Crazy Beautiful World
Feb23

Crazy Beautiful World

              It has been amazing to see the changes, both internal and external, that have occurred in my time in Granada, Spain these past six weeks. It seemed like yesterday that I was hugging my dad in the Oklahoma City airport with mixed emotions. Would I get homesick? Would I make friends? Would I be able to communicate? These questions kept circling my mind as I boarded the flight. I was...

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Italian Adventure: Departure
Feb23

Italian Adventure: Departure

So, today is the day that I depart to Italy.  There are so many emotions and thoughts racing through my head, I can barely describe how I feel.  I guess excited is the biggest one.  I am nervous, anxious, and scared, but I am also happy, curious, and excited that I am going to Milan, Italy.  I packed all of my life into two bags and a backpack, which is harder than it looks.  However, I will be prepared for anything that comes my way....

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5 Reasons to Study Abroad
Feb16

5 Reasons to Study Abroad

Now before I get to talking about studying abroad, I thought it might be important for you to know about me so that you can see from where I’m coming. My name is Lucas Palonen and I’m a junior at the University of Alabama. I am studying Accounting with a Global Business specialization, with a double major in French Language and Literature, and a minor in Spanish. I am currently studying abroad in Bordeaux, France (as the...

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Playing the Packing Game
Feb11

Playing the Packing Game

  Though my program does not begin until January 20th, I am leaving a few days early to make a couple of pit-stops. First I am traveling to see my sister in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and then flying to see a friend for a few days in London before arriving in Spain. Though these stops will be an exciting beginning to my travels, they create the need for special preparations. South Florida weather has highs in the 80’s while London...

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My new home: Florence
Feb09

My new home: Florence

I’ve successfully been in Florence for 2 weeks and although there’s been a few bumps in the road overall it’s been a fantastic time. I’ve already learned some tricks to the city and I’ve been forced to learn some things as well. I am so thankful to have picked Florence as my city to live in while abroad. It’s the perfect size; you can walk anywhere within about 30 minutes. And, everywhere you turn...

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