Viajero del Mundo: Skaneateles grad returns from Spain, heads to Mexico

Abby Frackenpohl has already spent just over three months across the globe from her Skaneateles home. She studied in M laga, Spain for the past semester.

But, she's not done yet.

In less than a week she will be off again, this time to Quer (c)taro, Mexico.

Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., where she attends is known for its vast international opportunities.

"I've always had a passion for traveling and learning about different cultures," she said. "I chose Dickinson because they have strong international ties and a lot of options for study abroad. It's typical to do the programs your junior year."

While in Spain, she took classes in Spanish language, culture and history, art history and literature tailored for foreigners studying abroad. She also took a Latin class at Universidad de M laga with Spanish university students.

"The M laga program is one of Dickinson's longest and strongest programs," Frackenpohl said. I've studied Spanish since high school so it seemed like a good fit.

"Plus, you can't complain about a program on the beach," she added.

She also spent her time traveling. There were no classes on Fridays, providing her oportunities to use her three-day weekends to travel through Spain and the rest of Europe. She took trips throughout Andalusia, the southern region of Spain as well as Madrid and Barcelona.

"I liked Barcelona the best," she said. "There was really unique architecture and it had an artsy vibe to it."

She knew she wanted to spend the entire year abroad, and felt that the Quer (c)taro program was a good fit for her second semester for a variety of reasons, one being that she can continue her Spanish studies.

Like in M laga, she will stay with a family rather than in a dorm or an apartment.

"It was a learning experience (home stays)," she said. "I learned about different types of people."

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