¡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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You Better Belize It
May15

You Better Belize It

Sitting in my terminal waiting to board the plane that will take me to Belize, I’m nervous. I’m wondering if I forgot anything. I’m worried about customs since I’ve never flown by myself or been to a foreign country without my family. I’m scared the other students I’m with won’t like me. Yet, I remember what I’m here to do and why I’m going to Belize. I’m here to study and learn about conservation to see if it’s something I want to...

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Before Departing for Colombia
May15

Before Departing for Colombia

This week before going abroad has been crazy! I was on the way home from UA when I realized I did not have my passport. I went back to my apartment in Tuscaloosa and looked EVERYWHERE before accepting defeat. I was freaking out because I only had 8 days before leaving. I also felt disappointed in myself for losing the most important thing for my travels. After taking a deep breath, I was able to make an appointment at the nearest...

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