So What’s It Really Like Studying in Cuba?

As the semester comes to an end, the thinking back and reflecting have begun. My dad just came and visited me and he, like everyone else at home, has tons of questions about my life here and what it is like to surpass the “tourist experience” and live as close to the Cuban lifestyle as possible. […]

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

The lyrics of Dave Matthews Band could not ring truer to the life philosophy of the Romans. Living in this city, although only three weeks in, has taught me to fall in love with life. I have begun to fully commit myself to being present throughout every second of every day, regardless of what I […]

Returning From Sevilla

Six months ago I studied abroad in Seville, Spain and while I was there I had the opportunity to travel across much of Europe. Of course, the several most important and beautiful moments during that time are fresh in my mind, but as time goes by I also find myself wanting to actively return to […]

So True, So False

Bonjour à tous! Being that I am mostly in class with international students, one topic we often talk about is stereotypes. It is really very interesting to hear others initial expectations of Paris, France in general, and compare them to my own. Speaking with my classmates who hail from all over Asia, Europe, South America, […]

We’re students?

It’s that time of year again. One can always tell that final exams are coming when there are no seats available in the library. Zip. Zero. Zilch. I’m sure many people who have studied abroad have noticed, among many other differences, how incredibly different educational systems can be. American educational systems, at least at schools […]

Dubrovnik’s Laid-Back Culture

As an Oklahoman, I’m used to living in a culture that frowns on the “fast lane.” As a country-singer once remarked, “We may live our lives a little slower.” But compared to Dubrovnik, even Oklahoma looks like New York City in terms of speed. Natives of Dubrovnik, I’ve come to learn, are among the most […]

Ask, And You Shall Receive: Tuscania, Italy.

I have been in Tuscania for a couple months now, and some days still feel like a dream. Every corner I come around holds a new vision of simple beauty and timeless dignity. Nestled in the Lazio region, between Rome and Tuscany, Tuscania s history dates back to the Etruscan era over 2000 years ago. […]