Glasgow Impressions
Mar28

Glasgow Impressions

It was 8 am and it was still dark outside. Forget jet lag messing with your sense of time, the light here made me constantly question what time it was when I first arrived. The sun doesn’t rise until after 8 and it is dark again by 5 pm. On the plus side, I have never seen so many sunrises in my life. My roommate and I moved our small couch, complete with a very interesting floral pattern from the 80’s, to the bay of windows in our...

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Barcelona, Here I Come!
Mar24

Barcelona, Here I Come!

Pre-Departure Get to know me! My name is Amanda Catalano and I am a junior at Alabama. I am studying Psychology and Spanish, and I am from Wisconsin. I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain through an affiliate program called CEA. I chose to study abroad because I love to travel, and because my mom studied abroad. I grew up hearing her amazing stories and experiences, and I wanted to create my own! Why Barcelona? I am studying...

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My return
Mar23

My return

My program was unfortunately cut short by about 2 weeks due to the coronavirus. I was told Thursday that I had to leave as soon as possible and I was on a plane Monday morning, so my experience leaving the country and everything that I called home for three months was a bit different and challenging than most peoples. I was not super upset to go home early as I started to get homesick but the abrupt nature of it all was very stressful...

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Corona Chaos
Mar17

Corona Chaos

Well, it is March 16th, and I am back at home in my bed writing this last post, when I should be at my homestay in Barcelona right now, exhausted from a weekend trip to Amsterdam and trying to catch up on homework. However, the corona virus that began in China in December spread to Europe this spring semester, beginning in Italy, and got to be so intense that it forced all Spring 2020 study abroad students to return home early, just...

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While Abroad experience
Mar12

While Abroad experience

As my semester abroad is coming to an end I feel as I have experienced enough to give an overview and the pros and cons of my time here in San Jose Costa Rica. Time has gone by fast and slow at the same time, I remember my first day here like it was yesterday, yet it feels like such as long time ago. To be completely honest the first day was probably the worst day I had to get up at four in the mourning to catch a five hour flight in...

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