Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

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…

Solo Travels in London

During my time abroad, I quickly learned that my favorite way to travel was solo. Don’t get me wrong, travelling with friends is awesome and you shouldn’t only travel alone. However, I really appreciated taking a little bit of time to focus on what I wanted. My last two trips to London were the best….

When a Man is Tired of London, He is Tired of Life

Studying in Reading has the amazing perk of being just an (inexpensive) 30 minute train ride into Paddington Station, a fact that I seem to never shut up about. There is so much to see and do in London that it blows my mind and it pains me to know that I won’t be able…

Irish You Were There

In mid-March, I had the opportunity to spend 36 hours in beautiful Dublin with a friend. It’s hard to get a lot done in only 36 hours, but we hit a few of the highlights and spent some time wandering the streets before our flight back to the UK. Our hotel was located about 45…

Germany: Guten Tag!

Coming to study in Germany for the summer was a little intimidating, especially since I’m not used to traveling abroad…or alone. Now that I’m here, I’m pretty convinced that I’m in one of the most beautiful places ever. There are historical sites everywhere, and even in the cities, there is so much green. Everyone grows…

So You Want to Go to France

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of meandering through the streets of la Ville Lumière while nibbling on a baguette, people watching while I sipped tea in an outdoor café in rural France, and meeting the love of my life in the Musée d’Orsay in front of a Van Gogh painting. While my…

England: Mind the Gap (and Other Travel Tips)

When most people think of London, they typically think of the Underground, London’s extensive subway. With trains arriving every 3 minutes, the tube, as locals call it, is efficient and one of the quickest ways to travel. Not only is it fast, it’s also one of the cleanest public transport options I’ve ever used. I’m…

England: A Quick Guide to London’s Museums

With London being just a half hour train ride from Reading, I’ve spent several weekends exploring the city. There’s so much to see and do that I probably won’t even get to half of it before it’s time for me to return home! I love wandering up and down the streets, admiring the architecture and…

Angers, France : A Visit to Normandy

Yesterday, I went on a day long trip to Normandy, a region of France along the English Channel where the Allies landed during World War II as part of the effort to liberate France and defeat the Nazis. From the time I decided I was going to spend a semester in France, it was one…

Angers, France : Adapting to French University Life

The time has flown by and here we are at the end of November. Most of this month has been filled with tests and presentations in my various courses. I haven’t talk much about my course schedule here and as it differs greatly from the way class schedules typically work at Ole Miss, describing the…

Angers, France : Toussaint Day Travels

Last week marked the French national holiday known as Toussaint Day (or All Saint’s Day, for English speakers). Toussaint Day is November 1st which fell on a Wednesday this year, so for all of us lucky students at CIDEF, we had three days off of school.   I, being notoriously terrible for planning actual things…