Spanish Adventure 4: Urederra and Pamplona

This was genuinely my favorite trip around the Greater Basque Country. Two hours south of Bilbao, in the mountains of Navarre, lies a hidden gem of the region. Urederra is the exit of a natural aquifer cut into the karst that makes up the mountains of the region. The name Urederra derives from the Basque…

Jordan: Wadi Rum

Hello and welcome back! In my last blog I said Ajloun was my favorite place so far in Jordan. I truly did not believe the beauty of the rolling hills covered in olive trees could be topped. However, at this point in my travels I can confidently say that it has, in fact, been replaced…

England: Final Exams

Hello! This week marks the start of finals here at Leeds! After finishing classes, we had a week off, and now, we have our finals. However, it is not just this week that we have finals. We have three whole weeks of finals! We basically have a month of finals instead of a week of…

England: May Days #1

We are now halfway through May and the weather has somewhat warmed up. There are very chilly days and the casual “great day for a picnic” days as well. UK weather is something that I do not think I will ever be able to get used to, but it has also helped me appreciate sunny…

Spanish Adventure 3: Olite y Bardenas Reales

For the third trip around the Basque Country, I traveled to the town of Olite and the desert called Bardenas Reales. Both of these locations are outside of Bizkaia, in Navarre. Neither are necessarily famous worldwide, however; both are known for one main attraction. Olite is a relatively ancient town. It was first built in…

Jordan: Ajloun

Hello, friends! My travels took me to Ajloun, Jordan this week! So far, definitely the most picturesque place in Jordan I have visited yet. The rolling hills and winding road kept me on my toes as the views changed with every new angle of observation. I feel so blessed and truly spoiled to have gotten…

The Best Way to Learn a Language

Ha! Gotcha! This may be a little bit of clickbait, but I definitely learned a lot from my parents coming to visit Bilbao for a week. And, don’t worry, I will share some of the things that I learned at the end of the article. For their spring break, my parents decided to come to…

Spanish Adventure 2: Salto del Nervion y Vitoria-Gasteiz

The second trip that I went on this semester was to go see the Salto del Nervion and the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Both are staple sites of the Basque Country. We (I went with a group) left Bilbao and traveled for about and hour and a half from Bizkaia to Castilla y Leon. When we…

England: April_Log #2

As with many long trips, there are times when I yearn to be in my home and see my parents, pets, and siblings each day. Though I am happy to be in Leeds and have grown comfortable with the lifestyle here, I always remember to make a call to my family every now and then….

England: April_Log #1

This month seemed pretty long, but also short. For the majority of April, we did not have any classes due to Easter Break. During this time, I was able to enjoy some time to relax, explore Leeds, and travel to London! One of the most exciting things is that spring finally came and I was…

England: Easter Break Activities

Since we get the whole month of April off at the University of Leeds, April is a great time to travel, go to events, and have fun without having to worry too much about school work! As soon as break started, my friends and I went on a trip to explore some Harry Potter filming…

England: University Differences

School is definitely different here in Leeds. In this blog post, I will talk about three of the biggest differences between the University of Leeds and the University of Mississippi. 1)I did not have to pay for any books this semester! All of my readings were online, and any other papers that the students needed…