SA to PA

It has been almost two weeks since I returned home from South Africa. I am now focused on what the future has in store for me, what I am going to do with the rest of the summer and worrying about the upcoming semester. When I think back on the trip, it is hard to…

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Som Tots Diferentes. Som tots iguals.

We are all different. We are all the same. Where to begin.  At the risk of sounding cheesy, these last few weeks in Spain have been the most adventurous in my life. I hit some unexpected bumps like culture shock, cancelled cards, took a taxi to the wrong part of town, and even missed flights…

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Magical City (Mó Dū)

In Shanghai, you can get off at any train station, walk around for a few minutes, and see an amazing view. The Chinese nickname for Shanghai is “Mó Dū,” which literally translates to “magical city.” My housemates and I would sometime make plans to go to an attraction in Shanghai, ends up getting off at…

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Living in the (Priciest) City

  I’m not gonna lie: moving up to San Francisco was quite scary, especially since the city is most notably known to be the United State’s most expensive city to live in. With each flight, I wondered what city life was going to be like, how I was going to get around, and how tough…

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Finding the Sun During the Rainy Season

The past two weeks in San José have been thrilling, challenging, and beautiful. Nestled in the valley of the Sierra Madre mountains, the city’s enriched art and community-based culture was a pleasant welcome. Walking the streets of downtown San José and other neighborhoods, it’s common to see colorful murals, mosaics, and graffiti art. These pieces…

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My Top Favorite 100% Free Places in London

Hey everyone! We’ve finally made it to the great city of London. Before we plan budget trips across Europe it is important that we give ourselves enough time to explore one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is dubbed the city of luxuries 2000 years in the making. Old time American writer,…

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It’s in the Quirks

Hello again! It’s been about three weeks since I arrived in London, and I think I may be finally settling in. I had class, I started my internship, I’ve been on a double-decker bus, and I ate some fish and chips. These are the kind of things that I was expecting about my time in…

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Taking on Table Mountain

Last Saturday, four of us decided to hike up Table Mountain, despite visiting the top via cable car the prior day. After researching various trails, we came across Skeleton Gorge, which had pathways through the forest on the eastern side of the mountain. Skeleton Gorge would also lead us to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point…

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My Favorite Bubblegum

No, I am not going write about my favorite type of bubblegum in this post. Instead I am going to tell you my favorite Bubblegum songs. Bubblegum is a variety of disco native to South Africa. During the 70s and 80s, funk and disco from the U.S. was able to spread its influence across the…

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