Living in the Dominican Republic
Jul15

Living in the Dominican Republic

Here is a glimpse of what I have been up to the past few weeks in the Dominican Republic! I was so fortunate to receive a grant to study here this summer. I am taking intensive Spanish and Dominican language and culture classes every day to finish my Spanish minor and increase my fluency! I am living with a Dominican host family, two Dominican students, and another American student. I speak Spanish all day long which is definitely...

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Returning to the USA
Jul09

Returning to the USA

Six weeks have flown by in Colombia, and now I’m back in the USA. The first couple days back, I found myself saying things in English but in grammatical structures of Spanish or even saying certain words in Spanish in the middle of an English conversation. I smile at these little mistakes because I feel like I reached my goal of immersing myself in the language as much as possible when I was in Colombia. One of my biggest pieces...

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¡Junior Tu Papá!
Jun14

¡Junior Tu Papá!

The professional soccer team from Barranquilla is called Junior. The iconic red and white stripes of their jersey can be seen all around the city on any given day, along with people calling out their famous phrase “¡Junior tu papá!” Earlier in this trip, we all went to a Junior game at the stadium here in Barranquilla. Although it was a tie, the atmosphere was amazing. One section of the stadium had a giant band that...

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Experiencing Belize
Jun06

Experiencing Belize

Being in Belize is like a whole other world. It’s definitely hotter than Alabama. I came off the plane and had to take stairs down to the ground, I felt like a movie star. Once we got into a van to go to our first destination, the landscape started changing. It went from flat land with shrubs to rolling hills of rainforests to miles and miles of ocean. IT’S INCREDIBLE. Plane arriving in Belize I’ve experienced so...

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Abroad in Belize Predeparture
Jun03

Abroad in Belize Predeparture

The key factors that led me to choose studying abroad were a chance to go to a country that I have never been to, being able learn more about the country than you ever would on vacation, and getting to do this with other UA students while earning class credit. I chose Belize because I had never been, I enjoy the outdoors and spending time snorkeling and hiking, and the course was only 18 days in May, which did not interfere with my...

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No AC, No Problems

We are halfway through our trip and so far it has been incredible. Of course it has not been without its challenges. Our first destination, Lime Caye, was a remote 5 acre island around 2 hours away from the mainland by boat. There was few structures, and most everything was outside. There was no AC and only electricity for a few hours a day. But the food and activities were amazing! We spent every morning and afternoon out on the...

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