Riley: San Pedro de Atacama

     This past week I was fortunate enough to have some family members come visit me here in Chile.  I was pretty down in the dumps once my best friend, who came for a visit, left.  My Aunt and Uncle who were coming for a visit gave me something more to look forward to!  While…

What I Learned During My First Week In Scotland

For those of you that don’t know, I left for my semester at the University of Stirling on Friday, January 9th. There’s a lot to be said and not enough space to say it so I’m going to try to break down my thoughts by things I learned during my first week in Scotland. Never…

Amsterdam: Big Hug or Small Hug?

Well it’s finally happened, I had my first twinges of homesickness. Always being the child that wanted to stay at summer camp for an extra week opposed to coming home early, I was actually pretty surprised how hard it hit me. I knew I would miss my friends and family (and in general my home…

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Expect the Unexpected

Before I stepped foot into Brazil’s “Marvelous City” (as Rio is affectionately known as), I didn’t realize there were several different phases of emotions that first time travelers normally experience-at least, for me there was.  The first, of course, was excitement.  I was bubbly with this emotion from the very onslaught and could barely contain myself when…

Germany: Food, Food, Food

Typically, people think of German food as sausage, beer, pretzels, sauerkraut and the like. Don’t get me wrong, that’s historically German food. However (and I’m sure this is true virtually everywhere you would visit or study), there is so much more to it than that! Look at the photo above and tell me whether or…

Chateaux and Paris

It’s been harder than I expected to write consistently, but I’ve also been caught up experiencing life here in Angers.  It feels like home, and I have now developed somewhat of a consistent routine.  I’m taking 21 hours here, which sounds like a lot (but it’s really manageable).  I’m taking 9 hours of language, 3…

Chile: Going Native

I’m a terrible blogger. Terrible. It’s been a month since I last blogged and I’ve had so many adventures. Last semester, when Chile was but a faraway thought in my mind, Croft made us all take a predeparture class. I don’t know what I was expecting “predeparture” to be, but it was about 4 hours…

Spain: Traveling, Homesickness, Back to Writing

It’s been a while since I last posted, but with so much going on daily it seemed like there never was an appropriate point to sit down and begin writing. It has been just over two months since we came to Spain, and the excitement of living and studying in a foreign country has still…

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…