Cost of Living in Ecuador

Written by: Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador One thing that I have noticed since being in Ecuador is that the cost of living is way lower than in Kalamazoo, with the exception of clothing, shoes and such (but that was mostly irrelevant to me). First, the food was…

Cash vs. Card

Kimberly Chong Electronic Business Marketing BI International Summer Programme (Norwegian Business School) Before I arrived in Norway for summer school, I spent three weeks travelling around Europe. I was travelling in the United Kingdom (UK), Scotland, and Sweden. Considering that I will be in different countries who use different currencies, the money situation wasn’t as…

Weekend Adventures

Jacob Kubiak Global and International studies Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Most often on the weekends, my friends and I plan excursions in Jordan to venture out and explore the area. This past weekend, we visited Wadi-Mujib and the Dead Sea. Wadi-Mujib is a canyon with water running through the middle of the canyon. While at…

Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

Meeting the Genuine People of Jordan

Jacob Kubiak Majors: Global and International Studies and the Arabic language Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Since I departed the United States to study abroad in Jordan, I have met the nicest people in both Dubai and Amman. Not only are the people I have met incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are so genuine…

To All of the places I Have Not Been Yet

Pamela Gudobba Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Ritsumeikan University, Japan As of today, I have 45 days left in Japan until I return home to America. While I can’t wait to see my friends and family again, I still feel like there is so much left for me to do here. One…

Hello Tokyo

Hanna Fussman Major: Tourism & Travel Program: Religion and Culture in Japan   Tokyo stole my heart. I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo. It’s a huge city with tons to offer. There’s skyscrapers towering around you but then a temple or shrine that was built hundreds of years ago in the middle of it…

Learning to Navigate Public Transit: The Struggles of a Small Town Girl

Eden Vansicklen Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business & Culture in Germany After about two weeks of being in Germany, I have had to use public transportation quite a bit. My program is faculty led, so public transportation is essentially written in the itinerary every day. I come from small town in…

Just a Tremor

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador “No worries, that was just a tremor,” said my host mom after feeling my fifth one of the day yesterday night around 10 pm. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is used for a non-earthquake seismic rubbing, and it feels like a…

Things To Do Near Daito Bunka University

Grace Gettig Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Daito Bunka University When I was preparing to study abroad at Daito Bunka University in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, I had trouble finding any information on the area where the campus is located or what kinds of things there are to do. Well, now that I’ve…