Once upon an arrival
Oct30

Once upon an arrival

I was so excited to get off the plane once I finally arrived in Prague. Everything felt so surreal. However, once I reached baggage claim, I realized that my bag was nowhere to be found and that it had gotten lost somewhere along the trip over there. But, I wasn’t going to let this put me in a bad mood even though I was worried about studying abroad for the next month and possibly having no luggage. I arrived at the hotel and realized...

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Ready To Go Back
Oct30

Ready To Go Back

Now that I am back in the United States I want nothing more than to go back to Europe. I cannot even put in to words how this trip was by far the best experience I have ever had. I miss the food and I miss the people and I miss the ability to drive 3 hours or jump on a cheap flight to experience a new culture. There was only one point in the trip where I felt homesick in the whole month that I was away. This was largely due to the...

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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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Diving In
Oct30

Diving In

This summer I have visited 3 countries, and several different cities within Italy. Prior to this summer, I had never been out of the continental United States, it has been a bit different than the last 21 summers to say the least. During my third weekend away from Rome, where we are studying for the 5 weeks, I was in Interlaken, Switzerland. This particular weekend is one I will never forget, for many reasons, but mainly because I...

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Being back in the United States
Sep11

Being back in the United States

Being abroad has changed me, and it was for the better. I loved every minute of it, even though some parts were hard. I have been back in the United States for about a month now. Sometimes I still finding myself doing things that I was used to in Japan such as taking off my shoes before entering a house or standing to one side of an escalator. I also miss a lot of the food that I had there. American food is great, but I find a lot of...

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Transportation in Japan
Aug09

Transportation in Japan

In America, we usually drive around cars to get from place to place. The same is true for Japan for some people. Except, driving in Japan is extremely expensive. Japanese law mandates people to go to driving school first before they receive their license, which ends up costing thousands of dollars. As either a tourist or as a student, visitors do not have the time and/or resources usually to go through this lengthy process. However,...

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