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Starting the adventure of studying abroad

By Payton B.

Published Feb. 9, 2024 This is me, in front of the canal in Florence! Ciao! My name is Payton, and I am studying abroad in Milan, Italy this semester! I got to Milan on Jan. 22, and have had the best time so far! In the first two weeks of being here, I have been working out the…

Settling into Scotland

By Logan B.

Published Feb. 8, 2024

Today marks one month of me living in Scotland, the first half spent traveling the U.K. and the second spent settling into my new home at Heriot-Watt. In that little time, I’ve seen the most beautiful hills and flowers, visited the sweetest sheep and cows, and met sweet, hilarious friends in my flat and in…

Experiencing Spanish flavors

By Daysha S.

Published Feb. 7, 2024

I’ve never been one to try new foods or branch out of my comfort zone. However, I knew if I wanted to make the most out of my time in Barcelona, I’d have to change that. Typically the foods I do enjoy and revert back to are spicy and salty. But, since being here, I’ve…

A warm welcome to Nantes

By Eli B.

Published Feb. 6, 2024

After a lots of delays and difficulties arriving in France I finally am here! I am spending four months in the city of Nantes doing a language immersion program through IES Abroad. These past three weeks everything has been absolutely amazing! First off, while I knew what my host family looked like before I arrived…

Relearning independence

By Kaitlyn B.

Published Feb. 3, 2024

Being in Barcelona for almost a month now, I’ve settled into my routine, had some amazing new experiences, and learned a few lessons along the way. As much as I tried to prepare myself for challenges I may experience before arriving, some things still came as a surprise. My biggest surprise was that I had…

Turtles and culture in Montezuma

Published Jan. 25, 2024

Going to Costa Rica was my first time out of the country. I don’t think I had many presumptions about the people or lifestyle before being immersed in this two week journey. Before, I think my scope of the world was limited to what I knew which was only the U.S. Going on this study…

Live Peru

By Taelyn H.

Published Jan. 23, 2024

Peru was an experience of a lifetime, introducing everything from different food and music to ethics and perseverance. While in Peru I was given many historical tours of sites throughout Peru and something that was heavily talked about was agriculture and the foods that were cultivated throughout the land based on the temperatures and techniques…

The joy with difference

By Jack T.

Published Jan. 19, 2024

From Dec. 27, 2023–Jan. 15, 2024, I was on a study abroad program to the country of Peru. During these 2.5 weeks, I had the opportunity to involve myself in many exceptional experiences that broadened my worldview and developed me as a person. The sights, events and situations I encountered were all amazing in their…

Food in Peru

By John B.

Published Jan. 18, 2024

I consider myself to be an avid enjoyer of food and when I was presented with the opportunity to experience a new culinary adventure in a new country, I embraced the experience. One particular dish that stood out to me as both intimidating yet the most enticing was cuy, or guinea pig. Peruvian Cuy…

Two weeks in Costa Rica

By Gregory R.

Published Jan. 17, 2024

For my first time traveling internationally, I had a great time in Costa Rica. The program I was on focused on community service and working with the environment. We performed tasks such as removing trash from the beach, painting the volunteer house and watching over the sea turtle nests. These tasks were not hard to…