Archive for February, 2014

The first 10 days

Our first 10 days here in Penang, Malaysia have been a whirlwind. From the food to the heat to the languages to the city, we have all had so many new experiences and already have some great stories. During orientation at the Hyatt Place in Minneapolis, we took a field trip to the Midtown Global […]

What a Difference One Week Makes

  From one Saturday to the next, it seems impossible to believe how different things can be. On Saturday, February 8, we gathered at the Hyatt Place hotel in Bloomington and, after a few hours of orientation, went as a group to Red Lobster for dinner. The outdoor temperature was below zero as we rushed […]

Ireland Portfolio

Home Away From Home             Over the past few weeks I have seen and experienced the multitude of emotions that come in visiting a new country. I have been in wonderment of the typical sights, sounds, and day to day exploits that come with the prospect of visiting somewhere new, but there is something I […]

Golden Graces

  Golden Graces   I have never seen such contradiction in one place. Grey parallel bodies of limestone rock breathe at the earth’s surface, finally. They appear to weigh down the land and harness any possible color that could blossom there. But when I peer closer, soft carpets of green and reaching fingers of thorns […]

David Sorensen – Portfolio

I duck into the dimly lit interior of the pub, immediately confronted by the lyrics of an old eighties rock anthem. It sounds a bit like “We Built This City,” but the sound is too weak to hear clearly. A wide bar extends back and around the corner, lined every few feet with a set […]

Stephen Bormann, Final Project

A raised circle of ground stood against the level grazing field.  I stood at the base of the green slope, my feet almost touching it, but just an inch back.  Nothing moved around me: it was silent.  I closed my eyes and listened.  The silence became even stronger.  These “fairy forts” seemed to demand respect […]

To the Country I Loved So Well

A silence choked the air as the man strode across the cold stone floor and tucked himself away on the creaky oak bench. The white lapels of his crinkled shirt overpowered his brown blazer. The singer rested a guitar on his tan cords and held the neck of the instrument at his shoulders. He gave […]

Brendan Maloney, Final Project

Spirit of Ireland             One of the first things that I did when I got here was to go on a long walk and get a feel for the area.  I had just arrived in the Burren the night before; it was dark and I was tired and I just wanted to get to bed, […]

Jessie Dettling’s Final Portfolios

Spirit of Ireland Essay:   When I pictured myself in Ireland, I pictured rock walls lining the landscape, crumbling stone castles, deep-green moss patties surrounding makeshift limestone sidewalks, and sheep farms galore. I arrived in the picturesque Burren to find that Ireland was everything I had expected it to be. I hadn’t wanted to believe […]

Kailee Carlson~ Final Portfolio

Spirit of Ireland As I walk down the twisty one lane road, the strong whistling wind blows my untamed hair across my face.  The clouds have turned dark and forbidding once again and the thought of rain is near.  Before I have time to realize what is coming, all at once sheets of rain splatter […]