The Return
Oct30

The Return

Coming home, returning, was so sweet. As I stepped off the plane after nearly 12 hours of traveling I ran into the arms of my dad, who I hadn’t seen in over four months. I was excited to breathe the air of America, to use toilets that flushed efficiently, and to enjoy some chips and queso from an overpriced Tex-Mex restaurant. I remember thinking about how glad I was to be in the United States of America, which I discovered was pretty...

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Home Again
Oct30

Home Again

Now that I am home, I feel both happy and sad.  I have loved getting to see my family and friends after so long and share my pictures and experiences with them.  I missed little things like sleeping in my own bed, driving, my dog, free water, and, of course, Chick-fil-A.  I can also admit that I am relieved that classes have come to an end.  These things aside, it seems weird that my time in Spain that I looked forward to for so long...

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Leaving Madrid & Coming Home
Jul24

Leaving Madrid & Coming Home

Now that I am back home in America, the first thought that came to my mind was how excited I was to see my family and dogs. Other than that, I was mostly happy that, because although the program is over, the friends that I made, I will see again in Alabama at school. My first feeling when arriving back home was eagerness to see my family and to catch up with them. I do miss my host family but I was very excited to be reunited with my...

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Why Medical Missions in Ghana??
Jul07

Why Medical Missions in Ghana??

Pre-departure:   Why did you choose to study abroad? What factors (year in school, location, etc.) played into your decision? What key things did you have to consider before deciding to go abroad?   A brilliant man, my father longed for the expansion of his mind and spirit. Cultures electrified his passions, and he delivered his cultural love through a large red library I called, “Daddy’s Den.” He kept my favorite book on...

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Host Locations
Jul07

Host Locations

Participating in two sessions this summer in Spain means that I get to have the experience of staying in two different host locations: one in the peaceful town of San Lorenzo and one in Spain’s bustling capital, Madrid.  These two locations could not be more different which has kept things exciting. In San Lorenzo, things moved at a much slower pace than I’m used to back at UA.  The stores in San Lorenzo close at 2:00 in the afternoon...

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Checking off the To-Do or To-EAT list and writing a new life’s goal list
Jul07

Checking off the To-Do or To-EAT list and writing a new life’s goal list

I love green tea. Any green tea-flavored deserts impulse my consumer desire so I decided to start my journey of the holy green tea trail and my love for cafés and bakeries. Korea is not the designated green tea heaven, Japan is; however, there were enough or excessive (to explain it correctly) to please my obsession. Additionally, this journey added my love for red bean paste, bean powder, black sesame (heukimja), sweet potato, and...

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