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Aleida Fernandez

May 17, 2014

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 ...

Revisiting the Outdoors

A rainbow by the big waterfall

Aleida Fernandez

April 1, 2014

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

A bird's eye view of Copenhagen from the Round Tower.

Aleida Fernandez

March 12, 2014

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...

The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People

A canal in Venice.

Aleida Fernandez

February 10, 2014

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...

The Shock of Culture Shock

The Belvedere on a particularly foggy day in Vienna.

Aleida Fernandez

January 24, 2014

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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