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Today we went out for our field trip to see a cow/dairy production. I had never seen anything like it in Poland and it was awesome to see how it all worked. The most fascinating thing I saw that US …

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Field Day

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Today we started our class in a different building, which we actually found without trouble. At first we thought it was a NATO base due to the security and the, uh, jet airplane sitting behind the building. We made it …

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Soils Lab Day

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Monday was our first day of classes, and week 1 is “soil week”. I couldn’t be more excited. We were led into the classroom building, an old Benedictine monastery. The labs are so neat and organized! There are paintings of …

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Do Widzenia

It’s been only a week and a half since I have been back in the states and I feel this aching homesickness for the dormitory that I called home for a month. Having some of the international students as friends …

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The Last Week- A short summary

The last week of classes was completely different from what we had done the previous weeks. The structure was looser, not like the structure of class before had been very strict, but as far as lectures and stuff there wasn’t …

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Prague

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I do not exactly like my opinion of Prague. You see, because I didn’t exactly like Prague. But I think it all comes down to the conditions of the weekend we went, and I’m sure if I had more time …

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The Zoo

On our second Friday in Poland Łucasz and Kasia took us to the zoo in Bydgoszcz. It was so much fun! They have this crazy looking goat with 4 horns. We saw bears, wolves, boars, ducks, lemurs, a donkey and …

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Seaside Saturday

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On our second weekend, the rector of our university took us to Gdansk and Sopot. Both towns are beautiful and on the water. We stopped to eat upon arrival in Gdansk and I learned a valuable lesson. Just because the …

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Toruń

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Our last adventure in Poland was a quick day trip to Toruń to see the home of Copernicus, the Father of Astronomy.   After some quick shopping and our last helping of pierogi we made our way to his house, …

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Lights, Camera, Action!

First weekend a photo shoot for the paper, then a radio interview three days later, and now a TV interview… I feel like a celebrity. I’m not sure why everyone is so interested in us but apparently they are. During …

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The Circle of Life

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At the end of our third week in Poland we visited a pig farm as well as a slaughter house for pork. I raised hogs in high school, through FFA, so I was very excited about the first part of …

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Czech Me Out!

On our third weekend we all went to Prague in the Czech Republic. This weekend trip was especially meaningful for me because well I’m czech. Being able to walk the street of my homeland was beyond compare. Only complaint, TOO …

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Plants, Plants and More Plants

Week two was all about plants, culminating in a field trip to one of the experiment stations associated with the university. They are running experiments to determine which species are better suited for the area. This includes cereal grain as …

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next chapter

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Today is the end of the first part of my journey through Poland and the beginning of my time alone here and so far its not off to the best start. Literally as soon as I am alone bamb get …

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Things I learned today

So I learned my lesson the hard way today. Always always always be wary of people trying to get your money. I won’t go into too much detail but today I got robbed by a taxi driver. I was not …

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Airport blues

Sitting at the flying bistro, it’s 10 am…. And my flight doesn’t leave until 6 tonight. So that’s cool. Im really sad robe leaving. I will truly miss Bydgoszcz and all the people I met there. Everyone was super nice …

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What’s that? A jaskötka?

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I was having dinner the other night. It was after the sun set, but long before it got dark. I was gazing out the restaurant window and lost in those thoughts all travelers get when there is a few moments …

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, TRY NOT TO BE AWKWARD

Last week we had a very interesting morning on Wednesday. The Bydgoszcz local news came to interview us and record us for the news. This would be fine and dandy if I was not such an awkward person….  Actually we …

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shoes destroyed

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If there is one thing you should know about me is that I am extremely destructive. Whether it is because I am fidgety, I drag my feet to much or that I have the touch of death for inanimate objects. …

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Video Exposé – we made it on Television

Earlier I blogged that the class participants were interviewed by news reporters. Earlier the class participants were interviewed by the local radio station. Now we’ve really made the big time by being on a television magazine show “Agroregion” with host Joanna …

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The Other White Meat

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    It’s been another pretty interesting week of classes. Pork is super huge here so a lot of it involved how they raise pigs here. Wednesday was my kind of day in class… mostly because we got to work …

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Prague city

This weekend we had the chance to go to Prague. And come to find out…. I’m allergic to the city. I was sneezing my brains out, my face and throat were so itchy, my head was hurting and my nose was …

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NewsPrint – we made the papers

The local newspaper did a story on our Texas USA – Tarleton State University – students. It was originally a longer article but a local was elected to a Parliamentary seat and the story about Texans was reduced. Link to newspaper …

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Who knew you could milk a cow with a robot!

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On Sunday we were given an opportunity to tour a new state of the art dairy. I’m a soils person so dairy cattle are not my field of expertise but this sounded like a great time to expand on my …

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VaVaMuffin! VaVaMuffin! VaVaMuffin!

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Okay so you’re probably wondering who VaVaMuffin is. Fair enough because until we got here I’d never heard of them either. On our second evening here we were invited to go to a concert with Łukasz, Ada and Kasia, some …

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What do you mean there’s no toilet paper!

