Jordan: Aqaba

Hi! You know that feeling when you open your oven and all that hot air rushes at you at once? That pretty much encompasses what it feels like to be in Aqaba, Jordan. Situated at the base of Jordan and bordered by Saudi, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt, Aqaba is truly a cultural epicenter of grand proportions,…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Hidden Gems

This past weekend, I found a hidden gem of a small, Italian city called Lucca. It elicited the same feeling you get when you reach in the pocket of the winter jacket you have not worn in months and happen upon a ten dollar bill. I would also equate the town to the hole in…

South Korea: The Start of Something New…!

When I first came to South Korea, I felt a little awkward because I am obviously a foreigner here. When I studied abroad in England, no one knew I was from another country until I spoke, but in Korea, people can tell I am a foreigner just by looking at me, and because I look…

Italy: My Trip to Mykonos!!

I knew that if I were to ever go to Italy, I would also have to make a stop in Greece. For our last weekend abroad, my roommates and I decided to travel to Greece. We chose Mykonos- a beautiful island located in the Cyclades group. I arrived in Greece at 5 am. You’re probably thinking…

Jordan: Border Crossing

Hi! Welcome to this week’s blog about my border crossing experience. I would like to preface this post by saying experiences will vary when attempting to cross the Jordanian-Israeli/Palestinian border. I’ve heard horror stories from students as well as some from others that said they were able to pass with relative ease. I think it…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Picking the Best Gelateria

Italy is known for many things, but my favorite commodity so far is the gelato! Flavors range from baccio, which is chocolate hazelnut, to alle rosa, or rose flavored. While most shops serve similar flavors and have the same price range, an art form exists at choosing the best gelateria that will have the best…

England: The Amazing Month of June II

As my time in England was ending, I spent time with friends that I would miss when I left. I also went to the sister store of the bakery I loved, called Bakery 164. (Well, it’s more of a cafe that serves delicious sandwiches.) As I walked through the city streets, I took pictures of…

England: Leaving Leeds

Finals are now over, and I will be leaving Leeds soon to go to South Korea for a summer abroad program. I’ve realized that I’ve learned a lot of different things while studying abroad in Leeds, so I will share some of these thoughts with you in this blog post. I’ve learned that I should…

Jordan: Petra

Hello again and buckle up for a super long blog! As I alluded to in the previous blog, this one is all about my experience in Petra! Boy did I have high hopes for visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World! The sites were as amazing as expected, however, after I contracted a…

Studying Abroad in Florence: Planning a Weekend Trip

If you are going to be studying abroad for a length of time of four weeks or more, you are most likely hoping to take a few weekend trips to see different parts of the country or different countries altogether. I highly recommend! In other parts of the world (especially Europe), traveling is so easy…

Italy: Public Transportation While Abroad

A learning curve while studying abroad definitely consists of using public transportation. Our first few days in Rome consisted of walking 30+ minutes to campus and the downtown area several times a day- very tiring if you couldn’t guess. After a few days, we were taught how to use the trams! The trams bring us…

Italy: Summer’s in Italy

Summers in Italy are hot! Weekend trips to the beach are a must! There are so many beaches in Italy, but the Amalfi coast is definitely one of the most popular. And I totally understand why. The Amalfi coast has so much to offer and its close location to the island of Capri also makes…