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European Road Trip…Part 6

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To catch up check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5! At this point the Piccanto was a filthy pit. Our exhaustion levels were at an all-time high, as many chilly nights in the car weren’t sufficient rest. We were quite weary travelers. Driving through Switzerland was beautiful, but marred by our first actual pull off by a policeman. To drive in Switzerland, you have to have a permit sticker on your windshield. We’d heard rumors of this, but were only planning to drive through the country and thought we’d be able to sneak through undetected. We…
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Normandy and the D-Day Beaches

When I decided to study abroad in Normandy, my first thought was naturally of World War II and the D-Day landings. Most American students are taught about Omaha Beach, the turning point of the war, and the expert command of General Eisenhower from their earliest history classes. The place that defined the war for many and the memorial that now stands there represent an incredible moment in history, and a reminder of how lucky and grateful we are to be here. I made two trips to the American memorial while living in France. First, as part of a larger day…
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European Road Trip…Part 2

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To catch up check out Part 1  The police distress signal & dying birds. As we arrived at our stop in Nice, France we decided to track down a hostel for the night. We’d hopefully only be sleeping in the car when we weren’t close enough to hostels, or if they didn’t have availability. Luckily, we were able to find a decent hostel in downtown Nice. Showers were a big deal already. Unlike Barcelona, we didn’t really have any specific landmark to check off, but rather thought it would be a pretty town to stop in for a bit. We walked…
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European Road Trip… Part 1

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Teaching English in Madrid isn’t great money. Really, it’s barely enough to be a person who eats and lives somewhere. But there are advantages, namely easy access to the rest of Europe. My friend and I went on some weekend trips to Paris and Morocco, but towards the end of my time in Spain we decided to cap things off with a road trip. Road tripping to other countries isn’t something that really happens in the US unless you live in the North and want to go to Canada. Even then it’s So. Damn. Far. The Goal: Drive around and…
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Ten Things to Do in Paris

If I could go back in time and relive my study abroad experience, I would have been a less responsible student and played hookie almost every Friday. My classes may have taught me to communicate in the country I adored, but they were missing one, absolutely crucial thing: Paris. While I arrived in early September, a hectic class schedule and a desire to explore Normandy kept me from the capital until my father came to visit in November, which is when I was properly romanced by the City of Light. When I landed in France, I had to proceed directly to…
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Expectations vs Reality: Study Abroad in France

I don’t remember deciding to study abroad. It was always something I assumed was a life changing part of a college education, and I was merely biding my time until a semester or two abroad fit with my course requirements. Of course, making plans to study abroad was not nearly as simple as I had believed. There were personal obstacles because I transferred colleges and had limited time to study abroad, but the biggest challenge in planning came from my own lack of knowledge regarding the sheer volume of programs and trying to navigate the differences between them. The wealth…
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