From Canada to Europe to California, Yes Please.

I really wanted to get all my pictures from when I went to London, England this past January and put them all into a little movie for your viewing pleasure… but I can’t stop obsessing over Greece! Let me just say, June 10th till August 4th I will be on vacation far from home minus a little less than a week! June 10-15 I will be on a cruise from New York to Canada (Nova Scotia.) The next day (well, I still need to buy a plane ticket, so hopefully the next day) I will be off to Spain to France to Italy and July 1st I will be in Greece until the 20th. I forget the exact dates but around July 27th until August 4th, I will be in California for my mama’s 50th birthday! Wow.

A little bit more about the Europe part of the trip: I talked to a few of the girls going on the study abroad trip and one said she was planning on backpacking for about 2 weeks before the trip. I immediately asked to join her. All I really know is we’re starting in Barcelona, Spain then going to the other countries and finally to Greece. Anything along the way, well it just happens! I love it this way, but I also want to start an idea of a little guide route on where I want to stop.

Barcelona to Paris to Nice to Monaco to Cinque Terre to Venice to Florence to Pisa to Rome to Naples to Amalfi Coast to Capri to Athens. I’ll have the weekends free during my stay in Athens so I’ll be able to go to Santorini and other islands then.

If anyone has any suggestions on where to go along the current (definitely subject to change) route or anything I should check out at one of those stops, let me know!

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I am just going crazy with anticipation for this trip! Yes, I’m excited for Canada and California as well, but oh, my heart is set on this trip. If only I could just get past finals week and then obsess over this trip, then I’d be in good shape. Wish me luck! 

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Study Abroad Process – Greece Update

Since fourth grade when we learned about Greek Mythology for the first time, I have been obsessed with seriously anything greek-related. My number one destination spot in the entire world would have to Greece. I just want to immerse myself in their culture, see everything I’ve read about in books, articles, and the internet, and see all the sites that make Greece, well, Greece.

In my opinion, college isn’t college without a study abroad program. After transferring schools, I lost some time and credits that force me to be a ‘super senior’ next year instead of graduating in less than a month like most of my friends. It’s alright, because it gives me another summer to be able to plan out a study abroad program. A few attempts in the previous years have failed, so I have my hopes high for this one to pull through. Last fall, I found my perfect program – through Google, no less. It’s through a Georgia university and teaches philosophy and art. Great, the art will count towards my art minor. Plus, I get to learn new drawing techniques ON SITE in GREECE. Wow. I was just whatever about the philosophy courses since I already had my philosophy 101 credit for my core classes. But, I looked into the syllabi, the one was all about greek mythology. My 10 year old self is shrieking with glee inside.

So, I found the perfect program, pretty affordable, and such a nice teacher that has helped me every step of the way. But the process for both schools is so tedious! I need this signature from this person, the syllabus from this teacher to give to that teacher to sign off, to this advisor, to that advisor, to faxes back and forth for signatures, then more signatures, and just ahh! I’m ready to pull my hair out. I’m not quite out of the jungle of signatures yet, but I’m probably 85% of the way there! Just wanted to give an update for my Greece trip.

As for my accommodations in Greece, I will be staying in an apartment in Athens, blocks from the Acropolis. It’s from July 2-20 with 4-day work weeks and 3-day weekends. Meals are provided during the 4-day work weeks plus a fridge in the apartment stocked with basics. All transportation (for classes) and entry into sites are included. I do have to book my own flight and pay for the airfare. Despite that, I think the price is great for what seems like such a perfect trip. I will continue to update as time goes along.

Have you participated in any study abroad programs or something similar? Would you like to/wish you could have? What was your experience like?

Hello, bon jour, and beinvenidos!

So, here I am sitting in the basement of my university’s library starting my very first real blog (no, I don’t count xanga, tumblr, or even that one I made for my COM 101 class.) I am worried, nervous, and full of anxiety over this silly blog. Probably, it’s because I really want to make it what I would want to follow.

This blog is going to be about travel, the world, fashion, food, articles I find, of course pictures, my bucket list of places I want to go, and hopefully not too often, but about me, too. It’s going to be everything I can think of that has to do with traveling, wandering, exploring, hiking, swimming, flying, wondering, questioning, and anything and everything in between. I thought I’d start my first post with an introduction to this blog and to me, Alex. Under ‘About Me’ will have a little something for you to be able to figure me out. 

Here’s a little more in regards to my traveling expertise (or lack of!): When I was younger, it was just me and my mom. She took me everywhere. She’s an avid traveler as well. When I was in the womb, I had already been to Puerto Rico! Since then I have visited a lot of US states and have been abroad a few different times as well. 

Some of the places I’ve been so far are California (probably 7-8 times by now and all over CA), Arizona, Nevada twice (saw the Grand Canyon on a boat and in a glass-floor helicopter), road trip up and down the east coast (PA to FL and back countless times), Chicago, IL, Vermont, Florida (well over a dozen times), New York state and city, lived in NJ and PA, beaches all along NJ, NY, DE, MD, SC, FL, Bahamas (Nassau [a few times] and Grand Bahama Island), Dominican Republic, England (twice), Wales, and Ireland. 

This summer I will be going to California again, on a cruise to Canada, and will spend a month in Greece. I am absolutely thrilled to be going to Greece for study abroad this summer. There will be plenty posts about that later though!

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This blog is for inspiration. It’s to show the world and what you’re missing out on by being stuck in your little town. But it’s also about finding beauty all around you (even in that little town of yours.) It’s to find a home in the wind and let it take you wherever it may. So look at the sky, the ground, ahead and behind you, and decide where to go to next!

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