Category: Fall 2014

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Corrine Mcandrews: Thanksgiving in Scotland

The amount of American students studying abroad here in Edinburgh, Scotland is overwhelming. We almost seem to occupy an entire building in the student accommodations here in Bainfield. We feel more at home because of that. Of course, tonight we had to do a Thanksgiving thing to feel like we were not missing out on ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Reflections

When you’re growing up, you have this idea that time moves slowly. Nothing ever moves fast enough. You’re continually asking “are we there yet?!” to your parents’ horror and annoyance. At least for me, I spent most of my childhood itching to get out, to explore, to see what else the world had in store ...

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Christopher Vito: River Walk

Today we walked along a river named Consul in Malabo as a field trip for our Society & Environment class. The reason for this is its pollution. People talk about the Schuylkill and the Hudson and the Potomac being nasty, but this is a COMPLETELY different level. In most parts, the river bank is made ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Lessons Learned

There is so much that my time in Costa Rica has taught me. Both in and out of class, I have been able to broaden my mindset simply by being here and engaging myself with my surroundings. If there is anything I will take away from this semester, it’s the importance of the environment. Even ...

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Christopher Vito: The Rainforest at Night

  I figured I’d spend a bit more time describing the animals I’ve run into at night, since nocturnal animals don’t always get as much attention and most of my time in the forest has been spent at night. -Grasshoppers: I’ve seen a pretty incredible variety of grasshoppers or grasshopper-like bugs. I’ve seen some with ...

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Christopher Vito: Hike to Lago Biao

  On Tuesday, we hiked to Lago Biao, the crater lake at Pico Biao, the second highest peak on the island. Pico Biao is the top of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes, and it’s a long, steep hike to the top. We all piled into the bed of a pickup truck owned by one ...

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Greta Jusyte: Germany

This past weekend, I took the train to Mannheim, Germany to visit a friend and a fellow International Areas Studies student who was studying abroad in Germany. Lauren was nice enough to house me for the weekend, which greatly cut down the cost of traveling. Further, Lauren, being the amazing midwestern host that she is, ...

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Niacka Carty: Another Spanish View of American Holidays

I decided to write about the point of view of Spaniards have of Thanksgiving because it was something I did not think they thought much about but I suppose because there is a plethora of shops and restaurants dedicated to the American cuisine and lifestyle, it makes sense that the city would have an opinion ...

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Niacka Carty: A Warm Holiday Season

I took a picture of my classmates enjoying the sun before our next class Thursday afternoon. Though the temperature is dropping and the sun comes out much later than when I first arrived in late August, it was mostly in the high 60s this week with the nights being in the low and mid 60s. ...

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Corrine Mcandrews: Gaelic Culture Across Ireland and Scotland

Dublin, a place I recently visited, is said to have a beautiful Christmas market opening up to the public around the end of November. I did not have the chance to see it yet. Only a sparse amount of light pole decorations and street signs were hung to celebrate the festive holiday. I was surprised ...