Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Fear Food

When I told my parents that I was going to be studying abroad in Iceland, my Dad gave me one task- don’t eat any food that you can get of the same quality in the United States.

I accepted his challenge.

I’ve never really been a picky eater. My dad made me try a variety of strange foods when I was younger, which is probably why I’m not hesitant to try new foods. I was excited about the prospect of eating food from a culture that I wasn’t familiar with. From what I’ve read online, Iceland is very well known for its fish dishes, specifically dried fish jerky and shark! As I was getting ready for the trip, I was never able to fully get over the mental block of eating shark, but I surprisingly didn’t come across it on menus (probably for the best).

These tasted like the smell of feet.

When I was in Iceland, I tried a variety of foods and snacks. As per my Dad’s challenge, I did not consume any food (snacks included) that I would be able to purchase in the US. When we arrived at our first Bonus Shop in Iceland on day 1, we were told to stock up on any snacks that we might want for the next couple of days. I ended up grabbing Paprika flavored chips, “forest mushrooms and butter” flavored bruschetta, and some “Banana Dream” protein bars.

The snacks were a great way to ease into my Dad’s challenge. But I was excited for what was in store for when we ate at the restaurants in Iceland.

For the duration of the trip, I was sharing a room with someone who has Celiac Disease, which directly impacts their diet. People with Celiac cannot consume any food that contains gluten. However, while we were in Iceland, we learned that there have been cases where individuals with Celiac CAN consume foods with gluten. This proved to be a fun test later on in the trip. Before we realized this, we made sure to buy snacks that were gluten-free for Chloe. Gluten-free snack have a reputation for being sub-par, so we decided to document our reactions to some of the snacks we bought!

The Last Appelsin

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