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…

France: Getting in the Groove of Angers

It is week 4 in France; I can’t believe it! These past two weeks have been filled with so many things (including meeting friends, my 21st birthday, picking classes, and many pain au chocolats!)!  This post is a tad long, I will warn you, but it paints the picture of my life here! The next…

Morocco: Picnic in the Forest

We went to the forest in Temara today for a picnic with several of the host families and their relatives. I played Bocce/Bocci/Botchi Ball (aka Le Bul) for the first time. The older men were so competitive! The only other time I had been around the game was at the Special Olympics my senior year…

France: I’m here!

I think I should mention first and foremost that I haven’t had Diet Coke in a week!! I think this is the longest time I’ve gone without it. But I am actually sleeping and feeling better because of it. It’s definitely accessible to get here, but fairly expensive and the French usually always just have…

Morocco: Host Family (1/18/13)

I moved in with my host family last night. I’m living with a relatively old couple, probably in their late 60’s or early 70’s, in their apartment in the city. Their names are Idris and ‘Izza, I’m 90% sure. Their 40 year old son Hakim lives with them, along with his pregnant wife (we’re having…