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Seeing the World

by Meghann on December 13, 2011

I love running for many reasons, but the ability to meet and talk with friends for a morning run is a big one.

This morning I met my friend Courtney for an early run along the water in South Tampa. Courtney just wrapped up her final semester of nursing school (Go Courtney!) and had disappeared into school work the last couple of months so it was fun to play catch up.

We ran a simple 3 mile out and back along Bayshore and finished 6 miles in a little more than 53 minutes.

It was great playing catch-up, especially hearing Courtney’s open outlook on life. She’s currently applying for jobs all over the world (literally!) and has no fears about picking up everything and moving somewhere fun and exotic. I’m such a homebody that I’m not sure I could do the same thing, but it’s fun to dream and encourage others. We’re only young once, why not go out and explore the world while we can?

I often have dreams about dropping everything and back-packing around Europe for a couple of months. Nothing long term, just enough to see all that I can and get it out of my system. I never studied abroad in college and that may be one of my only regrets about my time in school. At the time I was afraid about having to take out a student loan to pay for it, but looking back now, I know it would have been 100% worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hit a bit of traffic on my way home and made a plate of toast and apple slices for breakfast.


I was finally able to pick up a nice loaf of whole wheat bakery bread at Publix yesterday. The bread was fresh from the oven and extra seedy and grainy. I toasted two slices and slathered them with honey peanut butter, homemade apple butter, and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice granola for breakfast.


Perfect. I missed having bread in the house.

On the side was a sliced up apple


A simple breakfast, but a good breakfast.

Did you study abroad in school? Or have you ever lived in another country?

I’ve never lived outside of Florida. Yep. Homebody.

1 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete December 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

I spent a summer in Romania working in orphanages and have been back twice since then. I love that country! I also got to go to Guatemala the summer before law school to work in orphanages there. I miss traveling!
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2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

I studied abroad for a semester in Spain and kick myself for not doing the entire year all the time. It’s the one chance you get to live abroad without any of the other “life worries” and I totally should’ve milked it for as long as possible. I still have dreams of attending Le Cordon Bleu though in Paris though so maybe it will happen again for me ๐Ÿ™‚
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3 Army Amy* December 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

I live in Texas, but when my husband’s deployment is over, we’ll be moving to an Army post in Germany. We got to spend sometime there this summer, and it’s amazing! I’d be really scared to go alone though.*

4 Laura December 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

My husband is thinking of joining the Army (he was an active duty Marine) and I asked where we could go. Of course, I’m thinking Italy or Germany… He says “well, the first 18 months we’d be at Ft Rucker, Alabama.” Son of a…
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5 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

Since I grew up overseas, going to college in the US was my out-of-county experience, you could say! It is definitely an interesting thing to be American but never live in the states until age 18 ๐Ÿ™‚
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6 Ellen December 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

Studying abroad is the one thing I didn’t do in college and I wish I had. In grad school I did my own study abroad experience…but stayed in the US. I took an internship out on the west coast and spent my summer living on a university campus in Oregon. It was amazing! Having lived my life in WI, living amongst the mountains was great. Now I’m in northern MN, so I guess you could say we have mini-mountains…or just really big hills. ๐Ÿ™‚
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7 christine @ BookishlyB December 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

I keep my passport in my pj drawer (no idea why), so evertime I get to the bottom of the stack I get this crazy urge to pack a bag, head to airport and just go somewhere… anywhere. My husband would probably not appreciate this.

8 Mallory @ It's Only Life December 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

Didn’t study abroad; that’s what being a chemistry major does to you ๐Ÿ™ I was so jealous of my friends who went to Rome, Paris, etc! One day it will happen though !
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9 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life December 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

I was too chicken to do a full semester abroad, but I did do a 3 week program in Greece which was amazing!!!! I would go back in a heart beat!
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10 Christine December 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

In high school I did a 2 week study abroad trip in Japan, in college I did a 1 month study abroad in Ireland. After graduating college I picked up and moved from Wisconsin to New York City with my boyfriend for 6 months. I’m back in Wisconsin now, but all were amazing experiences!

