Oxford, Here I Come!
Jul15

Oxford, Here I Come!

My bag is packed, my pre-trip assignments are complete, and I am headed to Oxford, England in the morning! Wow, what a surreal thought. I have zero expectations and many questions, but that is what I am most excited about; I cannot wait to experience Oxford for the first time, and studying its literature and fine arts is an ideal way to do it. As I have waited out the first half of my summer, staying busy at home in anticipation for...

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Spanish Surroundings
Jul15

Spanish Surroundings

Being in Spain has been both exciting and frustrating at times. For the most part I am loving every minute of Spain: the food, the people , the location are all fantastic. However, the only personal complaint I have is that my Spanish is not as good as I want it to be. Communicating can be hard sometimes and true language barrier can be problematic. I took for granted the ease I could have conversations in America and now can only...

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With a Paris stamped Passport, here I come, Oxford!
Jul15

With a Paris stamped Passport, here I come, Oxford!

I caught the travel bug as a young child and have been eager to return to Europe since visiting the summer following my junior year of high school. The 3 weeks I spent in Paris, France studying ballet at the Académie Américaine de danse de Paris were the most culturally enriching and fulfilling weeks of my life. Not only was it exciting to improve my French through immersion, but, as an avid history fan, I was thrilled to experience...

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How To Do Paris
Jul15

How To Do Paris

Paris was always one of those cities I assumed I would visit one day. The imagery of the Eiffel Tower, wide French boulevards, and high culture seems to be a common element of popular culture. From Casablanca to Ratatouille, Paris seems to comprise a large amount of collective consciousness in Hollywood and beyond. For that reason, there’  s a lot of pressure to do Paris and do it right. We only had a few short days, but we really...

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Pamplona
Jul15

Pamplona

After I landed in Madrid several thoughts passed through my head. To start Madrid was huge but I wasn’t tall. When I think of big cities in America I usually think New York or Chicago style cities but here it seems cities are more spread out and less tall. After spending a day in Madrid I took a train to Pamplona where I would be spending most of my time here in Spain. The first night in Pamplona I met my housemate, another...

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