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 ...

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 ...

Reading the Fine Print: Singapore’s Entry and Public Health Measures

As a public health major, it’s interesting to observe the stark differences in COVID-19 situations between the United States and Singapore, not to mention to live through and actively participate in both countries’ preventative measures. To many Americans, Singapore’s methods may seem a bit over the top, but it suffices to say that I feel ...

Sleepless Nights, Sleepless Flights: The Journey to Singapore

(January 2, written retroactively) With tired shoulders and stiff neck, I arrived in Singapore on January 1, ringing in the New Year on the plane. I’m currently writing from my hotel room in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown, where I served my brief self-isolation while awaiting my on-arrival COVID test results (thankfully, negative!). New Jersey ...

Adjusting Back to Life at Home

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve flown back to Philadelphia from my 10 weeks in Costa Rica. I had terrible flight anxiety before I left back in January, but on the way back I was much more relaxed. My suitcase was still in Miami when I finally landed in Philadelphia, but luckily the AA ...

Exploring San José Solo

This week was a bit slower than others, so I took the opportunity to explore new activities in the city on my own. I happened to come across an art gallery across the street from Costa Rica’s National Museum on TikTok, and I saw that they offer sip and paint sessions on the weekends for ...

Developing Language Skills Abroad

This past weekend ICDS took all of the students on a trip to Punta Leona, Jaco. This was my second time visiting Jaco, but last time my best friend, Remiah, wasn’t with me. So, this time was a lot more fun! We started off doing a group hike/tour through Carara National Park. Carara is an ...

Territorio Indigena Quitirrisi

This past Friday the ICDS program staff orchestrated a trip for us to visit one of Costa Rica’s eight indigenous communities. We were greeted by Don Juan, one of the guides and distinguished seniors of the community. He told us the history of the Huetar people and how productive and self-sufficient their society was before ...