Tag Archives: Environment

What Iceland Taught Me

The funny thing about traveling is that no matter how long you are gone, once it is over it feels like it all happened in a blink of an eye. My Fall 2017 semester abroad gave me a very different perspective than traveling to Iceland for a 3-week program. I was confident in my capability to deal with culture shock and adjust to the new area, as well as creating new friendships with people from different cultures. But what I’ve learned is that no matter how much you think you know, the world always has more to teach you. Continue reading

The Conscious Country

During my time in Iceland, I will be taking a course called “Sustainable Leadership in the 21St Century” at Bifrost University. This course is a business leadership course that has a focus in sustainable and social responsibility.  To put it briefly, Iceland is a place like no other. Not only is it amazing for its breathtaking scenery and natural marvels, but also for its environmental responsibility. Iceland is the hub for sustainability efforts and clean energy. During my first week on the island, I have already noticed many different forms of conscious living in the Icelanders’ everyday life.
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Why Would You Ever Do That?

While abroad, I have stayed in contact with a few of my friend back at home. Coincidentally, one of my two friends I have kept up with is studying abroad this summer in Europe. When messaging in our group chat I jokingly asked my other friend, “When are you going to study abroad?” This joke quickly turned into a small debate we always have. She wonders why I would want to leave Michigan and accumulate debt, when I could simply stay at home in order to work to save up money to pay for college. I think the easiest way to justify my choice is to explain the importance of experiential learning. Continue reading

What It Means to Be A Tourist

Part of the ISA program includes going on two excursions; the first being to a beautiful national park called Manuel Antonio. This national park has two beautiful beaches but, in order to get to the beaches, you must walk through a lush rainforest. Monkeys can be heard in the distance, little crabs dig holes in the dirt, and sloths hang in the trees. The second excursion is the Arenal Volcano. We did not visit the volcano, but the volcano could be seen in the distance. We stayed in a secluded resort 15 minutes from the nearest town. These two excursions were equally beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay during both weekend trips. While on these trips, I began to think about tourism. Continue reading

The Eco-Friendly Lifestyle of the Dutch

This past weekend my friends and I took a weekend trip to Amsterdam. Our long two-day trip was filled to the brim with all of the ‘must see’ tourist spots. We toured of the Van Gogh, Heineken, and Anne Frank House museums. We touched all sides of history during our short visit to the beautiful city. Continue reading

Creating Less Trash

2 weeks ago, I wrote a blog post talking about how shocked I was to see the excessive use of plastic use here in Italy. I discussed how I had been trying to cut back on my plastic consumption before coming to Italy. Coming to Italy has caused a slight set back to my zero-waste journey, but I am slowly reducing my waste more and more each week.
Here I will share with you the small changes I have made that have helped me drastically cut back on my plastic intake here in Italy.

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It’s Time to Talk Trash

For the last few weeks have been going on and on about how much I love living here in Rome, and that’s all true, but there is this one thing. This one thing that I just absolutely cannot stand.

All the trash. Continue reading