Italy: The Dos and Don’ts of Weekend Trips

I chose to study in Milan largely because of its proximity to other European cities and access to a well-connected airport. Last week, I visited my friend Belle, who had moved to Brussels at the beginning of the year to work as an au pair. As I planned this trip and my upcoming excursions this…

Train Traveling Guide

This summer as I study abroad at the University of Cambridge, having a home-base close to London has been extremely convenient! I have never been to the UK, so this was a great time to take weekend and day trips to many new places. My main suggestion is, if you’re in the UK for a…

London Trip!

A group from my study abroad program decided to stay a few off days in London, and we had a blast! We stayed at a hotel in St. Giles, and quickly became familiar with the Soho area. This was definitely a nice area to stay, close to the West End, restaurants, and a convenient tube…

Cambridge: New Old Routines

After being on my study abroad experience for a full week, I can say that the most important thing to experiencing the new–while not completely letting go of everything familiar–is to find old routines from your life at home and adapt them to your new environment. For me, this routine was running. At home I…

Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

China: Empty & Full

Random Chinese people walking down the street gathered in the front courtyard of our hotel to watch my classmates and I as we danced to a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” Considering that we were in the relatively rural county of Jidong – home to Fenghuangshan (Phoenix mountain) – I wouldn’t be surprised if…

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…