Before traveling abroad, it is important to set goals for what you want to accomplish in-country. One of my goals, as well as the reason why I want to study in Latin America, is to learn Spanish. Personally, I always set high goals for myself, because I believe even if I fall short of the grand goal I wanted to achieve, I will land pretty far along on the path in eventually achieving the goal. In Peru, my grand goal was to be fluent in Spanish. I recognize this is an absolutely ridiculous goal to have, but I believe that I am moving pretty far along on my journey.
My last journey through the diverse landscape of Peru was in a city called Iquitos. Iquitos is a city that is situated right on the intersection of the Amazon River and another smaller river leading up to the amazon. The streets of the city are filled with more motorbikes than cars; as they drive through the town, they ignore the lanes that are marked on the road. The humidity that hangs in the air is accompanied by warmth instead of the bone chilling coldness in Lima. We planned to spend the night in the city of Iquitos me and, the next day, to board a boat to arrive at our final destination, which was a resort on the edge of the jungle.
One of the toughest things to manage while abroad, and in general, is time. Wanting to do various trips, homework for classes, and any responsibilities back at home in a completely new time zone: these have been some of my toughest challenges here so far. Because most of my classes only meet once a week, I feel like I got much time. Also, due to my internship, I am working three times a week while also writing journals. When it comes down to it, time is a very valuable resource that we tend to take for granted.
The great thing about studying abroad is to be able to explore places that you have never seen before. At the University of Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) the school offers day trips to explore parts of Italy and their culture. One trip I took was to Lake Como and Switzerland, which was very close to Lake Como. Both of the places were amazing sites to see which I cannot recommend any higher than I do now. Continue reading
A lot of opportunities are simply awarded by just asking. Don’t be afraid to go after something you want. “Closed mouths don’t get fed”.
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Walking down the streets of Cusco me and my friends were shocked to see rainbow flags flying everywhere. On every corner and in front of every business there was a flag flying, including in the main square at the center of town. We thought we finally had found the holy grail of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
After the stressful weeks leading up to finals I received a long week off from school. During our break the ISA program that I am traveling with planned an excursion to the cities of Ica and Paracas. This excursion was only two days and one night long, we still had a whole week ahead of us with no classes and no activities. This was a perfect opportunity to extend our travel and explore more of Peru. A few of us planned to stay behind in Paracas to continue our journey. Continue reading
I like to keep myself busy but I find lying in bed dreading leaving my pillow. As the minutes go by, I lay on my pillow with regret of not getting up and exploring the city…and the cycle repeats itself.
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Group Projects have been one on the most challenging and frustrating things here in Paris. I have been trying to adjust to the customs of the students and observe their behavior to get an understanding, but everyone is so different and in their own world at times. My university in particular does a lot of group assignments where as at Marymount University we have a lot of essays and a few group assignments. My key to success and getting through this semester is patience.
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