Spain: Never Sit Still

While what they say is true about the Spanish lifestyle being a more relaxed one, I have done very little relaxing in my time here. Whether it be weekend trips, beach days, nights at the disco, or tapas at our favorite restaurants, my friends and I basically never sit still. Yes, this can get a…

Spain: Beautiful People

Coming into this experience, I was told that my emotions would resemble a roller coaster. Supposedly, I would start very high, with so much excitement around me, but would soon hit a low as the reality of a new culture and being away from home hit me. Thankfully for me, in the past five weeks,…

Morocco: Learn From My Packing Mistakes

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way I packed for Morocco. All of the essentials made it in the bag, and—by some miracle—my suitcase wasn’t overweight! Next time around though, there some things I would change. Here’s what I regret most about the way I packed for my eight weeks in Morocco: Not Packing a…

China: night market & the Great Wall

Hamsters, “shoe shampoo,” roasted meat skewers, hair-bows, Popeye T-shirts, turtles, multicolored contacts, Coca-Cola can purses, teapots, fried chicken, Peppa Pig cellphone cases, cotton candy, light-up balloons, “Balenciaga” slippers and kittens all overflowed from various cramped stalls at the Shida night market. When rain started to fall, shopkeepers hurried to cover their products with plastic tarps….

Germany – The World Cup

The Weltmeisterschaft, or World Cup, is a bit of a big deal in Germany. Imagine all of the Football, Basketball, and Baseball fans in America united and formed one national sport. That’s how Fußball (soccer) is in Germany. And today is a bit of an unusually big deal, as far as big deals go because…

Florence: a Weekend in Switzerland

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the breathtaking town of Interlaken, Switzerland! I can honestly say that this is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Every turn, I found myself in awe of the crystal blue river, the serenity of the alps, and the adorable town. I went on…

Morocco: Flowers Through Photos

Whether it’s the tulips in perfect rows at Ole Miss or the mismatched houseplants in Morocco, flowers make any day a little bit brighter. Before I came here, flowers weren’t the first thing that came to mind when I thought about Morocco, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how many flowers and potted plants I…

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…