Trekking with Carl: Unique Perspectives on Granada

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One of the joys of studying abroad is that you have the time to get to know a place. You might start with the most famous attractions, but you will inevitably discover places that are special to you for reasons known only to you. This post is about some of the places in Granada that […]

Six Weeks

Some API Granada Summer I students

Six weeks. A lot can happen in such a relatively short period of time. The experiences I have had in the last six weeks have definitely changed me. Six weeks ago, I was sleeping in my comfy bed at my parents’ house in North Carolina and running the same boring routes I’ve ran for years […]

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 […]