Category: Summer 2018

4 Pro Tips for Paris!

Facing culture shock is very normal in a new city. You can simply google and look up tours and top things to do in a city. The best way to get insights into the culture and about the general way of life is from someone who has visited before or is a local to the ...

Exploring the UK: A Trip to Scotland

As the end of our study abroad program approached, it was only appropriate that I take one more weekend trip. For this one, we stayed within the UK and visited the beautiful country of Scotland. To get to Scotland, we took an overnight bus (9 hours!) from London to Edinburgh. As soon as we arrived ...

A Beautiful Weekend in Amsterdam

One of the great things about studying in the UK is its proximity to the rest of Europe. For years it has been a dream of mine to visit Amsterdam, and it is something that I was really looking forward to while traveling this summer. So when we had a free weekend in London, a ...

The food court of Dublin Airport

I walked up to the hot foods counter in the food court of Dublin Airport, “can I get, uh, a ‘full Irish breakfast’? But with no toast.” The beefy looking Swedish guy behind the counter narrowed his eyes in curiosity, “where’re you from?” “Oh, Philadelphia, the US” “Nice, ya meet people from all kinds of ...

How to learn Arabic without really trying

You can’t. It’s impossible. Even native speakers struggle with it. Turn back, turn back now. When you take Spanish in an American school system, the main barrier to learning the language has less to do with the language itself and more to do with bad instruction, insufficient time, and a lack of inter-staff communication leading ...

Goldstein’s Book

When I was seven I become accustomed to the idea that people did indefensible things in the world. Thinking about it, I came to the logical conclusion that in their minds everyone thought they were the good guy. They had their way of looking at things, and only with the benefit of hindsight could the ...

Returning Home

Arriving home after study abroad was a somewhat shocking experience. I thought that during my trip I had prepared myself for the way that it would feel to come home. I knew that it would be somewhat of a letdown, since I had spent the past month and a half doing such extraordinary things. Though, ...