Readjusting to the U S of A

I write this post almost two months after landing back on American soil. I thought I would be able to write this post anxiously sitting in the airport, waiting my connecting flight, but I soon realized that this post was going to take a while to get into words, as summing up the value of my study abroad semester cannot be put into words easily. I landed two months ago after spending, what felt like a lifetime, exploring, unearthing,...

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See You Later, Barcelona!
Aug01

See You Later, Barcelona!

Yesterday, I had to pack up what had been home for six weeks and say my good-byes. Now, I am sitting on a plane heading back to Alabama. It is a little bittersweet as I hated to leave, but I can’t wait to see all my people back home. So here is my run-down for the past six weeks. I love Barcelona and the memories it gave me. I started my journey for my Spanish minor and I learned so much about the language from my teachers and host...

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Beautiful Bavaria
Jul31

Beautiful Bavaria

After 4 weeks in Berlin, our group spent our fifth and final week in Munich and the surrounding area. Munich is about a third of the size of Berlin, and is still incredibly steeped in Bavarian tradition. The people there are much more conservative, and it shows in everything from the food, the shops, to the attitude of the public in general. Our group visited historic Neuschwanstein in southern Bavaria near the Austrian border. Though...

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In Retrospect
Jul31

In Retrospect

While I enjoyed my experience in India, I’m certainly glad to be back in the United States, where people actually mean it when they set prices and where drivers actually use lanes! When I got home, I felt a bit like Tony Stark in Iron Man getting back to the United States. The first thing he did was go to Burger King to eat an American cheeseburger. I did a similar thing; in fact, I ate an entire pound of beef as soon as I left...

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Planning a Study Abroad Trip
Jul24

Planning a Study Abroad Trip

When planning my study abroad trip to Australia, I knew that I would be on a strict budget. However, I still wanted to make sure that I was able to see as much as possible in the short 6 weeks that I would be in the country. So I used a few tools for planning my trip that I have found very useful, and I believe these can be useful for others when planning similar trips. Flight Alerts I have always been a planner, so I began planning...

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Reflections on a Journey UA in Ireland Part 4
Jul23

Reflections on a Journey UA in Ireland Part 4

My journey to Ireland was one of the best experiences of my life. I have made friendships that I believe will last and connections that could guide me on my way to my career. I went on the trip knowing no one, and by the conclusion of the trip, I feel that I had a personal moment or conversation of some kind with every person in the group. The most important thing about travel is who you travel with, and this group contained some of...

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