Japan: Not Quite Paradise

Most Americans (and Westerners, in general) who are interested in travelling hear amazing things about Japan: amazing food, beautiful scenery, polite people, and incredible culture. I’ve been lucky enough over the past two months to experience these things for myself. For example, I went to a world-renowned restaurant for tonkotsu ramen with a fellow American…

Italy: Meeting Milan

Hello! This semester, I am studying International Relations and Italian in Milan. My classes don’t start until September 17th, but I’ve been using these weeks to attend orientation, perfect my Italian, and explore my new home. My university, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, partnered me with a current student before I even arrived in Italy,…

South Korea: The Start of Something New…!

When I first came to South Korea, I felt a little awkward because I am obviously a foreigner here. When I studied abroad in England, no one knew I was from another country until I spoke, but in Korea, people can tell I am a foreigner just by looking at me, and because I look…

England: Traveling Part 2

Hi, it’s Katelyn! This post will be about my arrival in London and travel to Leeds! I traveled to London with my friend Kyra, and after our 8 1/2 hour flight, we arrived in London at 11 in the morning. Before our flight landed, flight attendants asked passengers whether they needed a “landing card.” I…

Germany: Hi Bochum!

Most people think of the Bermuda Triangle when they think of Bochum, but there is a lot more to the city than that! It’s my home away from home!

Getting Settled in Florence

 I have been living in Florence for 2 full weeks now, yet it still feels like a dream! Everywhere you go there is something new to see, or eat. 🙂 It is a beautiful city, full of culture and life, and I am so thankful this is where I chose to go this summer. We…

Florence: First Week

After my first week, I can honestly say I am absolutely in love with Florence. This place is breathtaking and I have made some amazing friends. I am so lucky to be living with three super fun girls and also be in a program with so many wonderful people. Below is a picture of my…

Florence: I made it!

Well, I’ve survived my first few nights in Florence! I’ve got to say, getting here was A LOT more difficult than I though it’d be. I had assumed there would be people all over the Rome airport to help us find the train we needed to be on, but I was so wrong. Two planes,…

Week 1: Life is beautiful

I arrived at the Dublin airport one week ago. Sleep deprived and delirious, I got on the bus and listened to a bunch of people talking in different languages.  I could not understand my bus driver, so I missed my stop at Trinity college. I got off on the next one, and the bus driver…