Category: Fall 2017

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Pip Pip Cheerio Off to London I Go!

After eight and a half long hours on a chilly plane, two hours in the international students line at the airport and a 2 hour Uber ride, after missing the free shuttle sent by Queen Mary University of London I was finally ready to call Queen Mary University of London home for the next three ...

Heidelberg or Heaven?

Only a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim, there’s a ridiculously charming touristy town called Heidelberg. Because it wasn’t a hub of transportation or an industrial stronghold during the 1900s, (luckily) the U.S. Army didn’t feel as though it was remotely necessary to bomb it during the second World War. It is because of this that ...

Friends in Japan! But…not Japanese?

(Featured image top left to bottom right: Greg, Stang, Tan, Gigi, Oussama, Eve, me, Mima, Dita) Living in the International House meant running into people of every nation and culture except Japanese! Today, I’d like to post about my newfound friends from around the world and how they’ve opened my eyes just a bit more ...

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Shèngyàn! (Feast!)

Being in Hong Kong for almost a month has really been great! Traveling around and getting to know the area is terrific. The smells of the streets are starting to get very familiar and the food taste better and better each time. However, being away from family and friends does still resonate sometimes and the ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

But Did You Die?

I didn’t realize until I flew over Sydney that Australians drive on the left side of the road. Now, I realize that that sounds really bad, let me explain. Of course I researched Australia before leaving for my exchange program at Collarts, and of course people had informed me of this fact. It’s just that, ...

#2D1N: MT in Gangneung

MT, or membership training, is a special event popular among South Korean university students where they would travel to a remote area for roughly 2 days and 1 night with the purpose of helping the members get familiar with each other. For our MT, we traveled to the east coast of Korea, which was over ...

Sendai, the City of Trees

After a 14-hour flight and a 16-hour delay at Incheon International at Seoul, South Korea, I had finally arrived to the city I will be calling home for the next year. Sendai, a city of nature, festivals, and great cow tongue (known as “gyutan”)! Arriving at Sendai International, the first thing I came to realize ...

Hiking Through Hong Kong

Hiking is a huge part of Hong Kong because of the lush vegetation on all of the islands and the views that you can see of the near by beaches and waterways. There are many different types of hikes that can be done here including early morning hikes to see the sunrise at the top ...

That Singaporean Girl

In my last post, I described how my evening at Clarke Quay was so surreal that I will always keep the memories with me, even after I go back to Philadelphia. It was so amazing, that feeling! However, I forgot to mention an incident that happened while we were returning to the campus and I ...