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When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

When a picky-eater goes to Ireland

Katie McKenna, Writer
March 31, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

For my entire K-12 schooling career I ate a peanut butter sandwich for lunch – no jelly.  Just a peanut-butter sandwich, every single Monday through Friday, for thirteen years. Most people found this to be pretty ludicrous behavior.  And then there were others, like my friend Nat, who also happened...

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

St. Patrick’s Day: Not as Irish as you think

Katie McKenna, Writer
March 15, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

What’s it like to spend the greenest day on the Emerald Isle? I can tell you one thing: It’s nothing like it is in America. “Why do all the Americans come to Ireland for St. Paddy’s? Don’t do it! Ye celebrate it so much more in America than we do here!” This was the general reaction I’d g...

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Discovering the beauty of Nicaragua: It’s all about getting there

Erin Wolosz, Contributor
March 3, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Dirty, poor, no-good, and lower class citizens. Spend only a short time in Costa Rica and you will undoubtedly hear Nicaraguans, or Nicas, as they are called throughout Latin America, described this way. The discrimination against Costa Rica’s neighbors to the north is apparent. They claim that...

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Leeds, England: Like London without the hustle

Emma Sandler, Writer
March 2, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

When I tell people I am studying abroad at the University of Leeds in England I always have to mention it is in West Yorkshire located two hours north of London by train, as many people have no idea where Leeds is. The truth is, that despite being the third largest city in England, Leeds does not get...

An American abroad in Norwich, England

An American abroad in Norwich, England

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Vincenza Parella Norwich is a beautiful, thriving college town that is situated about an hour from the eastern coast, and about two hours northeast of London by train. It is surrounded by a river and guarded by a large castle at the top of a hill; one of its acclaimed universities is the Universit...

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

Bungee jumping: Getting pushed

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Last semester we published a piece about bungee jumping while on study abroad in Costa Rica. Erin Wolosz, the author of the piece, has finally returned from her adventures in the jungles of Costa Rica and has brought with her footage of her jump. You can read the original article here. ...

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

Finding warmth in a cold, Irish city

February 17, 2014
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Katie McKenna Growing up in greater Boston, I’d had my fair share of nasty winters.  Some of my happiest moments have been reading the thermometer and feeling that indescribable joy that comes with the saying, “Hey! It’s supposed to be above zero today!” I know no greater joy than sleddin...

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Off the beaten path: Studying abroad in Wales

Samantha Gillis, Writer
December 2, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Since studying abroad in Wales, I’ve come to find that most people don’t seem to know where it is. I’ve heard some pretty good guesses: “Near the Czech Republic?” Not quite, try more west, and then go over some water. “Australia, right?” To be fair, there is a New South Wales in Aust...

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

Bungee jumping: Sometimes it just takes a push

December 2, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Erin Wolosz There I was, tethered to a cable car suspended more than 450 feet over a valley in Costa Rica. I shuffled to the edge. My feet felt like rocks, maybe because of the harnesses on my ankles, or maybe it was just the sheer terror.  I looked out over the open edge- there was no way I was...

A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

Katie McKenna, Writer
November 18, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

There were few things I knew about Memphis before I met Katherine: it was the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King had his blues club on Beale Street, summers were hot, and I assumed they talked with that same slow, drawn-out southern twang that makes Tennessee sound a bit more like Tennessaaaay. I assumed,...

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

November 18, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Erin Wolosz Over the past three months that I have been studying abroad in Costa Rica, one comment from friends and family has been consistent- “must be nice to live in paradise.” While it is certainly true that weekend trips to some of the best vacation spots in the world, along with a classr...

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Katie McKenna, Contributor
October 22, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I dragged my hungry, hazy, helpless self off of the bus to pick up the key to my apartment, 103 Gort na Coiribe, which is part of a student residence community in Galway, Ireland. My damp shoes veered around puddles and squished into the office where a kind middle-aged woman carried a stack of papers...

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