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Five Travel Tips for the Study Abroad Student

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Travel is an integral aspect of the study abroad experience. It allows students to explore and experience difference and beauty in people, places and things. Of course, it is by no means a requirement, but I’ve failed to come across an exchange student who doesn’t also want to push past the boundaries of the city in which they live.

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Homestay Havoc

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When I decided to study abroad in Peru, the homestay aspect of the program was what I was looking forward to the most. Immersing myself in the Peruvian culture through a Peruvian household seemed the ideal, and I was incredibly excited to meet my soon-to-be family members.

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A Peruvian Field Trip

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In elementary school, field trips were as exciting as cake on your birthday. In middle school, they offered the chance to socialize with friends, and in high school, such outings were few and far between.

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True Life: I Survived Peruvian Midterms

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As everyone back at IU struggled through finals week, I had my own bout of misery as well—Peruvian midterms.

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Lost in Military Time

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This past weekend, a fellow Hoosier and I decided to spend a weekend away from Lima in Huanchaco, a beach town in northern Peru.

We took surfing lessons, played soccer on the beach, spent time with the locals. We explored archaeological sites, went shopping, danced the nights away. Up until the last hour, it was a picture-perfect getaway.

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Creating a Support System

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About two weeks ago, I received an urgent message from my parents stating that I needed to call them as soon as possible. I did so immediately, and I couldn’t believe what I heard.

My grandpa had passed away the night before.

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Rice with a Side of Chicken & Potatoes

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“Guess what we’ll be having for dinner the day you come home?!” my dad wrote to me in an email. “Mom’s special chicken and rice!”

He has got to be kidding, I thought to myself. There’s no way he can expect me to eat MORE chicken and MORE rice when I get back to the United States…

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