Hawaii: Semester at Sea

Our first port was HAWAII and after the first week at sea, I was eager to get on steady land again. Semester at Sea has class everyday on the ship so our only “weekends” or breaks is our time at land. Hawaii was the first test to see how I would respond to the idea of…

How to order at a restaurant in Italy like a local

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is some of the best in the world. Prior to studying abroad in Italy this semester, I have never been to Europe. I was naïve enough to believe that restaurant etiquette and the experience would be similar to that of America. I was clearly very wrong. In this post…

How to experience Munich on a budget

Munich is a unique destination with strong cultural and historical traditions. The city is large and has much to offer. However, it is absolutely possible to see a lot of what Munich has to offer in just two days time. Luckily the city is also rather affordable to visit when planned the right way. I’ll…

Suite Life on Deck: Life at Sea

I’m sure we’ve all seen or at least heard of the popular TV Show, “Suite Life on Deck,” which has unbelievably transformed into my every day life. The Semester at Sea program is a floating campus that sails nearly in a full circle around the world, starting in San Diego, CA and ending in Hamburg, Germany….

Jordan: Frequently Asked Questions

My first month at MALIC in Amman, Jordan, has gone by so quickly! I studied here this past summer, and I received many questions regarding safety, the culture, being a woman, and being a Jew. To start off, I have never truly felt unsafe here. I am cautious being in another country and am constantly…

Top Places to Visit in Paris

Paris is a city with several nicknames. “The City of Love,” “The City of Lights” are just two popular ones. With being one of the top cities to visit in Europe along with all the sights to see, planning a trip to Paris can quickly become overwhelming. Recently, I visited Paris and stayed for less…

Goodbye Angers!

I am currently sitting outside my gate at Charles de Gualle Airport on Christmas Eve writing this last reflection on my time here in France. Though I am anxious to get home and see my family for Christmas, leaving France is bittersweet. I spent my last remaining night in Angers hanging out with my few…

Angers, France : The World Beyond Angers

The end of the semester is approaching fast, but with finals on the horizon, it is too early to focus on my return home. Instead, I’ve been spending these past few weeks appreciating one of my favorite aspects of my classes here: my fellow classmates. One of the unique aspects of studying here has been…

Normandy: 73 Years After D-Day

One of the great things about studying at la Université Catholique de l’Ouest is that the university plans cultural excursions that you can sign up for throughout the semester. This past weekend, I went on an excursion to Normandy. Throughout my childhood, I was constantly exposed to WWII through the books my dad kept around the…