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…

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…

My first soccer Game …Granada

I have been in Granada a little over four months, as the time is getting closer and closer for me to go, I could not go before seen a game of soccer. I have always seen the games on TV with family but I never felt a great interest. I would watch a because someone…

Celebrating Holy Week in Granada

Holy Week for many people is different and is celebrated in a diverse from depending on where one lives. A usually celebrated by going to church, watching the same movies that air every year, and especially celebrating with family. In the USA is always a bummer because Spring Break is before the Holy Week so I…

KraKOW, Poland

I’m Shelby Lewandoski, I’m Polish, and this past weekend I got to go to Poland. It was so great! CEA, the program that I’m studying with took us to Krakow, Poland for the weekend. It was full of activities, culture, and sights, as many trips are, but….this one was extra cool because this place is…

Spain – Soaking It All In

Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. Yes, I’m still alive. And yes, I’m still enjoying my time abroad. In fact, I’m enjoying my time so much that I never have any time to simply sit down and write. But, that’s okay. I can give everyone the full report, down to every miniscule detail,…

Spain – Fútbol Fever

Ni Barça, ni Madrid, ATHLETIC! On paper this simple phrase doesn’t look too power. But, have 40,000 crazy soccer fans scream it around you, and the chant will be ingrained in your memory forever. Last Sunday, I found myself in the third row of San Mamés Stadium, watching Athletic Club Bilbao play FC Barcelona. This…

Spain: Basque-ing in a New Culture

Like most people, when I thought of Spain, my mind instantly jumped to images of flamenco dancers, matadors, tapas, siestas, and the Running of the Bulls. However, after living just one week here, I know that Spain has so much more to offer. For years I had been reading blogs, travel guides, and articles about…

Jordan: Managing Fears about the Middle East

December 8, 2014 By Sabrina Kosloske Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. However, there are challenges and fears that can get in the way of anticipating your trip and having fun on it. No matter how well you prepare, things will happen that you didn’t plan for. This can be scary, especially the further away…

Angers is Good.

Tonight I finally sat down to once again write a blog-worthy narrative of my time here in France.  My posting has not been as disciplined as I had hoped it would be before I settled in Angers, but I also did not expect idle time to be so non-existent.  Of course, I have spent afternoons…

South Africa: A reflection on my time abroad

As I reflect on my time in South Africa, I could not be more grateful for my experiences, adventures, friends I’ve made, and the knowledge I gained over the past four months. When I decided to come to this place, I struggled to imagine what study abroad would consist of and how I would grow as…

Observations and Amsterdam

Time is literally disappearing in front of me.  It doesn’t feel like I have been in France for very long; but at the same time, it feels like home.  I have an apartment, daily routines/habits, and friends here.  I love going to the boulangerie each day to purchase some sort of pastry or the usual baguette.  I…