Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

Italy: Public Transportation While Abroad

A learning curve while studying abroad definitely consists of using public transportation. Our first few days in Rome consisted of walking 30+ minutes to campus and the downtown area several times a day- very tiring if you couldn’t guess. After a few days, we were taught how to use the trams! The trams bring us…

England: Packing!!

Hello! I now only have one more final left to take, and then, in a few weeks I will officially be leaving Leeds! I feel like I have been in Leeds for a long time, but now that it is almost time to leave, it feels like it is ending so soon! Even though I…

England: Adjusting

My phone began to act weird during my first days here. It may have been because the model I use is about 3 years old or it just has a glitch. As I settled into my new room, I decided to charge my phone. Surprisingly, it charged very quickly. However, when I began to use…

Germany: actually, Paris

This past weekend my friends and I had the opportunity to go to Paris! When we booked our trip, we did not realize that we would be there for both Bastille Day and the World Cup final (where France won)! Therefore, we had an extremely busy weekend and a once in a lifetime experience. We were…

Morocco: How to Make Morocco’s Best Drinks

The three most popular drinks in Morocco are mint tea, fresh juice, and strong coffee. Here’s a guide to making these specialties without having to fly across the Atlantic: The Infamous Moroccan Mint Tea  Green Gunpowder Tea Sugar Mint Boil eight cups of water. Put two heaping spoonfuls of green gunpowder tea into a teapot,…

Home away from home

Hey y’all! It’s Madison again! I wanted to talk to y’all today a bit about how to create your home away from home. First things first, I’m not naive enough to say that you won’t get homesick, or that your apartment/living arrangements will be as cozy as your bed with your 10 pillows and smell…

Morocco: Things You’ll Hear in a Souk

I knew I would have to haggle in Moroccan souks, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the experience. I don’t play games when I souvenir-shop, and neither do the salesmen. Every city, souk, and shop is different and so is each shopping experience. I was a frightened and weak negotiator at first, but after shopping…

Morocco: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Navigating the Souks of Morocco Walking through a souk in Morocco is a blend between sightseeing and shopping. You feel the pressure of time and money, and merchants can be pushy. Salesmen shout at you in every language, the smells of raw meat waft through the air, and the sun still beats down on you…

Germany: Freizeit

This week was the halfway point for my study abroad term, and while I’m loving Germany, my friends and I are struggling to find new things to do. Since we have class for up to 6 hours a day, there’s not much time to do things during the week. So, every day it seems we…

England: Actually Studying During Study Abroad

Since “study” is half of “study abroad,” it’s important to have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning all of your exciting new adventures through Europe. I found the UK system of few assignments and multiple essays a little harder to adjust to, as I’m used to minimal essays and…

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…