Articles tagged with "travel stories"

posted onJun3, 2014

Walking on the beach in Mexico, collecting garbage, Blake Rupe never thought she’d be an Internet entrepreneur. But almost exactly one year later, that’s what happened.

Keywords: Mexico, environment
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posted onJun3, 2014

[2014 Study Abroad Blog]- Kelsey Morfitt keeps us up to speed on her time on the USAC summer program in Prague, Czech Republic.

One week down, three to go; plus a couple of more weeks touring Europe. I know, life is rough. Last Tuesday afternoon, May 27th, I joined the USAC group for a tour of New Town Prague. We visited New Town Hall where a judge, burgomaster (similar to a mayor), and 13 council members were thrown out of a window from the Hall’s bell tower in 1419. Their political careers ended with a splat (defenestration). Remind me never to practice politics in Prague.

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posted onJun2, 2014

Although he was a fictional character dreamt up by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late 1800s, many of Holmes’ techniques are effectively used today – over 130 years later. Indeed, the magnifying glass is an effective tool popularized by the detective, as are his methods of logical reasoning, disguise, and forensic science, which were simply unheard of at the time.

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posted onMay30, 2014

In this episode:
-Where is your favorite place to hang out in Iowa City?
-What's your favorite song right now?
-What was the most difficult thing about moving to Iowa?

Keywords: Walk in My Shoes
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posted onMay29, 2014

Study Abroad blogger Kelsey Morfitt takes us through her first few days of her study abroad program in Prague: "I'm still recovering from jet lag, but Prague is beautiful. Two orientations down, one to go. So far, we've covered a lot of the city on foot and by tram, bus, and the metro (not to mention four flights of cement spiral stairs to our apartment). I was the only student without a suitcase, instead I had a travel pack on my back (35 lbs), and a backpack in the front (15 lbs) which certainly came in handy going up the stairs and over cobblestone roads."

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posted onMay29, 2014

As I write, I am sitting in bed, all of my clothes are packed in vacuum-sealed bags, copies of my passport are scanned, and my alarm is set. Yet here I am, wide awake, eagerly anticipating the big trip.

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posted onMay21, 2014

In this episode:
-What's your favorite American dessert
-Where is one place you would like to visit in the U.S.?
-What was the hardest thing about moving to Iowa?

Keywords: Walk in My Shoes
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posted onMay9, 2014

In her final blog for Study Abroad, Haley Church reflects on three of her favorite aspects of life in Botswana and the top three things she is looking forward to doing when she gets back home!

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posted onApr30, 2014

Thanks to the support of generous private donors, these UI students were able to study or conduct research abroad in the past year, gaining invaluable experiences and memories that enhanced their education and lives.

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posted onApr21, 2014
Onalee and two girls

Why study Arabic? In this video, Onalee Yousey, a 2013 UI graduate in political science and international studies, talks about her experience in Morocco through the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship Program.

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posted onApr10, 2014
A girl stretches with her feet out in front of her on the grass

In her third entry, Study Abroad blogger Haley Church reflects on her decision to run a half-marathon in Botswana and how the adventurous but challenging experience mirrors her study abroad journey so far.

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posted onApr9, 2014
A class photo

Students who participated in the course “Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine in India” during the 2013-2014 India Winterim study abroad program share their reflections on the course and their experiences abroad.

Keywords: India
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posted onApr9, 2014

In this video, UI student Kelsey Frisk takes us on an exciting bike tour of her study abroad host city of Uppsala. Get a taste of her experience as she hikes on an excursion, spends an evening at the student union pub, and cycles throughout the town.

Keywords: Sweden, biking, Kelsey Frisk
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posted onApr9, 2014
Carl and Claire Stuart

UI alumni Carl and Claire Stuart recently established a scholarship fund to support international travel experiences for students in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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posted onApr8, 2014
Pile of trash on beach

For most students, summers are filled with bikinis and beach balls. However, for one Iowa student, her beach gear consisted of safety gloves and sanitary bags. Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa graduate student from Ottumwa, Iowa, conducted research on the garbage presence in Veracruz, Mexico, specifically concentrating on the beaches near the city.

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