ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

Featured image: Bern, Switzerland, with a view of the Alps in the background Now that I’ve spent almost three months in Paris, I’m feeling pretty settled here. It helps that I’m taking care of a plant now. A few weeks ago, I volunteered at a rooftop garden in the city, and left with a slice of an apple tart and a tiny plant. I’ve never been super into gardening – or good at taking care of plants, for that matter…

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AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 3

Featured image: Nuts and spices at the night market in Marrakech August, September, October, and now November. I said it in my last post, and I’ll say it again here: time has been flying by. Since my last update in October, I’ve visited the Loire Valley with my host family, gotten some real work done at my internship, and even gone to Morocco for a weekend. Now, instead of leaving the apartment in just a t-shirt, I don’t think twice…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 2

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 2

Featured image: Woods at Falkland Palace, Scotland   Let’s talk long-distance relationships… but don’t worry, I am not here to tell you not to do it. If you are set on doing a long-distance relationship, then listen up. First things first, make sure you’re on the same page. Have an honest conversation with your partner about what you both want. If one of you is only half in and the other is all in, it won’t work. Sorry to break…

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JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 2

JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 2

Featured image: The Vasa, a Swedish warship that was salvaged from Stockholm harbor   I look at the clock. It reads 3:20 in the afternoon. My research block was supposed to end at 6:30, but I happened to finish early today. Realizing this, I quickly clean up my lab bench, run a probably-not-recommended, cursory check of my oocyte samples, and sprint outside to head home. Since it’s mid-afternoon, I’m expecting to walk outside, get hit by a swift Stockholm breeze…

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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

Featured image: The view from Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum in Paris. It finally happened: I joined a French gym. After being worn down by weeks of being harassed by French men while running on the streets near my apartment and realizing that it’s rapidly getting colder and darker in the mornings, I caved and got a gym membership. Much like everything else here, French gyms are smaller than American gyms. The weight room is unbelievably tiny and cramped,…

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JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 2

JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 2

Featured image: The stunning outside of the Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank Gehry.   While there is still plenty to write about Madrid, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about a weekend trip I recently took to Bilbao. One of the nicest things about studying in Madrid is its centrality within Spain; by design, the capital city is quite literally in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), so traveling just about anywhere in Spain…

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AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 2

Featured image: The Eiffel Tower at night, a few weeks ago Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe just how quickly my semester abroad is going. Between four classes, an internship, and exploring the city, time does not slow down unless you force it to. These pauses normally happen during a way-too-late-night conversation with a friend or when I have a moment to sit on a quiet park bench and journal. This also happened a few weeks ago when I…

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DYLAN JOYNER | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | POST 1

DYLAN JOYNER | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | POST 1

Featured image: I went paragliding from the top of Signal Hill, which required me sprinting really fast down a hill and hoping that the wind would catch me. It did.   Far and Aweh: “On Race” A few weeks ago my friend J told me about an encounter she had with one of her sister’s South African friends. J is more obviously black than I am. Her skin retains more color and her hair is more textured than my own….

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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 1

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 1

Featured image: Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where my friends and I tried to resurrect Jim Morrison last weekend. We’re hoping to see him again within 30 days. The day I arrived in Bordeaux, France, my host family threw a dinner party with some friends and we began eating dinner at midnight. I was exhausted from not having slept on the plane ride over, groggy from my three-hour afternoon nap, and incredibly jet-lagged. Needless to say, I don’t remember any…

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JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 1

JAEWON KANG | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | POST 1

Featured image: Pier in Gamla Stan, “Old Town,” overlooking the Baltic Sea I just wanted to start off by saying that just because you are pre-med, doesn’t mean you can’t go abroad too! I didn’t even plan on studying abroad, because I was told that it was too difficult to go JYA if I was pre-med, since there were so many requirements. Then towards the middle of the fall semester, I found a program called DIS Stockholm that had a…

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