Hilltop Views

MADRID –> BARCELONA

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September 28, 2014

Last weekend I went to Barcelona with a few people from my university. It was more than a seven-hour bus ride away, but it seemed like a nice place to go for a weekend trip.Barcelona is a city in the Catalonia region in Spain....

PERTH: Not quite British, not quite American

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September 28, 2014

According to my countdown app, I only have two months left here. It’s really weird to think of going home when I feel like I’ve finally gotten into a solid routine here.The people I live with have definitely become my dysfunc...

QUITO: Ama la Vida

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September 26, 2014

I’ve been in Ecuador for one month exactly. This is going to sound crazy, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier. Don’t get me wrong, this country has some weird quirks, but the culture, the people and the carefree, life-loving attitude make up for...

QUITO –> SALASAKA

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September 23, 2014

This past weekend I had a new experience: time travel. Another exchange student from the United States and I signed up for this trip to go to Salasaka, Ecuador with our university. We didn’t really know what the trip inclu...

DUBROVNIK: Sensory overload (in a good way)

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September 23, 2014

My first week in Dubrovnik can be summed up in just a few short words. It was an amazing, confusing, captivating, beautiful, breathtaking, overwhelming, stressful, thrilling whirlwind of an adventure.Okay, so maybe that isn’t ...

MADRID: Surprises

MADRID: Surprises

September 23, 2014

QUITO: !Que Frio!

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September 17, 2014

Today, I learned something very important via a pack of gum. Since I've arrived in Ecuador, many people have told me that people from the United States¹ are "frio." This directly translates as cold, but closed off, uptight, ...

PERTH: Australian English

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September 15, 2014

When I told people that I was studying abroad in Australia, there were generally two reactions: “Oh my God, the bugs and animals. Ahhh….” and “That’s awesome and easy because everyone will speak English.”I can tell now yo...

DUBROVNIK: First days and hopes for life on the Adriatic

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September 15, 2014

After a ten-hour plane ride, a three-hour layover, an hour and a half taxi drive and one very long night’s sleep, I am finally here and coherent enough to take in my surroundings. Right now I am sitting on my bedroom balcony ov...

MADRID: La Latina

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September 12, 2014

I live in the barrio, or neighborhood, of La Latina in Madrid. The oldest neighborhood in the city, La Latina has some of the most interesting architecture and streets to explore. It’s also only a 10 minute walk to Puerta de...

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