Living with a Host Family

Choosing a living situation plays a big part in the study abroad experience. Based on advice from other friends who had studied abroad in Spain, I decided to live with a host family. This one is for anyone interested in how it’s going so far for me or for anyone who wants guidance on living situations […]

Why Gaining Weight Should NOT Be A Concern While Abroad

When you think of Italy, you automatically think of food (among other key words). With cibo [food] being such large part of the Italian culture, I am constantly surrounded by authentic and good-quality piatti [meals]. Also, in addition to endless amount of restaurants at Taormina, I also live with a host family whom definitely know […]

Calles En Cadiz

Today was such a lovely day involving both glorious relaxation and rest as well as an enormous amount of walking. I slept in since I hadn’t had the chance to just wake up on my own accord since I had left for Europe and while it wasn’t overly late that I awoke, it was still […]

I Am Not One Bit Italian

When applying to colleges, I never thought I would become enamored with another country. I chose my college, Marist College, because I fell in love with the campus and the faculty. Upon further research, I discovered that Marist has a branch campus in Florence, Italy. After I committed to the college, I spontaneously applied for […]

Sickness, Hormigas & Beaches

I write this blog post from the comfort of my host mamá tica’s house. Well, much more comfortable now than I was this weekend. Right when I was beginning to think I might make it through this study abroad adventure without becoming sick, I was fortunate enough to experience the consequences of some food I […]

Life In Costa Rica

Hola! I’ve been in Costa Rica for about 12 days now. It feels like I have been here much longer though. I think that’s partly because I have seen so many new and different places in such a short period. I have explored San Jose (the capital), San Joaquin, Heredia, Cartago (Costa Rica’s first capital), […]

Six Weeks

Six weeks. A lot can happen in such a relatively short period of time. The experiences I have had in the last six weeks have definitely changed me. Six weeks ago, I was sleeping in my comfy bed at my parents’ house in North Carolina and running the same boring routes I’ve ran for years […]

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