Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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While I was studying in Wales for spring semester last year, Great Britain was gearing up to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ongoing preparations were everywhere, even back when I was studying in London, England in the fall. In the months preceding the ceremonies, the Olympic torch was to complete a circuit through the British Isles, on its way to bring the flame to London and open the games. One of the places it stopped on its journey happened to be the tiny university/tourist town of Aberystwyth, Wales where I was studying. It was a huge event for Aberystwyth and the town put on a concert and festivities beforehand to celebrate. It was amazing to watch something as globally significant as the Olympic flame pass through a place so remote and cause such a huge stir.

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