My First Holiday in Hong Kong

On Monday 9/5, the beginning of my first full week of classes, I was more motivated than ever.  I was going to find all my classrooms easily, attend all my lectures on time, and throw myself into my schoolwork.  However, at the end of my very first class, the professor gave an unexpected farewell: “See ...

On the Road

While Bremen has plenty of attractions to keep visitors occupied for days, you have many options if you want to venture out of town for a day trip to experience different vibes and it’s so hard to make the decision. Hamburg is famous for its nightlife and cultural diversity. Hannover is renowned for its culture ...

The Vintage Scene in London

Almost every city and town I’ve visited in London has had a bountiful of vintage shops and vendors. As someone who was very excited to get new clothes while studying abroad, London became my favorite place ever to consume fashion. Prior to living in London, I had a huge interest in vintage clothing and with ...

 Onto the next chapter

As I’m sitting in my room, looking out at a gorgeous garden with trees and flowers dancing with the sun in the wind, writing to you, I have been to Bremen for three days. Three days packed with new information. Three days of endless meetings. Three days with happily chaotic. My welcome week, I believe, ...

Paris vs. London Culture Shocks

After living in the US for years now, then moving to Paris for a month and getting used to their culture, to coming to London for yet another month, I’ve noticed particularities that each city/country has. Even within Europe, cultures differ and the culture in Paris is different than the one in London. To start ...

US vs. British Educational System. Which is Better?

Because I have been studying in the US for a couple years now, I’m used to the rhythm and pace back at Drexel. I already have an overall idea of how professors work, how they assign homework, how the grade papers, what is overall expected of me inside and outside of the classroom, among other ...

So much FOOD!

Since being in both London and Paris, I have been trying my best to eat as many different foods as I possibly can. I did fail the first couple of days by only getting McDonalds. I couldn’t help it, I work at McDonald’s back at home and needed to try out the menu. The McDonalds ...

My 21st Birthday

Everyone makes their 21st birthday the most magical thing in the world especially in America. We are officially labeled as an adult. We get to legally drink and buy alcohol. People will literally throw parties, go to clubs, or go to the bar to celebrate their 21st birthday. And I am thankful I did not ...

A Day in My Life Studying in Paris!

Having been in Paris for a bit over a week now, I realize how different each day is. From days that are jam-packed with activities, to a resting day where the only thing I do after class is nap; everyday varies. That being said, let me take you on a day full of activities! When ...

On a Budget

Was it easy studying aboard with a tight financial situation? Getting a better understanding of me will make answering this question easier. Photos taken by my friend Maggie since my phone died. My name is Kiah Thorne. I am 20 year old Design and Merchandising student. I did not grow up with a lot of ...

Tips on Traveling Alone to London

The year 2022 has been a lot of firsts for me when it comes to traveling. This has been the year where I traveled for the first time alone not only to a different state but also out of the country. Here are some tips I have learned to make your solo trip easier when ...

La Ultima Semana en San José

This past Friday was my last day in Costa Rica. I had to end my program a bit early, so I did my best to take everything in during my last week. I spent most of my time in the library at the University of Costa Rica campus finishing up my final presentations, and between ...

Sleepless Nights, Sleepless Flights: The Trials of Pre-Departure

(December 30, 2021) Although I haven’t yet physically commenced my journey to Singapore, preparing for this trip has been quite the journey in itself. As I lie here in bed at 1AM on Thursday, December 30, the first day of the long 31-hour journey ahead, the reality is beginning to hit me – I’ll be ...

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Bombazar in San José

This past weekend, I was able to go to an annual thrifting event named Bombazar. It was essentially like one big pop-up shop for different vendors and thrift stores to set up- everything ranging from clothes, shoes, accessories, to even old radios and keyboards and general antique items could be found! I was on a ...

Injuries and Frankfurt

October 4 Uh-oh, it looks like there is nothing to highlight for this day! October 5 What do you think of when you think of Swabia? (Schwaben) Swabia is located in the southwestern part of Baden-Württemberg, that’s where you’ll find the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) and the Swabian Alb or Jura (Schwäbische Alb)! Swabian German or ...

Döner Kebabs, Pretzels and Chilly Spirits

September 27 “Do you want to get doner?” Carly asks.“Sure, meet you at Star Döner [& Pizza 2] then?” I replied to Carly’s message.“Yep.” Instead of making my own dinner, Carly and I decided to go have some doner (Döner). The doner [kebab] is a known dish from Turkey and usually consists of meat from ...

