Enjoy the Departure & the Arrival (Back Home)
Jul06

Enjoy the Departure & the Arrival (Back Home)

8 days, 1 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds. That’s how much time has elapsed since I arrived back home at Pensacola International Airport on Friday evening, the 29thof June at approximately 4:30pm. It’s only been a little over a week; yet, feels like forever ago. How much my life has changed over the course of 8 days, 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 34 seconds.   As much as I would like to say that 8 days, 1 hour, 2 min… after leaving Madrid,...

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Back Home, Now What?
Jul06

Back Home, Now What?

I’ve been back in the states (Tuscaloosa, actually) for about a week now, and honestly, it’s a little strange. In Madrid, life was hectic and busy with a new adventure around every corner. Here, summer slowly floats along in a sleepy college town. I keep thinking there’s something I should be doing, some place I should be eager to explore. But alas – now it’s just the daily shift at work. The thing...

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Days in Dublin! UA in Ireland Part 2
Jul06

Days in Dublin! UA in Ireland Part 2

In my last post I chronicled the events and mentalities that led me to arrive at the Dublin Airport the morning of June 15th. The moment the wheels landed, a new world was ready to be seen and experienced. The signs even had instructions in Gaelic as well as English. After a short wait to get through customs, we explained as a group our intent to study in the country and were happily given permission to enter the beautiful country of...

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Preparing for Belgium
Jul06

Preparing for Belgium

While I’ve always dreamed of traveling the world, I’ve never actually been out of the country- until this summer. In just a few days, I’ll be in Brussels, Belgium, participating in a faculty-led study abroad program. The program lasts about three and a half weeks, after which I’ll spend another week in London with family. Preparing to go abroad reminds me of preparing to start freshman year of college- a little apprehension, a lot of...

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The Best People in the Best Place
Jul06

The Best People in the Best Place

I have always known I wanted to study abroad but where and when were the parts I was never sure of. However, after a friend told me she was also interested in studying abroad and wanting to go to Madrid, I was all in.   After months of planning, it was finally time for our month abroad together. We knew we would have two other roommates and just assumed Kaleigh and I would be doing what we wanted and occasionally see our...

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