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Nantes just your average town…

Nantes is a great town. Rather small in population, about the 12th largest city in France. Not a lot of foot traffic, especially on weekends, yet the communities are rather rich and composed of large families, retired seniors, and university


  Je pensais que ça serait intéressant de montrer mon emploi du temps. Mon calendrier  est inclus ci-dessous.   Que pensez-vous? C’est beaucoup d’événements ou pas vraiment?   -R. Rachel Markle’s Current Weekly Schedule as of 9/21/14 (French Time): MON:

4th Google Translate

Good evening everyone, Sunday at the Guist’hau family is very nice, to say the least. Both parents are delighted with this quieter and peaceful time (or 5 small children), but they know how to spend that day with a balance

Dimanche chez les Guist’hau

Bon soir tout le monde, Le dimanche chez la famille Guist’hau est très agréable, au moindre qu’on puisse dire. Les deux parents se réjouissent de ce temps plus silencieux et paisible (voire les 5 petits enfants), mais ils savent comment

WuZhen: The Venice of the East

I spent a weekend in WuZhen and loved it. The shops, the cute restaurants, the snacks, the water, the views. The best way to describe it to you is just to show you the amazing photos.

So glad I Madridn’t: 6 reasons why I am loving smaller-town study abroad

I studied in Madrid from 2009-2010 for my first year of undergrad. Going back to Spain for my Master’s, I was hoping my new university would place me to work in a school in Madrid so that I could live

Google Translate, Part 2

Dinner was great! My comrade of the second floor had dinner with me and the rest of the family included five children. Baptiste was wearing a helmet as a soldier in the Middle Ages. Dinner consisted of a stick, different

My arrival: the good, the bad, and the British

I know I’ve only been here for a few days now, but I’ve already experienced a roller coaster of emotions. My long awaited arrival to the UK took an unexpected turn of events in the beginning. Things are going amazingly

I Voted Yes

It started in France when a Finnish friend told me she did not think Scotland constituted a country. I was shocked, and I rejected this judgement. Then it happened again in Spain when a teacher told me she did not

Mid-Autumn Moon, Taipei, Taizhong, Beach, and Teaching

kmdtaiwan I am a very bad blogger this time around. I don’t remember being this tired when I was studying abroad in Beijing…. even though I am sure I complained relentlessly about how tiring memorizing characters was. Well, I went

Course Registration

This morning I had to register for classes. I was a bit annoyed because I’d asked my UCD advisor for advice on classes I should take and if there were any guidelines… but I never heard back… I guess it’s

Sorry for the absence!

I’ve been pretty good lately at posting every day, but I guess the days are starting to mould together. This post will be about fun stuff I’ve done and then I’ll make a post about course registration. So! Yesterday I

Changed Perspectives: High Point/Low Point and Cultural Identity

Yes, I am going to be cliché and say that it is impossible to pick just one high point of my study abroad experience. My time in Italy was, for a lack of a better word, magical. After four weeks,

Letter to Next: Barbados Edition

Dear future participants, I don’t know how much anyone can be prepared for a program like “Atlantic History and Culture” in Barbados. It is quite cliché to say “expect the unexpected” but that is exactly what someone preparing for this

Letter to the Next

To the group that goes next year, I have a few things to say to you. Firstly, you should NOT go to Israel if the massacre of the Palestinian people is still going on, I know I won’t. Secondly, Be

Dear Future Travellers:

Get pumped! This trip is awesome and fantastic and you will love it! Be sure to get plenty of rest the whole month before you come because you will not be resting on this trip. It is nonstop action and

highs and lows

A high point on this trip was all the traveling we got to do.  Though it was exhausting it was also amazing to be able to see famous places like Rome, Pompeii, and Venice and then see other places that

non so la lingua!

Italian Italian Italian.  Literally the only classes I took.  I took an Italian language intensive class and boy was it intense.  Two to three hour classes twice a day, everyday.  Then on top of that there was hour to two


I think the only way I felt culture shock during this trip was through the other Americans who travelled with me and the ones who I met while I was there.  I’ve had my fair share of travels during my

Ciao Italia!

