Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

Italy: Think Small (Reflection)

When I came to Italy, I became an idiot. The first night I arrived, my host sister could hardly eat her spaghetti because she was chuckling so hard at the incorrect way that I twirled my pasta. Over the first days, I said “yes” consistently to questions whose answers were definitely not “yes or no,”…

A Night In or Out

Classes at AALIM (Arab American Language Institute in Morocco) are intense. The four hours of Modern Standard Arabic every morning, Darija lessons after lunch, and the usual load of homework can really add up. So midway through our first week, I was feeling the heat and I thought it would be fun to take a…

Why I Chose England and Study Abroad

Hey guys! I can’t believe I’ve been in England for 3 months already, it still feels like I just got here last week. Today I wanted to tell you guys about my reasons for choosing the University of Reading and study abroad in general. While I wasn’t actually born in Mississippi, I’ve lived there in…

Switzerland: Je ne quitte pas la Suisse… Je la prends avec moi

Heading home. For so long these words would fill my soul with warmth – to head back to a place filled with family, filled with home cooked meals, filled with ease. Yet, now I am back, and though all of these sentiments have been fulfilled, I find myself reminiscing on my time in the land…

Arrival at Ole Miss by Gaia

My name is Gaia and I was born in Lecco, Italy but have lived most of my life abroad. For my junior year of college I have embarked on a year abroad in warm Oxford, Mississippi after having spent my first 2 college years in rainy and cold Edinburgh, UK. 5 weeks in my study abroad at…

The beautiful sights of Potsdam (3)

Hi everyone!   I would like to talk about more amazing sights in Potsdam. Palace Sanssouci Designed between 1745 and 1747 by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff to fulfill King Frederick’s need for a private residence where he could relax outside the Berlin court, the palace Sanssouci is a translation of a French phrase (san souci), which translates as “without…

Beautiful sights of Potsdam (1)

  The city of Potsdam is not only the largest city in the state of Brandenburg, Germany, it is also the capital of Brandenburg. Potsdam directly borders the German capital, Berlin. Potsdam was the residence of the Prussian Kings and German Emperors for several decades, until 1918. In Potsdam, you find the largest World Heritage Site…

Elizabeth: Road Rebs

I cannot believe that my time abroad is beginning to come to a close! The month of June has been filled with final presentations, parciales (tests) and anxiously waiting to see if it is necessary to take my finals or being able to miss them due to my passing grades. I haven’t had much chance…

May │ June

It is officially June and I’m sad to say the last month of my semester here at Macquarie University. The last two weeks in May were nothing short of amazing as I saw friends and family, celebrated my birthday and the Sydney Vivid Festival began! Two weeks ago my very good friend from home, Georgie,…