Europe is amazing!!
Aug03

Europe is amazing!!

I arrived in Europe with a pretty sour feeling. I was dreadfully tired from not sleeping for 28 hours and my first plane ride was pretty long and tiring, and customs took so long to get through, so it was a crazy long experience, but I was surprised with how amazing it was upon arrival. The first thing I noticed was the lack of fast food restaurants that I’m accustomed to in the US, with the exception of McDonalds, because they...

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Only in China
Aug03

Only in China

When you travel to another country you realize how different, and sometimes really strange, other cultures are compared to your own. While I was abroad I saw and experienced things that I would only see in China. So here is a composed list of all the things I would never imagine to find in America. Only in China….  1. …Americans were treated like celebrities. Everywhere we went someone wanted to take a picture with the...

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The Luck of the Irish!
Aug03

The Luck of the Irish!

Singing “Sweet Home Alabama” in Dublin While my Study Abroad was only a Maymester, I still was able to visit two countries for a considerable amount of time. We had scheduled ten days in Dublin, Ireland and ten days in Istanbul, Turkey. Out of the two I was looking forward to Dublin the most. I had heard about the lush landscape and the atmosphere in Dublin was light hearted and fun. After we first went on a walking tour...

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Valparaiso:  A Haven for the Eclectic Mind
Aug03

Valparaiso: A Haven for the Eclectic Mind

When my initial investigations began for the study abroad trip to Chile, I realized quite quickly that between Santiago, Easter Island, and Valparaiso, all the various facets of my personality would be catered to quite nicely. From my over-eager examination the three rose as if on pillars, a triumvirate of traveling ideals:  Santiago would cater to the socialite, intermixing with the emergent cosmopolitan nature of the capital city,...

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Paris is a Woman
Aug03

Paris is a Woman

“Cities have sexes. London is a man, Paris is a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.” -Angela Carter When I first arrived in Paris my first impression was that it looked absolutely nothing like Germany. Stuttgart and Germany (where I spent a week with family before starting my program) are very clearly designed by engineers. Everything is mechanical and exact. Paris is very clearly designed by a people who want...

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