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…

Noël in Angers, France

Although I didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving in France, Christmas arrived with a bang! Starting December 1st, Angers has been covered in lights. Down every street, Christmas lights are turned on as soon as it’s dark, and Christmas music plays over speakers. The city becomes a winter wonderland! The festivities kicked off the first weekend…

Toussaint in Belgium!

November has flown by in France! At the beginning of this month we had a five day weekend in celebration of Toussaint, or “All Saints Day” as Catholics call it in the United States. Having waited until a week before to plan a trip, I and two friends decided to travel to Bruges, Belgium after finding…

France: It’s okay to be Homesick

During my first week in Angers, I was spoke with a woman named Sue who coordinated study abroad for the University of Oregon, and she mentioned to me that homesickness usually hits everyone around week 3 or 4. That absolutely baffled me! How could anyone get homesick in such a beautiful place while they are…

Angers, France: The Beginning

Dear reader, I’m finally in France! After 12 hours of flying, 6 hours of layovers, and a 2 hour train ride, I arrived in Angers, France. I already knew I had overpacked, as I dragged my two suitcases four blocks to where I would be living for the semester. A former Croft student had recommended…

All good things must come to an end

Made it back home after almost 24 hours of airport travel!  I really did not want to leave.  It was difficult to say bye to my friends and my new life.  If you had told me at the two month mark (whenever I felt that although I had met people, I really didn’t have any…

Tokyo, Japan: My Top 5 Favorites

I am leaving Tokyo in less than a month and after a year of living in the center of Tokyo mayhem I’ve had plenty of chances to discover my favorite (and least favorite) things about Tokyo and Japan. So let’s get to it ~ 1. Tokyo is the safest city in the world. Tokyo is…