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August 08 , 2010

A Short Story


Studying abroad in Germany embarks Paul Welch on an adventure he will never forget. From the rigors and joys of learning a new language and set of friends to traveling in his free time, the experiences of the year both open his eyes and confirm his deepest held beliefs. The biggest adventure and reward of all, though, proves to be love.

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