Week 3: Killarney National Park

I have been in Dublin, Ireland for a little over three weeks now, and the thought of going home is powerfully sad.  I can already tell that in my old age, I will look back upon this dreamy month-long adventure with the most vivid sense of my youth.  The people aren’t lying when they tell…

Why I’m learning Chinese

On my first leg of the journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Harbin, China, I sat next to a man from Brooklyn who would not stop complaining about everything: the minor delay in take-off, the noise the plane engine made, how much he hated flying, the disrespectful people in New York City, etc., etc. “I actually…

Morocco: Thirty-Six Hours of Eid

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Families and neighbors gather from all across the country to break their fast and celebrate together. Brantley and I were excited for our first Eid but we weren’t sure what to expect. So here are our thirty-six hours of Eid: Thursday 2:00 Arabic…

Morocco: One Weekend, One Backpack

For a weekend in the beach town of Asilah, packing extra light was my goal. I wanted to make use of a little backpack from Fez instead of my standard one, but I’m an over-packer and over-preparer so it was a challenge. Here are five tips for smarter, lighter packing: Pack with Friends My roommate…

Spain: A Whirlwind First Week

While I have been in Europe for almost two weeks now, I finally arrived in Valencia, Spain last Wednesday. Coming into this, I was extremely nervous. My Spanish isn’t amazing, and my internship for the next two months is with a Soccer Academy (I do not play soccer). Despite this, I also came in extremely…

London: Crossing the Pond/Settling In

My journey across the pond began at 9:00 am CST (Central Standard Time) on June 15th as I was whisked away to the Nashville International Airport. I finally settled into my flat in London at 4:00 pm BST (British Summer Time) on June 16th (10:00 am CST). As an Accounting major who plans to deal…

Recommendations in Reading

When studying abroad, it’s imperative to try and live like a local. I was fortunate enough to become very close with the people I live with, all but one of whom are actually British, and this helped me really settle into the British way of life. With this being said, there are a few things…

England: Actually Studying During Study Abroad

Since “study” is half of “study abroad,” it’s important to have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning all of your exciting new adventures through Europe. I found the UK system of few assignments and multiple essays a little harder to adjust to, as I’m used to minimal essays and…

Italy: Think Small (Reflection)

When I came to Italy, I became an idiot. The first night I arrived, my host sister could hardly eat her spaghetti because she was chuckling so hard at the incorrect way that I twirled my pasta. Over the first days, I said “yes” consistently to questions whose answers were definitely not “yes or no,”…