Spain Pre-Departure
Jun29

Spain Pre-Departure

I wanted to study abroad because I have only ever been in the United States and have never been submerged in a different culture before. The key things that I considered when choosing a study abroad program were: the cost, the classes, and the duration. UA in Spain offers the most bang for your buck because it allows you to take 6 credits of 300+ level Spanish classes in four weeks. The cost for me ended up being about $4,500; this...

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Back Home
Jun29

Back Home

  Now that I have made it back home all safe and sound, I am very appreciative of the the air conditioning here but sad that I had to leave such wonderful country. It was so nice to leave my bustling, fast-paced lifestyle in the US and slow down to appreciate the people and culture of Nicaragua while learning so much about myself. Interacting with patients and people in Spanish was difficult at first, but now I have so much more...

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This is not goodbye, it’s see you later.
Jun29

This is not goodbye, it’s see you later.

I have been home a month now. People always told me it would be just as difficult to adjust upon return home as it was upon arrival in a new place. Maybe for some that holds true, but I think I was just so ready to come home that I adjusted with ease. My sleep schedule was certainly off for a week or so, but besides that I did just fine. But you already know what living in the United States is like so let’s go back and talk...

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How to Prepare for Air Travel
Jun28

How to Prepare for Air Travel

What was supposed to happen: getting on board a flight from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, having an hour layover there, and then getting on board an overnight flight to Dublin Ireland. What is currently happening: writing a blog post after a transfer from the domestic terminal to the international terminal (with lots of confusion and frustration between those two), and sitting at the gate of a plane that will hopefully arrive...

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A Portrait of the Traveler as a Young Man
Jun28

A Portrait of the Traveler as a Young Man

By more than a few strokes of luck and some financial assistance, I have found myself waiting to leave on a flight to Dublin tomorrow. UA’s program in Ireland ended up as my choice for study abroad for several reasons, among them being able to keep my job because of the relatively short length of the trip. But the opportunity to read James Joyce’s intimidatingly massive and complex magnum opus Ulysses in the city of its...

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