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Adapting to Spanish Culture

By Brenden L.

Published July 29, 2021

Hola from Oviedo, Spain! I am currently about three weeks into my study abroad experience and I have to say that it has been one of the most enriching times of my life. Starting the trip, it was actually my first time ever flying in a plane. It was really exciting and I can honestly…

Day in my life in Oviedo, Spain

By Shanley S.

Published July 28, 2021

The sound of my iPhone alarm wakes me up around a reasonable 8:30 a.m. Spaniard's and I share a common hatred of early mornings. I eat a small breakfast at my house consisting of Kellogg cereal with milk. I grab my mask and I am off on my 10-minute walk through the city of Oviedo.…

Experiencing Spain

By Margot R.

Published July 27, 2021

Hello! My name is Margot and I am currently in Oviedo, Spain. I am here for the month of July studying Spanish and living with a host family. I have loved Spain; however, there have been many cultural and custom changes that I have just started to adjust to. Food-wise, it is great. I love…

Experiencing a new culture

By Ellie L.

Published July 26, 2021

My study abroad program in Spain has been astonishing! It didn't hit me that I was going to be staying in a different country across the world for a month until I got off the bus I took to Oviedo from where my flight landed in Madrid. My host mom picked me up from the…

When emergencies happen abroad

By Sydney M.

Published June 2, 2021

Leaving for study abroad was a particularly hard moment for me. Leaving my family behind was hard, but what was even harder was that one of my dogs, Tator Tot, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer a month prior and was given a few days to a few weeks to live. He had been actually…

Children’s Day

By Sydney M.

Published May 5, 2021

Unlike Mother's Day and Father's Day in America, Korea has it's own set of holidays celebrated known as Children's Day (May 5) and Parent's Day (May 8). Children's Day is like the counterpart to a Mother's or Father's Day in America, and is a national holiday, so I got out of classes today and got…

Exploring Seoul Zoo!

By Sydney M.

Published April 28, 2021

Midterms are finally over, and I thought I deserved a break, so I did what I promised my aunt I would do. I explored the Seoul Zoo! I have only been to one zoo before this, the zoo near my home in St. Louis. I was expecting a very similar experience, but I was wrong.…

Exploring Historical Seoul!

By Sydney M.

Published March 31, 2021

Boy oh boy, I took a lot of photos today! For the past week or so I have been struggling with classes and stress, so I had been very hesitant to go out. Mostly, I have been staying inside and focusing on by work. Today, however, I decided to be spontaneous and take Vlad and…

Quarantining in South Korea

By Sydney M.

Published Feb. 25, 2021

It is currently Friday at 11:30 a.m. Best discovery during quarantine so far: Korean fried chicken! I didn't believe that fried chicken could get any better, but Korea has done a very good job at proving me wrong. Despite being delivered, its remained extremely crispy. I've done some research and figured out why. Korean fried…

Unexpected oddities

By Margaret L.

Published July 24, 2020

There's a lot that I expected to be different about Spain. I expected more fish and olives from a Mediterranean diet, walking culture, a conservative/Catholic atmosphere, cheek kisses as greetings and smaller portions and smaller homes. But there were some things I did not expect, things that were really small parts of life, barely noticeable…