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Filed in Blog, France, Smith Family Scholarship by on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve been in Lyon, France for about two and a half months now, and I thought it would be nice to make a short list of things I’ve learned. The following are ten things I’ve learned while being France. Don’t expect to get everything done in one day. This has been something extremely difficult for […]

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One way ticket to Alcoy

Filed in Blog, Spain by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments

Traveling is all about being spontaneous, right? I am not sure. Not usually, I feel like. I feel like most people (being me) meticulously plan every detail before the trip. This was not the case this past weekend. Mary Beth (one of the other ALI Abroad students) and I went to the bus station Sunday […]

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Fairy tale wedding

Filed in Blog, Jordan by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments
Fairy tale wedding

An Arab wedding is absolutely one of the happiest and most beautiful events I have seen in a long time. During Eid al-Adha I was invited to my host dad’s cousin’s wedding. I agreed, so Sunday night after coming back from a long vacation in Cyprus, my friend Kara and I dressed up in our […]

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Adjusting to the Spanish way of life

Filed in Blog, Spain by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments

Adjusting to the time switch was probably the most challenging hurdle I had to overcome. The first few days in Alicante I was so overwhelmed and felt so depleted. I didn’t realize, but a lot of my negative feelings stemmed from what travelers call “jet lag.” (Cue horror movie music for dramatic effect.) I wouldn’t […]

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First test and the lazy week

Filed in Blog, Germany by on October 23, 2014 0 Comments

This post won’t be terribly long, since this past week has been fairly uneventful. I spent a large portion of this week binge reading “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, mostly because they’re incredible and worth the read. It was nice to have some me time inside. Plus the weather has been getting grayer […]

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Classes: Meeting people of different backgrounds

Filed in Blog, Spain by on October 19, 2014 0 Comments

French, Belgian, Korean, Japanese, British, Swiss, Russian, Latvian, Irish, German and Polish — these are the nationalities of people that I have encountered in Spain; these are the nationalities of people in our classes here. Considering the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Belgium is Belgian waffles, I knew that my classes […]

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The semester has begun

Filed in Blog, Germany by on October 19, 2014 0 Comments

Well I’m halfway through my second month in Germany. The first week of classes has come and gone, and I think I’ll enjoy this semester a lot. The first week was obviously fairly easy, since we focused more on getting to know everyone in the class (there are only 13 of us) instead of focusing heavily […]

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Oh yeah, I’m actually a foreigner

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve now fully settled in to Manchester. I’ve found my favorite grocery store, gotten a gym membership and even taken my first test. From the moment I got to England, I noticed obvious differences, but I didn’t really feel out of place. England obviously speaks the same language as the U.S., and the culture is […]

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Eid al-Adha holiday break in Cyprus

Filed in Blog, Cyprus, Jordan by on October 13, 2014 2 Comments
Eid al-Adha holiday break in Cyprus

Thankfully, because of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha we were finally given a week long break to do whatever our hearts desired. Some CIEE students stayed in Amman and hiked while many others decided to venture to nearby countries. As for me, I decided to get a little taste of Europe and traveled to Cyprus […]

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It’s Oktober!

Filed in Blog, Germany by on October 13, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve been in Germany for over a month now, but honestly I can’t say that it feels like I’ve been here that long. I finished the introductory course one week ago, overall I felt like the course didn’t really improve my German that much, but at the same time it was much needed practice so I’d […]

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