Tag Archives: Travel

In Humanity We Trust

One of the main themes I have noticed while being here in Iceland is the immense trust among all people. The low crime rate and genuine integrity is something all Icelandic people are very proud of. While studying sustainable leadership here at Bifrost, the topic is something that comes up a lot in conversation. With this being said, I put my trust into the hands of strangers this weekend and the outcome was incredible. Continue reading

Aix-en-Vacance, or: The “Study” in Study Abroad

My first final has come and gone here in Aix, and with it, a large portion of my stress. Because this week has been about the much-longed-for end of my grammar course, I haven’t had the time to do the same brand of over-the-top soul searching you’ve been subjected to in my last posts. I have, however, gotten to enjoy some significant developments and work through some rough spots, and hopefully, my sharing a few specific experiences from this week may enlighten any fellow students contemplating summer language programs and entertain those of you who are just here for the stories. Continue reading

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

So Let This Adventure Follow: A Classic(al) Struggle

It’s often said that the stories that stand the test of time are the ones that speak to us in relatable ways — they get right down into something gritty and human about our experiences, and this is why we keep them around. Now, I believe that’s a pretty accurate statement, but for the absolute life of me I’ve never understood how Homer’s Odyssey could make the list of “relatable” unless you’ve been in the very specific circumstance of returning from war and taking 20 years to do it (also recommended: fighting with at least one god and accidentally getting all your friends turned into pigs). Writing this blog, however, on the other side of a 3 day trip that, in its most practical form takes maybe 8 hours, I feel like I finally understand the primal humanity I share with Odysseus, the sorry guy who just wants to get where he’s going.

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Game Boy

On the rare occasion that I’m free from classes and don’t have any assignments that bog me down, it’s fun to get out of the dorm and explore with friends all the areas in Japan that aren’t on my route to school. Whether it’s window shopping in Harajuku, a Virtual Reality event in Shibuya, or conveyer belt sushi in Ikebukuro, every district of Tokyo seems to offer something fun. One of the most popular destinations, however, are the arcade stations in areas like Nakano and Akihabara. Now, I’ve brought up the arcades, taken some photos, and briefly described them in previous articles, but the scope of these places is so much bigger that simply “mentioning” them isn’t going to cut it. There’s enough about these places to fill an entire blog post, so that’s exactly what I intend to do. Continue reading

From Coast to Coast

The past few weeks have been some of the most memorable times I have had this semester. I have had my family visiting for the past three weeks and having them here with me made me feel even more at home than I already have felt here in Florence. Continue reading

All the Small Things

My semester abroad is quickly coming to an end. It was as if in the blink of an eye everything has turned into memories. I am sad to be leaving, I feel like a part of me will always be left in Florence. It was tough at first, but I have learned how to adjust to a completely different life in Italy. Continue reading

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 friendliest but they have their reasons for 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

The Nitty-Gritty

Dobery Den! My friends

So, its been a week since my spring break and not that much has happened. Well, actually, I lied. It finally got warm in Prague, which is great because it was a brutal winter compared to living in the East Coast of the U.S. I am so glad that spring is here. It’s my favorite season of the year and it gives me the motivation to go out and see new things in Prague. 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

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

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

Making Gaudi a Part of the Family

Hello everyone!

I hope all is going well for my faithful readers. I am sorry I have not posted the past few weeks, I have been super busy with school and that’s obviously my priority. The good news is that there is a break in the storm, and my family is here to visit! My dad and two younger brothers have made their way across the pond to see how life has been treating me so far in Spain. This is going to be a two part blog post, one pertaining to this past weekend in Barcelona and the next about our week in Madrid and the south of Spain. Without further adieu let’s get right into it. Continue reading