After a few weeks in Edinburgh, my friends and I realized that we were studying abroad to experience culture – not just to enjoy the nightlife. So I began looking for places to visit that are special to the lovely city of Edinburgh. After careful research on Pinterest of best things to do in Edinburgh, I found out that the Royal Yacht Britannia – the Royal Family’s personal yacht – was permanently docked in Leith, Edinburgh’s port!
As the most memorable semester of my life is coming to a close, I would like to share some final thoughts with you all about what I am taking away from my experience abroad.
“Getting lost and finding yourself” is the cliched tagline that seems to be the quintessential motto for a semester abroad. Yet, as cliched as it may sound, when you’re facing your empty suitcases trying to pack – when it seems like just yesterday you were unpacking them – it starts to all make sense. Continue reading “That’s a Wrap”
The last two weeks have been tough. I was busy taking exams, meeting deadlines, and then taking a little visit to the hospital. I had some stomach issues for a couple days and I needed to go to the hospital to obtain some medicine. Right after I took my exam, I headed for the city’s main island. Continue reading “Checking Up on Life”
There’s a lot to adapt to when studying abroad. The food, environment, weather and meeting new people. But one of the strangest things to wrap my head around is this:
What do you mean, no Thanksgiving?!
Over the course of five days, I took over 700 photos, ate some of the most delicious barbecue and received stares from my fellow passengers as I slept on the floor of the train to go back home! I narrowed it all down to the best 65 photos that I think best capture my experience on Korea’s islands. Continue reading “The Korean Islands”
Your first couple of weeks at your study abroad location can be one of the most exciting, confusing, emotional and life-enhancing times of your life. I have created a list of some important things to do or try out when you arrive at your new home.
Within my first few days in Edinburgh, right before Uni was about to start, my friends and I thought it would be a grand idea to start exploring the place we were beginning to call home. Our first adventure was climbing up the infamous Calton Hill right in the city centre of Edinburgh.
Ní hăo! Those were the only words I knew in Mandarin Chinese when I landed in China for my one year exchange program at Xiamen University. The language barrier became more and more apparent each day I spent here. Each simple task, such as ordering food at a restaurant, asking for directions or shopping, became a whole new adventure of its own. Continue reading “Conquering the Language Barrier”
Hello everyone! In this week’s vlog, I talk about culture shock in Thailand and a few things I noticed that are different than the culture in the United States. Continue reading “Do You Sell French Fries?”