Yep, that was our reaction when we went to use the restroom on the first night in the dorm. Of course it was too late to do anything about it. Thankfully, we had some unused napkins left over from our …

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Soil Profiles

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Week One was an experience in adaptation. One thing that was fun was ending the education experience with hands on ‘let’s go and do it’ activities. That is how this study abroad experience is set up. Intense laboratory instruction followed …

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Seaside

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The rector and his daughter took us the Gdańsk and Sopot yesterday on our day off. It was such a nice day! We went to gdansk first and saw the Amber museum. It was simply beautiful! Even though the stairs …

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plants and animals

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This was wrote friday but I delayed uploading it. In the past two days I have seen so much new flora and fauna. Yesterday I had the great opportunity to visit a botanical research station. There they were doing research …

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so many people

Holy guacamole batman! The floodgates really opened up today in bydgoszc! I dont know if it is because its a weekend or if it is because it is a holiday but it seems like everyone and their dog are out …

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Gdansk on our ‘day off’

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Prof. Dr. Antoni Bukaluk and Rector of University of Technology & Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz Poland offered to take us to visit Gdansk and some surrounding areas. We jumped at the opportunity! Gdansk is not to awfully far from Bydgoszcz. Couple of hours …

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Baltic Barefoot

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Study Abroad is not just about learning classroom stuff. Yea, everybody should know that! But, sometimes it is about experiencing things you can brag about later. This is one that is a brag about later. SO, here is the phalanges …

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America day in Bydgoszcz

On Tuesday we had a random fun day. It started off in class of course and we learned that morning that an exchange student from Texas was going to come take us to lunch that day. Of course we were …

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Plants ‘n stuff

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So week two is basically over. Or at least classes are finished for the week. We covered plants over the past four days and I think I know way more about cereal grains now than I would ever have expected …

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oki doki

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attention this is an old post that i just refound   When I first arrived in warsaw I was extremely nervous it was my first time being alone in a foreign country I knew that multitudes of people backpack across europe …

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So many professors

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Today I really realized just how lucky I am and what a great opportunity this is. I am not saying that before I was not appreciative but I’ve been going through so much personal issues that it took awhile to …

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The Time I Got Mistaken for a Prostitute

Yes, you read that correctly. I thought about not posting this story, but I think it’s hilarious. So why not, right? Last night, Shawn and I were playing pool in the bar that was in our hostel. We decide to …

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Putting out an ad for a European husband

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Seriously, I need a European to come and sweep me off my feet and keep me here forever. I am absolutely loving the country so far. It is a stunningly beautiful place. Not only that, but the people are surprisingly …

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GIRAFFES GIRAFFES EVERYWHERE!

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  TRAINS WITH NO A/C SHOULD BE ILLEGAL! We made it to Krakow! After sitting on a train for what felt like an eternity we made it. Our hostel is called hostel giraffe, and if anyone knows me giraffes are …

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Quiet streets

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Sometimes I can find a quiet street. Usually, however, there are plenty of pedestrians and it is obvious Americans don’t walk nearly enough. This is in Krakow but this is similar in Bydgoszcz or Warsaw; maybe less so in Warsaw …

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Old and New

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I am having breakfast in the dining room of the Hotel Francuski in Krakow Poland. I note that there is a juxtaposition between old, sometimes what looks under repair, and sparking new. This hotel has the old charm in abundance …

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Pine Forest

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We learned that Poland has a robust administration of forest lands. These are mostly pines. The area of pine forest has increased since Poland moved from a Communist political structure to parliamentarian. The Pine forest was something like 12% and …

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Week One!

Poland has been nothing but amazing so far! We started class on Monday and I have learned so much already after 3 days of class. First of when we got here i was kinda scared and didn’t know what it …

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Cosmopolitan and Connected

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Only a few steps from my lodgings entrance is a natural area (park). Taking a stroll around this park on a Sunday evening I noted that the park was a wifi hotspot. It takes an email address and name to …

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Instructors quarters

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When Dr Lambert and I were working with Dr Robitaille at Tarleton State Universities International Programs Office, Dr Robitaille made a clear argument for having instructors quarters at a different location from the Study Abroad student participants. While this post is …

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She’s got a ticket to fly… but they don’t care!

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For my first weekend in Poland… I am sitting at home. Still on stinkin’ Texas dirt. You could say I’m a tad past disgruntled about it. This whole ordeal is getting ridiculous, especially after spending most of today in a …

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first day experince

Boy howdy am I ever tired, I have been going nonstop since six am Monday morning from the time I left Texas. Even before my departure I felt very apprehensive and jittery. Every noises and every bump an quake along …

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the night before the flight———>HEY THAT RYHMED!

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Welp here I am on the eve of my flight to Warsaw and boy howdy am I ever nervous! I don’t know if the other students knew this but I will be leaving early well surprise surprise. I plan on …

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Posting Pictures

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I created a little video on how to post on a separate page. The WordPress dashboard is truly not overly complicated and you really just need to try it and have a little knowledge. Posting pictures is easy. We just …

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Posting Hints

Posting Hints Please check the box in front of “Bydgoszcz Poland 2014” in the Categories box in the right hand column when adding a new post. The administrators can initiate new categories so that content can be grouped on pages based …

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Hello! and Welcome!

Welcome to Study Abroad Globalearner.net. This weblog is for posting about the global experience. Participants blog sharing there experience and relate to there education past, present, and future. These posts are intended to share and thereby include family, friends, and …

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