River Deep, Mountain High

Spanish word of the day: montañas Translation: mountains El Parque Nacional de Los Alerces is one of the most beautiful places I have been while staying here. It’s in the Patagonia region of Argentina, along the Andes mountains. The national park has many amazing views, snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and crystal clear rivers and lakes. It’s …

Welcome to the Jungle

Out of every park or natural view I’ve seen here, Iguazu Falls is by far the most memorable. Although it was pouring rain on one of the days that I was there, it was absolutely breathtaking. Iguazu Falls is known as one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. Located on the border of Argentina …

Bariloche

Bariloche is one of the main tourist towns in Argentina. It’s a major skiing town with breathtaking hikes and views. Best known for it’s craft beer, chocolate, and architecture, it’s often referred to as the Switzerland of Argentina. However, this claim, while not entirely false, is very misleading. Bariloche is also home to many communities …

Goodbye in Barcelona

At the start of the month, my friends and I made plans to take one last trip together to Barcelona, Spain. Like many of the places I’ve visited this semester, I was taken with it in ways I never anticipated. For Barcelona specifically, the architecture and the atmosphere it created was particularly enchanting. Of course, …

Spring Break Part 2: Croatia at Last!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Croatia was the last stop on my spring break travel itinerary. What started as an average morning soon turned into a reminder about personal realms of control and the importance of perseverance.  The day started at 4am. My friends and I were staying in Rotterdam and had a …

The Batcave

Spanish Word of the day: Cueva Translation: Cave A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of going on a really cool adventure. Me and a few friends took a loooong bus to Tornquist, a small town in the province of Buenos Aires. Tornquist is known for one of the oldest mountain ranges in Argentina, …

falling in love with the real Holland

As a Hope girl, I felt like visiting the real Holland was almost obligatory when I live only a couple hours away from there. With two of my American friends from Trinity, I spent 3 days in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Every time I visit a place in Europe, I seem to have this problem where I …

Kerry: the must-see place in Ireland

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog page. To those of you who were waiting for my posts (if there are any), my apologies! Schoolwork piled up in the blink of an eye and I have been basically living in the school library trying to get them done. About 2 weeks ago, …

A Weekend Away

Spanish Word of the Day: Viajar Translation: To travel Many people don’t know this, but Buenos Aires is on one of the widest rivers in the world! Rio del Plata is on the border of Argentina and Uruguay, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. With just a river in the way, what is stopping me from …

Trekking Volcanos

Spring Breaking in Isabela Island Pt. 2 Between our 3rd and 4th modules, we have a week-long spring break in which we are free to hop between islands of the archipelago. This blog will cover my 2nd day on Isabela Island, after I separated myself from the IES Abroad itinerary, to climb a volcano with …