Germany: Der Berg Ruft / The Mountain Calls Me to Oberhausen!

I grew up hiking the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, so when I found out that a town near me had a exhibition about mountains I knew I had to go. Our semester tickets at TU Dortmund let us ride public transportation anywhere in the state North Rhine-Westphalia, which is super cool. One of my…

Florence: The End

It’s sad to say that my time in Florence has ended. Looking back, I will always remember the people I met and the places I went. Six weeks went by so fast. My last weekend was spent with my roommates in Amalfi Coast. We went on boat tours and swam through caves, explored Pompeii and…

Spain: How could I leave?

It’s getting close. I leave the country that I have fallen in love with in just a few days. In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when I return home. Even though my mom doesn’t want to hear this, I would be completely content having my dog brought over,…

Ireland: Week 4 – The Irish Goodbye

I’ve always had a hard time saying goodbye. Ask my family members and friends, I’m either too emotional or not nearly emotional enough, too calm or far too worked up. Yet, when I departed the place that had been my home for nearly a month, the goodbye came easily. There is just something about Irish…

China: Marriage & Art in Shanghai

Since I’m stressing about final exams next week and don’t have a lot of time or energy to write – I just edited an article I wrote last summer in Shanghai that I never published anywhere; hope you enjoy!  Emerging from the chaos of the Saturday afternoon Shanghai subway traffic, my classmate, Hope, and I loosened…

Spain: European Travels

After almost 2 months in Europe, I’m still baffled how simple and convenient travel is here. In my time here, I’ve been to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and so many places in Spain. Obviously I love Valencia, but unless I move here (not ruling that out, don’t tell my mom), travel will never be this…

Zach visits Italy!

As I mention in my previous post, my boyfriend Zach was able to come visit me and spend a week in Florence! He arrived Monday night, but Kathleen and I did not make it back from Santorini until Tuesday morning. His first night he basically just settled into his hotel and got some rest since he…

London: Day Trips to Stonehenge, Bath, and Brighton

When I have not been working in or exploring London, I have been fortunate enough to travel to towns and treasures that surround London. With the excellent railroad infrastructure in England and the UK, it is relatively easy and cheap to get around an see all that there is to see in England. Stonehenge and…