11 Lindsay December 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

You’re lucky in that your job is mobile and you can literally work from anywhere in the world. You should take advantage of that while you can and take off on a backpack adventure for several months. It will be worth it. Trust me. You only have a short window of time in your life in which sleeping in hostels is not taboo, so don’t squander it.

12 Meg at December 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

I am the homebody of the family. I did not go anywhere. My sister spent a year in Japan, and my brother is about to go spend a semester in Australia! And my sister and her husband are now living in germany for 3 years while he does a post doc. I don’t mind though, I like to visit places, but not stay that long.
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13 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

I spent a summer living in northern California – best three months EVER.
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14 Shannon December 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

Not studying abroad is one of my biggest regrets too. I went to pharmacy school where we only had one option during one semester (first semester of 2nd year out of 6 years) and we could go to London. The problem with a “program” like a doctorate of pharmacy program
Is that each course is based off one another. I opted not to study abroad because I was afraid having orgo in London would disadvantage me for orgo 2 the next semester. I’m really jealous of everyone who has done a semester at sea!!! Those look like the perfect options! I also have a friend that just took a job teachig kindergarten in Seoul south Korea. I’m amazing she just could go over there for a year without ever even have been there before. She doesn’t even speak the language (she had to drink black coffee for a week before she learned the word for milk). I am definitely jealous of everyone with these oppertunities but it just isn’t in the cards for me right now. Hopefully il have an oppertunity to travel someday!

15 Sara, Food Blogger on a Diet / Ms. Adventures in Italy December 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

Since I live in Italy I’m not the best person to ask, but I definitely studied abroad, too, and I think seeing the world is one of the best ways to spend money. Seeing how other people live give you a lot of differences to compare but also you’ll find we’re more similar to each other than you could possibly think.

I’m heading to Kenya in 10 days!
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16 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

I always wanted to study abroad and I wish I had!!! I’ve never been out of the country other than the Carribean
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17 Karen @ Run Shop Travel December 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

Sounds like a great run – wish I had a nice warm place to run along the water now; it’s finally getting cold in NYC!

I did study abroad in college. With my major (accounting) it was a little hard to fit in with all the required classes but I spent a month in Italy in the summer and took a management and finance class. Besides the little town the school was in (Paderno Del Grappa), while there I visited Venice, Milan, Munich, Paris, Nice, and Monaco. I am SO GLAD I did it and looking back wish I had found a way to do a whole semester. I am very thankful for that experience though, and would encourage anyone currently in college to do it!

18 Dori December 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

Not studying abroad in London is my only regret. I did visit my friend who was there but by then it was too late for me, I was about to graduate!
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19 Allie December 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

Travel is the best! I lived in Ireland for a year (2010-11) and traveled all over Europe. Now, I am just wrapping up three months of living in Mexico, as part of my school’s program to become a teacher. Living abroad is a really amazing experience, you really get to see the world from a whole new perspective!!
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20 Megan @ bump on a log learns to jog December 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

I studied abroad the winter semester of my Junior year in New Zealand. We were there for 5 weeks and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I was an animal science major so we went around to all different types of farms and studied how their agricultural system is different than ours. And of course we did a lot of other activities like white water rafting and horse back riding. I hope to get back again at some point.
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21 Kiran @ December 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

I couldn’t venture out of Malaysia during college. But I am doing that now, living in Orlando ๐Ÿ˜‰
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22 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday December 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love to travel but it`s a luxury, not a necessity.
Luckily my current job allows enough vacation time and provides enough money for me to travel every year.
It’s not something that I would ever take out a loan to do.

