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…

Paris, France: Trial and Mostly Error

Tomorrow will be the end of my first week of school, and I’m not even counting down the days until the weekend like I would be in The States. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be exploring all day and discovering new places (and food), but for school, this isn’t too bad. Classes count for…

France – The adventures continue

Paris is always fun, but things are so different. I love the adventure and figuring out a new way of life, but it is a challenge to say the least! Last week (I’m writing this late), my 4 apartment mates and I finally all went out for the day together for the first time! I…

Amsterdam: Week One

Hoi from Amsterdam! I’ve successfully tackled my first week in Europe and now according to my brand new residence permit (awkward photo and all), I’m official. That’s right y’all, I’m here to stay, no backing out now! To be completely honest, I still can’t believe that this is all really happening. I’m so blessed to…

Australia: A new kind of Mardi Gras

Just like any American college student, I have always been one to celebrate the fun-filled holiday: Mardi Gras. Usually, this day long celebration of the day before lent begins consists of a party with family and friends complete with King Cake, beads, and decorations in the vibrant colors of purple, gold, and green. Last year…

Australia: Living for the Weekends

Now that I have begun to settle in and develop a routine of things, I stay pretty busy for a majority of the week. I have class on Mondays and Tuesdays that usually have weekly homework and/or readings. Since I am also interning two full days on Wednesdays and Thursdays, these classes meet only once…

La vie en France: Début

It’s been almost a week since I’ve been in France, and it still doesn’t feel real.  I flew out of Memphis with another student and had plans to meet up with three other Ole Miss students in Miami to fly together.  Unfortunately, the ice delayed their flights, but I was lucky to have a friend…

Austalia: Benefits of being a foreigner

I like to think I have adjusted to the city life as well as any other girl that has grown up in the suburbs, but finding the correct bus route has proven to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. For instance, yesterday Haley and I went to the fresh market near the central…

United Kingdom: Just LEEDing a normal life

Hello friends, family, strangers. Just thought it appropriate to fill you in on the average day here at my new school. Obvi these pics were not all taken in the same day, but I’ll walk you through the thrills that are my average weekday. Typically. This will probably be the most boring blahg ever, but…

United Kingdom: Willy Shakespy and friends

I’m no weather woman (although I did consider it for about a week once) but it looks like a dang blizzard outside. The snow is coming down so heavily and horizontally that I had to whip out my umbrella and carry it in front of me like a body shield. I’m so medieval. Figured it’d…

Spain: First Week: Success

It has been an eventful week. The days have flown by, and each one has been as exciting as the last. Between the culture, classes, people, and the now-common feeling of being lost, I find myself exhausted but happy. I had said that I only wanted to write for the blog every two weeks, but…