Each semester our study abroad participants are invited to submit their most impressive and impactful photos that encapsulate a unique experience abroad. The photos are judged within four different categories. The following are the Spring 2013 Winners, accompanied by excerpts from each student’s photo explanation!
Category – Marauders Abroad
“The photo was taken as I was crossing the Carrick-A-Rede, which is a rope bridge about 90 feet above water that basically connects a cliff to the mainland. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about crossing the bridge because I have a slight fear of heights, but the views on the bridge were totally worth it. The photo brings back wonderful memories of a great weekend in Northern Ireland, seeing absolutely breathtaking scenery, eating authentic Irish food, and enjoying time with friends abroad.”
I named this photo “Where else to go?” Because that’s what the day was like for me. I was adventuring the Hermosa! (Beautiful) City of Valparaíso with a sweet friend of mine, Sage Narbonne, who is from North Carolina. She and I would take turns at taking photos for each other. This particular day was the first time she and I went alone to some of these back streets of the city! We stumbled upon colorful houses, inspiring murals and stray dogs. All while trying to keep our tourist status on a less obvious note.
Category – Marauders in Action
This picture was taken on a day trip to Lochness, in Scotland. Our tour guide, Gary, got special permission to take us to a property in the area not open to the public. The woman whose property we went to had the most gorgeous house right by the lake, with woods nearby. She also owned three horses, but she did not refer to them as horses; she called them ‘electric mowers’ and said they cut the grass on her whole property. Going to her place in Lochness was really special to me because it was different and not the typical area people go to see when they go to Lochness. Plus, Lochness is one of those places you must go to at least once while you are in Scotland because everyone wants to know whether you have seen the “Lochness monster.”
This was photo taken on the Andes Mountains at the Chilean Ski resort in Portillo. It was medium alright…. This was a very unforgiving next level up from the baby beginner slopes, but we braved it! This day was breathtakingly gorgeous and the nature of skiing opened my eyes to many life analogies, one I am willing to share is: nothing is TOO HARD FOR GOD! He made all of these mountains and so he can surely help me figure out my way in life! I will ALWAYS remember this day! There were points on that very slope I felt like I am absolutely NUTS for coming up here but I HAD TO make it down alive so I pretended to be brave. A day to always remember.
Category – Landscapes & Landmarks
I encountered this view of King Ludwig’s castle on purpose. One of my traveling companions I had met earlier in the day heard that there were fantastic views of the castle from a bridge crossing a ravine. We walked about ten minutes from the actual castle to the bridge and I was taken away by the beautiful views. I had seen this view of the castle in travel documentaries and photos of Europe and Germany but seeing it in person was such an experience, one that I will never forget. The view from this bridge is so great that you forget that this little metal bridge is all that stands between you and the rocky ravine below. In fact, I tell everyone that coming here is something you should strive to see if the means and sense of adventure allows.
“This City is Beautiful” was a curious walk I went on with my friend Sage. We wanted to go to parts of the city that were not mainstream so we headed a las Colinas (to the hills)! Here we found many small item grocery outlets in which to purchase Palta or avocado as we know it! This photo brings back some of the sweetest memories of my life thus far. The people of Chile are a special people that know what it means to deeply enjoy life through the things that really matter: family, friends, love.
Category – People and Culture
I came across the local Scottish band after a long day in Edinburgh. It was the first day I visited Edinburgh while in Scotland, and the bus tour I was on met near the National Gallery in Edinburgh at the end of the day. The Scottish band was playing right next to there, so I listened to them before I left Edinburgh that day. It was a really interesting experience to listen to an authentic band from Scotland, and they were actually really good. I very much enjoyed listening to them, and I honestly wish I could have listened to them longer. The photo brings back wonderful memories of experiencing my first day in Edinburgh, which happens to be my favorite city in Scotland, and listening to the band was a very good end to a very good first day there.
This picture is so special to me because the dance performance helped me wrap up my time in Chile and reminded me why I decided to study in Chile. The first day of orientation a group of Chilean students danced traditional dances for all the exchange students. Throughout the semester I took a course on these traditional dances and learn the history behind each. It was a class I will never forget because I have always loved dancing and the professor made me even more interested by showing me new dances. At the end of the semester the professor asked other students and me if we would like to perform for the Chilean students as a way of thanking them for their hospitality. I immediately said yes as I knew it would mean a lot to the Chilean students and faculty. I danced to two different dances, one being the national Chilean dance and wore the traditional outfits. After the performance I had Chilean students, faculty, staff, and even just guest at the university thanking me for embracing their culture that it really showed me how much it meant to them. Who knew that a simple performance would mean so much. Dancing for the university will always mean so much to me.