Spending two months (one actually in school) in Italy was the longest time I had ever spent in Western Europe.  I’m so used to the grey and brown, neutral colored architecture, the constant reminder of communism and dictators looming over

Letter to Next

For those of you interested in the International Consulting Program (ICP) I highly recommend you go for it! Things to consider: Banks in Cyprus have odd hours.  After being there for two weeks, I still can’t tell you when they

High Point, Low Point, and my Cultural Identity

Each and every day I spent in Barbados was wonderful, but if I have to pick just one moment to be the high point I would choose a day we called “Family Day.” Family Day happened about three days before

Highs, Lows and Cultural Identity

“You speak English but I know you aren’t Eurpopean. Where are you from?” “The United States.” *eyes wide* “Well what are you doing in Cyprus?!” “I’m participating in a study abroad program in conjunction with the University of Nicosia.  I

Academic Experience

The Artisan Resort, Cape Greco National Park is made up of fifteen homes located near the beach in the park.  My team’s consulting project task was to develop recommendations on how the resort could increase revenue during the off season. Interacting

Culture Shock

Before traveling to Cyprus, I really did not have any expectations of the country nor the people.  I purposely went to the country with a blank slate.  Every one I came in contact with was extremely hospitable.  Think “Southern Hospitality” times infinity.  As a part

Initial Impressions

Kalimera!  Good Morning Nicosia, Cyprus!  In June 2014 I participated in Virginia Commonwealth University’s International Consulting Program (ICP).  As a Virginian, I am accustomed to sweltering summers thick with humidity; however, in Nicosia, Cyprus I felt no humidity…just heat which is perfect for visiting

Packing, packing, packing…

It rained most of the weekend in Wisconsin, but on Saturday it was perfect. My sister’s wedding took place and once the “I-do”s were said, the dance floor broken in, and all the gifts unwrapped, it became time for me

Cuba: High Point/Low point

In ten days of experiencing this country, identifying the low points will be quite difficult.  If you’ve read the previous posts, you’ll encounter some examples of the stories and situations that I may consider low points.  However, overall, the experience

Cuba: Culture Shock

Culture Shock My culture shock might be a bit different from what other people may consider shocking.  I am Hispanic, speak Spanish, and grew up in a Hispanic household.  Therefore, I have been exposed to similar type of food and

Cuba: initial impressions

Initial Impressions: Study Abroad Course:  Adult Learning in Global Environments: Focus on Cuba Level: Graduate students Group: 10 students Duration: Ten days My initial impressions started even before arriving to Havana, Cuba.  In conversation with my travelmates, they questioned how

Cuba: Academic Experience, Pre-departure/Post-arrival

PRE-DEPARTURE If current UNICEF statistics rates a country with a 100% adult literacy rate, wouldn’t you think that it would be a country that could be a global participant in the economic and cultural stage? Maybe part of the European

Cuba: Letter to Next

In reality, all four prompts prior to this one have consisted on reflections about what you should know before-hand, what to expect, and what and how to prepare. However, here are some last minute tips that may also help. First

Letter To Next

First off, if you’ve made the decision to attend Dr. Moitt’s Barbados Program, congratulations because you have made an unbelievably awesome choice. My only hope for all future Bajan students is for them to leave all of their expectations and

3 weeks & 3 days

So far its been 3 weeks (and 3 days) since I arrived in London and 1 week (and 5 days) since I started my program here! I haven’t written anything and I’ve blamed it on “settling in”  but it’s about

Letter to the Next

One of the best ways to prepare for your study abroad trip, in my opinion, is to be very open minded.  This is especially true if you’ve never traveled out of the United States before.  You are going to a

High & Low Point of My Trip

  The highest point of my time abroad was when myself and 5 of the other girls I went to Italy with took a ferry from Sicily to Malta and spent the weekend in Malta.  We went sightseeing the first

Letter to Next

See previous post for apologies… Dear Future Mexico Study Abroader, It’s awesome. I don’t think I need to say much after that, but I’ll elaborate a bit. It’s a very unique opportunity to study abroad. More so than being unique,

En classe encore, oh lala…

Been in Grenoble now for a week and a half, finally starting to settle After a hectic first week of classes, hopefully things now will settle into a smooth routine. The other day I was feeling particularly spunky so I

High-Low Point

By far, the highest point of the entire trip was being alone, totally immersed in Bajan society and conversing with the locals. It allowed me to get away from the tourist track and to get a really authentic feel of

Haircut and Phone

So today I went to get my haircut, which is usually a very daunting task in a foreign country. But I was lucky for two reasons: 1, I had a Japanese-speaking friend who explained to the stylists everything I wanted

Seaside Towns Worth Your While

Hello all! Since my last post, I have done even more exploring of Dublin and the surrounding areas, as well as starting classes. One thing I’ve found that I would recommend to anyone coming to Dublin, and Ireland in general,

Academic Experience

Ah, classes.  I am taking an Italian course as well as a Documentary photography and film course.  The Italian class is teaching us the basics, such as numbers, how to order food at restaurants, and how to formulate sentences.  We

Culture Shock

  The biggest culture shock for me was the fact that nobody exercises in Noto.  It was kind of mindblowing to me as an athlete that I only saw about 3 other runners in the town throughout the whole month

High Point, Low Point, and Cultural Identity

Sooooo…this post is VERY late…I’m REALLY sorry. I got caught up with school. Tons of stuff going on here. I’m on the executive board of 2 clubs and I’m taking 20 credits this semester. Just found some free time (a

My Arrival in Italy!

