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Netherlands: Utrecht

Netherlands: Utrecht

Don't go to Utrecht. It's not cooler or more relaxed than Amsterdam, there aren't lovely bakeries and lunch spots along the canal, and there definitely aren't any bicycles to rent. ;) Some Dutchies prefer to keep Utrecht a secret from hordes of tourists, so I promised I wouldn't sing Utrecht's praises! 

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France: Nîmes

France: Nîmes

I left the big city of Paris to see a friend in Nîmes, in southern France, where she is an English teacher at various local schools. It was so nice to experience a different part of France at a slower pace and with more familiarity.

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France: Paris

France: Paris

This is the first time I've traveled to a non-Spanish-speaking country and there is definitely a learning curve. There is a certain loss of power when you can't communicate effectively, and a feeling of immense gratitude when people can speak a common language. It has been five days since I entered the country (7 time zones ahead), so jet lag is thankfully waning, much credit to a cup of coffee in the morning and the occasional croissant. 

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High-rise Living

High-rise Living

A view of the Andes mountains, night photos from a high-rise building, and a location 5 miles closer to my university than my home-stay: I'm pretty dang excited to be living in an apartment building for my second semester abroad.  And my laptop + Lightroom again.  Thank god.  All I need now is to stop lighting microwave popcorn on fire...

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