Pâques à Paris (Easter in Paris)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame… A few Easters ago I was lucky enough to spend Easter in beautiful Paris! We started our morning with croissants and coffee (and hot chocolate and tea!) outside of beautiful Notre Dame, next to the famous buttresses that hold the beautiful Cathedral in…

Shine: When the Lights Go Down in the City…

There’s something magical about a city when the sun goes down and nightlife begins. Every city reveals a new charm, new characters, and new opportunities to experience the local culture. Coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, nighttime often meant that commuters had made it through the LA traffic to their track homes and were…

Local: Plaça de la Virreina

One of my favorite study abroad tips to other individuals is to stay local. Venture outside of your group of American friends from your study abroad group, and start a conversation in a new language and be off on your way. In this edition of staying local, I’ve decided to reflect at my days spent…

Day Trip to Tibidabo

I was just outside Barcelona hiking in the foothills of Mount Tibidabo. I was at the end of this path and I came to a clearing and there was a lake, very secluded. And there were tall trees all around. It was dead silent. Gorgeous. And across the lake I saw…a beautiful woman…bathing herself…but she…

Girona: Temps de Flors

Temps de Flors- an enchanting festival where an old Romanesque Catalonian town (featured in Season 6 of Game of Thrones!) turns into a wonderland of colors with flowers around every turn, decorating every balcony, and livening through every patio. This week is Temps de Flors in Girona, a town about a 30 minutes train ride…

Cherry Blossoms, Please

While the cherry blossoms may have come and come in the Tidal Basin of Washington, D.C., I’ll always remember their beauty. Living in a touristy city (and touristy cities my entire life), I often forget to take advantage of the places that make my city so unique. For example, it took me years to hike…

5 Telltale Signs You Studied Abroad

…Some days your heart will hurt and you will reminisce with special memories dancing around your head…. Every weekend, you crave something new. Oh you want to go to the park this weekend? How about Paris? Or Peru? Maybe Pennsylvania? When you only have a short semester to fit in visits to a new continent,…

Abroad Series Part 5: Those “Ah-ha” Moments­

“For sunset we decided to go back to the first lookout point, and watch the sunset over the Danube. The sunset changed the colors of the river and the buildings and it was absolutely breathtaking to watch the old city and its buildings light up, one by one. Once the sun had set, we traveled…

An Ode to Architecture: The Eiffel Tower

I went back to the Eiffel Tower so that I could go up it and then see it sparkle at night… By the time I got to the first floor, they were moving everyone down because it was crazy windy and a storm was coming in…By the time I was down, it was pouring, gusty,…