Budapest Week One: First Impressions

Budapest Week One: First Impressions

adventures of andrea

I’ve had a bit of a lifestyle change since I last checked in here on the blog: I’ve arrived in Budapest, Hungary to study abroad for the semester! This past week has felt like a whirlwind, and I’m excited to share it all with you.

Upon arriving last Sunday (one week ago), I was jetlagged, exhausted, and overwhelmed. So many unknowns faced me, which was simultaneously exciting and stressful. Upon arriving at the airport, I met my lovely tandem partner (a student from Hungary who is here to help me along the way). I began unpacking in the dorm, met my roommates, and explored the city for a bit that night. My friends and I found a small pizza place only 3 minutes from my dorm selling huge slices of pizza priced at less than $1 each!! I have a feeling we’ll be visiting this place a lot…

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Journey to Belize: Tikal Part 1

Journey to Belize: Tikal Part 1

The Jaguar

This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize, participating in an archaeology field school and learning about jaguar conservation. More specifically, it details a brief side-trip to Guatemala. The rest of this series is located in the Travel category of this blog.

The North Acropolis at Tikal, viewed from on top of Temple II.

On the morning of June 16, 2017, I awoke in Flores with a start. My first night back in ‘civilization’ had not been restful, haunted by the knowledge that I must eventually return to Northern California. Fortunately, the day was about to improve dramatically. We were going to Tikal.

Tikal is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Americas. Encompassing 57,600 hectares, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the New World (UNESCO, 2018; Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists, 2015). It was initially settled by the Maya in 800 or…

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