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01001000 01100101 01111001! – Did you know that is binary for “Hey”…? For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Zain Dada and I am from the Quad Cities! Yep, I’m a small town guy… but I’m definately not one to conform to the average. I’m a person with big ideas and wide range of interests, from natural science to computer science to social science. Currently, I am a senior at Augustana College, where I am studying biology, French and computer science… Although I can be quite busy, when I am not studying, I am usually working in one of many on-campus departments – including the Art Museum, I.T.S., the Office of Student Activities and Web Development, or I am volunteering at local events with other members of my community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. My other pastimes involve freelance work – repairing computers, designing websites, taking photographs at local events.

As you can tell, I am one who likes to be involved in many things… maybe too many things… however whenever I compare my accomplishments to those of my ancestors, I realize that I still have yet to scratch the surface… but I have hopeful outlook of my future and hope to use my skills to make the world a better place.

This summer, I am traveling to France where I will be sightseeing around Paris and southern France. I will also be taking a four week course at the Université de Bourgogne, in Dijon – you know, where the mustard comes from… Obviously, while I am here I hope to practice speaking French with the locals and become conversationally fluent, however, I have other aspirations as well. For one, I hope to increase my awareness of the French culture and make develop connections with the locals, and I hope to use this time to advance my photography portfolio by capturing pictures that represent day-to-day life in Europe.

It’s all “hakuna matata”

Today we woke up bright and early, or, well at least as early as we could considering we had spent over 30 hours being awake the previous two days. Seeing as it was Tuesday, most of the big museums were closed as part of an agreement to stay open on Sundays (when just about everything [...]

Photos from Paris

Ok, so I mentioned the part about getting crushed by a train, but I seemingly left out the rest of our first day in Paris… Essentially we were so tired, we did not exactly do much… we dropped our bags off at Hotel Stella, found some lunch at a Boulangerie across the street, and walked [...]

Zain vs train

Today’s key phrase was “it was Zain vs. train”… you’ll understand in a minute of you keep reading… The whole the day seems like such a blur due to the fact that we jumped forward through so many time zones so quickly! Although the plane ride went smoothly, I can’t say that the smoothness of [...]

T-minus eight hours

So since I am short on time, I will try to keep this entry short. Right now its 8 hours before I board my flight from O’Hare and begin an unimaginable journey through France. Paris, Nîmes, and Dijon… those are going to be three main hubs during our trip… Essentially we will be sightseeing in [...]