It’s my final week in Miami before I go to abroad! I was lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite bands, Whitney, preform live at the Ground. This shot was taken at the end of their performance after they walked off stage. Spending the last days at home soaking in the sun and appreciating this 80 degree winter. Here, German is … Continue reading Pre-Departure
Ah, Paris! The Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese, bread, and berets. Is that all my next few weeks will consist of? Ah, Paris! The Eiffel Tower, wine, cheese, bread, and berets. Is that all my next few weeks will consist of? Probably not. But maybe! My name is Alejandra, a second-year psychology major. I have considered myself a Francophile ever since I was a little girl, … Continue reading Paris, I’m Ready. I Think?
June 23, 2019 It’s officially the day before my study abroad program starts and I’m feeling all of the emotions, but let me backtrack and tell you about my journey to India. So it all started off in Seoul, South Korea. I was in Korea exploring with my friend, Lucy, and my cousin, Nhi. The morning of the 21st, I got up early, finished packing … Continue reading Wedding Crashers
In less than twenty-four hours I will embark on an adventure that is unprecedented in my family. I will be crossing the pond and spending the next six weeks in Ireland. I will be honest, I have been trying to write this pre-departure post for a while, and I have made numerous edits as the summer progresses. My summer began with a few days of … Continue reading Summer is Halfway Over Yet Just Beginning
As I go through my checklist of things to do before I travel to South Korea, I realize that I still have so much to do. From deciding what to pack and what not to pack, to finding novel ways to fit everything into my suitcase, I am slowly but surely getting ready for the long journey ahead of me. I am a mixture of … Continue reading Countdown to Seoul: One Week
In approximately 36 hours I will embark on my travels to Tel Aviv. I am currently at my sister’s gymnastics banquet. While I may be here physically, mentally I am thinking about everything I need to do before I leave. I have only just begun packing this afternoon (which is consistent with my history of procrastination). I have a running list of everything I need … Continue reading Countdown to Tel Aviv
Monday afternoon I embark on my 30-hour trek from Miami to the other side of the world – Shanghai. (!!!) A little background on me: this will be my third time studying abroad. I spent one month in Barcelona the summer before my freshman year and three months in Madrid last summer. During both programs, I traveled with other UF students, lived with a host family … Continue reading See you soon, Shanghai!
I am officially living in Florence, or should I say Firenze now that I am in Italia. My initial impressions of my new environment – after four days of exploring – are not exactly what I expected them to be. My first surprise was how many people speak English and how easily it is for Florentine locals to spot an American. Near many of the … Continue reading Adjusting to a Florentine lifestyle
Italy has always been on my bucket list; in fact, it’s been the number one destination I’ve wanted to travel to for years. From the ancient Roman Empire ruins that comprise Rome to the colorful umbrellas lining the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, Italy is a country rich in history and diverse experiences. My freshman Fall semester, I made the decision that sometime before my … Continue reading The Not So Scary Pre-Departure
It’s only a week before I leave for my trip to Germany! My last week in the States, I will be spending time with friends as we all leave for our pharmacy rotations in a week and then hitting up all of my Gainesville favorites: Blue Highway Pizza, SWRC volleyball, 8 Seconds, and Metro Diner, and the night before I leave, we have the College … Continue reading 1 Week Left Before I Go!