Coming to Spain
Jun06

Coming to Spain

Hola! My name is Kari Eisenberg and I am currently studying in Spain through UA. Studying abroad can be something that is both exciting but also nerve wracking, especially for me. Before this trip, I had never been to Europe before, and then for my first time I went all by myself! Leading up to the trip I was ecstatic about this opportunity I was given. When it was the week before departure I started getting really nervous, and...

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Lovin Dublin: The Repeal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland
Jun06

Lovin Dublin: The Repeal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland

If you are unaware of the current events in Ireland right now (don’t worry, you’re not alone!), but it would definitely be worth your time to google the 8th amendment. In 1892, the 8th amendment was added to the Irish constitution, which illegalized abortion. And 2 Fridays ago, the country had a vote to repeal it, which passed. This is a giant feat for the country of Ireland, as women finally feel their voices have been...

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Back Home
Jun06

Back Home

After spending more than four months living and studying in Scotland, I returned home to Birmingham three days ago. In these first few days, my adjustment back to life in the U.S. has been harder than I had expected. My body wakes me up by 5 each morning (noon in Scotland) and is exhausted by 8 pm (2 am). I also apparently had forgotten just how hot summers in Alabama could be, and it’s only early June. I don’t just miss the cooler...

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Host Sister, Soul Sister
Jun06

Host Sister, Soul Sister

This experience has been an incredible exploration of myself, cross-cultural communication, history, and global connection. I did not come into the trip with many expectations about what was to come, but I can honestly say that the last thing I figured I would encounter was such a deep and profound friendship like the one I developed with my host, Angela. My time with Angela and the other Serbian hosts and students absolutely shaped...

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Home Sweet Serbia
Jun06

Home Sweet Serbia

  After 24 hours of traveling and a week of recovery from intense jet lag, I’m back home from my two week adventure to Serbia. As I spend time with curious friends and family, I find myself struggling to explain what the past two weeks have meant to me. I’m not used to short-term international travel; my stints abroad have previously lasted upwards of five months each – and for that reason I myself am surprised...

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