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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.

 

Travelling Through Japan PT. 1: Tricks and Trips

July 16, 2018

Hey guys! I thought it would be great to share with you through photos some tips and tricks you can use to make your study abroad experience even better. I wish I had someone to tell me these things before I went :p

Lessons from Ecuador

July 1, 2018

Since I landed in Ecuador, life has been a blur of classes and excursions to different places all over the country. Though I’ve had amazing experiences and have grown closer to my friends and family, I’ve had little time to reflect on all that I’ve learned. This blog post will attempt to sum up all of the important lessons I have learned during my time in Ecuador.

Beauty & Barbed Wire

June 11, 2018

I officially have only a few days left in South Africa, and it’s a strange feeling. Mostly, I’m trying to figure out how to walk away from this experience.

My Last 24 Hours In Amsterdam

June 10, 2018

During my last 24 hours in Amsterdam, the excitement of going home was quickly overshadowed by the fact that I would no longer be living in the beautiful city I grew so fond of over the past four months. Saying goodbye to my friends was incredibly difficult. I had grown accustomed to living in close prioximity to my friends in Amsterdam and would miss our spontaneous adventures together. As I rode my bike to the Red Light District one last time to grab one last stroop waffle, I reflected on my bike trips throughout the semester and how much I would miss Amsterdam's bike friendly landscape.

Adjusting to Changes Abroad

June 10, 2018

After landing at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport at 11 pm at night, I was promptly picked up by my host family and taken to their home in Cumbayá. Despite their warmness and hospitality, I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable. Everything was new and strange: the food, the house, the language, my neighborhood. Having studied abroad before, I knew that the only way to ease this discomfort was to simply force myself to wholeheartedly embrace the changes.

Europe's Most Underrated City: Budapest!

June 7, 2018

One of my biggest hopes of my study abroad experience was to visit a new country or city every weekend. I didn’t really care where, I just wanted to experience new cultures, languages, and landmarks - and for cheap. So, when two of my roommates asked if I wanted to go to Budapest with them for 60 Euros, I didn’t hesitate to say YES!

Trust The Process, Ride Your Bike

June 1, 2018

After living in the Netherlands for almost four months, I am able to reflect on a number of things about the Dutch culture that continue to surprise me. Before coming to Amsterdam, I was somewhat aware of the Dutch people's love for bikes, but I did not fully understand the extent to which Dutch people utilize bikes in their daily lives. The biking culture in Amsterdam continues to shock me each and everyday. There are more bikes than there are people in Amsterdam.

Portugal: The hidden gem of Europe

May 29, 2018

Óla!

Another break!? Hmm... Where to go? Where to travel to? Portugal... that sounds like fun! I like to think of Portugal as a hidden gem that has now become a European hot spot that many people travel to. In the six days that my boyfriend and I were there, we visited Lisbon and Porto. Both of these cities are on the coast and totally satisfied my craving for the beach and ocean. It rained for most of the time we were there which sucked since I had brought three bathing suits and did not get the chance to use any of them. Oh well, here are some photos from this amazing trip:

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