The Power of Language

I’ve been struck this week with how disappointed I am in myself for knowing so little Dutch this far in the game. Though I wasn’t able to take a Dutch class while I was here, I’ve found that instead of taking advantage of learning a few more words or phrases in Dutch, I’ve tuned it…

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A Little History Lesson

One thing you absolutely cannot escape in Europe is its vast history prevalent in its people, architecture, and art. There is absolutely no escape! I was fortunate enough to visit Rome, Italy this weekend and was dumbfounded by  the ancient history that invades everyday life in the city. Just by walking a few blocks away from…

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If One Thing Goes Right…

My mom told me right before I left, “If one thing goes right in a day of traveling, count it as a good day.” When traveling alone in a foreign place, this could not be more true. Just this past weekend, I decided that I wanted to visit Cardiff, Wales for a concert. This was going…

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Let’s Talk About Food

Fries, fries, fries. As much as I love to eat fries, I have never hit such a point in my life where the person selling the fries looks up when I walk in, and smiles because he recognizes me. True story. In Leuven, there is such a variety of foods and snacks to eat that…

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Experiencing Nationalism

Living and traveling in different countries this semester has allowed me to recognize a lot about nationalism and patriotism. Similar to the U.S. and American Football, Belgium has adopted a new patriotism incited by their own football (soccer) team, according to one of my Belgian housemates. In their game last Tuesday, as fans covered themselves in flags and…

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All Things Must Pass

In the past two weeks, a little pest in the back of my mind keeps reminding me of how little time I have left here in this beautiful country. Many other students and I have talked simply about how if one month passed so quickly here, how quickly will the next two months zip by for…

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Lazy Days

A daily schedule at Hanover can often seem pretty overwhelming: wake up, work out, attend class, eat lunch, attend more class, go to a meeting, finish a bit of homework, go to two club meetings, eat dinner (if time), and finally, stay up for the rest of the night finishing homework. With classes, daily homework, and miscellaneous…

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Walking in Leuven

Last semester, I wrote an essay on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre about the importance of walking to Jane’s growth in the book. Each time she walked, Jane allowed herself to become physically and mentally stronger instead of becoming the caged, bird-like creatures that women were left to be at that time. Though I do not have to worry as…

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Traveling Alone

Although I’ve traveled many times in my life with my family, never have I traveled alone, especially overseas. The days leading up to my travels were filled with lots of packing and panicking. To deal with the anxiety of traveling alone to a new country, I imagined my travels as if I were in a movie…

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