Capturing the Culture

This past summer I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. My whole life I have wanted to travel, but never had time due to athletics. The night that all the UT study abroad applications were due, I decided to last minute apply to a photography program. After a few months of anticipation, I finally got the news. I freaking got it. Right away I began saving up, and a week before I headed to Europe I bought myself a new Sony mirrorless camera.

Since I had splurged on such an expensive camera, I wanted to get my money’s worth. So I brought it with me everywhere I went. Literally everywhere. I took pictures of whatever was around me. Sunsets, babies, dancers, tourist…you name it, I took it. The greatest part of this trip was that I was able to see and experience the little things that people miss out on, on a daily basis.

 

My homework assignment every night was to pick my favorite photo of the day and write a blog post about it. Now looking back, I am able to relive all the intimate details about each day.

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If there is one thing I recommend to students going abroad is to write about every single one of your experiences. Each day goes by so fast and you want to be able to share these memories. Be aware of the small things around you because there are constantly moments happening that you will miss out on. Although you want to fully experience things, don’t be afraid to stop for a moment and take a photo. These will be with you forever.

 

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photos all by me 🙂

 

Summer Abroad Packing List

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For months before I went abroad for the summer, I was constantly thinking about what I was going to bring. I had heard so many mixed reviews on weather, I had to bring something for every occasion. Since I have been here I have been super happy with what I brought. I am not backpacking so I had enough room for a lot of clothes. Although I wanted to bring everything with me, I had to narrow it down to 50lb suitcase. Many girls have asked me what to bring so I thought I would make a SUMMER EUROPE PACKING LIST.

  • Light dresses

It is so hot in Europe; the last thing you want to be wearing is tight clothes. Flowy dresses are super ideal, light to pack and can be worn for more than one type of event.

 

  • Two pairs of shorts

Of course, you have to bring one pair of denim jean shorts, they go with just about everything and are super comfortable. I also brought a pair of white cut offs that I wore when I got tired of wearing the blue ones.

  • Jean Jacket

This was the most important thing I brought with me. I wear it pretty much every day, and can also dress it up at night. I bought a few more jackets with me, but never really wear them.

  • Comfortable Shoes

This might be assumed, but bring the most comfortable shoes that you own. In Europe, you do so much walking and cannot afford to wear a pair of shoes that will hurt your feet. I have two pairs of Adidas cloud foam shoes that I LOVE. They are so comfortable and look good with all of my outfits. Really recommend getting these exact shoes.

  • Going Out Clothes

So the thing about Europe is that people kind of wear the same thing out as they do during the day. I packed way to much stuff to wear out. Bring a few tops that you can mix and match with a skirt or black jeans.

  • Jeans

I’m in Europe over the summer so I never really wear them, but I brought two pairs of jeans. One pair of Levi boyfriend jeans and one pack of high wasted black jeans. I have worn both of them a few times but defiantly could have gone without them. If you are here anytime other than the summer, I for sure recommend bringing them, but right now it’s so hot they weren’t necessary.

 

DETAILED PACKING LIST

Day Clothes

  • Dresses (x4)
  • Flowy Skirt (x2)
  • White T-shirts (x2)
  • Comfy shirts (x2)
  • Cute Tops (x4)
  • Romper (x2)
  • Tube Tops (x3) – worn during the day and out at night
  • Black Jumpsuit
  • Black Jeans
  • Denim Jeans
  • Denim cut off shorts
  • White Shorts
  • Jean skirt

 

Night Clothes

  • Black Leather Skirt
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Going out tops (x4)
  • Black Deep V bodysuit

 

Comfort

  • Sweat Pants
  • Shorts for chilling (x2)
  • Running Shorts
  • Lulu pants (x3) – also used to workout and go to class
  • Lulu Tops (x2)
  • Pajamas (x2) – have to do wash a lot
  • Over Sized Comfy shirts (x2)
  • Sports Bra (x2) – only need them if you plan on working out

Jackets

  • Jean Jacket
  • Leather Jacket
  • Puffy Jacket – didn’t need this
  • Rain Jacket
  • Comfortable Hoodie

Shoes

  • Adidas (x2)
  • Running Shoes – Also used them to go hiking
  • Mules
  • Flip Flops
  • Wedges
  • Sandals

Essentials

  • Bras (x3) – one strapless
  • Underwear (x15)
  • Calvin Klein Sports bra (x3)
  • Socks (x16) – I like changing socks multiple times a day
  • Hair Ties

Accessories

  • Black Baseball Hat
  • Black Train Boy hat
  • Beach Hat
  • Bandana
  • Silk scarf (for neck and hair)
  • Long Champ bag
  • Mini backpack
  • Mini Crossbody purse