Ireland: First Days Craze

On Monday our contact from the university took us (Ellen, Hillary, Mallory, and myself) to our prospective schools. We all went to all four schools just as a preliminary kind of visit to meet our principals, cooperating teachers, and students. Every school offered us tea! My school was third on the route. We walked in,…

Czech it

Ahoy!! (Good day in Czech!) So I have been living in Prague for a little over a week now, and it is just the most magical place. That is so cliche if you have ever heard about Prague, but it is so true! I find myself in awe and disbelief that I live here every…

Ireland: First Impressions

Accents. Accents everywhere. I love the Irish accents! The only thing is sometimes people have to repeat themselves so I can catch what they are saying. No one really seems to have a problem understanding me, though. Go figure. Also, “crack” here means “fun,” not drugs, and hurling is a sport, not the result of…

Spain: Basque-ing in a New Culture

Like most people, when I thought of Spain, my mind instantly jumped to images of flamenco dancers, matadors, tapas, siestas, and the Running of the Bulls. However, after living just one week here, I know that Spain has so much more to offer. For years I had been reading blogs, travel guides, and articles about…

Study Abroad 101

Well, it’s finally about that time. My finals are just around the corner and by this time next week I’ll officially be finished with my study abroad semester and spending 2 more weeks traveling around Europe before coming back to the States. With that being said, I’ve thought a lot about what to tell people…

Five Days of France

Sunday, 5 October 2014 As I sat at my desk yesterday replying to messages from family members and friends, I regarded the windows of the homes across my street which were open to the cool breeze and a hushed afternoon rain.  Suddenly I began to hear a lovely instrumental French melody escape from one of…

Onward to Angers

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 I have finally arrived in Paris. As I sit in a café waiting for my train to Angers to arrive, my exhaustion from minimal sleep and jet lag is evident. My face must have expressed this feeling, because as I searched around Charles De Gaulle Terminal 2 for my train, a…

Angers, France: Week 1

During my first week in Angers, I managed to successfully set up everything at my foyer and even meet some new people during the process. When I arrived late in September, I was a little skeptical and nervous about my ability to speak and comprehend French. Thankfully, living at the foyer has been what I…

EAT (pastries), PRAY (for more pastries), LOVE (those pastries)

It’s three weeks into my study abroad experience in Angers, and I can finally say I’ve nestled quite cozily into my new environment. I’ve taken to an all-black wardrobe, started smoking a pack of cigarettes for petit-déjeuner, and have finally reached fluency. Actually none of that is true, but I have spent the last few…