England: The Amazing Month of June I

In the beginning of June, I visited London one last time, but for a solo trip! I booked an airbnb, a bus ticket, and went on my way. I stayed for a whole weekend to go see a concert at Wembley Stadium, originally a football stadium which can fit up to 90,000 people. The group…

England: Trip to Malta!!

After finals, my friend and I traveled to Malta! Malta is beautiful country made up of a group of islands under Sicily. We only stayed in Malta for a short time, but it was great! The first day we were there, we explored the capital city, Valletta. Valletta has a lot of tourist shops, a…

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: Easter Break Activities

Since we get the whole month of April off at the University of Leeds, April is a great time to travel, go to events, and have fun without having to worry too much about school work! As soon as break started, my friends and I went on a trip to explore some Harry Potter filming…

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: Making Friends

When I was thinking about studying abroad, I was really nervous about not being able to make friends. Now that I am abroad, I see that there are many opportunities to make friends. When I first got to Leeds, there was a week of events for international students to meet each other and become friends…

England: Traveling Part 1

Hello! My name is Katelyn Tuck, and I am a junior linguistics major who is currently studying abroad in Leeds, England. Two of my friends, Kyra and Lucy, and I all came to Leeds to study abroad together. Kyra and Lucy are also bloggers on this website, so be sure to check out their blogs…

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…