Tag Archives: Religion

Just Traditional Things

It’s time to focus on some of the more “traditional” Japanese events that I’ve been attending. Seeing that my past couple of posts have had a bigger emphasis on cartoon characters and plastic fish, I think that it’s important to stray away from those topics for a while and touch on the older, more time-honored aspects of Japan. 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

Sometimes You Just Need to Think

It is amazing that in just three weeks I have built for myself a completely different routine than back at Marymount. It is funny how even when I am a across the ocean I still find myself building a daily routine. At Marymount, I religiously studied at Starbucks, now I find myself studying in my new favorite cafe right outside the Duomo. As I write this intro, I am sitting here people watching the tourists walking by taking in the beauty of the Duomo.

Moments like these make me think deeply about how truly beautiful and wonderful this opportunity has been so far. Continue reading

When It Rains in Roma, It Pours

Well guys this week I am coming at ya live from a bus. I am on my way back from a place where that I never dreamed I would go, ROMA. I actually still cannot believe that I just said that. This trip has been a dream of mine since I was little. Yes, thank you Lizzie McGuire. It truly was what dreams are made of (come on I had to). Instead of writing this when I returned I could not help but to reflect on my week and weekend while we are stuck in traffic.

Classes are in full swing now; daily readings, and trying to slowly learn Italian. I have learned this week that it is about the little things that I need to cherish while abroad. Continue reading

Semana Santa

In Spain, Semana Santa is recognized as the holiest week of the year. Processions are held in every region of the country, commemorating the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. Plaza de Cristo Rey, the once bustling roundabout where my flat is located, resembled a gravesite at the start of Semana Santa.

The Easter holiday is celebrated quite differently in Spain compared to the States. Never once did I see ads for Easter egg hunting or photos with the Easter bunny. Rather, the processions during Semana Santa consist of floats, parades, and street celebrations that portray each stage before Jesus is resurrected on Easter. The ginormous floats are carried on the backs of dozens of volunteers and paraded down the streets for hours. Continue reading

Exploring Your Own Country

Although traveling to a new city and country to study abroad for a semester can be exciting and thrilling, you need to see more than just that one city. When studying abroad, it is almost imperative to explore more than just a couple miles within your apartment building! As I have written about before, I have traveled out of Florence and to Venice for Carnevale, which was such a fun experience and one that I would want to do again! Although I have not traveled for any specific celebrations since, I have been on small day trips to three other areas within the region! Continue reading

Week 4: Conquering Fears and Misconceptions

Something that I’ve come to realize during my first month in Spain is that living abroad for an extended period allows you to fully immerse yourself in its society to the greatest extent possible. In contrast, someone visiting country for a few days may just have enough time to visit its touristic sites, but not gain awareness of the country’s socio-cultural atmosphere.

One of my goals as an international student in Spain was to participate in a community service activity regularly. During our Welcome Orientation at SLU-Madrid, we were informed of numerous volunteer opportunities supported by the university. I was particularly interested in teaching a weekly ESL class at my university to the local community. Continue reading