Ireland: My First Week

Hello, friends! My journey in Ireland has just started, and I’m so excited about all the fun to come. I appreciate you taking the time to follow my adventures this semester. I hope to share some great stories and beautiful pictures with you over the next four months. Since arriving at Maynooth University last Tuesday,…

Spain – Soaking It All In

Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. Yes, I’m still alive. And yes, I’m still enjoying my time abroad. In fact, I’m enjoying my time so much that I never have any time to simply sit down and write. But, that’s okay. I can give everyone the full report, down to every miniscule detail,…

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…

Amsterdam: Czeching Out Hungary

I know it’s been so long since my last post, but I’ve been going nonstop! Between trips and school I’ve had hardly any down time, but hey I’m definitely not complaining. Last week I went with a friend to Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic (hence the pun-filled name of this post title) and fell in…

France: Loire Valley and How to Look American

Lately, I’ve been busy with school and just doing life in Paris. Starting next weekend, I really begin traveling and being busy on the weekends, so I’m sure my blogs will be a bit more interesting. This past weekend, I went with my study abroad group (roommates and SAI leader) to the Loire Valley. It’s…

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…

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…

Paris, France: Trial and Mostly Error

Tomorrow will be the end of my first week of school, and I’m not even counting down the days until the weekend like I would be in The States. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be exploring all day and discovering new places (and food), but for school, this isn’t too bad. Classes count for…

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…

Amsterdam: Week One

Hoi from Amsterdam! I’ve successfully tackled my first week in Europe and now according to my brand new residence permit (awkward photo and all), I’m official. That’s right y’all, I’m here to stay, no backing out now! To be completely honest, I still can’t believe that this is all really happening. I’m so blessed to…

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…

First Post from Chile!

Hi everyone! My name is Thompson Barr and I am a junior; I’m spending this semester in Valparaíso, Chile! I’m so excited to share my experiences abroad with y’all back at home, hope y’all enjoy it! I’ve been here in Chile for about 30 days now. Among orientation with my exchange organization, CIEE, meeting new…