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Exercises in Arctic diplomacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: New opportunities for learning

Every two years, the Model Arctic Council is held in the state currently chairing the Arctic Council. Participating students are selected from across the circumpolar Arctic and non-Arctic states, and work collaboratively to simulate the work of the Member States, Permanent Participants, Working Groups, Observers, and others who are involved in Arctic Council negotiations, in a course that leads up to a one-week residency … Read More Exercises in Arctic diplomacy during the COVID-19 pandemic: New opportunities for learning

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Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders Days 3 & 4| January 2020

Days No. Three & Four: Learning in and about the Lofoten Archipelago During the course of my MSc, I read many an article about the United Nations’ and its protocols. One I became particularly familiar with is the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea. In fact, I’ve become so familiar with it that I am delighted when I stumble upon its … Read More Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders Days 3 & 4| January 2020

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West Highland Way | Pre-Departure

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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Malta | May 2019

In June 2018, I completed a journal exercise in which I wrote what “a Day in the Life” would be like for me a year and a half into the future. While many of the details of this fortune-telling exercise are yet to reveal themselves as true, there was one piece that has already come to fruition: In this entry, I wrote that I … Read More Malta | May 2019

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Austria | May 2019

Upon arrival, at 17 years old, the little I knew about Austria could solely be attributed to my obsession with The Sound of Music as a child (my sisters and I performed an absolutely adorable rendition of “So Long, Farewell” countless times on the winding staircase at our grandparents’ house)…

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Dublin: Country & City

It was meant to be time designated to hammer out my literature review for my dissertation, but it ended up being so much more than that. I booked a last-minute flight to Dublin, Ireland, to experience a change of scenery and get some writing done. After arriving Tuesday afternoon, I checked into Pebble Beach Resort – my home for the next few nights. It … Read More Dublin: Country & City

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Go That way! Bratislava & Vienna 2019

Spontaneity reigned when I made the decision to join Harry in Bratislava for a weekend in March! Having booked my flight the night before, I arrived in Bratislava late Friday night after classes. A delayed flight, a 40-minute wait in the customs line, and a cab ride that I overpaid for-later, I met Harry at the Bukowski Bar, a very funky, dungeon-esque spot where … Read More Go That way! Bratislava & Vienna 2019

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Banksoski! Bulgaria’s best (and cheapest) skiing

When I initially imagined myself skiing in Europe, I pictured Chamonix and St. Antons, but when travelling on a student budget, Google became my best friend in helping me find the best, cheapest mountains. One place that promised great skiing and unparalleled prices across multiple “Best of…” lists was Bansko Ski Resort in the Pirin Mountains of Bulgaria. Wizz Air tickets bought and a … Read More Banksoski! Bulgaria’s best (and cheapest) skiing

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Singing George Ezra All Day Long

Budapest, Hungary | January 2019 After settling into our new routine at school in England, Jess, Katie, and I were keen to take advantage of cheap flights around Europe before our coursework would prevent us from taking off at a moment’s notice. We decided on Budapest, more on a whim than anything, and arrived with very little expectations as to what the city would … Read More Singing George Ezra All Day Long

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Iceland by Moonlight: January 2019

While en route to the United Kingdom to complete our next semester of graduate school, Jess and I took advantage of our last week of winter vacation by meeting in Reykjavik for a few days of exploration. After a day of taking in the sights of the capital city, including chai lattes at Cafe Babalu, we rented an SUV and tackled the Golden Circle.

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Oregon Coast September 2018

With only the first few weeks of my graduate programme underway, I headed down the Oregon Coast with my friends Danielle and Olivia to run the Pacific Northwest Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon. We had committed to running it back in July, figuring it would be the perfect way to celebrate our reunion after Danielle’s Social Justice practicum in India. On Friday morning, we … Read More Oregon Coast September 2018

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Scotland | August 2018

At 27 years old, after more than two decades of highland dancing, I finally travelled to Scotland – land of bagpipes, shortbread, and my favourite pastime.