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Das Ende

Das Ende

Aleida Fernandez

May 17, 2014


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It's really over. I leave Vienna tomorrow. I arrived in Vienna with high expectations. I had heard so many great things about the city, study abroad, etc. that I figured I would be in Austrian heaven from day one. As I noted in my first blog post, this wasn't really the case. Yet somewhere along the ...

Discovering How to Travel Alone

Discovering How to Travel Alone

Aleida Fernandez

April 29, 2014


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When you travel alone there is a definite fear that you'll be lonely. With just your thoughts as company in a strange, new city it's hard to imagine having a good time without someone to share it with. Isn't that what travel is all about? Experiencing and sharing in new cultures with other people? Whe...

Revisiting the Outdoors

Revisiting the Outdoors

Aleida Fernandez

April 1, 2014


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Before I studied abroad I never realized how much I like - and take for granted - the outdoors. I would never describe myself as an "outdoorsman," but parks, yards, hikes and just general "being outside" were an intrical part of my growing up. In college, I camp and backpack and you can find me on our ...

Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

Aleida Fernandez

March 12, 2014


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Growing up I have always been identified - and truthfully, often have identified myself - as Cuban. I am one half Cuban from my dad's side, and from that half I inherited my outward appearance: olive skin, almond-shaped eyes, thick eyebrows, "Latina curves," loads of leg hair. I am also one half W...

Keeping Up With My Trash TV Obsession

Keeping Up With My Trash TV Obsession

Aleida Fernandez

March 10, 2014


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People who know me, know I love trash TV. There is nothing like sitting down and watching an episode or two (or three) of "The Mindy Project," "The Bachelor/ette," or - my guiltiest obsession - "Dance Moms." Watching trash TV is my way of winding down after a long day. I can completely tune out ev...

Sticker Shock

Sticker Shock

Aleida Fernandez

February 27, 2014


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Today I looked at the Twenty Most Expensive Cities in the World. Two of the cities on the list I will be traveling to for Spring Break: London, the number one most expensive city, and Stockholm, Sweden, number 15. Next week I jet off to Copenhagen, Denmark, number 10. Tickets to get there were not the ...

The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People

The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People

Aleida Fernandez

February 10, 2014


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My week-long trip to Italy started out as a disaster. Not only was our train to Florence canceled two times due to snow, but our first encounter with staff from the Austrian train company, Ã–BB, left a rotten taste in our mouths as they helped everyone but us get a refund. Our vacation was looking...

You Only Ball Once

You Only Ball Once

Aleida Fernandez

January 31, 2014


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It's ball season in Vienna. During January and February many Viennese - and tourists - don their best evening attire and dance the night away at a beautiful location until the wee hours of the morning. If it sounds like a Disney movie, it's because it basically is. This last week I had the opportunity...

The Shock of Culture Shock

The Shock of Culture Shock

Aleida Fernandez

January 24, 2014


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Culture shock (n). the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a visit to a new country, a move between social environments, or simply travel to another type of life. I consider myself an independent person. When I was sixteen I traveled...

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