I guess I’ll follow Victoria’s lead. I’m finishing up my sophomore year at Macaulay Honors College in New York. Alas, I have no real experience with horses, they seem pretty exotic to me right now. The idea of becoming proficient in riding a horse for me is like the idea of becoming proficient in riding an ostrich. (I have ridden a couple times, but I found the imagery too amusing not to share :) ) I’m VERY excited to learn more about horses, Scotland, and to meet all of you fellow travelers. Here’s to an exciting adventure!
P.S. I’m ...
created on: May 22, 2013 | , New Jersey
I honestly have no idea what info they want us to put here! And I'm bad at these in the best of circumstances, so bear with me, if you will.
So, I'm Victoria, a soon-to-be junior at Michigan State University in the frozen north of the US. (Seriously, I never expected that snow in May was a thing that happened, but at least it made me raring to leave after finals.) I'm 19, and other summer plans include volunteering at an animal shelter, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center of NJ, and possibly a zoo. Who knows.
I'm a pre-vet student, applying this fall to MSU's vet school through an early adm...
created on: May 19, 2013 | Madrid, Spain
To begin with, a brief explanation of the name of my journal ("Three Months in the Biggest 'Village' in the World..."):
Since I've been here, more than one person has made is quite clear to me that Madrid, while being the capital of Spain, is NOT a city... but this is admittedly somewhat of a marketing gimmick. At over 3 million inhabitants, Madrid is by far the most populous and geographically expansive "village" (or villa) in the world. In fact, it's larger than most cities. What it lacks, however, is official classification as a city by a Spanish king; something it never has and possibly never w...
HOlA Espana Barcelona!!
Samiya has arrived and I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I arrived in Barcelona at 10 am this morning and met Moises, who brought me to my apartment. Everyone here is incredible easy going and pretty calm. I love the calm and slow atmosphere and life style. The streets are small and old and the sea water is a gorgeous light blue tinge. I have only seen my town really but it is truly beautiful. The small mountains and the people, I feel like I will have so much time to what I need to do: to think and time for myself. My apartment is impressive, although I ...
created on: May 18, 2013 | Barcelona, Spain
What a day! My Austin to NYC flight got delayed roughly 3 hours, cutting it VERY short for my NYC to Barcelona connection flight. Fortunately, the odds were in my favor and the airline was able to hold the flight for me a few minutes in NYC. The flight was smooth and I made it in time to Barcelona. Attempting to fight the jetlag, I may or may not have drank too much coffee. May or may not.
I arrived to my apartment and met my host, Luisa. Amazing woman! Even more amazing is her apartment. I love natural lighting and this pad has it! I then settled in, went gr...
created on: Feb 19, 2013 | Barcelona, Spain
It has been almost 2 months since my crazy Spanish adventure ended and I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about the whole thing. A part of me keeps wondering if it happened at all. Back home in sunny South Africa (Cape Town to be more specific) I’m busy sending out my CV to loads of exciting job prospects (naturally full of boast about my international internship scholarship … ooh, fancy!) and the eclectic, ever-buzzing city of Barcelona seems a distant yet definite buzz in the background. Actually – it feels like I’ve awoken from one of the deepest, most...
created on: Jan 08, 2013 | Barcelona, Spain
Better known as the Cabalgata de los Reyes by the locals, the 6th of January is celebrated by a big parade through the streets of Barcelona. The Mayor welcomes the arrival of the 3 Kings at the harbour, where they start their journey to the magic fountains of Montjuic, throwing sweets to big-eyed kiddies and overzealous grown-ups (read: myself and my Japanese friend). The atmosphere was electric. In Spain this day is bigger than Christmas and also when they give each other presents (like we do on Christmas day).
created on: Dec 28, 2012 | Barcelona, Spain
Every year for Christmas my whole family gets together for one big celebration. The day usually kicks off at 11 in the morning when everyone arrives with enough food to liquidate Weight Watchers. One or two of my aunties are probably already tipsy at this point due to a champagne breakfast or an incurable thirst (usually both). Things can only get better – and it does as about 45 of us swarm about making sure there's enough ice, chip and dip and mince pies to go around whilst a team of avid ladies prep the kitchen for what looks like The Last Supper. Eventually lunch is ready at 3:30, but befor...
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