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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PREPERATION BEFORE DEPARTURE

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Kendall in Leiden, the Netherlands

In preparation for your travels there are some critical steps to take in making sure that you have a good time.  Plan before departing: Know every detail of your travel before you leave your home! Make a travel outline: Pencil in your transportation, temporary housing, and attractions in this order. (Half because it is easy…

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Daytripping 101

Posted February 17th, 2015 by Stacia in Granada, Spain

Hello from the beautiful city of Granada! I am currently freezing, but it is 45 degrees so I can’t complain. Things are going good here in Spain. Making new friends, going to church, and making it through classes. The only bad part about classes is that I never know if we have homework because it…

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Day in the Life: Taking the Tube

Posted February 17th, 2015 by Maggie in London, England

Any Londoner will know that the fastest (and easiest) way to get around London is to use the Underground. And, just in case you were curious, you are actually going underground, which can be a bit disappointing when there’s no longer phone service. At least the stations have free wifi! Because I came from a small town, I’ve never…

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What drew me here

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

Now that we’ve settled in a bit, I thought I’d explain a bit about why I’m here.  I am often asked about why I have chosen medieval Wales as my object of study, and I never really have a good answer. No, my family is not Welsh. I didn’t know where exactly Wales was until early high…

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A bit of Bangor

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

So far, I think that the best part of living in this lovely little city is seeing the mountains when I look out my window every morning.  Bangor sits snuggly in a valley between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.  It is, therefore, split between Upper Bangor (where one can find many university buildings and…

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Let’s talk Welsh

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

In my humble opinion, Welsh is a lovely language with a rich cultural background and and an intriguing musical quality.  To English speakers, it looks extremely silly written out, but when spoken and sung, it sounds like the language of Elves.  This, of course, is partially due to the fact that J. R. R. Tolkien…

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New Adventures and New Friends

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Molly in Merida, Mexico

Hola amigos! Let me tell you, everyday is a new adventure here. So let me catch you up a little bit by telling you about a trip a group of us Central students took with an outside group called Integrete. Integrete is a group lead by a few college students who work to bring together…

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Morocco Exchange

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Stacia in Granada, Spain

It’s been a really crazy week! I just got back from Morocco and Italy and classes started today! It’s been quite an adventure these last couple weeks adjusting to Granada. I am ready to have a routine, even if that means homework, tests, and classes! Morocco was an amazing experience because I learned so much…

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