Not Ready to Leave Madrid
Jul13

Not Ready to Leave Madrid

It is the last week of June, which sadly means my time in Madrid is coming to an end. As the date of my return flight gets closer and closer the more I realize I don’t want to get on the plane. Madrid has finally begun to feel like home away from home and I have gotten very accustomed to my new Spanish lifestyle. I wake up every morning and am off to conversation class by 8:30 A.M. with espresso and croissant in-hand. My Spanish...

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Back at home!
Jul12

Back at home!

I’m suffering from some serious Italy withdrawals. I am so bored now that I am home. I must admit my view here cannot compete with my view from my apartment in Florence. I just miss the smells of fresh food and the water from the river. I also miss the pizza (I haven’t dared to eat a bite since I returned home). I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad.  I feel like a new person, I learned so much about myself...

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Big Al in Person
Jul12

Big Al in Person

Saying goodbye to the people of Zambia was very sad. The last day of clinic we had to turn away the most people we had all week. It was the hardest thing for us all to say we could not help everyone but as we left we dropped off our extra medicine at a pharmacy for the doctors to give away for free. Although it was sad leaving we did have one last adventure for our trip, a safari! We got the opportunity to stay at a traditional...

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Ciao Italy!
Jul12

Ciao Italy!

So, I have been back in sweet home Alabama for a few weeks now, and honestly it does not feel so sweet.  Living in Italy for a month was such an amazing experience; it was really eye opening to see how other people live their lives.  I lived in the heart of Florence for most of my trip with amazing artwork and culture around me at alltimes.  The cathedral was a two minute walk from my apartment, my school was a fifteen minute walk...

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Back Home At Last
Jul12

Back Home At Last

After a beautiful month in Italy, I am finally back home in the grand ole USA! And it is good to be back to the comforts of home: air conditioning, having my car, and cheap fast food. I didn’t expect to experience any sort of reverse culture shock since I’ve been to Italy before, but the biggest thing I forgot about the US was the portion sizes at restaurants. I was so used to finishing my meal at the restaurant and having no...

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Sweet Home Alabama
Jul11

Sweet Home Alabama

It was a long journey home, but I have safely returned to Alabama! After landing and going through dreadful customs at the airport, I was so excited to be able to run into the arms of my mom and dad. I even enjoyed a nice Chick-Fil-A meal on the way home :). While I have a constant reminder of everything I experienced the past week, it is nice to be able to understand the language, sleep in my own bed, eat lots of fried food, and even...

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