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From day trips to week-long adventures, over the course of their term IES Abroad Correspondents are becoming pros at international travel. Keep up with their journeys in their blog posts below.


A Little Bit of Home in Berlin

May 17, 2019

The last two weeks of my program involved studying for finals, questioning how I am going to pack all my clothes into my suitcase and fitting in last-minute activities in Berlin. Unlike most people in my program, my last two weeks also involved a visit from my family. I left home in February to fly to Berlin, and almost four months later, I was reunited with my family in my new home.

Rotorua and Cape Reinga

May 16, 2019

A few weekends ago I completed my first half marathon! I had been training for it for a while but I was still nervous when the day finally arrived. The race was around Rotorua and in the Redwoods Forest area. I had heard good things about the Redwoods area, so I was very excited to get to experience this place by running through it all. The race started early, and as my friends and I prepared to run, we heard the announcer say that it is one of the only places in the world you can run a half marathon around an active geothermal area.

Your Potential Travel Itinerary

May 16, 2019

When you study abroad, no two people will have the exact same travel itinerary. Some will travel every weekend outside of the country, venturing as far as Africa. Others will spend the majority of their stay exploring the depths of the country that is hosting them. Regardless, there is no right or wrong way to travel while abroad, though I would recommend exploring both within and without the country.

Keeping Busy in Santiago

May 15, 2019

With less than a week left abroad, I reflect on my time in Santiago and my favorite things to do in the city.

The Rain in Spain

May 12, 2019

My semester is nearly over, and I pack up to leave Berlin in under a week. I’ve used the last few weeks to explore Berlin, fit in some last-minute museum trips, and I took my final weekend trip. Last weekend, I met my friend Sierra in Barcelona for three days of anticipated sunshine and fun.

What I Miss Most About Abroad: 3) The Nature

May 10, 2019

What I Miss Most About Abroad: 3) the nature. Being from California, I felt most at home by the beach, so naturally while I was abroad, I seized any opportunity to be by the water. It was nice getting outside rather than being cooped up in a classroom all day. In fact, IES Abroad's Barcelona Center was only 30 minutes walking distance from the beach. Some of my favorite days of the semester are featured in this video. One memory being going to Costa Brava up north in Spain with one of my best friends from college, Audrey, and some friends I made this semester.

Did Someone Say Gnocchi?

May 9, 2019

During our Spring Break, my friend group and I headed to a place I have been dreaming of for a long time: Sorrento, Italy. During our stay, we actually lived in a villa located in Termini—a small town 30 minutes away from the city. Because it was out of season, there were not many tourists. We were really able to get to know all the locals in the area, especially a waiter named Alessio from a restaurant called Salvatore and Mafalda. Long story short, Alessio taught us how to make gnocchi using his grandmother's recipe. The girls and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

Notes from the Sahara

May 9, 2019

In Morocco, the big dipper is upside-down. Like it might spill soup all over the night sky. I've been here now for three months, but occasionally, I notice new differences like that—quiet, sudden reminders that I am far from home. It slips my mind, sometimes.

Crazy Travel Experiences

by Hope Yi
May 8, 2019

Always expect the unexpected. That's part of the stress and joy of traveling. The unexpected is the sprinkle of fun in traveling. Here are several unexpected events that I ran into while traveling.

Art in Amsterdam

May 6, 2019

From the Rijksmuseum to the smaller galleries my studio art class has toured, Amsterdam is home to both famous and relatively unknown artwork. With my Museumkaart (Museum card) provided by IES Abroad, I have free access to most of the museums in the city (and in the rest of the Netherlands as well).


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