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It Starts With Nostalgia

Just before traveling back to the US each year, my spirit fills with vivid memories and intense nostalgia. Even before boarding the plane, I can smell the salty beach air mixed with morning dew. 536 more words


The Soft Pretzel That Brought Me To Tears: A Tragedy

Kia ora, friends- hello from beautiful, cold, and rainy Dunedin, New Zealand! This past weekend marked my one-month anniversary of arriving at the University of Otago, where I will be studying for the next three months. 786 more words

External Programs

Grenoble, Day Three

I’ve been homesick on and off for the past couple weeks. The first few days of my trip, I wasn’t homesick at all; I was distracted by Amsterdam’s energy. 618 more words

LDFs (Long Distance Friendships)

One of the hardest parts of leaving somewhere behind is the uncertainty that comes with long distance friendships. Whether you live 280 miles away from your best friends (like I do now) or 3409 miles (like I did in the US), long distance friendships can be incredibly challenging but also incredibly rewarding. 878 more words



Every two or three years, the sickness hits me. My heart starts to feel heavy, my mind drifts off to a faraway place, my lungs cannot fill with adequate air. 605 more words

What to Expect from Your First 6 Months Living in Korea

First Six Months in Korea

This is part two of the what to expect in your first semester/6 months in Korea. Part one was about teaching and part two is going to be just about living in Korea in general. 2,184 more words

Travel Blog

Ride Day 3: The Climbing Begins

We woke up early Wednesday to find our host had already left (but left coffee on for us). The great news for us was that he had left to go pick up things for breakfast. 1,622 more words