Aug ’12 – Dec ’12 | Africa | I am studying language, culture, and public health in Dakar with CIEE’s Language and Culture program, as well as working at a community clinic.
I get to stay with a host family. I’ll be taking Advanced French, Beginner Wolof, Senegalese Society and Culture, an elective (I chose Santé Publique), and an internship seminar (I’ll be working at a community clinic named Dispensaire Saint Laurent). Only Senegalese Society and Culture will be taught in English. The malarious mosquitos are voracious, the power outages are frequent, and the vegetables/toilet paper are a luxury.
Dec ’12 – Feb ’13 | Europe | I’m flying from Dakar to Madrid and backpacking solo around Europe for 7.5 weeks, until I reach Paris.
Technically it’ll only be 5.5 weeks because my wonderful mother will be visiting me for two weeks. Currently on my list of must-sees are Barcelona, the Amalfi Coast/Cinque Terre, and Santorini. The internet claims that Eastern Europe is now the place to be (Prague, Amsterdam, Budapest, Croatian coast). The mass-media-influenced me claims that Western Europe is a must, especially since I’m visiting during the off-season anyway.
I’m attempting to carry everything around in a 36L pack. I hope it doesn’t rain or snow too much because my footwear is going to be Converses, mesh running shoes, and flip flops.
Feb ’13 – July ’13 | Asia | From Paris, I fly into Shanghai to study International Business at Fudan University (复旦大学).
I’m not sure what to expect yet since program details won’t be sent until December. I just know that the program offers a wealth of interesting classes and that even though we have to take six (!) classes, I’m having trouble deciding which of the many I’ll choose for my final pick. I’m guessing that being in Shanghai will feel spa-like after traveling through Africa and Europe.
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