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Photos from the Everyday Adventures of Studying Abroad

Every semester more than a third of Texas BBAs study abroad, leaving behind breakfast tacos and year-round flip-flop weather for adventures and classes in cities such as Prague, Paris, Sydney, and Vienna.

And every year we tag along on these once-in-a-lifetime excursions, courtesy of the stunning student photographs revealing local customs, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable moments.

Congratulations to students Justin Johnson, Daniel Novotny, and Michelle Tran, winners of the 2013 study abroad photo contest. Their images provide a glimpse at life abroad and lessons to remember back home.

First Place

While studying at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, finance senior Justin Johnson visited Morocco, where he spent the night in the arid Sahara desert, living with a local Berber family and traveling by camel.

Lesson Learned: Even everyday events can be adventurous. And local transportation may not be luxurious, so dress comfortably.

Justin Johnson, McCombs, Sahara Desert, Study Abroad Photo Contest

Second Place

Daniel Novotny, marketing and Business Honors senior, studied abroad in Santiago at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Novotny traveled to lush, precipitous Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas,” where he encountered a burnt orange llama he lovingly refers to as “Levo.” Perhaps a distant relative of Bevo, or maybe Novotny is subconsciously preparing for the upcoming football season.

Lesson Learned: No matter how far you go, you’ll always be a Longhorn.

Daniel Novotny, McCombs, Machu Picchu, Study Abroad Photo Contest

Third Place

While studying in Milan at Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, supply chain management senior Michelle Tran took a three-hour train ride to visit Venice, hoping to indulge in a romantic, sunset gondola ride. Unfortunately, the trip Tran chose turned out to be a short two-minute ride on a traghetto¬–a boat that merely takes you across the river, not down the river.

Lesson Learned: That tourist attraction may not live up to your expectations, but sometimes mishaps make the best memories (and photographs).

Michelle Tran, McCombs, Venice, Study Abroad Photo Contest

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