up Bama nation! So my good friend John Fredericksen decided to hop on a plane and come check out Barcelona. The weather was dismal, he was sick as a dog, and his new iPhone 6+ got stolen his first night here, but man did we have a good time. I showed him my favorite restaurants, bars, and sites. I even felt like a local as we walked around Sagrada Familia and I explained to him the significance of each side of the...

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Down To The Wire
Dec05

Down To The Wire

There are only 3 days left of this 100 day adventure in Berlin, Germany. There were many times that it felt like I had been abroad for a lifetime and was never leaving but now as I start to pack, I cannot believe that the time has come to an end. Looking back on my 3 months abroad I have 3 pieces of advice for future study “abroaders”:   Prepare to get home sick. I was one of those people who swore up and down that I would not...

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Somewhere Sunny and 75
Dec05

Somewhere Sunny and 75

I sighed taking in a deep breath of the sea air and feeling the warm sunrays soak into my skin. The transparent water broke gently along the pebbled shore. I don’t know exactly what I pictured when I signed up to study in Jordan but lying on the beach, in a bikini, sipping a pina colata definitely wasn’t it. When asked  the Middle East, most people picture masked gunmen yelling angrily in Arabic or silent, oppressed women covered...

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Good Bye for now South Africa!
Dec05

Good Bye for now South Africa!

I’ve been back in the USA for two days now. The jet lag is ferocious, but I am glad to be home. It was bittersweet leaving a place that has become so close to my heart. The sensations I felt seeing my loved ones was so strong, but so are the feelings for those that I left behind. I grew so close to my host family over the last four months. I spent the whole time in Africa putting off saying goodbye until the last possible...

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Thanksgiving in Prague
Dec05

Thanksgiving in Prague

Unfortunately the Czech Republic does not celebrate Thanksgiving, so this year I had a nontraditional Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of the year sadly falls during the time I am out of the country, but I will never forget this Thanksgiving. ISA, the program I am on, had a Thanksgiving dinner for my whole program. They hired a chef for us who made turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, soup, vegetables, and cranberry sauce. The food was...

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