An Accidental Side Trip to Taiwan

Funny story: I accidentally put myself on a trip to Taiwan over Christmas. It wasn’t exactly anything I expected to do, and it sure wasn’t cheap, but I’ll be darned if it wasn’t one of the most memorable experiences I had here during my study abroad. Here’s how it happened: students at Ritsumeikan University as…

Italy: The *Study* in Study Abroad

I know I’ve written mostly about my experiences outside of the classroom, but now is the perfect time to put the STUDY in study abroad. When choosing my classes at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in the spring, I sought courses that would be relevant to my academic needs but also would supplement my understanding…

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…

Port 11 – Day 5 – Ghana

Hello from my comfy bed upon the MV World Odyssey! Today started our as another great day at City of Refuge, but we were all sad when it came time to leave this afternoon. Our morning was similar to the past few days in the sense that we got up on the early side, at…

Whatsapp? “Nothing, Whatsapp with you?”

Look at me, becoming the advice blogger.  I guess it was the inevitable result of not knowing anyone who has visited Argentina recently and blindly stumbling into the country hoping to pick up on the caveats of day to day life as I went along.  So here goes Cecilia’s Big Tip #2- look into how…