Denver H.

Junior - French
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Chambery, France

Interests: Travel, Cinema, Singing and Music, Storytelling

Extra Curricular Activities: Theater, Choir, French Club

Red or Green? green

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

— Andre Gide

Favorite Class: French, Philosophy

Favorite Bands: Gorillaz, Submotion Orchestra, Hidden Orchestra

What are your favorite events around Albuquerque?
The Balloon Fiesta is the obvious choice here, but I’d also recommend the many film and food festivals that happen. I also like to check out the Spicy Foods Festival among others. Oh, and don’t forget the Renaissance Fair!

Why do you think it is important to study abroad?
I think that it is very important for people to get out of their comfort zones and experience other cultures. You know, realize that they aren’t the center of the universe and maybe pick up some values and ideas along the way. Also, it’s really fun!

What is a funny fact about France?
I feel kind of bad about making jokes about France, but there are so many. One joke is that Striking is a national sport in France. This second one isn’t funny, but I do think it’s interesting: France has the 6th largest economy in the world! Not bad, huh?

What are you the most excited for and afraid of about this exchange?
I’m really excited to improve my French speaking skills, but am nervous for the period of time where I will inevitably struggle.

Meet Denver H.

Scotland the Brave (but mostly beautiful)

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Now that I’ve made my post about how people tend to romanticize Europe and sometimes go overboard, I’m going to romanticize Europe and go overboard. Probably my favorite trip I’ve taken this entire year was to the Scottish highlands. Whenever I speak to my UK friends and say I’d like to visit their country, they […]

Romanticizing Europe

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Traveling around Europe tends to get romanticized a lot in the media. This is a continent with rich cultural diversity, beautiful cities, delicious food, and a complex history. All of these things are true, but they are not the whole truth. These are the best parts of trips to the old world, and they’re the […]

Travel Tips For Italy or Elsewhere Pt. 2

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So I’m just going to pick up from where I left off last time.        2. It’s Always High Season My buddies and I thought we were being clever visiting Italy in the late winter/early spring. Everyone visits Italy in the summer when it’s nice out, right? And the restaurants and businesses even agreed by […]

 Traveling Tips for Italy or Elsewhere pt. 1

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I just finished my mid-semester vacation in Italy! I had hoped to be able to directly post this “Traveling Tips” series while in the cities I mention, but unfortunately Italian hotels/hostels have absolutely horrible wifi (at least the cheap ones). Unfortunately I can’t post my photos just yet either. Luckily they are backed up on […]

More of the Same

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Sometimes when I sit down to write a blog post it’s easy: having political conversations or going to another country for a festival are great ways to see and share little cultural nuances and differences. But sometimes it’s actually really hard. My day to day life isn’t bursting with things that strike me as strange […]