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Last Minute Thoughts

So today is my last day in the U.S. before I leave for my journey across the western hemisphere and there has been a lot of excitement mixed with a little anxiety over the past few days.  After spending a weekend trying to finish all of my pre-trip assignments (that took much longer than I [...]

First Post!

This past weekend, I moved into my apartment in Swanson. It was a fun weekend — We got everything set up, did some shopping (at the dollar store!), and braved the first early morning fire alarm of the year. But now I’m at home, sitting next to a half-packed suitcase, surrounded by schoolbooks and toiletries. [...]

Anxiously Awaiting

I. Am. Anxious. Nervous. Excited. Scared. I can hardly fathom what is in store for me. Why, you ask? I am departing in less than two days to Wittenberg, Germany, to study abroad for just shy of three months, and I don’t know what to expect. For the past year or so, meetings have taken [...]

I would like to renounce my citizenship…

…but only for a few months. That’s right, America. In two days I’m off to Europe…the big E! I’ve officially made it half-way through the packing process and am finishing up the last two essays I need to read before departure! This is insane! At this point, I’m not sure how I feel about the [...]

Preparing for the Trip

Hi everyone and thanks for reading my inaugural blog. I just returned from a weekend trip to Augie to celebrate a roommate’s birthday and now everything is starting to sink in. Everyone there wished me luck on my trip and the weekend was mostly very pleasant (with the exception of taking the GRE early Saturday [...]

My First Post!

Location: Bedroom floor Music: I Gotta Feeling-Black Eyed Peas Let’s see, Latin America… I think I’m ready… In terms of packing, I’ve narrowed it down to one duffel and a backpack (a major feat). I have my anti-malarial drugs, super-charged bug spray, anti-itch spray, my first aid kit and my weaving loom for art class. [...]

Sushi- Finally!

Greetings once again from the Tokyo airport! Yesterday was pleasant, but exhausting.  I woke up fairly early in the morning to go back to the temple that I visited on my first day here.  I figured since it was where I started my Thailand adventure, it would make sense for me to come full circle [...]

Why do all good things come to an end?

Hey! Since I still don’t have words to describe my last day at Kositsamosorn, I think some pictures are in order:

Last Day of School :,(

No matter what language you speak, “Goodbye” is the hardest word to say… This is the lesson I learned today when I had to say goodbye to the 200 3rd and 4th graders I’ve been working with for the last 4 weeks. Words cannot describe the love and kindness the kids showed me today, and [...]

Thai Boxing

Hey all! Don’t have much time to write, I am making apple crisp for everybody here and I have to finish this blog before it is done baking! The last few days have been really good.  Thanks to some wise advice from my daddy, I am trying to make the most of my last week [...]