After four days of non-stop travel in Madrid, El Escorial and Toledo, I have finally started to settle down in Granada; a small but busy city with a relaxed lifestyle. The phrase, “no pasa nada” roughly translating to “don’t worry about it,” is a common phrase here, and I can’t help but compare it to what I believe the island lifestyle is like; I almost feel like Granada has a big city vibe with a much more relaxed tone.
What form of transportation should I use to travel to my dream destination this weekend?
Spring break abroad means it’s time to pack your bags and head to another country. I decided to head to the home of pizza and pasta, Italy. I actually have a friend who is studying in Urbino, she has been there for almost a year so our ventures in Europe were quite interesting.
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.
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?!
When I first thought of the plan to go to Paris, I realized much of what I wanted to see was centered in the third and fourth arrondissements. At the very center of this area is the famous “Le Marais,” known for its numerous art galleries and design shops, the place where Parisians hang out often. Continue reading “Experiencing Paris – A Moveable Feast (Part Two)”
“Do as the Romans do,” they say, which only means one thing: carbs, carbs, and more carbs.
Rome has so much to offer like history, art and spectacular architecture, but one of the best perks about living in Italy is of course the food, and I wouldn’t be fully immersing myself into the culture if I didn’t try all of it, right? Continue reading “The Three P’s Of Italy: Pane, Pizza and Pasta “
Just as I was told by my study abroad advisor, I was on top of the world and overwhelmingly excited the first few weeks being here in Scotland.
This was the “honeymoon phase” of my transition into my life here in Scotland, and it ended abruptly. Continue reading “The Honeymoon Phase”
Not surprisingly, one of the hardest parts about studying abroad is being away from your family. Being away from them when I’m at school in San Diego is hard enough, but it’s a very difficult adjustment when you’re halfway across the world.
Unlike most study abroad kids, however, I can really relate to the country I’m in since both of my parents were born and raised in Italy. The best part? My parents showed up in Rome last week and we went on a little adventure down south. Continue reading “A Piece Of Home”