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: Language Learning

As a student minoring in Italian, one of my focuses this semester has been to strengthen my proficiency in the language. I’m taking an Italian language course while I’m here, but this has only been a part of my education. Here are the places where I have gained most of my everyday knowledge about Italian…

48 Hours in Helsinki

In a serendipitous chain of events, my dad was in Helsinki, so I was able to visit him for a weekend. To avoid missing class, I booked a trip that arrived at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and left at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. It was a tight deadline, but we were able to pack a…

Italy: Eat Like a Pro

One of the classes I am most eager to take this semester is called “The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions.” The class meets twice a week, once for an in-class lesson about the history and culture behind Italian food and once for a cooking lab practical in the cafeteria. We’ll learn about food…

South Korea: Make the Most of it!

I just finished my first full week of classes, and it was a little tiring but also really fun! Because my program counts for 6 hours of Korean, and it only lasts for four weeks, we have many hours of Korean everyday. Most days we have four hours of classes, but somedays, there are an…

England: The Amazing Month of June II

As my time in England was ending, I spent time with friends that I would miss when I left. I also went to the sister store of the bakery I loved, called Bakery 164. (Well, it’s more of a cafe that serves delicious sandwiches.) As I walked through the city streets, I took pictures of…

England: May Days #2

May is soon over and I have only one final exam left. I can’t believe that in less than 20 days, I’ll be heading back home. The month of exams and preparation: The exams here are really different from the ones in Oxford. The two exams I took this past week were in an auditorium…

England: May Days #1

We are now halfway through May and the weather has somewhat warmed up. There are very chilly days and the casual “great day for a picnic” days as well. UK weather is something that I do not think I will ever be able to get used to, but it has also helped me appreciate sunny…

England: April_Log #1

This month seemed pretty long, but also short. For the majority of April, we did not have any classes due to Easter Break. During this time, I was able to enjoy some time to relax, explore Leeds, and travel to London! One of the most exciting things is that spring finally came and I was…

England: The Beautiful Month of March Part II

The latter half of March had its ups and downs but it was overall amazing. I had to write essays for my linguistics class and it was stressful, but I learned so much from writing them. The grading system and social life are so different that it is intriguing to me. Since the linguistics department…

England: The Beautiful Month of March – Part I

So many things happened this month. I managed to overcome my homesickness and am now comfortable living here as a student. Let’s start with some tips on how I have gotten to and from campus! As I mentioned before, it takes about an hour to walk to campus from my dorm, so it is more…

Morocco: How to Make Morocco’s Best Drinks

The three most popular drinks in Morocco are mint tea, fresh juice, and strong coffee. Here’s a guide to making these specialties without having to fly across the Atlantic: The Infamous Moroccan Mint Tea  Green Gunpowder Tea Sugar Mint Boil eight cups of water. Put two heaping spoonfuls of green gunpowder tea into a teapot,…