Category: Fall 2018

Paris, Je T’aime!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a French immersion student. I’ve been learning the language since I was four years old and have grown up learning about France, especially Paris, without ever having seen it. I missed out on an exchange trip when I was in middle school and have always regretted that. So, ...

Finals Week & A Family Visit

Even though finals week is looming, this past week has been a pleasant one. As a student, there’s no better feeling than turning in a major assignment and feeling the weight lifted off your shoulders. Additionally, summer has finally decided to show its face in Melbourne, bringing sunny skies and perfect beach weather. My parents ...

Giving Back in Brussels

As I’ve mentioned before, my internship is with European Network of Cultural Centres, where we work as a “network of networks.” I had the opportunity to visit a local cultural centre here in Brussels and volunteer for the day at De Kriekelaar.   Cultural centres in Europe are like community centers in America multiplied by ...

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An American in China

If you are an American traveling abroad you will face judgement, both good and bad. People will ask you questions, expect answers from you, they will silently judge you, and most of all they will want your opinion of your government. With all the questions I’ve been asked such as: What do you think of ...

When in Rome!

I recently paid a visit to Rome and spent the weekend eating pasta and pizza! Seeing as my diet back home consists of a rotation of Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, this was definitely a dream come true.   Though I went to Rome in November, I actually bought my tickets WAY in advance. Think, ...

5 Historic Sights I Walk by Every Day

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, and home of one the most powerful and wealthy families of Europe, the House of Medici. As such, it holds a plethora of historical and iconic buildings, thanks to the funding of the Medici, that are renowned around the world. As a huge fan of art history, I ...

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Real Friends

Tsinghua University is arguably one of the best universities in China. Besides its current reputation, the university and its grounds have been subject to the burdens of upheavals, wars, and challenges of China during the 1900s. Nevertheless, it persevered. Every day I wake up and remind myself to do something that will make me remember ...

An Amsterdam Good Time

Remember that weekend travel series that I started and then never continued? Well, here it comes! In October, I paid a visit to lovely, canal filled Amsterdam with friends and had a wonderful experience. Once again, our good friend FlixBus came in handy for cheap tickets to a new destination. Driving to Amsterdam was super ...

What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving having occurred last week, I felt the desire to reflect on my time here in Lyon (even though nobody in France celebrates this holiday)! I’ve mentioned this before, but study abroad can be a life-altering experience. There are some lessons you cannot learn until you’re pushed out of your comfort zone. Language barriers, loneliness, ...

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The End Draws Near

An appropriate title to accompany the feelings of dread that come with the end of a term, right? While I have my fair share of assessments due in the next two weeks, the only thing I’m truly dreading is having to leave Melbourne. The end of my trimester at Collarts has snuck up on me ...