Holidays and Matsuri in Japan

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services and Japanese Keio University, AY 18-19 It’s officially been 3 months here in Japan, and boy does time fly. It may be December now, but it finally feels like Autumn. Even though the Christmas season has started, and Christmas lights everywhere have been put up, the Autumn leaves still…

IndiBroncos Day 7: Rethink ‘Living the Dream’

Maggie Scannell Major: Management India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018   It is 4 am right now in Bangalore, India. I am wide awake. In the bathroom chilling (because I don’t want to wake my roommate since we don’t have to meet up as a group until 7:30 a.m.). Using the toilet as…

IndiBroncos Day 2: A Warm Welcome

  Mary Dempsey Major: Social Work Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   The first full day in India was nothing short of stupendous! Waking up the first day, after a long traveling period was not as tough as I anticipated. I woke up to someone playing their trumpet, and a rooster trying to wake…

Expenses and the Cost of Living in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Before coming to Japan, I had heard that the cost of living in areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto was extremely high. For the most part, I have not found that to be true. While I’m sure the cost of things…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

A Sample of Spanish Cuisine

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 When traveling abroad one of the most exciting things to experience is food. The food of a country can be very telling of its culture and the life of its people. For example, most of the food in Spain is considered tapas. Tapas are…

The Japanese Diet

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Japanese people are early birds. Most usually eat breakfast at around 7 or 8 in the morning. Breakfast portions tend to be small, since most Japanese people have to arrive to the train station on time to get to their desired destination. A typical Japanese breakfast consists…

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…

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….

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…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…