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…

Picnic at the Han

In South Korea, a popular past time includes relaxing at one of the many parks near the Han River. All the parks are so well kept and have all the facilities you need to enjoy an outing. From my experiences shared with the Korean students I befriended, purchasing mats and having chicken delivered is the…

Classes in South Korea

Starting my semester, I felt a lot of pressure from the stereotype of receiving an “Asian education.” I was warned that I may struggle with my professors; that they may not all speak English. It is common knowledge that school in South Korea is very competitive. From what I have been told, it is extremely…

Seoul N Tower

Previously referred to as “Namsam Tower,” the now, Seoul N Tower is a popular destination for dates, watching the sunset, or observing the vast city skyline. Seoul Tower was opened to the public in 1980, and has since become the symbol of Seoul and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Rising 777 feet (237 metres)…