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Author: Manda

Hitting the Ground Running… Through a Children’s Park and to a Concert

Hitting the Ground Running… Through a Children’s Park and to a Concert

Romanian Honeymoon, September & October 2017 Day 3, Bucharest – September 28 I had forgotten how nice it was to be in a large city. Having slept off the stress of the night before, we awoke to the sounds of birds, cars, people, and everything else that comes from living in a bustling urban area. We had a late night coming up that day so we spent a part of the morning relaxing and napping, though some point in the…

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When Cultures Collide: No, Really. It’s Not About You.

When Cultures Collide: No, Really. It’s Not About You.

Before I was allowed to consider my upcoming trip for a special International Studies Certificate at my college, I had to attend the same study abroad orientation as any other student. I say “as any other student” because, as a friend pointed out, these things seemed to be geared more toward, say, nineteen year olds who lived with mom and not thirty year olds going to visit friends in a country they’ve already been to, but a lot of the…

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Arrival Survival: Landing in Romania

Arrival Survival: Landing in Romania

Romanian Honeymoon, September & October 2017 Day 2, Zurich to Bucharest – September 27 After our horrendously long flight and layover, we were tired. We were so tired. I can’t even begin to articulate just how tired we were because I think the last time I had been that tired was when I was, like, ten years younger or something and was actually capable of having fun. (I kid. I’m all kinds of fun. I’m also all kinds of too old…

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The First Longest Flight

The First Longest Flight

Romanian Honeymoon, September & October 2017 Day 1, Chicago to Zurich – September 26 It had been a few years between my last flight of any kind and the absurdly long 24 hour trip we were taking to Romania, so I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with regard to how the security line and check in was going to work. It didn’t help that we were also going to Chicago O’Hare’s bustling international terminal instead of the one we…

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Preparing For Takeoff: Honeymoon Edition

Preparing For Takeoff: Honeymoon Edition

Deciding on Romania for our honeymoon last year was kind of a no-brainer. I mean, it was pretty easy. I’d always wanted to go, my husband loved the idea, and it was generally pretty affordable. I did the math and the amount of money we’d need for the trip (something to the tune of $3000, I want to say) wouldn’t have gone nearly as far in New York City or Disney World. So why not jet abroad, see a new…

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The Frequently Asked Question

The Frequently Asked Question

Without a doubt, the most common reaction I get when I tell people where I am going is always the same: “Why Romania?” I get it. It’s not exactly a popular vacation destination, and most people I know can’t even point to Romania on a map. The truth is, ever since I was a kid I was captivated by reading about the country’s history, by looking at pictures of castles, and as I got older by hearing the music that…

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