After a flight delay (shout out to the Chicago airport), missing the first day of touring cathedrals, and temporarily misplacing luggage, I was ecstatic to finally get to our first destination, Palermo.  The very first thing that stood out to


I am about to wrap up my first week here in Barcelona and figured some reflection was necessary. I must admit this past week has felt more like a month. So much has changed in just a matter of days.

Short post today!

Hey guys, So today I went to the Yasukuni War Memorial Shrine and also the Imperial Gardens. The Shrine was cool and beautiful. There wasn’t much to say about it, so here’s a photo. This is of the shrine itself

Letter to Next

Letter to Next- It’s been a real joy writing out my adventure for you, and getting to re-live one of the most important journeys that I could ever have undertaken in the process. I hope you all enjoyed it and

Memoirs of Bangkok, September 13th

Hello my world-traveling friends! Since I haven’t written in a while, I’m going to post an excerpt to the journal I’m keeping here. I hope you all are enjoying yourselves and your times around the world. “Today, it is rainy.

A part of India I didn’t want to have to see…

So Wednesday night I was introduced to Bangalore’s healthcare system. After suffering a few days from horrible stomach cramps, my friends took my to St. John’s ER around midnight. I was nervous about having to seek medical help in another

Shinjuku Ward Office and Bic Camera

So it’s only 4 pm here but I’ve been up for almost 12 hours now. I had to get up at 6 because we were leaving for the Shinjuku Ward Office at 7:20 am ;_; We took the metro there,

Academic Experience: Being a Student Abroad

I think the strangest part about studying abroad is defining that gray line between being abroad to study and being abroad to ‘vacation,’ so to speak. Everyone around you tells you to enjoy your experience abroad to the fullest and in

SGG Meetup: Tokyo, Japan!

NOTE: We created the original post under the SGG Management Team account, but apparently the comments section wasn’t working properly.  So, the post has now been switched to here. Hey everyone! Based on popular demand, we have decided to host


Yes, I’ve wanted chips and dips for a while, and I finally got a salsa jar and now the jar is being stubborn as I’m trying to open it. Anyway, onto something more serious. Sorry, it’s been a while since

In France Safe and Sound

         It was really hard for me for a while to believe that I was actually in France. While I was in Paris, I would look around myself and giggle because it didn’t seem real. Here I

Hello, world!

In 5 short days I will embark on the greatest adventure of my life. I will be leaving this tiny Canadian city and moving waaaaay across the pond to London, England. At this point, the nerves have completely subsided and

The Journey to Roma (en route to Avezzano)

So I left Los Angeles at about 10 pm (20:00) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. I slept for maybe an hour total, but saw some incredible lightning storms going over Kansas. I got to NYC at about 6 am (06:00)

Recommendations and Conclusions

If anyone asking me whether or not they should study abroad I would tell them to do it. I am so much happier for doing it. But first, if I were to tell the next group of people going into

This time last year…

Today marks one year since my first full day in London. It’s insane to think that an entire year could go by so quickly. I guess it is true when they say “time flies when you’re having fun” because this

Week One

’ve officially been in Saigon a little over a week and I’m already leaving it. Tomorrow morning we’re all packing up bright and early and leaving at 8 AM to go spend three days in the Mekong Delta. En route


I was unable to get on this website for a while, so I’m about to post two new blogs. This one was written August 24, two days after I landed in Saigon.   Hot. That is the one thing that

One last recap…

My last couple of months in Berlin flew by, hence why; rather predictably I didn’t manage to document it. Having got back from Krakow thoughts began to turn towards the end of the summer semester which with it brought once


Hey everyone reading my blog! Sorry it has taken me so long to post on here! I was having computer troubles for a while and really I was just too busy. I think I am just going to move all

To the Next Generation

Looking back on this experience I only have a few suggestions… 1. DONT book a flight for 13 hours and then have to wait 5 hours for the rest of the group. It is way more stress than it is

Highs and Lows

The highest point for me on this trip was spending 5 days in the Serengeti. We learned so much and had a great time seeing all the animals. I think I have definately changed since this experience. I am more

First Days in Shanghai

I’ve been in Shanghai for four days now and it feels like I’ve been here for a lot longer. But I also can’t believe I’m here. I have no idea what I am going to write in this post because


This is a long one, but it’s worth it I promise, read on! … Sorry and thank you in advance. In the 20 years I have graced this Earth, I’ve lived not only in the same country, not just in

Castles and Cafes

Hello all! So I have officially been in Dublin for 3 days now.  Now I’m still getting my bearing in this city   but I figured I would give some first impressions and what I have done so far. The first thing


