Jordan: Exploring Jerash

This week I went on an incredible adventure around the city of Jerash! It started with my teachers and I catching a cab to the bus stop. We each paid our 1JD and got onto the bus. The ride took about an hour and 15 minutes from Amman to get to Jerash. The ride was…

Five Tips and Tricks to Traveling Abroad for the First Time

Before this excursion to Spain, I had never spent an extended period of time outside of the United States. Here are some of tips and tricks that I think all first timers should use. Hey there Rebels at home! This one goes out to those of you all getting ready to go abroad. I am…

Jordan: Acclimation

Hello there! It’s Caetlind, again. Today I finally decided to sit down and write about one of the hardest situations I’ve faced so far in my journey: adjusting to life in Jordan. Let’s jump into it! On January 30th I left my family and friends behind to embark on a journey of a lifetime: 6…

Jordan: Packing Tips

Hi! My name is Caetlind and this is my first blog post ever! I am a junior at the university double majoring in Arabic and Anthropology and have been given the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Amman, Jordan! Let’s jump into it! I should have probably mentioned before that I will be spending 6…

London: Farewell and Reflection

I am writing this blog as I sit on my flight back to the United States of America. As I reflect above the Atlantic Ocean, I ask myself if I were given the opportunity to do this experience again, would I? What would I do differently next time? Was it worth it? In this blog,…

China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…

A Weekend In Paris

 For our last weekend in Europe, we had the opportunity to visit our friends Sarah and Madeline in Paris! It was also their last weekend, and we were so lucky they were willing to show us their favorite parts of Paris. We arrived 8 AM Friday morning and took a taxi to Sarah and Madeline’s super…

London: Free Things to do in London

Although it has been worth every penny, the decent amount of money that you have to spend in London is inevitable. This is due to British currency (Pound Sterling) being of greater value than the US dollar, combined with the overall high cost of living in London in terms of Pound Sterling. That being said,…

Florence: The End

It’s sad to say that my time in Florence has ended. Looking back, I will always remember the people I met and the places I went. Six weeks went by so fast. My last weekend was spent with my roommates in Amalfi Coast. We went on boat tours and swam through caves, explored Pompeii and…

Spain: How could I leave?

It’s getting close. I leave the country that I have fallen in love with in just a few days. In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when I return home. Even though my mom doesn’t want to hear this, I would be completely content having my dog brought over,…

China: Marriage & Art in Shanghai

Since I’m stressing about final exams next week and don’t have a lot of time or energy to write – I just edited an article I wrote last summer in Shanghai that I never published anywhere; hope you enjoy!  Emerging from the chaos of the Saturday afternoon Shanghai subway traffic, my classmate, Hope, and I loosened…