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posted onJun12, 2014

Blogger Kelsey Morfitt travels to Ireland for a long weekend, rents a car, and explores the Emerald Isle on her own!

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posted onJun11, 2014

We got up at 3 am to drive to Chicago. For whatever reason when I got up, I left my eyeglasses on my bed. Moments later, my loving dad accidentally sat on them, rendering them unwearable. I determined it best to go without and wait until I reached China to get them repaired.

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posted onJun10, 2014

Topics covered in this episode:
- Why the University of Iowa?
- Where do you want to visit in the U.S.?
- Favorite place you've been in the world?

Keywords: Walk in My Shoes
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posted onJun9, 2014

I have seen Big Ben, the London Eye, and ridden a double decker bus. I can (sort of) navigate the underground tube system. I’ve even gotten to know a couple of the locals on a first-name basis. All in all, it’s safe to say that I’ve fallen in love with the bustling city of London. Despite this, it was nice to get out of the urban atmosphere for a day and visit the beautiful city of York, England.

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posted onJun6, 2014

Our trip has been filled to the brim with breathtaking tours offering us a take on London’s most popular attractions. However, things shifted a bit when we gathered on a cobbled stone road, just as the sun began to set for the evening. Rather than giggles and an overall uplifting vibe, the nervous tension and quickening heartbeats rose from our group.

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posted onJun5, 2014

As I sit here in my downtown flat in Cape Town, South Africa it seems almost surreal that I am here right now. I was born and raised in rural Iowa, so being able to look outside my 18th story window and have a fantastic view of the mountain, the ocean AND downtown is something completely foreign to me. Thinking on the past few months and my decision to come to Cape Town, I am sure I made the right choice.

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posted onJun5, 2014

The day finally arrived! My journey to Florence, Italy was about to begin and I couldn't believe it. Thanks to my mom making me pack two days before (thanks mom), I had nothing but time to kill the day of my flight, which of course caused all of the nerves that seemed so lacking to all of the sudden hit me like a brick wall. I thought I got all of the nerves out while doing the final check for my passport and other essentials for leaving the country, but boy was I wrong.

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posted onJun4, 2014

Topics covered in this episode:
- favorite foods from U.S.
- favorite foods from home country
- most interesting American habits

Keywords: Walk in My Shoes
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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 onMay22, 2014

Ever since I first picked up the novel American Psycho a couple of years ago, I’ve had a sort of infatuation with famous serial killers. I became intrigued at the thought of gaining insight into America’s criminal justice system by studying its British roots – criminology is something that has always captivated me. In just a few days, I will be studying abroad in the United Kingdom in a program called Crime and Justice and Britain.

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