Austria: Who Are You and Why Are You Here? – Getting Your Visa

Since my little feux pas in Frankfurt, I was so relieved to find out that the ESN program at AAU offered a visa trip for North American students attending the University of Graz as well as AAU.  In total the trip was 90 euro which included the bus trip to Ljubjlna, Slovenia, a trip to…

Austria: Here, There Be Dragons…

IM SUMPF UM KLAGENFURT HAUSTE EINST DER LINDWURM, MIT DESSEN TOD DIE SAGE DIE GRUNDUNG DIESER STADT VERBINDET.  ULRICH VOGELSANG SCHLUG UM 1600 DAS KLAGENFURTER WAPPENTIER AUS EINEM BLOCK; DER MEISTER DES GURKER ALTARS, HÖNEL, SCHUF 1636 DEN HERKULES. Translation:  IN THE SWAMP AROUND KLAGENFURT LIVED ONCE THE LINDWURM, WITH WHOES DEATH THE LEGEND CONNECTS…

Austria: “Alles Klar Herr Kommissar?” – Nightlife in Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt is a rather small city, but there is plenty to do on the weekends!  From bars, clubs, pubs to Cat Cafes and museums: you’ll always find something to do!  Here, I’ll talk about what the nightlife in Klagenfurt has to offer! ESN/ ÖH / DORM PARTIES ESN and the student union are CONSTANTLY having…

China: Culture of “Mianzi”

As final exams creep up, I’ve been spending most of my time working on my final 2,000-character paper about the Mosuo ethnic minority group. Besides going to classes, going out to eat, visiting a couple museums and getting a massage, I’ve spent this entire past week in my dorm studying. I’ve also been thinking a…

Morocco: Willing To Be Bad at Arabic

I just wanted to buy chocolates for my host family. We needed directions, so we asked for a “chocolatier.” “Toilette?” “CHOC-late” “You want toilette?” “I want CHO-CO-LATE.” After my third technical year of learning Arabic, having conversations that go like this on a daily basis is endlessly frustrating. I think to myself, “When someone pronounced…

Florence: Classes Abroad

I figured it’s high time I wrote about taking classes abroad. Let’s be real, everyone is going abroad for one reason: to be abroad! However, studying should be a top priority if you are in a study abroad program. Classes can also make your study abroad experience so much more gratifying. I’ve learned so much…

Morocco: The Best 10 Things I Packed

1. The Sandals These deserve to go first because I love them so much. They’re Skechers (easy on the wallet) They feel like a yoga mat They’re light I can work for 8 hours or walk for 12 hours in them They match everything Airport security is a breeze! 2. The Hand Wipes / Makeup…

London: Weekend Trip to Edinburgh

A couple of weekends ago, I took a trip to Scotland with a couple of my flat mates and friends. I did not know much about the town of Edinburgh or Scotland in general, nor did I have any expectations, but any expectations that I did have were greatly exceeded. Saturday We left our flat…

Girls in Greece

For our program’s only 4 day weekend, Kathleen and I, along with 3 other friends, booked flights to Santorini, Greece. The flight was quite the steal and we found a hotel in Perissa that was incredibly affordable! So, we packed our swimsuits and linen dresses and headed to Greece to fulfill our Mama Mia-loving dreams. Kathleen…

Amalfi is Magic

This very belated post is about the weekend we traveled to the Amalfi coast to meet up with Ms. Wendy, Ms. Becky, and Ms. Leigh. They had already spent a couple days there, but we joined them that Thursday night. We took a train from Florence to Naples, and then a van transfer from Naples…

Florence: Allez les Bleus!

Last weekend I had the absolute treasure of visiting France during the World Cup finals. I started my weekend by taking Flixbus from Florence to Cannes. I have to say, the bus was not my favorite mode of transportation, but the price couldn’t be beat. The only real issue I had was that we had…

China: Empty & Full

Random Chinese people walking down the street gathered in the front courtyard of our hotel to watch my classmates and I as we danced to a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” Considering that we were in the relatively rural county of Jidong – home to Fenghuangshan (Phoenix mountain) – I wouldn’t be surprised if…