Tokyo, Japan: The Amazing and Complex Rail System of Tokyo

Tokyo’s rail system is the most extensive and most used network in the world, carrying about 40 million passengers a day.  There are 882 rail stations in and around the wider Tokyo area; 282 of these stations are subway stations located underground. When I first came to Tokyo I put off using the trains for…

Switzerland: The Final Countdown

Officially my last week in Switzerland, my life is full of humdrum cleaning, writing, and reading. Bref…there is nothing at all exciting to report. So, rather than describe, in detail, my boring, Swiss life, for my final post, I have decided to provide a recap of the Swiss world…and the bubble I have been living…

Switzerland: Miss Swiss Goes to France

So, I’m officially wrapping up my Switzerland stay. My exams are complete, my grades are in (mostly), and the sun is melting my Snow White flesh away. Fribourg may be cold in the winter, but due to its high altitude, I’m a boiling, hot mess. But although my home is in Switzerland, over the last…

Ep3: Little Piece of Heaven (Croatia)

Close your eyes for a moment; I’m being serious. Just close those eyes, and try to imagine what a little piece of pure beauty looks like on Earth. I’m guessing there may be a beach involved in that paradise, or crystal clear waters, perhaps even a glistening waterfall. Well open those eyes, type Croatia into…

Final Countdown: Corsica

In one of my french classes a few semesters ago at Ole Miss, the class was broken down into pairs and asked to pick one of the thirteen regions in France and create a fifteen minute presentation about it. My partner and I picked the island off the south coast of France called Corsica. We…

Buddha’s Birthday

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday is huge! The streets of Seoul are decorated with colored lanterns a week early in remembrance of the holiday.  Regardless of your religious views, I highly recommend visiting any one of the historic temples on this day. Try the traditional bean powder snacks, give an offering and observe Buddhist practices. On May…

Marcahuasi

Last weekend I went camping in the countryside of Peru for the second time in a row.  It is so rejuvenating to see the sun.  Here in Lima now that it is winter, it is overcast every single day.  The most confusing part, is that it doesn’t rain.  The sky is just grey.  I never…

What I’m looking forward to // St. Petersburg, Russia

When studying abroad, you quickly learn that there are some things that you really miss about home and some things that you like better in your current country of residence. While studying abroad in Russia, these are the top things in America that I have missed and absolutely can’t wait to be reunited with when…

Ep2: Big Buda(Pest)

In the wee hours of Tuesday night, my sis and I took an overnight train through the lands of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, arriving at our second city of adventure: Budapest!  After being in Prague for 3.5 days, it was kind of unsettling at first to find ourselves in a new city, to not…