Monthly Archives: February 2018

Change of Heart

Ahoj my friends,

This might be one of best weeks so far and it also might be the cheesy blog I’ve ever written. I met up with my good friend named Aiden, who is from Gibraltar, Spain, and he took me out to meet a couple of his friends. We went to a shisha bar and talk for hours about life and being from different countries. It was fun; I normally wouldn’t do this on a Monday night, but here I am trying new things. It was fun hanging out with them and I hope to meet more people like them. Continue reading

Exploring Barcelona

The past two weeks have been full of new sights and experiences. I am so pleased to be able to attend Lorenzo De’ Medici because my professors are all about experiencing things outside of the classroom. I do attend lectures, but they would rather students venture out into Florence to see the famous sights in person rather than on screen. It’s awesome to walk into the museums as well as see breathtaking views and architecture, but once you know what you are looking at everything turns into a different experience. Continue reading

Visa: Processed and Ready to Rumble

Dobry Den!

I got an email from the Embassy of Czech Republic in Washington D.C. It highlighted that my visa is now ready. I was super excited to hear good news and I really needed it. Now I can worry less and enjoy my stay in Prague. Continue reading

Learning Experiences

Taking a trip outside of Italy this weekend to Barcelona, Spain has shown me a different type of culture shock than what I experienced when arriving in Italy. The most notable difference was the language barrier. I have gotten so comfortable with ‘Ciao’ and ‘Grazie’ that having to change it even slightly to ‘Hola’ and ‘Gracias’ was difficult and a definite strange feeling. Throughout the weekend, I caught myself slipping out some Italian words more often than not.

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Winter Sadness

Dobry Den!

So, it been a week since I have been in Prague and I am so glad to say that I am so happy that I have pushed myself to travel abroad for several months. I am so excited to do new things and see new places and meet new people. Prague is so lovely and beautiful; the landscaping here is very ecstatic and elegant with a hint of modern buildings. I just wish that the people here are warmer and friendlier, but they are not, and I get it because it is a part of their culture.

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My Journey to Prague

Saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do, but starting all over in a new place is even harder. My journey starts with traveling from D.C. to Turkey to Prague. I was rushing to say my goodbyes to my friends and family since my plane to Istanbul turkey was leaving in under 30 minutes. Continue reading

Unplugged

After being in Spain for a month and some change, I’m really starting to feel at home. I’ve seen a considerable amount of Madrid, gotten familiar with the public transportation, and have become friends with some of the local students. I love this city so much and it has been nothing but great to me. Living here has helped me grow so much as a person, and the obstacles I’ve faced here have only made me stronger as person. This weekend I was presented with a unexpected challenge that has taught me more than anything else so far.

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Get Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

This past week has been filled with firsts. My first week of classes, meeting new people, and even some first time food experiences. Reflecting on this week I have seen how much I am growing from this experience. This study abroad experience has pushed me way out of my comfort zone in every way possible. Continue reading

Adventure Makes Your Soul Rich

I have successfully finished my first week of classes here in Firenze at Lorenzo de’ Medici. What an awesome experience it has already been to receive a great education in another country. These classes have already elevated my study abroad experience. I am taking five courses including my italian course at LDM. I simply can’t pick just one specific course as my favorite because they all carry their own unique elements that excite me.

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First Feelings of Italy

Firenze, I have made it to you after anxious months of waiting, and I couldn’t be more in love with your breathtaking city and everything you have to offer. The long flights and hours of traveling were worth the arrival and experiences that occurred within my first week. I found myself missing family and friends during my travels which blocked my viewpoints on the wonderful opportunity I was about to endure for the following four months ahead. Luckily, upon my arrival I was quickly refocused. Continue reading

Firenze Firsts

My first week in Florence has been filled with overwhelming emotions. Happiness, excitement, and nerves to say the least. Moving to a different country for four months is a big change followed by lots of adjustments. These past seven days have flown by. I feel like just this morning I was saying “arrivederci” to my family and friends back home. Continue reading

Reflecting on a Month Abroad

Hello everyone! This week I’ll be switching things up from soccer and instead talking about some of the major highlights of my first month living in Madrid. It already feels as if I have been here for a lifetime. I have made so many new friends, seen so many beautiful places, and grown more and more as a person every day. Reflecting on this past month, I have done so much that it would take me days to tell you all, but there are a few moments that I would really love to share with you all. I’ve started my classes, taught a class on how to speak English, saw Picasso’s “Guernica” and had my twenty-first birthday! Continue reading