Amherst Wire

I saw God and he was a train

A typical Japanese Train, surprisingly empty. The perfect scenery for an existential crisis.

Kyle Olsen, Writer

September 29, 2017

Life is hard sometimes, and you can always try to create experiences in an attempt to find yourself, or that missing piece of courage, charisma, or whatever you feel you may be lacking. But, it’s also okay to do something and not get slapped in the face with some life lesson in the end.

Land of the rising sun — and whacky potato chips


Kyle Olsen, Writer

May 10, 2017

"Of all the crazy things the Japanese have managed to produce, nothing can really capture their spirit and love for the unnecessary like potato chips can. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a variety of useless flavors and so many people willing to buy them."

Trip to Ghana brings new perspective on life

Visiting children at a local orphanage in Ho, Ghana.

Olivia Gilmore, Contributor

April 21, 2017

"I will always acredit Anloga for planting the love of travel in my heart like a seed that is always flourishing. It may even have helped find my purpose in life, even if it happened to be found halfway across the world."

Adulting isn’t easy: My very first trip to the laundromat

Adulting isn't easy: My very first trip to the laundromat

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor

April 5, 2017

With that my first laundromat experience had come to an end. I was not proud of my performance, but I’m determined to do better next time. I drove myself home and immediately went to my bed to take a nap because, well, being an adult is tiring.

Funky food and hidden treasures: The Amherst guide to San Francisco

Funky food and hidden treasures: The Amherst guide to San Francisco

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor

March 30, 2017

You're in a new, unfamiliar city. You know there are a million things to do but you don't know where to start.

Deconstructing ‘Decasia’: A UMass Production

Deconstructing 'Decasia': A UMass Production

Sarah Strangie, Contributor

March 27, 2017

Director Bill Morrison’s experimental film is a 70-minute series of decomposing film stock played alongside composer Michael Gordon’s original score.

Study Abroad: The most vulnerable four months of my life

Sunset on the horizons of Malaga, Spain.

Nujhat Purnata, Contributor

March 20, 2017

Studying abroad might not be the easiest four months of your life, it might not even be the best, but it sure is a thrilling rollercoaster which requires solid optimism.

Amherst Wire 360: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

Botanic Garden of Smith College. (Morgan Hughes/Amherst Wire)

Morgan Hughes and Joshua Murray

March 19, 2017

Free and open to the public, anyone can visit the Botanic Gardens of Smith College and walk from greenhouse to greenhouse to explore the exotic rainforests, crisp tulip gardens and rows of precious succulents.

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

The splendid spontaneity of my spring break

Isaac Simon, Contributor

March 8, 2017

Then, one night, as I was hosting a soiree at my house, I took my phone out and made the executive decision of all executive decisions. I was going to take Jeremy and myself to see Drake in London. I bought two tickets, texted him and it was done. It happened about as fast as the idea originated. The only thing I needed to think about next was how I was going to get there.

A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

People lined the streets of Shibuya to protest their Prime Minister.

Kyle Olsen, Contributor

February 24, 2017

"Police guarded a single lane of traffic to support the hundreds who marched through the downtown metropolitan chanting and holding signs comparing his government practice to fascism."

Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor

February 7, 2017

"Three weeks was the perfect amount of time. I saw more, did more and ate more than I could have ever imagined and I left a better version of myself as a result."

Hidden Gem: Richardson’s Candy Kitchen satisfies the sweet tooth the old-fashioned way

Hidden Gem: Richardson's Candy Kitchen satisfies the sweet tooth the old-fashioned way

Shelby Ashline, Writer

December 16, 2016

Only a short 20 minute drive from campus, this hidden gem is unheard of by most students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But to locals, Richardson’s Candy Kitchen has been a part of their families’ lives for years and sometimes — as is the case in my family — for generations.

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