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Study Abroad Italy: Home is Where the Fam Is

For our last week of independent travel, Jill and I stayed in Italy, but we got to meet up with some familiar faces. My mom, dad, brother (Ryan) and his girlfriend (Stephanie) made the long trek over here to gallivant around Italy with us (and give us a free place to stay for a week). It was absolutely delightful having the comfort of family over here as well as having other people plan what to do and navigate where to go. Although we went to many different places around Italy including Sienna, Tuscany, Cinque Terra, and Venice, Florence was our home base for the week. Everywhere we went was … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Italy: Tour de Amalfi Coast

Our first week of independent travel, well the first 9 days, was definitely one for the books. Unfortunately, our traveling trio became a duo because Brooke was gallivanting around Italy with her family, but Jill and I made due. We decided to celebrate being done with classes with a relaxing 9 days on the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a string of cities that are packed together in rocky cliffs right by the water. These cities stacked on the hills are made up of brightly colored buildings, clear water, and beautiful beaches, therefore making them the perfect place to relax and get some … [Read more...]

Studying Abroad London: Walking the Streets of My People

A few weeks before I left Texas to come to London, my mom told me that I was of Czech descent. Not texas-czech like most people, but actually from the Czech Republic. This new tid-bit made me exponentially more excited for my upcoming trip to Prague. The third weekend of BGB, a group ventured off to Prague, with the help and guidance of Millennium tours. Having an English-speaking tour guide, set tours for the weekend, and a safe hotel made the experience much easier and enjoyable. Our guide had a funny accent, seeing as English was not his first language, but he was fantastic. By far … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Denmark: Tivoli Gardens

For our last weekend of travel before school ended, we decided to go up to Denmark and stay in Copenhagen. We booked a really cozy Air BnB and enjoyed the cool weather before our approaching independent travel in Italy. On Friday we walked all throughout Copenhagen seeing a lot of different sites, mostly regarding Hans Christian Andersen thanks to me and a report I had to do over him. Sadly, Saturday was spent studying and writing papers in the comfort of our Air Bnb, therefore proving that we did, in fact, study this summer. After working hard on Saturday, Sunday was our day of fun, and we … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: STUDYING Abroad

Studying abroad may look pretty glamorous from the pictures you see but don’t kid yourself, we are studying abroad. Studying abroad is exactly that, studying. . . abroad. ‘Abroad’ is the best part but when the reality of school comes around and hits you, it hits you hard. We are going to talk about three points that will help you, should you choose to accept them, when you study abroad. My biggest piece of advice, don’t wait until the last minute. It’s burning people out and I hate to see it. Take my word for it, get ahead while you can. Finals week is upon us and everyone is cramming for … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Balancing Budget

One thing that is very important to keep in mind before and during your travels is your budget. We are going to talk about what you need to think about when your budgeting your money for a trip. What you don’t want is to be in the middle of your trip and be without any money. This will put you in mad situations that you don’t want to be in. You might have to give up some rare and fun opportunities which would be a huge bummer. Before you go on your trip, make sure you have budgeted out your money. Here are a few things you need to calculate before you go: Meals Hotels, hostels, or … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Holland: All Things Dutch

This past weekend we decided to do a little tour of our homeland for the summer. On Friday we took a field trip to Den Haag for one of our classes (proof that we are actually doing school). Then, on Saturday we took a day trip to Amsterdam. I love the Dutch culture, so I loved this weekend of indulging in the stereotypical Dutch experience. “Girl with a Pearl Earring” In Den Haag we visited the Mauritshuis art museum. This is one of the most beautiful art museums I have ever seen. The front lobby is very contemporary. However, once you go up into all of the exhibits the rooms are … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: What to Pack

Packing can sometimes be a daunting task to take on but it has to be done at some point. In this post I’m going to explain what I take on a weekend trip and why. To begin, it is important that you have a durable and reliable pack that is comfortable to wear. It needs to be durable and reliable because you don’t want buckles, zippers or straps to rip or break while using it and you want it to last you for a lifetime. It also needs to be comfortable because you may be wearing this, in some cases, all day as you walk around an entire city. Next, you want to look at functionality. There are … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Switzerland: Camping in Ze Alps

This past weekend Brooke and I decided to have a little introvert retreat to the Swiss Alps. We knew we wanted to go paragliding in Interlaken, have fondue, and stay somewhere by the mountains. We found a cute Air BNB RV at a campground in a little ski town outside of Interlaken. Then, we bought our tickets for paragliding online and we were ready to go! (Side note: our mothers were never informed of our paragliding plans, why worry them, right?) The train ride to Switzerland from Maastricht is not a short one. We woke up at 5 am and finally arrived at the campground at 7 pm. To top off … [Read more...]

Study Abroad Europe: Soccer, or Shall I Say Fútbol?

For those of you who don’t keep up with the world’s greatest sport (soccer), there are two huge tournaments that are currently going on this summer. There is the Copa América tournament consists of 16 teams in both South and North America that is being hosted by the US for it’s 100th year making it the oldest international continental soccer competition. The other tournament is the Euro2016 Cup, which is comprised of 24 qualified teams from all over Europe. In other parts of the world, basically everywhere else other than America, soccer, or fútbol is what everyone raves about so it’s a big … [Read more...]

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