Looking Forward to London
Dec27

Looking Forward to London

Where to start…. I dance, I sing, and I act.  Some would call me a triple threat. But I usually just say I’m a student of the University of Alabama double majoring in Dance and Theatre. My main concentrations in my majors are concert dance and acting. Since a young age, I have had aspirations of producing my own show, working in film, writing, and establishing my own clothing line. I want to create, experiment, make mistakes,...

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Dec12

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

More often than not, in my experience discussing traveling alone, I endure apprehensive warnings of caution and horror stories. There is a stigma around the idea of being alone. Human nature is meant to be shared, which is why we all have a yearning for companionship and ultimately fear being alone. But here I am, appealing to all the adventurous people out there, to go off and explore alone. I hope that my experience traveling alone...

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Pre-Departure Journal Entry (Late)
Nov28

Pre-Departure Journal Entry (Late)

I’m very excited for London.  I’ve never been to London, not even to the UK, although I got close when I visited Dublin.  I think the most exposure I’ve gotten to British lifestyle is through pop culture. The Who, The Smiths, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones are all favorite bands of mine, and I caught glimpses of London life through the camera of Martin Parr.  I think the British culture and especially language are close enough to...

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Almost Nearly Getting Close to Counting Down
Nov26

Almost Nearly Getting Close to Counting Down

                      25,969 minutes left until I go home. which sounds like a lot until you also take into effect that I’ve been in London for 134,232 minutes. Also a lot of minutes. I was speaking with my program coordinator the other day and we were talking about the age old problem of flatmates not washing dishes and I made some remark about how it didn’t really...

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Abroad from Abroad
Nov25

Abroad from Abroad

Being Hungarian, a trip to Hungary had always naturally been a dream of mine. With my great-grandmother on my mom’s side being born there, I definitely felt a connection to the country, but I had simply chalked it up to an impossibility for me. When I was talking to my mom about where I might go for fall break, though, she had a surprise for me – she’d planned a trip for us to visit the “motherland” together! Since I was studying...

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Boots and Blazers: Russian Style and How It Has Changed Me
Nov13

Boots and Blazers: Russian Style and How It Has Changed Me

Russian fashion sense is truly a thing to bear witness to. Before coming to Saint Petersburg, I had only heard that they “dress a bit nicer” than we do in America. I had no idea what I was in for. The women here dress in a rotation that often consists of some sort of patterned or leather jacket, an array of blouses and unique tees, tapered jean cuts or dress pants, heels or boots, and a detailed leather handbag by the European...

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