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The Final Days of Oxford August 9, 2010

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It has been an unbelievable summer.  I got back last night and boy do I wish I could catch the next flight right back to Oxford.  I miss it so much already!  And not just the town, though I am planning on somehow going back over there to live for a longer period of time, whether it be for grad school or work, but also the people, my dear friends I made while on this summer experience.  To me, the Oxford Study Abroad Program was so much more than simply a trip, it was a test of who I really am and a time to define not just who I am, but who I want to become.  I would not have traded this summer for anything in the world.  It was immensely valuable to my personal development and I am so thankful to Mr. Stamps for enabling me to afford this trip.  I was blessed with such great friends on this trip.  To have six PSs in my travel group who I knew before our flight even left Atlanta, made my adjustment to new experiences and places so much easier.  Why, you ask?  Because these people became my home base.  I watched out for them and they watched out for me: everything from looking after a bag while on a restroom run to the boys making sure I did not walk back to the hotel alone at night.  I often see the PS connection around campus, but it was wonderful to remember how much the PS Program is a truly a family.  We have a common bond, and there is a loyalty amongst us that goes well beyond the Georgia Tech campus and I feel so blessed to be a part of it.

Today I began looking through pictures from the summer.  It is crazy how fast twelve weeks can fly by.  It feels like just yesterday I was packing for this trip and now I am home, unpacked, and suitcase already put away.  Though these twelve study abroad weeks are over and our passports are laid to rest (at least for a little while) the friends made and the friendships strengthened this summer will last many years, some friendships will last as long as the memories: a lifetime.

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Dublin, Ireland August 9, 2010

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Looking back through pictures, I was trying to pick out a favorite city. I couldn’t. I did really enjoy my trip to Ireland, though. Three weeks ago, we went to Dublin, Ireland and had a blast. There were sixteen of us from the Oxford Program who went. We all stayed in the same hostel and hung out together at night and the majority of us together during the daytime as well. I had no clue what to expect of Dublin. We got to our hostel at 8:00am Friday morning and spent the day walking around Dublin and of course, going shopping for typical Irish gifts. I mean, who doesn’t want a “Kiss me, I’m Irish” t-shirt actually from Ireland! (For the record, I did not purchase such a shirt, though I did see my fair share of them.) Dublin is not a huge city, but it is not small by any means: definitely a very walkable city, which I adore. It is crazy how in a town like Dublin we can run into other friends from the Oxford Program who were visiting on the same weekend. It was such a pleasant surprise to run into Rob Griffith and Mary Catherine Delvin randomly on one of the main shopping streets. They joined us for dinner and going out later that evening.

While I enjoyed Dublin, the Irish country side was my favorite. My four closest friends and I took a day long bus tour of the Irish countryside. The sights were breathtaking. The Cliffs of Moher, little fishing villages, and beautiful coastline views consumed our Saturday in Ireland. Due to the lack of weekends, I was unable to explore the Cotswolds and white cliffs of Dover in the United Kingdom, so luckily I got my dose of natural beauty in Ireland.

It was a whirlwind trip. Sunday morning we woke up and headed straight for the airport. No time to explore Dublin then, but it was a fun weekend regardless of its brevity. When we got back at Oxford, we watched the movie, P.S. I Love You, in honor of our trip to Ireland. To our excitement, the Irish countryside in real life is just as beautiful as in the movie!

Venice July 25, 2010

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Hello my friends!  I am on the bus headed to Vienna.  We have just crossed the border from Italy to Austria.  I am very excited to be headed to a new country – new food, scenery, and experiences.   One thing I am already noticing is that the food is more expensive and the cars are no longer fiats and other brands not common in the U.S., but instead, I’ve seen my first Ford and BMW.  Austrians are stylin’!

Cole and I in St. Mark's Square

It will be an 11 hour bus ride…which probably means more like 12.5 hours.  So far we have driven 3 hours, got a way to go!  This just means I’ll get some sleeping and reading and praying done in the interim.  Though I always say that and it turns into movies and solitaire on my cell phone while listening to my ipod and taking pictures of the scenery as it passes.  That is one thing I can’t stand about sleeping, I miss the beautiful scenery.  Sometimes I wish I was a photographer, I would be in heaven right now, taking phenomenal photos.  Venice was perfect for this.  (more…)

Rome July 25, 2010

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It is crazy how small this world is.  Our second stop on the trip was Rome.  I am experiencing so much more of the city culture, especially the nightlife, than if I was in these cities by myself.  It is so much fun hanging out in large groups of 20 kids.  I am also surprised at how many Americans are here in Rome.  Last night we met a few from UGA.  They had been studying here all spring and that was their last night before they headed back the Atlanta.

The craziest and most exciting encounter of Americans happened at the Coliseum.  As we were posing for pictures, a girl walks up asking if we went to Georgia Tech, one of our boys was wearing a Tech t-shirt.  She was an incoming freshman and thrilled to run into us.  Small world.  Well, the world got smaller as I soon learned that she was a PS!!  Being an incoming freshman, I announced excitedly that my brother was as well!  The look on her face was priceless when I mentioned my brother’s name.  It couldn’t be, yes it could be, no it couldn’t be, “are you a President’s Scholar?” I asked.  “YES!” she excitedly responded.  Talk about an instant bond.  Cole was with me so he introduced himself and the three of us along with her parents had the best 20 minute conversation about Georgia Tech and how wonderful the PS Program is and how you get to meet so many amazing and interesting people and how the PS Program is a family.  We all surely felt it that afternoon in Rome.  Goodness, besides my brother, she is the first incoming PS freshman I have met.  It makes me miss being a Fall Retreat Leader!

Florence July 25, 2010

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Fishing back through old blog posts not yet posted.  Looking back, it has been an unbeliveable summer and I am not even finished!

Watching the sun set on Florence

Final day in Florence.  My body is sore, feet aching.  But it has been beyond a blast.  If this is a glimpse of my life for the next four weeks, I absolutely cannot wait!!!  The internet over here has been iffy and quite frustrating to work with.  One minute it will work, the next it will be off-line.  We will then head to a restaurant or gellateria (gelato shop) and buy food or gelato only to discover that we can solely access Italian websites! (more…)