Arriving in Nantes: The Most Livable City In Europe


After a 17 hours flight (with a 2 hour layover in Moscow), I arrived at Paris CDG airport. With two huge and heavy suitcases, I felt hopeless to get them from the baggage claim to the railway station. But to my surprise, a very nice gentleman offered me a helping hand and insisted on guiding me to the train station himself.  Thanks to him, I managed to catch the right train and arrived at Nantes Station safe. My host family brother Bactage picked me up at the station (GARE SNCF), and I finally reached my new home after a 24-hour trip. Continue reading “Arriving in Nantes: The Most Livable City In Europe”

Some Last Minute Stops

The past four weeks in the cozy little town of Furtwangen, along with my many new friends, have been a blast to say the least. I learned so much from my peers, our professor, and from living in and adapting to a different country. As our program winds to an end, we are enjoying all the time we have left with each other and in this little town in the trees.

I’m extremely grateful for this Study Abroad experience and for being able to share it with you all! Thank you for following my posts – now go out and make this happen for yourself! Go (abroad) Aztecs!

Continue reading “Some Last Minute Stops”

72 Hours in Russia

Typically, entering Russia as an American citizen requires that you apply and pay for a visa, a process that can be very expensive and take months to complete.

Thankfully, there’s a loophole that allows foreigners 72 hours of visa-free travel in Saint Petersburg if they arrive by ferry and have a guided tour, a return trip, and hotel or hostel booked. Continue reading “72 Hours in Russia”

A Week of Excursions

I must commend the International Center at our host University for never allowing us to have a moment of boredom. In this week alone, we hiked up a waterfall, zip-lined through the forest, and visited our French and Swiss neighbors. But don’t worry, we’re studying, too…

Our second week was packed with activities. If we weren’t in class or studying, we were on a bus headed to the next adventure planned for us. Although we don’t have much downtime, I am grateful to be able to visit these amazing places. Continue reading “A Week of Excursions”

An Introduction to the Black Forest

The Black Forest region in Germany (‘Schwarzwald’ in German) is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As we arrived, we were taken away by the scenery.

We were welcomed by friendly faces at the International Student Center at our host university. They helped us get situated in our dorms and answered any and all questions we had about the town. The town itself is tiny, with a total population of about 9000. Although Furtwangen isn’t a bustling city with a lot to do, I am enjoying the quietness and intimacy that we don’t often get in San Diego. Continue reading “An Introduction to the Black Forest”

Do Svidaniya Moskva! 

Hello international blog readers! This is my last post about my experience in Moscow and I would like to devote this post to all of the people who made my trip unforgettable.

Working for the summer university at the National Research University Higher School of Economics gave me an opportunity to interact with people from various countries of the planet! And more importantly, it helped me build a network of relationships throughout the world! Continue reading “Do Svidaniya Moskva! “

HHS 350 in China — Day 6: Tradition and Health

We have officially passed by April Fool’s Day in China, but we were not able to evade the day, not even in the far reaching lands of Beijing. We had some determined jokesters on April 1, and they came up with a pretty good idea to keep us on our toes. They let me in on the plan to partake, but kept me guessing for the final outcome.

As for today, I think we were all pleasantly surprised and somewhat uncomfortable by the degree of access we had a the Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion CACMS. We were able to visit patients with treatments in progress, talk to various doctors and clients, visit the pharmacy and, in the case of one student, get a personal demonstration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cupping procedure. Continue reading “HHS 350 in China — Day 6: Tradition and Health”

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