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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Here We Go: Shanghai
Aug01

Here We Go: Shanghai

Hi! I’m traveling to Shanghai, China in a couple of weeks. I’ll be there for 8 weeks. When I thought about studying abroad, I never imagined that I would be going to China, let alone Asia. When I was trying to figure out where I wanted to study, I realized I had never been to Asia. I’ve traveled to the United Kingdom and Australia. So I thought “I’ve never been to Asia before, let’s go to a new place with a very different culture.”...

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Love Letter to Valencia
Jul31

Love Letter to Valencia

I never expected to love this city so much. From the perfect weather, to the beautiful language, to the vibrant atmosphere, everything in Valencia has gone above and beyond my expectations.  Valencia, I love you because “Spanish Time” is very real. I’ll actually miss the 55 minute bus rides to the beach, and internship supervisors who tell me to show up whenever I want. I’ll miss making plans with the expectation of lenciency and...

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Choosing UA in Oxford
Jul02

Choosing UA in Oxford

“The Sun never sets on the British Empire” ~Unknown Choosing the UA in Oxford program wasn’t a hard decision because there are several centuries of history on almost every corner that’s still being used today. It fascinates that people are using most of the historic buildings every day than preserving them as museums. My dorm was originally built in the 1400s as a monastery, I’m living in a piece of...

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