Italy: Meeting Milan

Hello! This semester, I am studying International Relations and Italian in Milan. My classes don’t start until September 17th, but I’ve been using these weeks to attend orientation, perfect my Italian, and explore my new home. My university, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, partnered me with a current student before I even arrived in Italy,…

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…

Spanish Adventure 4: Urederra and Pamplona

This was genuinely my favorite trip around the Greater Basque Country. Two hours south of Bilbao, in the mountains of Navarre, lies a hidden gem of the region. Urederra is the exit of a natural aquifer cut into the karst that makes up the mountains of the region. The name Urederra derives from the Basque…

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: night market & the Great Wall

Hamsters, “shoe shampoo,” roasted meat skewers, hair-bows, Popeye T-shirts, turtles, multicolored contacts, Coca-Cola can purses, teapots, fried chicken, Peppa Pig cellphone cases, cotton candy, light-up balloons, “Balenciaga” slippers and kittens all overflowed from various cramped stalls at the Shida night market. When rain started to fall, shopkeepers hurried to cover their products with plastic tarps….

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….

Morocco: Flowers Through Photos

Whether it’s the tulips in perfect rows at Ole Miss or the mismatched houseplants in Morocco, flowers make any day a little bit brighter. Before I came here, flowers weren’t the first thing that came to mind when I thought about Morocco, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how many flowers and potted plants I…

Last Days in London

The worst part about studying abroad is having to leave. When you’ve moved to a different country for a certain amount of time, you become settled there. New friends, new *favourite* coffee shops, new routines, and then you have to leave it. I got so incredibly lucky during my time in England to make new…

Harry Potter, Hikes, and…Soccer?

When you study abroad, one of the best things that happens is that you make friends who live in your host country, and one of the best things about studying abroad in England is that no matter where they live, they don’t really live that far from your uni. One of my last days in…

Three Nights in Brussels

For my entire life I’ve always wanted to go to Belgium. When I was younger, my neighbors had family connections to Brussels, and they would go visit every summer, bringing back stories of this cool European city that my child sized mind could only dream of visiting one day. Luckily, in early June, I got…