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Layover in Madrid

I was on a plane, Air Europa flight 92, during New Year’s Eve. At midnight, the lights were off and most passengers were asleep. This was the first time I didn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve with my family, all because of choosing a flight with a 19-hour layover in Madrid, Spain. I was going to ...

Landing in London!

Here I am, sitting in my single bedroom dorm, having completed my first week in London. What I thought would be a hard adjustment period has really been quite easy. After getting off of a 6 hour over night flight, I found myself alone in a new city, and I couldn’t have been more excited. ...

Celebrating Second Christmas in Madrid: Feliz Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos

While the majority of Christians in the US recognize Christmas and present gifts on December 25th, in Spain, and many Orthodox Christian churches or countries, “Christmas” as we are familiar with is celebrated January 6th.

Five Things My Experience In Australia Taught Me

Every experience, whether good or bad, leaves an impression on you and, sometimes, these impressions even teach you something. I can say without hesitation that my experience in Australia has been good overall, and that I learned a thing or two from my friends, from Australians, and from my own reflections. So, here is a ...

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 ...

The World Together at Clarke Quay

Fall season is just round the corner and I’m sure that the trees on Drexel’s campus are getting ready switching to yellow. NTU trees, on the opposite point of the globe, are a little too boastful and refuse to change color no matter what time of the year it is. There are no seasons in ...

Welcome Week Wisdom

For those that don’t know (which I guarantee is most of you), the University of Mannheim throws together a ‘Welcome Week’ for all of its incoming exchange students. It’s a wonderfully chaotic time consumed with running around campus completing random University requirements for enrollment. However, this is also an incredibly lucrative time to make some ...

The One with the Free Weekend

Ciao! Italy is such a beautiful city and every region is like being in a completely different country. North, Central and South Italy have different cuisines (like I mentioned in my previous post), different Italian slang and even different culture. Studying abroad in Rome is not enough to explore all the beautiful nook & crannies ...

Quintessentially Australian Foods

This week I asked some of my Australian friends to answer the question, “What are 5 quintessentially Australian snacks/foods?” This is what they came up with: Lauren- Vegemite, Shapes BBQ, sausage rolls, pies, fairy bread Charles- Le Snak, Shapes, Vegemite, Roll Ups, Tim Tams, Meat Pies, Lamingtons Shane- Vegemite, Tim Tams, Musk Sticks, Twisties, Meat ...