Description: Being over 3,000 miles away from home can be difficult at times, but little pieces of CSB remind me of the amazing experiences I am receiving through my education.
Description: This photo captures our first moments in the town of Oia on the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece. This island was one our group had dreamed of visiting our entire lives. Some of our most significant memories took place in Santorini, including cliff jumping, riding donkeys, and watching the incredible sunset. In a unanimous decision, the Greco-Roman program decided this was the most beautiful place they have ever had the opportunity to visit.
Description: This photo displays the beauty of Australia while also portraying the laid back "no worries" attitude of Australian culture. Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia that we lived in. During our trip, we created some wonderful friendships. Such friendship is perfectly demonstrated in this photo of two "mates" enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Description: “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Description: This is a picture of Malia Carson and myself peeking above the tea groves. The landscape was valleys and valleys of tea groves and we took a stop along the road for fresh pineapple and cashews and took some pictures in the troves.
Description: This is a significant picture because in the picture the group got up at 4:30 in the morning to walk up Lion's Head to watch the sunrise over Table Mountain and the rest of the city of Capetown. It was an incredible sight. This just represents the amount of hiking we did as a group and not just physically hiking, but we had so many emotional up and downs along the trip as well that brought our group so close. This is a group of 29 that I consider my family today.
Description: This picture is of an experience that will never be forgotten. The group got to lead elephants, feed them, and pet them. This was such a great photo describing all of our safaris that we went on while we were in South Africa. These safaris are very significant because they teach us a many facts about the land in South Africa and how important these animals are. The elephants specifically are quite the amazing creatures I must say!
Description: London was a spectacular city to get to know. It was wonderful and exciting to just hop on a bus and explore the endless streets. But occasionally the city became too much, and just getting to the countryside was really necessary. Eastbourne is the south of England, with breathtaking white cliffs and many sheep. I rented a bike, rode on some very interesting paths and literally through fields of sheep to reach the blissful, sea-salty coast. I could have listened to the ocean for hours. Out of all the places and other countries I visited, this was my favorite site to visit of the semester. It required daring, independence, and an adventurous spirit. This is what study abroad is about.
Description: This was taken of me on my last night in Spain. It represents me coming full circle at the end of my study abroad experience. The picture is taken on top of "la piedra," meaning "the rock" in english. It could be seen on top of the hill from the city, but the route to get there was long, winding, and up hill. At times, my life in Spain felt comparable. I was living with a family who knew no English, it was the longest I'd been away from home, and I was completely on my own in a whole other country. I struggled at first, but found my footing and grew to love and even prosper in the Spanish environment. My journey from the trip can be depicted by my final picture on top of la piedra, although the route was long and winding to get there, the view was great and I felt confident in my own skin being there.
Description: Although programs have set destinations and locations, it doesn't limit the true adventure you can seek. I post traveled and it opened up an incredible world of opportunity.
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