Germany: Colds and Adventures

This past week I have been pretty sick with what my host mom called the “summer flu,” so I don’t really have a theme of what I want to write about. I thought I could discuss both how to survive sickness abroad and my recent travels! First, being sick abroad really stinks. If you’re anything…

Morocco: Thirty-Six Hours of Eid

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Families and neighbors gather from all across the country to break their fast and celebrate together. Brantley and I were excited for our first Eid but we weren’t sure what to expect. So here are our thirty-six hours of Eid: Thursday 2:00 Arabic…

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,”…

Morocco: Is this real life?

On the train ride back from a weekend trip to Fez, I sighed a little bit to myself about going back to “real life” of school and homework. I then realized, as I have over and over again this first week, what a dream everyday life in Meknes, Morocco is! A school day here includes…

Angers, France : Arrival and Settling In

Bonjour! Things are going fairly well here in Angers, France. I arrived a few days ago and have finally settled in. The first few days were hectic, but this weekend has been a short reprieve before classes commence next week. My week began with a nine-hour flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Paris followed by a…

Riley: Chile

HOLA AMIGOS So I have been living in Viña Del Mar, Chile for about 2 weeks now.  I started classes on Wednesday in Valparaíso at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.  So here’s some background information to let you know a little bit more about my situation: I am a graduate student, earning my Masters degree…

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…

Chile: Llegué!

And so begins one of the most hackneyed subjects for a travel blog – homesickness and how I’m dealing with it. Homesick? you might ask. But Shru, you’ve only been there for three days! Yes. I’m homesick. I have only been here three days, but it feels like a lifetime. The flight up here was…

France: A Day in Carcassonne

As I’ve been really, really bad about starting on this blog, I’m going to offer a basic overview of how things have been going in the…. god, has it been over a month and a half already?  since I got to Montpellier. I got to Montpellier on January 2, with a horde of other students…