Soup, Salad, and other Cultural Pluralism

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Identity and Multiplicity I am daily immersed in Gitano, anglo-Spanish, Venezuelan, and Moroccan cultural settings and social dynamics, so I’ve had no shortage of inspiration for reflecting on culture! We know that culture is a shared understanding and use of symbols: language, social interaction,…

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…

A Quick Trip to Kobe

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Being in an intensive language program, I don’t have a lot of down time. On top of all the homework and club activities, we just had our midterms, so much of my free time has been spent sitting at my desk…

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,…

Seven Countries

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Before I even came to Spain, I knew that I wanted to travel around Europe. It is so easy to travel in Europe and often can be pretty cheap. I came here wanting to travel three or four weekends a month, but I realized…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

The Time I Stumbled Upon a Cult

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 Don’t you hate it when you get all excited to go to church, excited to praise The Lord, and you accidentally end up at a doomsday cult meeting instead? I mean, it happens to the best of us. Even me. During…

IndiBroncos Day 9: The Taj Mahal

Cynthia Glass Major: Entrepreneurship Sustainability in India, Fall- Short Term Today was Awesome.  We traveled from New Dehli to Agra by private coach and visited both the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.  Today we also saw Monkeys!  Thankfully they kept their distance. The Taj Mahal is an absolute masterpiece.  We had a great tour…

IndiBroncos Day 1: Exhaustion and Adventure

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructor of one of these courses, Timothy Palmer, is writing the introduction blog for their…

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…

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…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…