Day in the Life: Spring Break and Back to London

Posted April 21st, 2015 by Maggie in London, England

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been rubbish with keeping up on blogging, but I promise it’s for good reasons! I’ve been out and about in London, finishing up my London College of Fashion classes for the semester, and, of course, making my way around the UK and the rest of Europe. One of the biggest…

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On the kindness of strangers

Posted April 9th, 2015 by Rebecca in Bangor, Wales

For many, the great worry of abandoning home for parts unknown for a semester is disconnection from the community.  You leave friends, family, church, and support systems behind, but are not around in the new place long enough to form replacements.  Now, some might say that this is one of the best parts about studying abroad…

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Anatomy of a Twmpath

Posted March 17th, 2015 by Rebecca in Bangor, Wales

Folk dancing is a beautiful tradition, which I deeply wish were more popular.  It tends to be energetic, innocent, and inclusive–all of which modern so-called ‘club dancing‘ rarely is.  In Wales, a barn dance (called a ‘contra dance’ in America and a ‘ceilidh’ in Ireland and Scotland) is known as a ‘twmpath.’  Literally, this Welsh…

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

Posted March 12th, 2015 by Stacia in Granada, Spain

I apologize in advance for the cheesy blog post, but how many times have you had this book read to you? How many graduation parties was this book at? I have the book of course, and I have had it read to me many times and I have read it myself several times. Now, here…

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Day in the Life: London Fashion Week and Book Signings

Posted March 10th, 2015 by Maggie in London, England

Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, but it’s been a crazy (incredible) couple of weeks. While living in London, I’ve noticed there are certain once in a lifetime opportunities that tend to pop up. I was able to go to London Fashion Week and two book signings, Tanya Burr’s Love, Tanya and…

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In Cardiff for Saint David’s Day

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Rebecca in Bangor, Wales

So the program took all of us down to Cardiff–the capitol of Wales–for Wales’s favorite holiday. Saint David (or Saint Dafydd, or Dewi Sant) was a 6th century Bishop who was beloved in Wales as a preacher, founder of monasteries, and minor miracle worker and is now the patron saint of Wales.  His Saint Day…

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Castles in the mist

Posted March 5th, 2015 by Rebecca in Bangor, Wales

Wales is said to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.  I’m not sure if that’s actually true, but there certainly are a lot of them.  In Gwynedd (the county Bangor finds itself in) alone there are a whopping ten crumbling keeps.  Most of the castles in Wales are from…

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What’s for Dinner?

Posted March 4th, 2015 by Stacia in Granada, Spain

  This question is almost always on my mind. Back in the states it’s one of the first questions I ask when I walk in the door from Central. Also, I always check my.central or my email to see what we are eating on campus. Here in Spain, my roommate and I are always asking…

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Getting lost on Purpose

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Stacia in Granada, Spain

  I know that title sounds crazy, especially because if you know me, I am expert at getting lost. I can get myself lost trying to get from Pella Christian Grade School back to campus. I can get lost going from the grocery store to my house in Ankeny. I also cannot get myself from…

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A Birthday Bash

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Molly in Merida, Mexico

Welcome back! Let me just share a little bit about my latest adventure. Feb. 19 I celebrated my 21st birthday here in Mexico! They definitely know how to make you feel celebrated down here. At lunch time, our house staff came out dressed in clown-like costumes, singing a birthday song to me with a delicious…

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