Plane, train, boat, bus, you name it and I've probably taken that mode of transportation. Camel you say? Yeah I got that one checked off the list too. Definitely would not recommend a camel for long distances, but to each his own. Anyways, I traveled with a lot of companies while I was abroad and … Continue reading European Transportation: the Good, the Bad, and the … Hot Pink?
"Did you feel safe ... over there?" Some people who were worried asked me this question upon my return from Europe. They would say "over there" like Europe was some sort of foreign war zone. It was like they were insinuating that it wasn't safe, and that the United States was so much safer. Frankly, … Continue reading Safety: Europe vs. U.S.A.
We stepped off the boat and it was already drizzling. Day two of rain on the cruise. Just what I ordered from the weather Gods! Before boarding the ship, we hadn’t booked an excursion for Roatan Island because everything online is expensive, and we’re cheap. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to spend $89 to … Continue reading Roatan Island, Honduras
Grand Cayman was the only stop that my mom scheduled an excursion for. We were going to swim with some supposedly tame sting rays. Needless to say, I was pumped. Then it got windy. To get to Grand Cayman, you have to take a tender boat from the cruise ship. If it’s too windy, the … Continue reading Cayman and Crack
I included my packing list in one of my very first blog posts so that I could look back, reflect, and laugh at myself. Well people, it's time. Let's laugh. For those going abroad this spring semester, I hope you will find this helpful in calming your packing woes. Here's a key for your understanding … Continue reading My UPDATED Study Abroad Packing List
It's been almost a year since I left for Sevilla, Spain, and as some of my friends are gearing up to go abroad this spring semester, I'm wishing I could go back more than ever. Unfortunately, my parents aren't fond of me taking five years to graduate just so I can go abroad again, so … Continue reading Make the Most of Study Abroad
The class advisers flashed a graph of cultural integration up on the board. It was titled "Culture Shock." The graph depicted a rise in culture shock in the first few weeks of the study abroad experience, finally diminishing at the end of four months. And then there was another huge spike in the graph. What … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock is REAL
Empty. Just as the Nazis left it. Now a museum, the attic that housed the Frank family, van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer, is exactly that. Empty. No beds. No chairs. Barely scraps of personal items. Empty. It was never refurnished intentionally, as to stay true to its final condition and serve as a reminder. … Continue reading Anne Frank House – Don’t Repeat the Past
So Feria translated to English actually means fair. Guess who didn't figure that out until day four? I'm actually smart sometimes, I swear. Feria de Abril is a giant fair, obviously, that happens in April. Most of the time. It's always two weeks after Easter, which is why it was in May this year with … Continue reading Feria de Abril
A little background on myself. I am a self-proclaimed Harry Potter super-fanatic. Not just a fan. Fanatic. I've read the books at least four times all the way through and watched the movies God knows how many times. I've of course also been to the Harry Potter section of Universal Studios and considered trying to … Continue reading HARRY POTTER OMG