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Lauren Andraski - Spain

Maneuvering Madrid

April 28, 2014

In one weekend, I am fairly confident that we covered the majority of Madrid. All the travel was easy, as we took Alsa Bus straight there from Granada.  Once we arrived, we attempted to take a taxi but the driver was not familiar with the street the hostel was on, and we elected to brave the Metro which, despite some silly mistakes, turned out to be fairly simple as well.  Our luck ended there however, as finding the hostel, RC Miguel Angel, proved to be nearly impossible (and I don't recommend it...

Lauren Andraski - Africa

I can check Africa off my list

April 19, 2014

As promised, I wanted to share my thoughts about the Discover Excursions weekend trip to Morocco after expressing some fears about the trip.  While I was there, I hoped to address my fears that 1) a weekend is not sufficient time to understand a culture and 2) that this lack of understanding in a country, especially a developing one, is incredibly invasive.  Unfortunately, the trip only reinforced my fears.  But let me explain.

I was fairly confident that all of the students on the trip would recognize that they...

Lauren Andraski - Africa

Off to Africa?

April 19, 2014

Many students in my study abroad program, including myself, chose to take advantage of a travel company that allows students to spend a weekend in Morocco.  While many students went last weekend, I was initially hesitant to sign up.  My hesitation was coming from the following places: first, that one weekend is not sufficient time to understand a different culture; and second, to visit a country without properly understanding it is incredibly invasive.  With that in mind, I eventually decided to partake in the trip, even for the sole reason to decide whether or not my...