Dear Reader, To those who have accidentally tuned in to this broadcast, hello. You’ve stumbled upon the aimless and irregular ramblings of a mildly global individual. So at the time of this post, I have decided to no longer pursue

‘My love you’ve got sailors eyes’

My first step onto Canadian soil after 5 months abroad was in St. John’s Newfoundland. I booked my flight so I could spend all afternoon there before heading to Toronto where I would meet my parents at my aunt and

Oscar Wilde and other Irish things

I left South Africa two months ago and headed north to Dublin. Having just said goodbye to so many amazing people and the beautifully chaotic city of Jo’burg, I was a bit of a mess when I finally arrived in

Letter to Next

It didn’t feel like it at the time, but my monthlong trip to Spain changed my life. I still feel its effects, whether it be my confidence in the Spanish language, the locals I made friends with contacting me, or

1 week before my semester in Spain!

With a little less than a week before I take off for the country I’ve dreamed of visiting for as long as I can remember, I’m surging with a variety of emotions. I’m sure most students who study abroad can

My francophone spiritual home – French Polynesia

I have travelled overseas once before, but only once. Towards the end of my last year of highschool I went to Tahiti with 9 other French students from my school and 10 students from another school in my city. This

Intro to the “Squatting position”

I would like to discuss the squatting position. The squatting position is very versatile in Asia. While they don’t do it as much in Taiwan as they do in Mainland China, it is still worth mentioning for a couple reasons.

Do you believe in fate?

I was having a conversation with my friends and a couple of them believe that: if you want something to happen you just have to think about it and it will be. If you want something to go away, you

Hello world!

Hello there! Because I pretty much figured it all on my own and was in heaven when I found a blog or YouTube video that talked about studying abroad, I thought I’d make a list of some things that should

Through the looking glass

Well it has now been exactly one week since arriving in Denmark. I am now starting to adjust to living in a different country permanently. I can say that until now the concept of living here long term did not

Updates before I start teaching

Well, a couple weekends ago was the dice game. I won some candies and a post card (my first indication that post cards had to exist somewhere on the island).           We also visited a local

Passion and drive can get you far.

I am a young girl with goals and aspirations bigger than my pocket can handle, but I’m working to make my wallet grow and dreams come true. If I have a passion for anything, it would be traveling. I am

I’m here, I’m here!

Well, time sure flies when you’re having fun! Almost two weeks here at Purdue and I still haven’t made a post. (Sorry about that!) Anyway, so I arrived here in West Lafayette during Monday of last week. The shuttle from

Irish Disco?

I leave for Shanghai tomorrow…at 6am. I am almost ready but as I keep pushing back those last new details I wanted to share a story about Ireland and my sisters. The past 10 days I was in Ireland visiting

“I look at you and I’m home.”

Today was a special day at Christine Revell Children’s Home because one of the girls in our group, Kelly, just recently found an adoptive home and her new family came to pick her up today. Kelly is almost 5, smart,

Trip to Odense

The other day, in a moment of (almost unprecedented) spontaneity, I booked a train ticket to Odense since I didn’t have class today.  This is the third largest city in Denmark (read: not actually a large city), and its claim

At Least I’m Sort of Normal

It’s been almost three days since I started my classes at Vesalius College, and I’m already having so many crisis right now. Crisis as in “oh lawdie I have so many things I need to do to adjust myself in

My Home in India (mostly pictures)

I finally got a chance to get my camera out and snap a few pictures! Here’s my new home (with some selfies in my new digs for good measure)! The view from the front balcony. Our bedroom and one of

Plans post grad and the eventual end of my student-centered blog

Hey everyone, just wanted to update people on where I’m at in life academically at the moment. A lot of stuff has happened but I’ll just break down the major, major questions that are constantly asked to me. 1.) What

Write as if you are speaking to the next group of participants in the program. Tell them what you wish you had known before-hand, what to expect, how to prepare, what to pack, how much money to bring, etc. Use this last blog post as a time to really reflect on the experience you have had and how it has changed you.

Please take note – I’ve made this post quite emotional/personal, so don’t mind my all-over-the-place thoughts! If I had to speak to the next group of participants, I would tell them to plan ahead, especially while going on excursions. You’ll

Describe both the high point and low point of your time abroad. How has your cultural identity as an American changed, if at all, during your time abroad? Do you have a better sense of what it means to be an American? What have you learned about your own home culture as a result of studying abroad?

I already described my low point while studying abroad – the first week of classes. The high had worn off and it was very, very difficult to manage the constant Spanish stimulation of my brain around me. The newness was

First Impressions

The first few days in India have been just as chaotic as expected. The change in atmosphere was immediately felt when I stepped out of the airport. Monday was a jet-lagged blur. Nearly all of my new classmates felt ill.