Weekend in Oslo
Jul25

Weekend in Oslo

While studying abroad in Berlin, I had the amazing opportunity to join my Norwegian friend on a weekend trip to her hometown of Oslo. It was such a cool and special experience to travel with one of my closest friends and share her home and her culture. I’d never been to a Scandinavian country and I had no idea what to expect. From the moment we boarded the flight the attendants spoke in rapid Norwegian, explaining instructions and...

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How to Come Home
Jul25

How to Come Home

Although I was heartbroken to leave Europe, after two months abroad I was excited to see my family and sleep in my own bed. That being said, my journey home was anything but easy. For a whole host of reasons, my relatively straightforward flight from Paris to Dallas ended up becoming a 45 hour endeavor that included 6 flights. By the time I was through, I was thoroughly exhausted and a well-seasoned flyer. And for the first few hours...

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Beaucoup de Châteaux
Jul25

Beaucoup de Châteaux

France is an amazing country. The amount of history in the country is incredible. I feel like almost everywhere I looked there was another monument that was at least twice the age of the United States. It’s incredible. I love the United States, but we are babies when it comes to the our history and France’s history, It’s mind-blowing to see structures with such intricate detail that have remained standing for so long. Some of my...

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While in Spain
Jul25

While in Spain

  My first impression of Spain was that it was a lucky place to be. When I looked out the plane window upon arrival, I saw a double rainbow encompassing the beautiful mountains and valleys— but the luckiness didn’t last long due to a little mishap with my luggage. On the bright side, they were very good about shipping my luggage to the host location within a day or two, so it all worked out. I am staying at an ancient university...

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Haiti, A Poor Country with a Rich Culture
Jul25

Haiti, A Poor Country with a Rich Culture

When we first landed in Haiti, we stayed at a hotel near the airport since it was late at night and traveling to our home for the week was safer in the daylight. The next morning, we woke up early excited to see the city of Porte-Au-Prince while we rode a school bus to Gallet-Chambon. I was shocked by how the city looked untouched. It was like the city had just experienced the 2010 earthquake. There were buildings that were still...

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