Japan: One Final Look Back

My time in Japan has come to an end. It’s bittersweet: I’m ready to get back to the US and get to work since I now have my degree, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and how much I’ve grown as a person while abroad. I gained a ton of perspective about the world and…

Japan: You Can’t Do Tokyo In Just Three Days

My time in Japan has been winding down, so I decided to end my time in Japan with just a few days of relaxation and enjoyment by visiting Tokyo and Yokohama before heading home to the good ‘ole US of A. I even roped in one of my newfound friends from Ritsumeikan to come along…

South Korea: A Short but Sweet Summer

I finished my finals at Korea University, and I am now back home in Mississippi, so to end this blog series about my time in South Korea, I will talk about some of my favorite things, people, and experiences in Korea! 1 Karaoke: Going to a Karaoke room with my friends was one of my…

Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

England: Leaving Leeds

Finals are now over, and I will be leaving Leeds soon to go to South Korea for a summer abroad program. I’ve realized that I’ve learned a lot of different things while studying abroad in Leeds, so I will share some of these thoughts with you in this blog post. I’ve learned that I should…

Germany: Coming Home

Unfortunately, my term had to end early due to a family emergency. It’s bittersweet to come back to the U.S., but I’m ready to see my family, friends, and Chick-fil-a. Here’s what I’m bringing home from Germany, and here’s what I’ve learned from my trip. Many, many souvenirs. The material things I’m bringing home include…

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,”…

Angers, France : Final Thoughts

Today marked my final day at CIDEF and my final full day in Angers. In the afternoon tomorrow, I depart for Paris, and then fly home on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that this incredible experience is drawing to a close. This semester has had several moments of both joy and sorrow, and sometimes at…

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…

6 Months Already?

Since my last post, I have had the chance to travel around New South Wales, Australia a bit more. A little over two week ago a group of my friends and I headed up the coast to a little beach town called Byron Bay. The town was very eclectic as it had a wide variety…

Riley: Patagonia, Time Travel, and Bad Luck

Patagonia: Recently I traveled to the Patagonia Region of Chile with Megan, the other student studying in Chile from Ole Miss.  We were almost as far south in the world as you can get (before Antarctica, of course).  We began our trip by flying to Punta Arenas and from there we took a bus to Puerto Natales.  When we…

Na Shledanou Prague

This morning I had to say “see you next time” to my home of four and a half months. It was heart wrenching, and needless to say I left my apartment, friends, the airport, and airport runway in tears. (It was a day to cry, okay.) I decided to study abroad to be immersed into…