John Ammdonson | Cochabamba, Bolivia | Post 7

John Ammdonson | Cochabamba, Bolivia | Post 7

This might be the most cliché way possible to begin my last blog post, but I really can’t believe this is my last blog post. I have a few more weeks in Bolivia but will be returning stateside before Christmas, concluding this crazy adventure. Before waxing philosophical about the virtues of study abroad and all the ways it’s changed me, however, I have to talk about what I’ve been up to! At the end of my last blog post, I…

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John Ammondson | Agadir and Marrakech, Morocco | Post 6

John Ammondson | Agadir and Marrakech, Morocco | Post 6

Well, it’s certainly been an eventful two weeks since the last time I wrote! As planned, our group ventured on Sunday the 6th from Marrakech to Agadir, a beach town on the coast of Morocco. While driving around trying to find our hotel, I joked that we should stay at a pizzeria I could see out the window; our van promptly turned left into the parking lot of the pizzeria, which was in fact the restaurant section of our hotel….

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John Ammondson | Morocco | Post 5

John Ammondson | Morocco | Post 5

After spending another two wonderful weeks here, I can say without a doubt that I still love Morocco. My aforementioned excitement over the cooler and drier weather has been replaced by a more general excitement about all of the sights Morocco has to offer, and the last two weeks have been jam-packed with fun and unique (and occasionally educational) visits and experiences. Before departing for Ben Smim, a village in the Atlas Mountains, I spent one final day in Rabat…

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John Ammondson | Rabat, Morocco | Post 4

John Ammondson | Rabat, Morocco | Post 4

After a month in Vietnam, with its mid-90s temperatures and humidity ranging from 70 to 100%, stepping out of the airport in Casablanca into the dry, cool Moroccan air felt like paradise. Even if the weather wasn’t so perfect, I’m sure I would still be thoroughly in love with this country! Before making it to Rabat in Morocco, where we are now, our last few days in Vietnam were a bit of a whirlwind. On Sunday (October 9th) we said…

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John Ammondson | Hoi An, Vietnam | Post 3

John Ammondson | Hoi An, Vietnam | Post 3

Many people on my program have been saying that they can’t believe our time in Vietnam is almost over and that we’re headed to Morocco in less than a week. Although time does fly when you’re having fun, my Vietnam experience has been so jam-packed with different activities and places that I also sometimes feel like a whole semester has passed already! One of the most important parts of my time in Hoi An has been my homestay. I had…

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John Ammondson | Vietnam | Post 2

John Ammondson | Vietnam | Post 2

When I heard that I had a window seat for my 14-hour flight from San Francisco to Taipei on my way to Vietnam, I could barely contain my excitement. I was going to get to see the sun reflect off the beautiful Pacific Ocean as I left the continent for the first time, maybe even spot Hawaii! My excitement wasn’t dimmed by darkness as we left San Francisco; the moon was beautiful, and a 14-hour flight would surely involve some…

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John Ammondson | San Francisco, California | Post 1

John Ammondson | San Francisco, California | Post 1

Reading through the adventures of my fellow JYA writers, I must confess I am pretty jealous of them, for actually being abroad! My program, which compares climate change issues in multiple countries around the world, has begun, but I have yet to leave the country. Before heading off to Vietnam, Morocco and Bolivia (in that order), we have two weeks of orientation in the lovely and currently quite cloudy city of San Francisco, California. Despite not actually being “abroad” yet,…

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