Loving Everything About Berlin!
Oct30

Loving Everything About Berlin!

Hi again!   When I first arrived in my host country, my first impression was that it looked fairly similar to America and other European cities that I had been to. Obviously, all of the signs were in German, but I was relieved to see just how many of the employees at the airport spoke English. When I first arrived, I was a bit nervous and was eager to find my group so that I would feel more comfortable. However, once I found...

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While Abroad in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest
Oct30

While Abroad in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest

So far my study abroad in Berlin has been an amazing experience and has given me so much more than I could have ever anticipated.  From my previous post, I imagine I sounded like a nervous wreck telling myself that I wasn’t going to be alone in this adventure and reassuring myself that everything would work out okay.  Luckily, this was exactly the case for me and I’ve been able to meet new friends that have helped dampen...

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Before Traveling Abroad
Oct30

Before Traveling Abroad

I traveled abroad to Florence, Italy this summer to learn more about the Italian language and culture. This was only the second time I had been out of the country and, as such, I had assumed it would be much like when I went to France with my friend and her family, so I prepared in the same ways. In preparation for my study abroad, I researched a bit of the local customs, some of the history, and some of the local spots which are...

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Fast Fertig :(
Oct30

Fast Fertig :(

Naturally, I arrived in Berlin via the airport—the famous Tegel airport. I was expecting to find an airport that met the stereotypes of Germany: clean, efficient, and modern-to-the-point of coldness. Instead, I found an old airport with a poor layout that could barely handle the number of harried travelers trying to make it to their destinations without losing all their baggage.   The biggest immediate shock was the weather. I...

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East and West
Oct30

East and West

Despite being home in the United States, my mind often wanders back to the rolling hills of plum orchards and small bustling cities of Serbia. The sweeping cathedrals, delicious food, and friendly people were all and more than I expected. Here at UA, I study Russian and Eastern Europe, and traveling to that region for the first time with the Serbia Fellowship Experience was a dream come true. The Balkans are an incredibly interesting...

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What Nobody Told Me About Studying Abroad
Oct30

What Nobody Told Me About Studying Abroad

Studying abroad was one of the most amazing opportunities that I’ve ever had, but I’ve been thinking a lot since I returned home from my study abroad experience about the things I wish I had known beforehand. Suitcase weight limits are very real. I have always prided myself on being able to squeeze just about ANYTHING into my suitcase, no matter how full, but had never been anywhere close to the limit before. When I...

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