Waltzing With Bears


As I sit in this plaza in Granada, basking in the sun and peaceful atmosphere of the families who walk by, I wonder what it is about this place that makes me feel so free and on top of the world. What makes me pause each day and suddenly notice the preciousness of life? Here, […]

Roughly 250 Kilometers Later

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Running is a simple sport. All you need is a pair of running shoes and an area to explore. When I arrived in Granada a couple of weeks ago, I had two pairs of trainers and the entire city (as well as the surrounding mountains) at my fingertips. Roughly 250 kilometers later, I feel like […]

Trekking Through Spain With Carl Forgo: Magnificent Madrid

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Hola from Spain! This is Carl Forgo reporting to you en route to Granada, Spain, where I will be learning Spanish, getting to know new friends, soaking up the culture, and hopefully sneaking in a few hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Before heading to Granada, however, the API group met up in Madrid for […]

To Nepal With Love

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I have been trying to think of interesting things I can share about Granada or the study abroad experience for this blog post, but the things that rise to the forefront of my mind and ring most true to me in this moment are not those things right outside my window, but the hardships the […]

Café Culture


When someone asks me if I’d like to go out for coffee what that really means is “Do you have a couple hours to chat and catch up on life maybe with a couple of hot drinks between us?” (or cold drinks, or maybe just a slice of banana bread) The word coffee in the […]

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Las Fallas

Part of the cathedral building with a view of the back of a large statue of the Virgin Mary. On the first day of Las Fallas, the 15th, she is covered completely with carnations. And I think she is also burned four days later.

At midnight on the 19th of March every year in Valencia, Spain, giant papier-mâché sculptures are set on fire all over the city. This united fire starting is part of a festival called Las Fallas. During the week-long festival that starts March 15th and ends March 19th of each year, Valencia’s population grows to about […]

Dancing, a Fortress, and Tons of Hiking

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Ah Madrid, a city with so many great sites and sounds. So for this blog post, I’m not going to talk about it. Instead, I want to tell you about my excursions. These are pre-planned trips that API scheduled for us, and all I need to do is show up to the bus. I ventured […]