London: Day Trip to Cambridge, England

  Last weekend, we had a day for which our program did not have any events scheduled, so we decided to take a day trip to Cambridge, England. Cambridge sits right outside of London and is known as the home of one of the top universities in the entire world. My flat mates and I…

Getting Settled in Florence

 I have been living in Florence for 2 full weeks now, yet it still feels like a dream! Everywhere you go there is something new to see, or eat. 🙂 It is a beautiful city, full of culture and life, and I am so thankful this is where I chose to go this summer. We…

China: Family & the forgotten lives of Unit 731

“What kind of music do you like?” I asked the taxi driver in Chinese as he drove us to a popular nightclub in Harbin. Two of my American classmates chatted in the backseat. “I like slow, emotional ballads the best,” he said, the corner of his eyes crinkling into a warm smile. I rolled my…

Germany – Transportation

Not very many students have cars, which are a luxury to those who can afford them. Others, however, do in fact have the money but take a conscientious objector stance to vehicles because they are bad for the environment. It only makes sense that in the absence of most people having cars, there’d be a…

Spain: Work to Live, don’t Live to Work

“Work to live, don’t live to work.” Almost through my third week of interning in Valencia, I have very quickly learned that Spaniard’s do not stray from that motto. It was a big shock to me to find that Spaniard’s take a 2-3 hour lunch break. Every day. I can’t complain though, because that means…

Florence: First Week

After my first week, I can honestly say I am absolutely in love with Florence. This place is breathtaking and I have made some amazing friends. I am so lucky to be living with three super fun girls and also be in a program with so many wonderful people. Below is a picture of my…

Morocco: Big Bad Breakfasts

Granola bars are my breakfast of choice in Oxford, but we don’t skimp on the morning meal in Morocco. Even on the days I’m in a rush, breakfast still manages to be a treat. Whether I’m scarfing it down at home, eating at a hostel on Saturday morning, or grabbing a petit dejeuner at a restaurant, I can…

Spain: Soccer. I mean, Football.

Now about two and a half weeks into my internship, I am really beginning to settle in. Though I was somewhat nervous about my placement with a soccer academy, I hoped to make the best of the situation, and hopefully fall in love with a new sport. The past two weeks have come with quite…

China: 自相矛盾 & the “Eastern Moscow”

  334 BCE: “My shields are so sturdy, nothing can pierce them!” a street vendor yelled amid the chaos of a marketplace in the state of Chu. After the unexpected conquest of Yue, everyone in Dangyang was in high spirits – especially the vendor; he knew he was going to make a pretty penny from all…