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…

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…