Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

A Whirlwind Adventure

Next week is the last week of classes and I am finally done with all of the essays that were due in the past week. That means I finally have a little free time to update my blog! I say a little, because I am momentarily headed off to Torridon, Scotland for another week of outdoor adventures.  Therefore, I am doing my best to save time and am inserting a gallery with all of my pictures, instead of spending hours trying to fit them all perfectly in place throughout the blog. Quite a bit has occurred since my last post, mainly […]

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Gray is Grippy, Green is Slippy

Let me begin by apologizing for how long it has taken me to finally find time to sit down and write this new post, and also for how long it will take for me to post my next post.  Our two week, inter-semester break starts next week and I have been working and planning like crazy to ensure I can full enjoy the trip without having to worry about homework or looking for hostels and maps of the cities we are visiting.  But you’re not interested in that right now, are you? Instead, I will begin to recount what adventures […]

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Rock, Paper, Lack of Gravitational Force

I will quickly recap my week, but only so I can focus on my very exciting weekends! My weekdays involved completing two homework sets, starting an essay, hours in the library, a few cafe runs, and then one glorious afternoon sitting on the pier in the warmth and sunshine.  Overall, a mundane week attending university.  However, I was perfectly content having a calm week since my weekend were filled with mountaineering club adventures! The first weekend I was able to attend the overnight trip to Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge!   Our adventure was off to an epic start […]

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Monday, February 27th, 2012

Putting the Study in Study Abroad

One of the main reasons I looked forward to studying abroad was to finally have a relaxing semester.  I would not have an appointment for every hour in my agenda, my extra-curricular obligations would be few and far between, I would be able to travel leisurely, and in all of my spare time, I would actually be able to work on thoroughly understanding and appreciating the material I covered in my classes. Oh how wrong my expectations were. My “free” time during the week, has quickly been filled with rock climbing trips with the St. Andrews University Mountaineering Club (STAUMC), […]

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Monday, February 20th, 2012

Where’s the Rain?

I have officially been at the University of St. Andrews for a week! My proudest moment so far came yesterday, when someone asked me for directions and I not only knew the building they were asking about, but also how to get there! Granted it was my apartment complex and it was just a few blocks straight ahead, but still, I am learning my way around! While many of the other study abroad students I have met came directly from there schools, Bucknell uses a provider program, IFSA-Butler.  IFSA knows anything and just about everything about studying abroad in various […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

What could possibly go wrong?

10 Things I Learned while Visiting Chile/ Argentina (in no particular order): 1. Always carry some spare pesos. 2. Bring sunscreen (lots of it). 3. Learn a little Spanish, or at least buy a tourists’ translation book. 4. The septic systems cannot handle toilet paper, even in the cities you throw it in the trash, and many of the toilets you do encounter are made for squatting not sitting. 5. Siestas are a real thing. Do not expect many stores to be open early afternoon. 6. The packs of dogs wandering the streets are more interested in scraps of food […]

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Proper Introductions are in Order

Now that my whirlwind packing and trip to South America (post about that trip soon to follow) is over and I finally have a few days of somewhat down time before I need to start packing for Scotland, I figured I should properly introduce myself. Hi. My name is Monica Herzog. I am currently a Junior at Bucknell University planning on studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (I realize this is fairly obvious since this is a study abroad blog for Bucknell University.) My major is Physics with a concentration in Astronomy.  No I am not […]

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Procrastination at its Finest

Hi my name is Monica Herzog, and I am a master procrastinator.  Tomorrow marks the start to my adventures abroad, and I am about half way done with all of my packing.  Although procrastinating has led to me a little more stress this time than normal, I am glad to say I will be done with everything necessary before my plane takes off. Now I understand that most people would use their first post to share some background information, however, I do not exactly have the spare time to do so right now.  I promise my next post will be […]

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