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….

Cambridge: New Old Routines

After being on my study abroad experience for a full week, I can say that the most important thing to experiencing the new–while not completely letting go of everything familiar–is to find old routines from your life at home and adapt them to your new environment. For me, this routine was running. At home I…

Italy: 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,…

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…

Italy: My Trip to Mykonos!!

I knew that if I were to ever go to Italy, I would also have to make a stop in Greece. For our last weekend abroad, my roommates and I decided to travel to Greece. We chose Mykonos- a beautiful island located in the Cyclades group. I arrived in Greece at 5 am. You’re probably thinking…

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…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Planning a Weekend Trip

If you are going to be studying abroad for a length of time of four weeks or more, you are most likely hoping to take a few weekend trips to see different parts of the country or different countries altogether. I highly recommend! In other parts of the world (especially Europe), traveling is so easy…