La Vida Gitana

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanos The first weekend of October, I attended the fifth Encuentro Estatal de Estudiantes Gitanas (National Reunion of Gitano/a Students) in a rural town north of Madrid named El Escorial. Nearly 70 teenagers and 40 Fundacion educational support staff attended: in general…

El Machismo

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. The United States has faced issues with gender equality since the beginning of its existence, and at this very moment we are facing some fairly difficult challenges with women being viewed equally in our society.  However, there are also a lot…

Halloween was Called What…?

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The celebrations here in Ireland are a little bit more extravagant than back home. Back home people go all out with parties, but there is more history and traditions here that I loved learning about. Traditionally, I always thought that Halloween came from the Mexican celebration…

The Food Scene in Spain

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Adjusting to life here in Spain was a tad more challenging than I had originally thought. For starters, Spaniards eat breakfast before they start their day, and it is continental in the strictest sense, normally bread with butter or marmalade. A common brekkie staple…

Surprises, Flexibility and More Adventures

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 The fact of the matter is: no amount of research a prospective traveler does can fully prepare them for a foreign country. For example, I spent hours poring over travel blogs and planning my route from the airport to my dorm. Imagine my shock and…

Communication in Cuba

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. As some of you may recall, in my first blog post I talked about how I was a little worried about the lack of internet here in Cuba, and how I would communicate with everyone. Well, this post it to explain…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

¿Qué pasa con el Peso?

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. In Cuba, the cost of living can either be extremely cheap, or extremely expensive. But how can that be? Well folks, Cuba has two completely different currencies circulating throughout their economy. They have two different names (though most people refer to…

Soaking In My New Culture

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The locals in Ireland are quite like the locals back home in the states. They eat eggs for breakfast, with some fruit, hash browns, cereal if they want, some brown bread, which that piece we do not have in America, but it is so good. They…

The Problem With the Study Abroad Mindset

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I’ve planned on studying abroad since I was a sophomore in high school. The concept has always excited me and given me an excuse to leave the common sights of my campus and see other countries, continents, and cultures. I’m so blessed and this…

The Time I Caught a Cold in Japan

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese & Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 Soooo….. about one month into my study in Japan, I caught a cold. Nothing severe. Headache, sore throat, runny nose. The usual. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it can be confusing as to how to care…

Differences between European and American Society

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Since arriving in Europe, I have noticed many differences between European society and American society. I have experienced a little bit of culture shock since getting to Spain. I have traveled to London, Madrid, Barcelona and Nerja, Spain in the month that I have…