Istanbul

For the week-long fall break, my friends and I planned a trip to Istanbul. Istanbul is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. It felt like European city, but full of Eastern history and beautiful mosques. We stayed within walking distance of another wonderful shopping street, Istiklal. Our neighborhood was right underneath Galata…

Jerusalem

I’ve been in Amman for over two months now. Approaching the halfway point has been an incredible (albeit sometimes exhausting) experience of culture shock, adjustment, and adventure. My trips outside Amman have allowed me to have a more immersive and diverse study abroad experience. In the next two posts, I’ll be writing about my long…

Petra/Wadi Rum

From riding camels in the desert, to climbing mountains to ancient monestaries, to getting held up at one of the tightest borders in the world, my first month in the Middle East has been unforgettable as well as exhausting. In this blog post, I’ll talk about my weekend trips to Wadi Rum and Petra. In…

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…