¡Pura Vida! ICDS in Costa Rica

¡Buenas! Today marks day 8/90 of my time here in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the last week, I met my host family and settled into our home in Sabanilla, attended the program orientation, visited some of Cartago’s famous (dormant) volcanoes, spent a day in downtown San Jose, and started our courses this past Monday. ...

The Story Begins…

August 24 “Mom, you asked me that seven times already! Of course I have everything!” I reply and in full stress. I was prepared for the day I finally go to Germany. I’ve always wanted to visit ever since I was in middle school, or what it is sometimes called here, ‘Hauptschule.’ I thought my ...

Into Wonderland

Yesterday was our first full day out in London. I started the day bright and early walking around South Kensington, and eventually landed at a coffee shop called Guillam coffee house. One thing I’ve been looking forward to in London is the food. The city is full of authentic restaurants, cafes, and pubs. This may ...

Vegan Gelato in Rome

When I was still back in the United States thinking about my trip to Italy, one of the things that saddened me most was the fact that I thought that the whole time that I was going to be here, I was going to have to watch everyone eating gelato without me. I was prepared ...

Week 6: The One where I went to a Food Market 

I am the type of person who would want to try out coffee shops and food places at every new place I visit. This is something I absolutely love doing and it’s one of those things which brings me joy. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I absolutely had to try out the Borough ...

Hong Kong University Residential Halls

Hong Kong University has many student halls and residential colleges. There are three different villages with different dorm halls. I am living in Jockey Club Student Village III, which is a residential college. A residential college is a living space for students from a university who also participates in community activities. There are four other ...

Taking A Train to Busan

After finishing all of my in-person midterms for this term in Korea I headed to Busan for a short weekend trip! It was exciting to finally go to a different city in Korea and taking the KTX/bullet train for the first time. I had been looking forward to this trip for a while, especially because ...

Exploring Bukchon Hanok Village

It quickly became apparent to me that I was in a city with a such a long history, especially compared to anywhere in America, and it was fascinating to see some very old palaces and general traditional buildings that have been preserved. I took a day to go to Bukchon Hanok village, a 600 year ...

Quepos and Manuel Antonio

Buenas todos! First, this picture is of Manuel Antonio beach, which is a little more touristy, but still beautiful; I will get into it more a little later. This past weekend, my friends and I finally went to one of the prettiest beaches in all of Costa Rica…Manuel Antonio. Where do I even start? My ...

My Experience at London Centre for Book Arts

In the last five weeks of my study abroad trip, one of my courses is Zine Design! If you are not a graphic design student or interested in art you may be thinking ‘What is a Zine?’ A Zine is a self-published print work that is typically produced in small and limited batches. I was ...

Food Places You MUST Go to When in London

As a foodie, going to a different country I couldn’t wait to explore all of the different restaurants and fast foods that I wasn’t able to acquire in the United States. Tibet Kitchen In Ely’s Yard of Brick Lane in East London there’s a little square of about 6 food trucks. There are a ton ...

My Final Thoughts

A couple of days after landing in the US after my London study abroad program and I’m reflecting on what a great experience it was. I don’t think I could ever express how life-changing and fulfilling it made me feel! Being able to explore to the extent of studying abroad has allowed me to. I’ve ...

My thoughts about the UK before studying in London

Before arriving in London I wrote about any opinions that came to my mind about the UK before my class focused on learning about its cultural history and context: There are multiple elements that can contribute to an English person’s cultural identity. British culture and what it means to be British/English seems to be everchanging ...

Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad

There are many things that I wish I knew before moving to London to study abroad for the summer. A lot of things that you think are self-explanatory may change when you’re actually at your destination. So in this blog, I’m going to explain a couple of things that surprise me and then I wish ...

Seeing a Shakespeare Show in London

For my British Life and Visual Media course, we took a trip to the Shakespeare Globe Theater and saw Henry VIII! Seeing this show was a great experience of seeing showcasing British culture. My classmates and I arrived early to make sure we got a good spot. The globe theater is made up of sitting ...

Experiencing Culture Shock in Rome

Najifa Hussain, ’25, is a Management Information Systems major studying at the American University of Rome this Fall 2022. Spending this past week in Rome for the very first time, there are various culture shocks that I have experienced. Even from my very first day here, I could easily tell how different of a place ...