23 Laura @ Backstage Balance December 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

I haven’t traveled much either. My sister spent a semester in Rome, followed by a summer volunteering in Switzerland. She traveled on the weekends and saw so many different cities and countries. I wish that I had taken the time to go and visit her while she was there!
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24 Maddie December 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’m so not a homebody. I happen to live in my home state of Massachusetts now, but I went to school in California and New Mexico, and I studied abroad in Italy and Wales. I LOVE to travel and see new places. It’s fun to live in different places and experiences other cultures, if only just for a little while.
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25 Elisabeth December 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

I did not study abroad, but often wish I had. I graduate with a BS in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science, a program which did not have any room for ‘extra’ stuff, like studying abroad (the last 6 months was spent working full-time in a hospital lab). I also don’t know if I would have had the guts to do it anyways… Actually, I sometimes wish I’d taken an extra year of college to take some fun electives & a semester abroad. I’ve also never lived outside the US any other time, or even outside of Ohio. I think that’s awesome Courtney’s so willing & excited to look anywhere for a job! I wish I could be like that…instead I live in the same town I’ve lived in my whole life (except for college) and have worked at the same job since college (7.5 years). I always say I’m going to pick & move somewhere more fun/adventurous, but haven’t done it yet – hopefully someday! ๐Ÿ˜€

26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’ve traveled to Mexico, Alaska (that counts!), Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Bali, Africa, and England. I’ve lived in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and London! I LOVE seeing the world ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the travel bug, fo sho!

I love a good run too! Nicely done!
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27 Cait's Plate December 13, 2011 at 10:59 am

I never studied abroad or went abroad in college and it’s one of my bigger regrets!!
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28 Faith @ For the Health of It December 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

I would’ve killed to study abroad, but I couldn’t afford our program either. I’ll have to make up for it with plenty of trips to Italy, Greece and Egypt when Im older!
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29 Colleen December 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

I never studied abroad in college either. Wish I did though. I’ve lived and visisted many States but haven’t been overseas. Husband has been a lot of places – Germany, Spain, Turkey, Canada for work. We have a dream to live abroad in the future.

30 Stephanie December 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Never traveled abroad! Second best traveling all over with Aaron. We often do trips as big presents to each other like anniversary and holidays. Just a hint for Derek lol
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31 Laura December 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I did a 6 week study abroad in Salzburg in college. Other than that I’ve never lived outside of Oregon. I really regret not doing a longer study abroad, or moving to be with the husband in AZ while he was on active duty.
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32 Jamie @ getalivingsense December 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I just got back from studying abroad in Helsinki, Finland – it was quite the experience! Before that I traveled all around Europe for 2.5 weeks. It was awesome, and I’m really glad I got the opportunity to do it!

33 Sarah December 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I’m in college now and haven’t studied abroad. I always talk to graduates who say that not studying abroad was their biggest regret. I go to school out of state and so when I get a break all I want to do is go home! I do want to explore and backpack around Europe. Maybe one day but I don’t think college is a good time for me to do it.
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34 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

At least you’ve been in Florida and not somewhere cold up north! Not gonna lie, kinda jeal.

I want to study abroad in Europe my sophomore/junior years. SO excited.
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35 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I studied abroad in college and loved living in Germany! My hubby and I would love to move oversees, just haven’t found the right job opportunity to fit the bill yet. And with 2 people, it does make it more difficult since we both both. One day!
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36 RunEatRepeat December 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I considered studying abroad in college, but chickened out freshman year and then couldn’t do it because I started working more. Fun fact: Kimmy Gibler (from Full House) was the Study Abroad Advisor at my college and I went to ask her questions about it!!!
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37 Courtney December 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Never traveled out of the country before, but I wish I could! ๐Ÿ™‚
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38 Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I studied in Barcelona for a semester+summer and it was fantastic. I really loved it there.
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39 Hillary December 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

The education program at my school wouldn’t let us study abroad, and it’s my biggest regret about my college experience. I did move from Rhode Island to Maryland after I graduated from college, and that was a HUGE step for me (I was also a major homebody, and I never imagined myself ever leaving New England). I’ve traveled outside the country before, but don’t know if I could ever live abroad for a long period of time!
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40 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I have never lived outside of Illinois. I have only been to four other states. And I live within twenty minutes of both my parents, my brother, and my in-laws. I guess you could call me a homebody… ๐Ÿ™‚
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41 Liz December 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I am in the same boat as you – I should have studied abroad but didn’t. Definitely makes me want to drop everything and go live in another country for awhile!

