Llegamos en Costa Rica!

We made it!  It was an uneventful journey from New Bern, NC this morning, through Atlanta and finally arriving in San Jose.  Odie and her family are spoiling us already with a delicious lunch and some lounging around the pool.

Pura Vida!


¿Estás lista? ¡Es casi la hora de salir para Costa Rica !

Craven Students Abroad!


Hi there study abroad fans!  The hour is near – only 2 more days until we leave for Study Abroad Costa Rica 2015.  I cannot wait for the rest of the ladies to meet our friends at Immerson Abroad Costa Rica.  Odie and her staff have prepared a wonderful adventure for us.


Check and double check your packing lists!  Don’t forget to pack a gift for you host Mom too.

Knight passport

Knight the panther is all set and ready to go.  Make sure you are too.  Knight will be photo journaling his way through our Costa Rica trip.  Stay tuned for some student update here on this page and check in at the Study Abroad Club @ Craven Community College facebook page to see what highjinks Knight will find himself embroiled in.

¡Hasta Pronto!

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Costa Rica or Bust!

Costa Rica

¡Más sólo 10 días hasta que nos vayamos a Costa Rica!  That’s right only 10 more days until the Craven Community College group heads off for Study Abroad Costa Rica.  Tonight is our las pre-departure meeting with a survival Spanish class for the newbies.

Costa Rica Gang

Don’t they look so studious in our pre-trip visit to the Organization for Tropical Studies at Duke University?  Looking forward to another summer adventure with my students and Profe!

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Mayday and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine | Irish Archaeology

Happy May Day! I am ready to celebrate Spring.  Ironically, it is cold here today!

Mayday and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine | Irish Archaeology.

The Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day

For all my friends in Bundoran, We miss you….Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

The Random Musings of a Gypsy Archaeologist...

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day gives people of Irish descent a sense of pride in their heritage; a chance to celebrate their national and ethnic identity.  There are no leprechauns, rainbows, or pots of gold anywhere in this equation.  It is also not just an excuse to drink green beer or drink to excess.  In fact, to many people of Irish descent I know, this is offensive.  According to my friend Niamh, here are the rules for St. Patrick’s Day:

“The rules are… It’s St.Patrick’s Day, or Paddy’s Day, but NEVER St.Patty’s. Car Bombs were WMDs and drinks of same name are in extremely bad taste.There will be lots of great musicians around playing great music: go listen to them. Laugh, sing and have fun with friends, real Irish culture is all about the craic. And shun the leprechaun!”

Bundorna ST Paddys

Okay, since we are celebrating all things Irish in preparation for our…

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What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students | Study Abroad

An interesting read with statistics about how study abroad impacts students both academically and in finding employment. 

What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students | Study Abroad.

2014 in review

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The solstice is a turning point in the year, a good time to reverse heritage cutbacks

The solstice is a turning point in the year, a good time to reverse heritage cutbacks.

Historic Images on Newgrange

Images of Newgrage through the Ages

reblogging some cool historic photos of Newgrange

Sligo Today News for Sligo County – Armada Wrecks at Streedagh for National Museum

Sligo Today News for Sligo County – Armada Wrecks at Streedagh for National Museum.

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