China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…

A Weekend In Paris

 For our last weekend in Europe, we had the opportunity to visit our friends Sarah and Madeline in Paris! It was also their last weekend, and we were so lucky they were willing to show us their favorite parts of Paris. We arrived 8 AM Friday morning and took a taxi to Sarah and Madeline’s super…

London: Free Things to do in London

Although it has been worth every penny, the decent amount of money that you have to spend in London is inevitable. This is due to British currency (Pound Sterling) being of greater value than the US dollar, combined with the overall high cost of living in London in terms of Pound Sterling. That being said,…

Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

Florence: The End

It’s sad to say that my time in Florence has ended. Looking back, I will always remember the people I met and the places I went. Six weeks went by so fast. My last weekend was spent with my roommates in Amalfi Coast. We went on boat tours and swam through caves, explored Pompeii and…

Spain: How could I leave?

It’s getting close. I leave the country that I have fallen in love with in just a few days. In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when I return home. Even though my mom doesn’t want to hear this, I would be completely content having my dog brought over,…

Ireland: Week 4 – The Irish Goodbye

I’ve always had a hard time saying goodbye. Ask my family members and friends, I’m either too emotional or not nearly emotional enough, too calm or far too worked up. Yet, when I departed the place that had been my home for nearly a month, the goodbye came easily. There is just something about Irish…

China: Marriage & Art in Shanghai

Since I’m stressing about final exams next week and don’t have a lot of time or energy to write – I just edited an article I wrote last summer in Shanghai that I never published anywhere; hope you enjoy!  Emerging from the chaos of the Saturday afternoon Shanghai subway traffic, my classmate, Hope, and I loosened…

Spain: European Travels

After almost 2 months in Europe, I’m still baffled how simple and convenient travel is here. In my time here, I’ve been to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and so many places in Spain. Obviously I love Valencia, but unless I move here (not ruling that out, don’t tell my mom), travel will never be this…