42 Megan December 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I’ve been living in Costa Rica volunteering this past year (with my boyfriend and our puppy) and it has been an INCREDIBLE experience. We are headed back to Boston this weekend, but I can’t recommend traveling abroad enough, yeah, it’s expensive BUT you will never forget the memories and all the things you learn about the world and yourself!
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43 Sana December 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I feel like you get to travel a LOT in the country even if you don’t get to leave. Maybe you should offer to work for a travel blog???
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44 Katie December 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I studied a year “abroad” in Mexico. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Ten years later I still consider it one of the best experiences of my life.

45 AmyD December 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Just moved back to Florida from Japan. I was there for three years and lived in England for three years before that. I was lucky enough to run marathons in England, Scotland, Japan, Mongolia, and New Zealand. Travel as much as you can! It will change your life!

46 Corey @ Learning Patience December 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I always had a thirst for seeing the world. I studied abroad during my Senior yearof college and it comepletly changed my entire life. I have spent the rest of my life since then – seeing as much of the world as I could. Now – Im an expat… You would be so surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your life and what is really important – when you step outside your comfort zone and step into another culture/county/enviroment.

xoxo from Trinidad
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47 Caitlin C. December 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

I regret not studying abroad! If I was applying for jobs, I too would apply everywhere. You’re only young once and since I have no significant other/kids to worry about, now would be the time for me to take a plunge and relocate!
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48 Lindsay December 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

I spent the summer after high school studying Spanish abroad in Madrid and then I came home and headed to Canada to do my undergrad. I ended up doing my first year of university in New Brunswick, my second in Boston (which I call my “study abroad year”) and then my final two years at the same university I started at in New Brunswick.
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49 allison @ thesundayflog December 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

i was super fortunate to study abroad twice in college. the first was 6 weeks in greece during the summer before my junior year. i thought it would get the abroad bug out of my system and i wouldnt need to go for a semester. we traveled all over (athens, crete, santorini, mykonos, delphi, olympia and tolo) and all it did was make me want a full semester somewhere. i didn’t want to miss my (now ex) boyfriends’ senior season of football so i didn’t go. then we broke up. i had 1 week to get everything signed and applied for, and finally decided on south africa. it was hands down the best experience of my life and not a single day goes by that i dont think about it. i traveled a lot there as well (namibia, zambia, zimbabwe, botswana) and went shark cage diving, bungee jumping, elephant riding, etc. i HIGHLY recommend africa to anyone who wants to see a truly different place. seriously, meg…if you can take some time off to do it, DO IT NOW

50 Whit December 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

funny you should mention such, because that is what I am doing in 7 months. literally, traveling the world in a backpack as a missionary. should be an interesting year.

51 alli @ alli learns life December 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

I studied abroad in Belgium for my entire junior year. it was AMAZING. took the first semester to get settled & get really comfortable traveling. The second semester I went everywhere I could. I learned so much about the world and myself. life changing.

I want to see everything though. If only I had unlimited funds..
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52 Whitney December 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I did a semester abroad in Florence my junior year of college. While I didn’t jet off every weekend like some of my peers I did get to visit the top places on my list and worked my butt off to get there.

My senior year of high school I got to go to Cuba with a youth group – I’m so grateful I got to experience the culture.

I would love to be able to travel & explore more now – both domestically & internationally.
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53 Tess December 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I’m actually studying abroad right now! I’ve been in Paris all fall and I’ve had the absolute time of my life. Haha the link with my name is actually to the blog I’ve been writing for friends and family while I’ve been gone.
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