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…

Angers is Good.

Tonight I finally sat down to once again write a blog-worthy narrative of my time here in France.  My posting has not been as disciplined as I had hoped it would be before I settled in Angers, but I also did not expect idle time to be so non-existent.  Of course, I have spent afternoons…

Amsterdam: Big Hug or Small Hug?

Well it’s finally happened, I had my first twinges of homesickness. Always being the child that wanted to stay at summer camp for an extra week opposed to coming home early, I was actually pretty surprised how hard it hit me. I knew I would miss my friends and family (and in general my home…

The Glamorous Parisian Life of Food Poisoning and Wet Paint

It’s been about a month and mom said I haven’t blogged, so I’ll see what all I can remember from the past few weeks! About 3 weeks ago, I headed off to London to meet my friend from Ole Miss studying in Edinburgh, Scotland. My flight was continuously delayed, but I finally arrived there around…

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Expect the Unexpected

Before I stepped foot into Brazil’s “Marvelous City” (as Rio is affectionately known as), I didn’t realize there were several different phases of emotions that first time travelers normally experience-at least, for me there was.  The first, of course, was excitement.  I was bubbly with this emotion from the very onslaught and could barely contain myself when…

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…

Week Two in Firenze

Waking up to the sound of rain, seemingly serene, I opened my windows to smell and feel the air come in my room. Immersing myself in the culture and difference of the Italians has been a wonderful challenge. I’m discovering emotions and qualities of myself in this new world. I have always found great contentment…

France – The adventures continue

Paris is always fun, but things are so different. I love the adventure and figuring out a new way of life, but it is a challenge to say the least! Last week (I’m writing this late), my 4 apartment mates and I finally all went out for the day together for the first time! I…

Observations and Amsterdam

Time is literally disappearing in front of me.  It doesn’t feel like I have been in France for very long; but at the same time, it feels like home.  I have an apartment, daily routines/habits, and friends here.  I love going to the boulangerie each day to purchase some sort of pastry or the usual baguette.  I…

Germany: Food, Food, Food

Typically, people think of German food as sausage, beer, pretzels, sauerkraut and the like. Don’t get me wrong, that’s historically German food. However (and I’m sure this is true virtually everywhere you would visit or study), there is so much more to it than that! Look at the photo above and tell me whether or…

Florence: Likes and Dislikes

I cannot believe I have been in Italy for 3 weeks now. It has been a crazy experience and I love it so much! I have decided to dedicate this week’s blog to my favorite and least favorite things about being here. If I have to be honest with myself, probably my favorite thing has…