Travel Reflections for 2014; Grad school abroad completion and living in 3 countries!?!?!

By Nicole Brewer

Greetings globetrotters!!! With 2014 quickly coming to an end, it was only appropriate that I reflect upon just how Amazing this year has been for me professionally and personally.  I’m still in awe of the great blessings that have been bestowed upon me.  Not only did I live and study abroad in both South Africa and Germany which was a dream come true, but I also managed to return to my beloved Nizwa, Oman to work with old friends and made new ones.

Nizwa, Oman.

This week I have officially Completed graduate school after passing my Oral Defense!?!?! I’m so excited and full by the fact that I managed to set out this major goal of studying abroad for graduate school and through thick and thin finished it off.  Today my NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action) classmates from my Erasmus Mundus studies will be graduating in Germany and unfortunately with my insanely busy schedule I cannot make it, but due to the graciousness of classmates will be able to be “in attendance” via Skype. You have got to Luv technology for that! I’m looking forward to seeing my old classmates in Germany one more time as they receive their certificates.

Reflections of Germany

I am very proud to had won one of a few scholarships to do a research stay at UWC- University of the Western Cape this summer. It was a surreal moment for me to live in South Africa for 3 months, researching and interning at a prominent NGO that works toward providing gender equality and educating the public about various issues concerning both men and women there.  I met some amazing people both in Cape Town and while studying in Germany this year.  GTs, stay hungry to achieve your globetrotting goals.  Once you set your mind and heart to something, everything tends to work out for those goals to come into fruition.  As Steve Jobs said, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” I say, continue to trot the globe and see the world. So long GTs (globe-trotters) and see you in 2015!!

South Africa, I love you!!



  1. Megan says

    Amazing! and Congratulations!

    2014 was a great travel year for me as well…Taiwan now in Indonesia til May and off to grad school in Shanghai in fall 2015. Crazy life of a fellow globetrotter! 🙂 Cheers~

    1. Globe trot says

      Awesome news! Congrats to you as well!

  2. Alyssa says


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  3. wow, congratulations on all of your acomplishments! you are very inspiiring. I hope 2015 continues to open more doors for you 🙂

    1. Globe trot says

      Thanks so much!

  4. Rhonda Washington says

    Congratulations. This year I’ve been to Quebec City, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa. For 2015 my travel goals are London and Paris.

    1. Globe trot says

      Thank you! And that’s awesome.

  5. Rachee says

    Congrats! I was never brave enough to travel abroad. If I could tell my younger self I would say go for it and enjoy.

    1. Globe trot says

      Thanks! It’s never too late to trot the globe ;-).

  6. Thriftanista in the City says

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure. I could more travel in my life myself.

  7. Kara (Kay's Ways) says

    This is so awesome! Congratulations on all your accomplishments.

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  8. MJ says

    Congratulations on completing your degree! I love that you chose to study abroad. What an adventure.
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    1. Globe trot says

      Thank you very much! I’m excited to share with you all :-).

  9. Christine @MomsNCharge says

    Huge congrats to you on completing your degree, what an amazing accomplishment! And to be able to study abroad in South Africa definitely sounds like icing on the cake 🙂

  10. Charles McKinney says

    This has been a wonderful year through it all (the good, bad and ugly). We are better people as a result of our life experiences. Now we continue to dream bigger and to think larger for the coming year. Thanks for being who you are and for doing what you do! The world needs you.

    Happy Holidays! Kudos! Cheers:-)

    1. Globe trot says

      Aww thanks so much Charles. I really appreciate the kind words and support of what we’re doing here at I Luv 2 Globe Trot!

  11. Kimberly says

    Congrats on your Grad School completion. Here is to future success, more travel, and deeper relationships!

    1. Globe trot says

      Thanks!!! Same to you :-).

  12. Brittany says

    Congrats! 3 countries in one year… wow! #trueglobetrotstatus

  13. Reginia Cordell says

    Congratulations again. Attending graduate school abroad, plus living in South Africa just had me in awe. You’ve done so well being an expat. Wishing you continued success. I know 2015 has so much in store for you.

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  15. Kate says

    Lovely blog. You are a brave soul to live in Nizwa. I really love Oman but we spent a long day in Nizwa and didn’t find anything much to do so drove home to Dubai. Did we miss something? It was pretty though.

    1. Globe trot says

      No there isn’t much to do in Nizwa, it’s indeed a challenge which I discussed in another post. But I do like being Oman as it is a beautiful country. Good thing is Nizwa isn’t far from Muscat so I can get away up there every so often. It’s cheaper to live in Nizwa though a big plus as an expat.

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