The Most Important Skill During A Study-Abroad

I’ve been in just Japan two weeks, and the number of differences that I’ve faced have been astounding. Sure, there are tons of good differences: people are unusually quiet, clean, and polite; convenience stores here are a godsend and even put my beloved Kwik Trip to shame; and Japanese toilets are so nice that they…

Jordan: Final Thoughts

Jordan. Where do I begin? Over the last 6 months I’ve experienced my highest highs, and my lowest lows. From being completely alone and 6,800 miles away from my friends and family, to being joined by several familiar faces in the last two months, I’ve certainly grown as a person and I’ve learned a good…

Jordan: Good Eats

Hello again! I am near to completing my time in Jordan and cannot wait to share my final thoughts. But this week, let’s talk about Jordan’s incredible food scene! It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I am quite a picky eater. So, when I first got here, I was pretty nervous about…

Saying Goodbye to Florence

Well, my time in Florence is coming to a close. The past six weeks have been some of my favorite thus far in my life. I have had so many opportunities to explore the country and experience the amazing and unique culture. If someone had asked me in the first two weeks if I would…

Favorites of Florence

So, it is now the end of week five in Florence. My time here is quickly coming to a close, and I thought one of the best ways to talk about my experience here is to give a list of my favorite haunts in the city and why. This list is by no means, exhaustive….

Jordan: Aqaba

Hi! You know that feeling when you open your oven and all that hot air rushes at you at once? That pretty much encompasses what it feels like to be in Aqaba, Jordan. Situated at the base of Jordan and bordered by Saudi, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt, Aqaba is truly a cultural epicenter of grand proportions,…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Hidden Gems

This past weekend, I found a hidden gem of a small, Italian city called Lucca. It elicited the same feeling you get when you reach in the pocket of the winter jacket you have not worn in months and happen upon a ten dollar bill. I would also equate the town to the hole in…

Jordan: Border Crossing

Hi! Welcome to this week’s blog about my border crossing experience. I would like to preface this post by saying experiences will vary when attempting to cross the Jordanian-Israeli/Palestinian border. I’ve heard horror stories from students as well as some from others that said they were able to pass with relative ease. I think it…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Picking the Best Gelateria

Italy is known for many things, but my favorite commodity so far is the gelato! Flavors range from baccio, which is chocolate hazelnut, to alle rosa, or rose flavored. While most shops serve similar flavors and have the same price range, an art form exists at choosing the best gelateria that will have the best…

England: The Amazing Month of June II

As my time in England was ending, I spent time with friends that I would miss when I left. I also went to the sister store of the bakery I loved, called Bakery 164. (Well, it’s more of a cafe that serves delicious sandwiches.) As I walked through the city streets, I took pictures of…

Jordan: Petra

Hello again and buckle up for a super long blog! As I alluded to in the previous blog, this one is all about my experience in Petra! Boy did I have high hopes for visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World! The sites were as amazing as expected, however, after I contracted a…