It’s China

School has started once again, so I’m back to my usual routine in Xiamen. I had a wonderful winter break backpacking around China; it was filled with adventure and great new experiences! I first started traveling with two friends, from China and Germany, and half way through the trip I started traveling alone. Even though it’s nice to travel with friends, I highly recommend traveling on your own for a bit, just for the experience. Continue reading “It’s China”

Home

One flight, a layover, another flight, three train changes, one missed train, a bus and a two mile walk whilst rolling an 82 kilogram suit case over cobblestone streets later … and I’m finally moved into my room in the Netherlands!

I am currently in a double room with my roommate, Maddie, in a guesthouse that is very similar to my freshman residence hall living arrangements at SDSU. The similarities stop at the physical appearance, however.

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San Diego Has Stolen My Heart

Summer is back in San Diego and I am enjoying life like never before. This is sadly my last semester at SDSU, so I am really making the most of my time here and enjoying the lifestyle that comes with living in San Diego. I cannot believe that’s it’s only February and the weather has already been peaking at 80 Degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve never been able to just go to the pool or hang at the beach all day in February before, it’s normally one of the most coldest months back in England. It’s so nice to be able to live such an active lifestyle all year round – I really have found a second home here in San Diego!

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A Piece of Pai

Northern Thailand is such a beautiful place with lots of mountains, trees and fresh air. I fell in love with the little hippie town known as Pai. It’s pronounced like “pie,” unless you’re speaking to a Thai person then it is pronounced like “bye” because they pronounce their P’s like Americans pronounce our B’s.

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New Friendships and New Adventures

After being in Singapore for a few weeks and visiting all of the major attractions, all of my friends and I were aching to go out and explore more. At the time, we could not yet leave the country because our student visas had not been processed yet. So, our first real adventure here in Singapore was visiting the nearby island of Pulau Ubin. A group on campus called GEM Club organized this event in order to intermix international students with local Singaporean students on a field trip to Pulau Ubin. Continue reading “New Friendships and New Adventures”

Working My Way Through Costa Rica

A month into living in Costa Rica is as good a time as any to explain why I’m here and to give my initial impressions.

I am doing an 8-month internship for Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). GLA is a B Corporation based in San Diego and that sends high school students from around the world on service learning trips in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. B Corps are like the meeting point between a non-profit and a tradition corporation, they use business as a tool to solve social and environmental issues. Continue reading “Working My Way Through Costa Rica”

Siestas and City Life

I embarked on my journey to Madrid in mid-January and, although leaving my friends and family was a little bittersweet, that feeling was soon overtaken by the excitement of what the next few days had to offer.

Right away I could tell I was in a foreign, yet familiar place when I got into the city and saw the vibrant life that filled the streets. There are these towering modern buildings right next to historic older establishments coexisting along with the masses of people walking up and down the streets off to their various destinations. People are chatting along and filling up the shops and cafes as they go about their day. Continue reading “Siestas and City Life”

BudaBEST Place Ever

As I sat waiting for my plane to Budapest I toggled back and forth between San Diego and Budapest on my I-phone weather application. San Diego was supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny (typical) and Budapest was said to be 25 degrees and snowy for my first week in Europe. My wimpy San Diego skin made me instantly think that this freezing cold weather would negatively alter my mindset and experiences traveling. I quickly found that I was naive to think such nonsense. Continue reading “BudaBEST Place Ever”

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