My Academic Experience in Portugal
Aug04

My Academic Experience in Portugal

Studying abroad has been an amazing experience so far. It is a very different experience taking classes here in Portugal. The biggest difference is the type of class I am enrolled in here. I am participating in the European Innovation Academy which is a 3 week expo where you work on a team of 5 people to create and pitch a potential startup. This is great because I get the opportunity to work with and meet people from around the...

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My Excursions in Portugal
Aug04

My Excursions in Portugal

I have been taking classes in Portugal this summer. I am located in Cascais a beach town about 30 minutes outside of Lisbon. I have had a great time exploring these cities after I get out of class during the week. I have traveled to the local beach and small town with lots of shopping and delicious food in Cascais. There is a summer market that is open every evening. I love spending time here because there is live music and great...

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Visiting Jane Austen
Aug03

Visiting Jane Austen

“if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad” Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey Out of all the trips I’ve done while in England, the Jane Austen House Museum may be my favorite stop. I got to walk around the house she resided in while living in Chawton before getting sick. The house was restored back to her time there with her sister, mother, and a close family friend....

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Trip to Europe final thoughts
Aug01

Trip to Europe final thoughts

After taking some time after my trip to reflect on and digest all of my experiences I have come to the conclusion that I am extremely glad I took part in the study abroad trip to Croatia. I made friends I never would have met otherwise at the University, made connections with some of Alabama’s best faculty and staff, and got to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, our home base...

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The small differences in Europe
Aug01

The small differences in Europe

As my study abroad trip to Croatia is coming to a close, I wanted to dedicate one post to the things that are foreign or annoying about my time so far. My final post will be an overarching reflection on all the positive experiences and lessons I learned, but I’m saving that for last and posting a (hopefully) comedic list of annoyances and grievances today. To begin with, whether it was in Croatia where we spent most of our time,...

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Vegetables and Dessert in Shanghai
Aug01

Vegetables and Dessert in Shanghai

Wow. That’s one word I can use to sum up my time so far in Shanghai. I’ll give you the vegetables first: You’re going to read that the air quality in Shanghai, and most major cities in China, sucks. You’d be right about that. It takes getting used to. You walk around the city and randomly smell excrement, tobacco smoke, or exhaust in any combination, at all times. So that’s fun. I’m only in Shanghai for 8 weeks. This unfortunate fact...

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