Your typical foreign traveler in front of the Taj Mahal
This is the second part of a two-part post, to read the first half, go to: “India: My Visit to My 5th Continent.” Theresa’s time in India continues…
Day 4: Woke up at 5:30am to get to the Taj Mahal for sunrise! Wow. I never thought that I would have the chance to see the Taj Mahal in person, let alone go inside of it and spend hours walking around. It is amazing that the Taj was build as a memorial because it is HUGE and it costs a fortune to build. The best part was that you have to go around barefoot when you are inside, I love being barefoot! Continue reading →
As a part of the study abroad program I am enrolled in, I am taking part in a 3 credit internship with the marketing department of a local Sorrentine Limoncello company. For those of you who are not familiar with this traditional Italian digestivo (beverage consumed after dinner to aid digestion), Limoncello is an alcoholic beverage made from the peels of the Sorrento Lemon infused into pure alcohol with some sugar. The lemon is known for its cleansing properties, and especially for its reputation as a digestive aid. The Italians—who are endearingly known for their knowledge on how to treat your digestive system, evident in their rule that states no milk is to be consumed after 11 am—market this alcohol as “the perfect after-dinner drink.” Continue reading →
Greetings abroad101 fans! We are back from the Forum conference in Denver, where we had a fabulous time seeing old friends, making new connections and most importantly learning more about our incredibly thought-providing field of international education. Below you can see some pics from our week in Denver!
Oh, hello Denver!
Looks a little bit different from the Boston skyline, doesn’t it?
Mike and Jason get the chance to explore Red Rocks after the conference!
I have now been to 5 out of the 7 continents! Bucket list: get to all 7.
Day 1: Our ship was docked in Cochin, which is in Southern India. We got off the ship and there it was: the hot, humid, sticky, sweaty feeling…yay! My roommate and I paid a rickshaw driver a total of $6 to drive us around and be our personal tour guide all day…try and find that kind of deal in the states. Our itinerary went sometime like this: we saw the Chinese fishing nets and the beaches, we went to Jew Town, Fort Cochin Beach, Siva Temple, the Ginger Warehouse, some cemeteries, the Spice Market, the Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church and we visited some schools. Not too bad for $3 a person, right? Lal (our ‘tour guide’) even bought us necklaces made of jasmine, they smelt incredible! Continue reading →
Visit the Sydney Opera House for a performance: The Sydney Opera House is an architectural wonder. Yes, I know I have been here a few weeks and this should have been number one when I got here. I have seen it at night and from a ferry to Manly beach but haven’t gotten my necessary million photos in front of the white behemoth. Just around the corner from Circular Quay (pronounced “key”) I am sure to get there soon. Beyond the photos though I would love to be able to go to the opera house for a performance. Currently a play with Michael Cera is running. Continue reading →
I’ve had three weeks of classes, so I’m finally getting used to it here now. You call university “uni.” You’d say “I have uni today.”
Classes are very different here! Some classes, I even have more than once a day. It’s very confusing. I’ll go into my daily schedule in more detail later. The grading scale is different too. You start off with 0% and have to earn your way up. In the US, you start off with 100% and get marked down for our mistakes. I like starting off with 100% better. Continue reading →
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When we travel abroad and encounter a different culture, our default reaction is to compare it to the culture we know. Jake is from a small town in Illinois, the following are some of his observations of everyday life in Taiwan:
There is a serious lack of garbage cans in Taiwan. Sometimes I have something I want to throw away, as people often do. In the United States you can find a garbage can just about anywhere, restaurants, classrooms, the library, on the bus, you name it. Here in Taiwan, there is apparently a much lower demand for trash receptacles, because I usually end up with garbage in my pocket.
I live in an apartment complex, called Nexus Place. It’s a student accommodation. Can I just say that I made that absolute perfect choice on where to stay?
First off, these apartments hold 114 students. It’s too not big or too small. It’s small enough so everyone can get to know each other, which I love. There are students here from all over the world including Finland, Norway, Canada, America, Australia, China, Chile, and Mexico.
I have been on two class field trips so far in Italy, and they both were like no field trip I have been on before. The first field trip was for my Marble Sculpture class. We took a train to … Continue reading →