¡Quien lo vive es quien lo goza!
Apr03

¡Quien lo vive es quien lo goza!

This semester I am studying abroad in Barranquilla, Colombia–home of the world’s second largest Carnaval and I arrived just in time to experience the wonderful celebration. Carnaval is a celebration that embodies the Spanish, indigenous and African cultures that comprise the Colombian national identity.   Colorful and extravagant costumes. The loud and vibrant sound of traditional Colombian music. Dancing in the...

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Closer to God: Semana Santa in Colombia
Apr03

Closer to God: Semana Santa in Colombia

Studying abroad is all about embarking on new adventures that challenge you to expand your comfort zone, right? In a small town tucked away in the Andes Mountains, Villa de Leyva, I had such an adventure that broadened not only my horizons, but also my spirituality. In many Catholic countries around the world, the week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week and represents a celebration in which believers reflect upon the stages of...

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¡Una cálida bienvenida a Palenque!
Apr03

¡Una cálida bienvenida a Palenque!

One of the reasons I chose to study in the Atlantic coast of Colombia was because I wanted to learn more about AfroLatinx culture in the Caribbean. Cartagena, and the neighboring town of Palenque, located just a couple of hours away from Barranquilla, provided the perfect venue in which I could enrich my understanding of the nuances of AfroColombian culture. Cartagena, one of the most important slave ports in the Americas in the 16th...

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A Hansard Scholar in London
Mar03

A Hansard Scholar in London

Anyone who has ever studied abroad will most likely describe the first few weeks in one compact, colorful term: whirlwind.   My time so far here in London, England, has been just that. So much so that it has taken me over a month to finally sit down and reflect on everything that has happened. I’m here in the UK from January to April participating in the Hansard Scholars Programme (British spelling, see I’m acclimating). During...

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If at first you don’t suc(skied)…
Feb13

If at first you don’t suc(skied)…

For me, study abroad has been full of a lot of firsts. First time leaving the country; first time out of the state of Alabama for more than ten days, but some of these firsts haven’t been quite as extreme.  I spent one of my first weekends in Grenoble, France an hour away from the city, skiing for the first time ever. For those who don’t know me–this was a terrifying (exhilarating…eventually) experience, as...

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Florence Italy Spring Semester 2018
Feb07

Florence Italy Spring Semester 2018

Ciao! We just took off from Logan Airport and are finally on the way to Florence, Italy! Woohoo! We have a connecting flight in Zurich, Switzerland (already checking another city off the list). I am feeling extremely excited, joyful, thankful, nervous, and worried all at the same time. Being abroad for four months is a long time, but I have a feeling it will fly by. I have quite a list of things I hope to accomplish and hopefully I...

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