I left my heart in Portugal

October 8th. Can you believe it? I can’t. It’s been more than a month abroad, and somehow I’m still surviving. Actually, I know how I’m surviving. With lots of pastries and tea.

It’s really hard to imagine that I’m just getting into October. On the 2nd, my señora came in and said, “It’s been one month!” And while I could understand her, I couldn’t really wrap my head around the fact. I just laughed because I had totally forgotten about it until that moment. Continue reading “I left my heart in Portugal”

How to Pack for Study Abroad

Ever since I realized I was actually going to Spain, I spent my life searching for lists and lists of the best things to pack, how to pack them, and everything in between. You wouldn’t believe how many resources there are for not only study abroad, but also “Backpacking in Europe for 1 Month with a Carry On!” or “How to Live out of a Backpack!”. It’s all really fun and would probably be the best way to travel, in my opinion, but it’s a little more intimidating trying to think about what I’m going to need for the next four months and five days. If I could survive out of just one larger suitcase, I would be lucky. The problem with the millions of different resources, and the thousands of great ideas on what to do, it’s hard to decide the best rule of thumb for suitcases, clothes, or even shampoo. So I decided to add to that giant pile of information with my own little guide on the best way to pack for study abroad. I’m not expert, I know. I haven’t even left yet. I think I have a pretty good idea of what to do after doing so much research and internet searching. Continue reading “How to Pack for Study Abroad”

Making this official

I’m trying to think of the best way to start off my official blog of the semester. Something witty? Something thought-provoking and “MIND. BLOWN”-inducing? Or maybe just a boring old, “Hey, I’m going to Spain, here’s my blog!”.
All of the above, maybe?

My name is Emily (but if you’re reading this because I posted about it on Facebook, you already know that). I am a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring studying Journalism, writing, and Spanish. If you read my About Me page, you are waaay ahead of the game at this point. If you haven’t, go and read it.

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