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Sometimes words can’t fully describe a perfect sunny afternoon, a cherished moment with friends, or that delicious meal you’ll never forget. View the study abroad experience through the lens of the IES Abroad Correspondents.


"Are You From North or South America?"

January 11, 2019

When you’re an American in England, you have to sign every time you use your credit/debit card. Literally. Every. Time. The other day, I was at the grocery store and had to sign for my groceries. The cashier asked me if I had an English back account, to which I responded no. He then asked me if my account was American. After I said yes, he genuinely and sincerely asked me if I was from North or South America. If you know me, you’d know I wasn’t offended even a little bit and the whole situation simply made me smile.

Goats, Wine, and Other Gastronomic Adventures in Bordeaux

January 7, 2019

As part of my French Cooking and Gastronomy class this semester, we went on a field trip to Verrines, La Rochelle, Bordeaux, and Cognac. In Verrines, we visited a chèvrerie, or a goat farm, and we got to see the goats and observe the process of making goat cheese. After visiting the chèvrerie, we made a stop in port city La Rochelle to explore and have lunch. Then, we made our way to Bordeaux and learned about (and tasted!) the specialties of Bordeaux like canelés and wine. We visited La Cité du Vin, an immersive museum about wine.

Falling in Love With Italy - A Mini-Travel Guide from Siena

January 5, 2019

Italy is one of the most incredible countries in the world, full of culture, food, and adventure. One of my main focuses when coming to study abroad in Siena was getting to know my host country as much as possible. Therefore, I focused most of my travel within it and spent as much time as possible seeing what makes it so special.

Top 10 Tips for Studying Abroad in Paris

January 2, 2019
  1. Bring your favorite sweatshirt from home. It’s nice to have something cozy that reminds you of home, and it can get cold inside (radiator heat takes some getting used to and, at least in my host family, they air the house everyday by opening all the windows).

Thank You, Tokyo.

December 21, 2018

A post-Tokyo photographic reflection.

A Blossoming Relationship With Buenos Aires

December 9, 2018

A look into my hot-and-cold relationship with this city and my choice to dive in head first

A Story of Our Shared Humanity

December 9, 2018

These pictures provide only a taste to the beauty, wonder, and perplexity that is to be found in everyday life.  Despite the walls of divison that we often erect between us, may the short glimpses that follow be a small reminder of our shared humanity.  


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