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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Shakespeare in Italy: Pre-Departure Scaries
Jul31

Shakespeare in Italy: Pre-Departure Scaries

Hi Friends, I am a Senior at The University of Alabama finishing up my first trip to Europe. I left my adorable chihuahua at home in Texas and flew to Venice, Italy with 10 other UA Students to study 5 different Shakespeare plays set across the country. We made our way from Venice, to Verona, Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, Pompeii, Taormina and finally back to Rome. Before crossing the Atlantic, I spent hours researching how/what to...

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Weekend Trips
Jul30

Weekend Trips

I am participating in the Summer 2018 UA in Spain program. The program is faculty-led and we are centered in Madrid, Spain, where we take classes during the week at a local university. However, one of my favorite things about this program is our ability to travel outside of Spain on the weekends. On nearly every weekend, we as a program have taken either day trips or overnight trips to other parts of Spain. We also got two...

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The Final Days
Jul30

The Final Days

It’s almost time for my study abroad journey here in Japan to end, and I must say that I’m rather sad about it. I’ve made plenty of friends here over the year, and though a lot of them are going to leave while I’m spending the week in Tokyo, somehow I feel it might be better not to see them off. I know I’ll end up crying if I do. Unfortunately, it’s still pretty hot here in Japan at the moment....

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Riding out the Heat Wave
Jul30

Riding out the Heat Wave

It seems like lately there’s been one thing after another in Japan. After the earthquake in Osaka that cancelled classes, we ended up with rain that lasted for about a week. It made it pretty difficult over the weekend since all the rivers had filled up and were beginning to overflow. But on the bright side, I was able to see some cute videos of giant salamanders coming out of the rivers. I’ve heard from a friend that they...

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