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Follow this link to my second blog to read my final post of the semester about my harlaxton home.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY!

Unfortunately, my Harlaxton blog has exceeded the quota for free uploaded files. Since this blog has zero space left, I will be using my other blog to finish posting about Italy and other adventures at Harlaxton!  Stay tuned at katiemeek.wordpress.com

BARCA!

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Remember how I said my trips just keep getting better and better? Well, this past weekend in Barcelona was no exception and I’m so glad I saved the best for last! This last weekend was our final free weekend to travel and I think it’s safe to say I made the most of it by taking a trip to Spain.  I think what makes this trip stand out from all the others is the difference in culture.  This trip felt like a true study abroad experience by being in a place where you didn’t speak the dialect, didn’t look like anyone else and felt a bit like an outsider.  In many of the places we’ve traveled, as long as you keep your mouth shut, no one will know you’re an American.  I felt like this weekend I had American written in Sharpie on my forehead everywhere we went.  It was also similar to my trip to Milan, in that pointing and gesturing were most helpful in communicating because of the language barrier.  Barcelona was hands down the most beautiful city I’ve experienced this semester.  The architecture & vibrant colors splashed throughout the city were unbelievable and was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  All of the places I’ve traveled to this semester have been extraordinary, but they start to look a lot alike.  Spain, on the other hand, was not like anywhere I’ve ever been & I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience the wonderful city of Barcelona!

costume ball

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The costume ball was probably one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had this semester at Harlaxton! It was so much fun seeing everyone dressed up in such awesome costumes. The night was full of singing, dancing and colorful lights. I finally had the opportunity to dress up as Pocahontas, my favorite Disney princess, and show off my Native-American side.  After the party wound down, we stayed up and watched UK win their 8th national championship!  What an all-around good night it was.

paris.

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Just when I think Harlaxton can’t get any busier, life gets even crazier and I never even have time to relax or take a nap. Today we turned in our British Studies honors research papers, so I finally have a tiny bit of free time to update! (Thank goodness!)

Over the second long weekend I ventured off to France for five days of fun in Paris.  I couldn’t have asked for a better trip to go on over the long weekend.  It was such a lovely city to spend a few days in & a little trip to Disneyland Paris didn’t hurt anyone either!  Our journey consisted of taking a train to London and then changing over to the Eurostar (the Chunnel) which we rode until we arrived in Paris.  We rode the Metro to our hotel, where we quickly checked in, unpacked, and set off to explore the magnificent city of Paris.  It was already dark outside, so we knew the first thing we wanted to see was the Eiffel Tower in lights!  Seeing the tower for the first time was absolutely amazing, it was one of those movie moments where we all squealed and gasped a bit as we excitedly skipped off in the direction of the tower. (Or maybe that was just me?)  Either way, it was so perfect and lovely to see in person and I couldn’t believe it was actually right in front of me.  Thursday and Friday were two days jam-packed with plenty of sight seeing.  On our first day of adventure we made it to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, climbed the Eiffel Tower and spent some time lounging in pretty parks.  On Friday morning we took the train to the Palace of Versailles and spent the first half of our day enjoying the palace and gardens.  Upon returning to town, we made it to Notre Dame, The Film Museum, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and Moulin Rouge. (All before crashing in our comfy hotel beds after two very busy days!)  Every minute of Saturday was spent pretending I was eight years old again in Disneyland and making new friends with French children. The long weekend was a great break from a busy end of the semester and took our minds off of research paper writing for a few days.  I could go on & on about how beautiful everything was and what a spectacular city Paris is, but I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

baldies.

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This afternoon Dr. Andrew McMichael of Western Kentucky University shaved his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for children’s cancer research. (He raised $565!)  Bill McClure and Griffin Frugé spontaneously volunteered to join in on the fun and also had their heads shaved to help raise awareness. The bald heads suit them all well, if I do say so myself!

BABY LAMBS!

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JUST LOOK AT THEM!

I think the pictures of these precious baby lambs speak for themselves.  Honestly, they were too good to be true. The man who farms the land that borders Harlaxton brought these sweet little babies over for us to love on and play with. After finishing the second British Studies exam that sucked all the energy and life out of me, playing with these darling newborn lambs was the best therapy I could have asked for! (Best reward ever!)  The lambs were three-days old and the most loveable creatures you could ever imagine.  I think they also enjoyed being the center of attention and having their first baby pictures taken!

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