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,”…

England: Tips and Tricks

Though this might be among the more boring of my posts, I’ll try to jazz it up a bit with a few fun photos from my time in England. However, the information that I’m going to give is extremely useful, mainly for people who plan to study abroad in the U.K., but some information can…

When a Man is Tired of London, He is Tired of Life

Studying in Reading has the amazing perk of being just an (inexpensive) 30 minute train ride into Paddington Station, a fact that I seem to never shut up about. There is so much to see and do in London that it blows my mind and it pains me to know that I won’t be able…

Italy: Live Like a Local

For my program at l’Accademia Italiana in Salerno, I have class from 9-1 each day, followed by excursions to local museums and lectures in the afternoon. I love being busy (and it has kept me from being too homesick), but I also don’t have time to do day trips to cities further than an hour…

So You Want to Go to France

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of meandering through the streets of la Ville Lumière while nibbling on a baguette, people watching while I sipped tea in an outdoor café in rural France, and meeting the love of my life in the Musée d’Orsay in front of a Van Gogh painting. While my…

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…

England: Mind the Gap (and Other Travel Tips)

When most people think of London, they typically think of the Underground, London’s extensive subway. With trains arriving every 3 minutes, the tube, as locals call it, is efficient and one of the quickest ways to travel. Not only is it fast, it’s also one of the cleanest public transport options I’ve ever used. I’m…

Airports, Arrivals, Ausgänge… Oh my!

Hey y’all! It’s Bickert here. So I’m no stranger to traveling, I’ve traveled all over the US and been to several countries before traveling to my semester abroad. This was not my first time traveling by air, so I have some tips for you. Let’s talk about long flights. So as you’ve probably heard, they’re…