Author Archives: CarlaClavellRuiz

Springtime in Eastern Europe

Dobry Den!

Hello, everyone. The Czech Republic is so amazing I love it here I don’t want to go back to America. The culture here is very different but you get used to it after living here in a few months. For instance, the people here are not the friend lies but they have their reasons fort and I don’t blame them. They tend to keep things clean and quiet such as the surroundings, the streets, the metro etc. The scenery is wonderful, full of many parks, gardens, and trails. You name it we’ve got it. There are so many type of parks: dog parks, children’s parks, beer gardens, farmers markets, and more. This week I went to two parks: Letina Park and Parukaka. Continue reading

Home Away from Home

Dobery Den!

So, this week on my spring break I took a lot of trips, mostly day trips to the majority of Western-Europe. I would take either a train or car to these places as it was more affordable to do so. Continue reading

Bittersweet

This past week I have been able to get back into the swing of school. My feelings have been up and down as we are quickly approaching the end of the semester. I am surely not ready to leave Florence, but I am more than thankful for this journey. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to travel if it ever presents itself. You can read about new places and even see beautiful places on television, but absolutely nothing can replace the feeling you can get from traveling. Continue reading

Whirlwind Month

I am truly sorry I have been absent from my blog posts for a few weeks, but I am overly excited to share what I have been up to with you all! These past weeks almost feel like a blur due to my visitors as well as midterms. The week before spring break was designated completely to academics. I am taking five classes at LDM and had to be sure I was prepared for my midterms. I was completely relieved when all of my exams were over, and I had a huge treat waiting for me outside of the classroom! My mom, sister, and dear friend had landed in Florence the moment I stepped out of my last exam. Continue reading

Home Away From Home

I have a little over a month left here in Florence and I can’t help but be a little overwhelmed by that. Over the past three months, Florence has become my home. It is strange knowing that in a few weeks I will not be waking up to the sound of church bells outside my window or listening to the busy happenings of the city life. Continue reading

A Week in a “Poor” Country

This semester I was blessed to be able to visit Accra, Ghana on a Global Classroom Series trip over spring break. I have spent the semester learning about global inequalities and development through a course called Economics of Poverty, and it was such an academically beneficial experience to be able to actually go to what is called a “developing country” and see what we’d been learning about firsthand. But beyond that, for me, this short one-week trip was one of immense personal growth and discovery. Continue reading

Spring Break

Dobery Den

So spring break just started and first stop on my mini-adventure is Bruxelles. You might wonder why a pick that location, it’s because I have family there. I haven’t see my family in years, and it would be disrespectful if I didn’t stop by and see them lol. Plus, is a good way to go explore Western-Europe and also get the opportunity to have free room and board. Continue reading

New in Nippon

I landed in Narita on a Wednesday. We stayed in a hotel near the airport, shuttled into Tokyo  the  next  morning,  and  got  situated  into  our  dorms  and  homestays.  For some people, adapting seems to come easily. You might have been in the country before, studied kanji, or have a little bit of the language under your belt to hold a conversation. The other demographic are the students  who  have  never  been  out of  the  United  States, and  speak  absolutely  no  Japanese whatsoever. Take a wild guess which group fall under. Continue reading

A Touch of Cold

Dobery Den!

Hey there, it’s been a while. So, last week it officially snowed in Prague for the first time. Let me tell you it was nice in the beginning, seeing the snow and touching the ground was relaxing, but when it was time to go outside and go to class, it was brutal. Just imaging walking in the sticky and icy snow; mind you in Prague you don’t get cancelled classes or closed schools. Continue reading

Recovering from a Long Weekend

These past few weeks I have been non stop busy. I took my midterms last week and unfortunately caught strep throat. I was so scared at first because I knew something was wrong and it was not just a cold. The medical system here is much different than in the United States and I didn’t have my mom there to comfort me while being sick. Continue reading

Journey to the South of Spain with the Family

Hello everyone! I’m back after another action packed week with the family. After such a fantastic weekend in Cataluña, I was ready to relax for a little in Madrid before doing it all again. While I had classes and homework during the week, my family was going on day trips to nearby cities. As much as I would have loved to tag along, school always comes first. I did have some free time throughout the week which we spent exploring Madrid enjoying the culture and of course, showing my brothers why Madrid’s nightlife is so famous. Then, when Friday morning came around, we embarked on our journey to the south of Spain. Continue reading

A Month Home

Dobery Den!

Hello again it has officially been a month since I left America. As you can see a lot has happened in my first month in Prague. I have experienced new things and learned a lot about myself as an individual. I am most grateful that I am able to be doing this at such a young age rather than later on in life. Finally, I feel like I can call this my home. Continue reading

How to Deal with Being Homesick

I have been studying and exploring Europe for five weeks now and something that goes hand in hand with that is beginning to feel homesick. I have learned how to deal with this feeling and ways to get through it. Continue reading

Change of Heart

Ahoj my friends,

This might be one of best weeks so far and it also might be the cheesy blog I’ve ever written. I met up with my good friend named Aiden, who is from Gibraltar, Spain, and he took me out to meet a couple of his friends. We went to a shisha bar and talk for hours about life and being from different countries. It was fun; I normally wouldn’t do this on a Monday night, but here I am trying new things. It was fun hanging out with them and I hope to meet more people like them. Continue reading