China: The Finale

Final exams are finished. We officially completed the CET program. Our language pledge is over. The two months of intensive classes are finally done. I’m en route to Pensacola, FL for vacation with my family. But this ending is much less climactic than what I had always imagined. On the days I spent cooped in…

Morocco: Transportation Station

Getting around Morocco can either be a pleasant journey or a laughably horrible disaster-adventure. First of all, don’t overexert yourself expecting the unexpected. Just relax and accept whatever is happening. It might take a couple extra hours to reach your destination, but that’s never really a problem. Second, always budget for extra time and money….

China: 自相矛盾 & the “Eastern Moscow”

  334 BCE: “My shields are so sturdy, nothing can pierce them!” a street vendor yelled amid the chaos of a marketplace in the state of Chu. After the unexpected conquest of Yue, everyone in Dangyang was in high spirits – especially the vendor; he knew he was going to make a pretty penny from all…

Morocco: Things You’ll Hear in a Souk

I knew I would have to haggle in Moroccan souks, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the experience. I don’t play games when I souvenir-shop, and neither do the salesmen. Every city, souk, and shop is different and so is each shopping experience. I was a frightened and weak negotiator at first, but after shopping…

Morocco: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Navigating the Souks of Morocco Walking through a souk in Morocco is a blend between sightseeing and shopping. You feel the pressure of time and money, and merchants can be pushy. Salesmen shout at you in every language, the smells of raw meat waft through the air, and the sun still beats down on you…

Ultimate Guide to Three Major Italian Cities

Italy is a large country with many different parts. Each region in Italy differs from the others. With all these different regions, it can become overwhelming to decide which Italian destination you should visit. While these three destinations obviously do not represent the whole country, I thought I would break down a couple popular cities…

Whatsapp? “Nothing, Whatsapp with you?”

Look at me, becoming the advice blogger.  I guess it was the inevitable result of not knowing anyone who has visited Argentina recently and blindly stumbling into the country hoping to pick up on the caveats of day to day life as I went along.  So here goes Cecilia’s Big Tip #2- look into how…