Close up on a couple holding hands in the park in autumn

Communication from Abroad: How to Keep Relationships Healthy While Away

How to Keep Relationships Healthy While Away Getting accepted into a study abroad program means winning a mini-break from your day-to-day life. You get to live in another country, explore beautiful landscapes, meet new people and then, finally, you’ll return home. What you may sometimes forget amidst all the excitement, and hustle and bustle, is […]


An American’s Intro to Basic Chinese Culture

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word, “China?” Is it expensive dishware? Giant pandas?  Whatever your thoughts are, they are probably completely different from the image the United States brings to mind. Even with the cultural differences, it’s possible to navigate through Chinese culture. There are countless differences […]


Becoming a Traveler

Becoming a Traveler in Barcelona Studying abroad in Barcelona for four weeks was an incredible experience. I conquered my fears, made new friends, and was able to visit a city I had been dreaming about since watching Cheetah Girls 2 years earlier. But most importantly, it was incredible because I was able to break the […]


City Life: Metro “Performers”

The Metro “Performers” Varying looks of disinterest punctuate my journey across town on a busy Thursday afternoon as Celine Dion (not my choice) filters down the metro carriage. The player of this rousing classic is a South American man, dressed entirely in black, holding his panpipes to his mouth as if they were giving him oxygen […]


Ávila’s Medieval Wall

A UNESCO World Heritage City, Ávila, Spain possesses a rich history.  The home of Santa Teresa and an incredible number of Gothic and Roman churches, the ancient streets of the inner city have witnessed about twenty centuries of development.  While I suggest trying a Yema (a traditional pastry) and their famous chuletón (a steak, often […]


Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a magical place. As soon as you step foot off the train, take a look up the mountain towards the castle and you’ll know what I mean. The quaint town, just a 40 minute train ride from the center of Lisbon (Rossio/Restauradores Station), is enveloped in a mystical haze and full of parks […]