Waking up to Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy You know when you wake up on very important days, such as your birthday, and it is your first thought when you wake up? “It’s my birthday today” you think, with your head still on the pillow and your eyes hardly open. It felt…

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…

Cutting Costs in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 When I told my family about my plans to study abroad in Japan, one of the first things they asked was how I would afford living in a foreign country for a year. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it: studying abroad is expensive. As a…

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,…

Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I haven’t been around as long as many of my favorite travel-influencers have been but, after traveling to my 10th country I’ve learned a lot and want to share it with anyone who wants to start traveling internationally for the first time or…

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…

Why Broncos Abroad?

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring My name is Martha Tinker, and I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica during the Spring 2019 semester! I am in my second year at WMU and am a Spanish major and a double minor in International Business and Marketing. I have…

So let’s talk about traveling while studying abroad.

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France So let’s talk about travelling while studying abroad. Travel can be split into two general groups: Solo travel Group travel While traveling is a wonderful experience, both solo and group travel have their own positive and negative attributes. You will likely largely prefer one over the other,…

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…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

¿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…