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As I write this, it’s November 22 — Thanksgiving Day. I am sitting alone on a hostel bed in Budapest, and all I can think about is the glorious day when I board the plane headed for home. I am supremely grateful for the forces and people and organizations that have given me the chance to study abroad, yet in times of desperation and loneliness, I still question whether I should’ve made the choice to...

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Following — or possibly leading — a recent trend within Europe, Hungary has proven to be a very conservative country when it comes to immigration policy, among other things. Like the United States’ current president, Hungary prime minister Viktor Orbán proudly and loudly promotes his staunch anti-immigrant views, and in my limited experience here, many Hungarians happen to share those same views. Hungarians don’t just agree with Trump — many I’ve talked to have actually...

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OpinionEnchanted and disheveled

September 27, 201842 min

I’m writing again from the kitchen of my flat because it has a few more windows than my bedroom and the natural light — along with a cup of aggressively mediocre instant coffee — is the only thing keeping me awake at this point. This week was my first week of class at the University of Edinburgh and though I survived, I’m exhausted. The first lesson I learned my junior year — or “third year”...

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Don’t worry, everyone — I’ve finally made it to Budapest. I’d like to take this opportunity to draw on both my past and more recent travels: I have come to notice how being a tourist, both conspicuous and inconspicuous, can influence a traveling experience. I’ve compiled a guide of things I’ve been keeping in mind over here. Now, to be clear, I’m writing this for how I prefer to take in a new place. I...

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So, I’m here! I made it! And Edinburgh, Scotland — surprise, surprise — is different from San Antonio. Here they say “sitting in or take away?” instead of “for here or to go?” Oatmeal is porridge. Bandaids are plasters. 18-year-olds can drink, so you see sights like a small freshman girl moving into her flat with cute pink bedding, fun posters and a huge box of vodka bottles. You know, the usual. When you look...