England: What’s on the Menu?

Before I left for Reading, everyone around me seemed to crack jokes revolving around various British stereotypes. The biggest joke? “How are you going to survive on such bland food?” While it’s true that Great Britain probably wouldn’t win a spot in the Top Ten Most Delicious Cuisines award, that doesn’t mean everything is inedible….

England: Vacanze Veneziane

One of the many many perks of being on exchange are the friends you make from all over the world, and the opportunity to be able to visit them in their home country. I got such an opportunity when I traveled to a region in Northern Italy called Veneto to visit my friend Emma. In…

Italy: Expectation vs. RealITALY

I’ve seen pictures of the Amalfi Coast on the Instagram profiles of nearly every travel blogger I follow. The pastel villas and turquoise waters seemed to be straight out of a luxury perfume ad, so I came ready for my month-long study in Salerno with the classiest outfits I could fit in half of a…

5 things they don’t tell you about traveling in Europe

  No two toilets flush the same Before traveling in Europe, I assumed that all the toilets flushed the same. Come to find out, they all are different. Some are buttons on the top, some are pedals on the floor, and some you might just never discover. Gross, but helpful to be mindful about when…

Teaching English

One of my favorite things I did this semester was teach English to kids. I know I have mentioned doing this before, but I want to explain why it was so rewarding and why everyone should try and find an opportunity like this while abroad. Every Saturday, I went to a middle school outside of…

5 Must Sees in Jordan

While I have written about some of the places I have visited in Jordan, I have not talked about all of them. I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a run down of the top five places you should see here! Petra: Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World…

The Start of Asia: Japan and China

While at Sea, I had extremely limited internet access, meaning that now I get to collect my notes, pictures, and assignments together and reflect on them. It’s crazy to think that my journey with Semester at Sea has come to an end – the fast paced lifestyle of the semester definitely caught up to me!…

MALIC

My last day of class was today, so I thought I would tell you about the program I studied with this semester and why I chose it. The program is called MALIC which stands for “Modern Arabic Language Institute Center.” For the semester, I studied Arabic intensively every Sunday through Thursday from nine in the…

Austria: über mich – a very belated introduction

Prologue Wow! So I have been here almost three months already and let me tell you: it’s been crazy… My advisor unfortunately fell ill and so I was never able to meet with him… so basically from February 16 (my first full day here) until around March 12 I was scrambling trying to figure everything…