Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Hello to all my family, friends, peers, and professors (or anyone else reading this)!  A quick disclaimer to start out with:  I have never kept a blog/journal/diary or done any sort of daily documentation of my activities except for a running log.  So considering that I've previously had a little international traveling experience in Europe, this blog might be the most foreign concept I face over the next few months!  I also realize that the majority of you all do not speak Spanish, and therefore I apologize in advance for any mid-sentence language changes.  However, my main goal in studying abroad is to become fluent in Spanish and I can definitely foresee myself switching between English and Spanish without realizing.

Some background information on myself and my trip:  I am from Stevens Point, WI and a sophomore biochemistry and Spanish double major and a pre-Med student as well at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  I also run cross country and track for UMD and I am a member of the UMD Nordic Ski Club.  This spring semester I will be studying abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain.  In addition to becoming fluent in Spanish I hope to learn a lot about Spanish culture, cooking, etc.

I will be leaving for Spain on the 29th of January and will have a 3 day orientation in Madrid, Spain before traveling to Seville.  Once in Seville, I will be living with a 54 year old Spanish woman, her 81 year old mother, and another exchange student from Colorado.  I will also be traveling around Spain and Europe during the semester and for 6 weeks after my program is over.

With my departure rapidly approaching in T-12 days, everything is finally starting to feel real and I am very excited to start this adventure!  Please feel free to comment and ask questions on anything throughout the semester!

¡Hasta España!


  1. First post yay! I'm so excited for you to finally get started in Sevilla! I have heard you talk about it so much last semester but I can't seem to grasp that I will live a Randi-less existence for the next semester+. You have really inspired me to get a jump on my study abroad plans so I stopped by the Study Abroad Office today for some tips. I'm looking forward to catching your updates--the blog is a great idea and you'll get the hang of it in no time!

  2. I am looking forward to reading your blog! I am curious to see how your semester compares to my first year in Italy (a long long time ago!). Of course please post recipes because I'm a cooking buff!! Have a great time!!