It’s No Starbucks

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy It feels weird being back home in the states, especially Kalamazoo for that matter. I was just getting used to the hustle and bustle of Venice, that Kalamazoo seems like a ghost town. I’m going to miss the close vicinity of everything. It…

Everything Is Not as It Seems

Kylie  Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic After arriving in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I exchanged money at the airport. Even though I was in a rush and quickly put my money away, I was still in awe that their currency is bright and colorful! The bills are purple, orange,…

Transportation of Thailand

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand You will notice many different forms of transportation in Thailand. Moped, train, subway, boats, and Tuk Tuks. A Tuk Tuk is a type of a taxi, but looks nothing like what we think a taxi would look like…

Organized Chaos

Carly Baldwin Major(s): Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Program: Education & Service in Nepal One part of being in Kathmandu that shocked me last year, and was still as awe-worthy this year, is the traffic. There are no street lights, lines on the roads or signs in the city. Despite the lack of what we,…

Temples, Mountains, and Motorcycles Oh My!

Makayla Bennett Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal My experience in Nepal thus far has been extremely informative. Each day I am learning something new regarding the culture. The things that have impacted me the most have been the temples, mountains and means of transportation. When we arrived…

Commuting in Costa Rica

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Since arriving here in Heredia, Costa Rica two major differences that have stood out to me is the restaurant experience and the methods of transportation. Most restaurants have options for both indoor and outdoor seating which I love. It’s definitely not something you come…

Getting Around in Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Here in Costa Rica I live with a host family in the little neighborhood of La Esperanza, which literally translates to “hope” (how cute is that?!). I think it’s in the perfect location because it’s within walking distance to the university, downtown Heredia,…

Top 10 Observations of Lisbon, Portugal

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 1. There are 3 things to smell: cigarette smoke, cologne, and pastries 2. Even if the bus or elevator is full, you can still fit 5 more people 3. The national bird of Portugal is the rooster, but should be a pigeon 4. Every…

How to Get From Here to There in Havana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018 I’ve got to admit, I’m someone who loves to drive. Whenever I travel, one of the things that I miss the most about home is being able to drive a car whenever I want. Part of it is the freedom that…

Getting Accustomed To A New Place

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 Alright so starting off from the get-go. I arrived to Ireland on August 31 around 4:30 a.m. It was a long flight, but by the time I walked outside of the airport and realized I would be in this beautiful country…

N.ever E.nd P.eace A.nd L.ove

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 My name is Carly Baldwin and in the Fall of 2018 I will be a fifth year senior.  I am studying Early Childhood Education and Spanish.  I recently went on a sixteen-day study abroad program to Nepal…

The Best and Worst of Iceland

Hey Y’all, It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been home, and I owe my loyal followers a summary of my trip to Iceland. I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that I saw; so to ensure that I don’t ramble too much, here is an extensive list of my…