Month: September 2011

En la vida de Ted Schoenleber (Ted Schoenleber)

HOLY WOW ESO ES ECUADOR. This is the country where dreams come true, where looking out my window confronts my tired morning eyes with a glorious panorama of mountains, the very mountains that my bus drives me through on my hourish commute to school. THIS is…

If You Can Dodge Traffic (Megan Henning)

I’m currently studying in Kampala, Uganda.  For those of you who have no idea where that is, it is located in Eastern Africa.  If you are picturing me living in a hut riding on a giraffe to school, I regret to inform you that is not the case.  Sorry…

Helping Mother Nature in Toledo, Spain (Laura Gordon)

The changes that one has to go through to get accustomed to another culture can be very hard, but over the time that you spend living with that culture you become more accustomed to living situations. As soon as I arrived in Toledo, Spain, about three…

My First 2 Weeks in Grenoble (Alyssa De Valk)

My first two weeks in Grenoble, France have been both amazing and completely overwhelming all at once. I was surprised at how quickly I felt like part of the family. My host parents, Rose Marie and Philippe, and my two teenage host sisters, Sophie and Catherine,…

First 4 Weeks in Roma (AJ Fedoruk)

Wow, I cannot believe that 4 weeks have passed since I have left for Rome. The first 28 days here have been some of the best of my life and would not change it for anything.  Getting adjusted here and settling down took a little longer…

There’s A Lot of Affection (Mai Nou Yang)

I have always heard that in Spain, it is typical for strangers to greet each other by cheek kissing, but I was in for a surprise.  When my host mother’s sons and their girlfriends greeted my housemate and I, I was not so shocked that they…

Australian Food – Positives and Negatives (Susan Hiller)

Before coming to Australia I was told that Australia is very Americanized.  Although I still knew that things would be different I just had no idea how different.  The first real sign of not being at home was the food… The first day that I was…

Shopping in Firenze, Italia (Brittany Mazemke)

Our first afternoon/night here was very difficult. We were dropped off with our keys and luggage at the door to our apartment.  We were excited to finally arrive, but were hungry and dead tired. We did not know the slightest thing about shopping in this new…

Culture Meets Religion (Jack Hayford)

It is interesting to see the way that Catholicism has merged with the local culture of Peru. Just yesterday i was walking home and i saw in front of a Catholic church a band playing  traditional Peruvian music in front of a crucifix. Also, they have a day…

Wait, That’s All We’re Eating for Dinner? (Leigh Smalley)

Before coming to France, I knew that the French had a different schedule for eating and that they eat much smaller portions than we do in the U.S. Unfortunately, I did not realize how much healthier they eat as well, but I mean I guess that…