The Weekend from Hell

You know that old saying ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?’ Well in my experience life will sometimes give you lemons, sometimes it even gives you a freshly squeezed lemonade with a little umbrella straw, and then sometimes it gives you rocks instead of lemons and instead of handing them to you, it throws…

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Friday the 13th was Lit

It’s been about a month since I began my study abroad experience and it has been one heck of a ride. I am so lucky that I have been able to embark on this journey with two of my closest friends, of whom I feel closer to than ever. They have really made my experience…

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Hanoi, Vietnam

I went to Vietnam with Oscar and Arturo. We stayed in an air bnb in Hanoi the capital of Vietnam. The people there are extremely nice yet they live in an underdeveloped country. There are many people on the streets selling things and the traffic is crazy. There are many motorcycles and the streets were a…

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An Ode to Culture Shock

Well, it has officially been five weeks since the Hollins Abroad Paris program has begun, and it has been a whirlwind, to say the least. I’ve started my classes, am getting along with my host family, have figured out how to use the metro (finally), am getting lost less, and overall, am doing pretty well….

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Tokyo

In the moment I stepped out of the train and into the city I fell in love. Tokyo has an unbelievable atmosphere and it is extremely modern. I went to Tokyo with my friend Oscar and we visited Chiyoda park where the emperor of Japan lives. We also went to several bonsai parks and saw plenty of temples….

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Pre Departure Post- Hong Kong

I am excited to be traveling to Asia for the very first time. I don’t really know what to expect but what I know for sure is that there will be a big difference in culture. This is going to be my third study abroad, so experiencing culture shock is a routine thing for me now….

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A New Life

Ciao a tutti! It has been more than a month that I’ve been in Rome and honestly I already feel like I am part of the city. I had no problems adapting to the different culture and I’ve even started to embrace it. I have to say that I was very fortunate to be placed with…

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Settling in at QMUL

For the most part the overall journey to London was one of the least stressful travel experiences that I have had. A major part of this easy-going trip was that I wasn’t traveling by myself but with a friend. Along with this bonus we didn’t have a layover or any connecting flights to catch. It…

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1 Month In

When I got in the plane to go to France I felt a weird sense of nostalgia, of fear. I started thinking about how it would be like, how I would feel, if I would be able to communicate. I started to stress about living with a host family, I thought “What if they outright…

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Drinking

My dear friends, enemies, and those who find themselves somewhere in the middle, today I come to you to add some perspective to your lives. We need to talk about how Greeks (and maybe Europeans in general?) treat alcohol. Before this semester, I was one of those people who had never touched any kind of alcoholic drink….

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