All Good Things Must Come to an End

When they tell you that study abroad will change your life, they’re not being melodramatic. If you’re lucky, those things that become important to you when you come back were actually there when you left for the semester. I learned the importance of being different. The life we live is enhanced by no two cultures…

Rome, Italy – My Kind of Town

I’ve been to Rome before, but for whatever reason, it is my favorite city and it could never get old. I was expecting to come home with a new favorite city, a new favorite culture…but I didn’t. The feeling of walking down a winding Roman street is, for lack of an appropriate way to word…

London, England – Long Live The Queen

Harry Potter, the Royal Family, and Hugh Grant – England’s greatest accomplishments…kidding.  England was a trip that deserved way more time than it got. We left all too early in the morning and following a long nap, we landed and bussed our way to London. After meeting some friends who were already there and eating…

Dublin Ireland – Don’t Mix Your Whiskey

For most American’s, November 24th was Thanksgiving Day, for me, it was time to go to Ireland.  This trip was no doubt one of the most anticipated weekends for my group of friends. Since my University in Athens is an American school, we had the pleasure of getting Thanksgiving break. We all decided that with…

Prague, Czech Republic – A Real Life Fairytale Town

Prague was an absolute fairytale. The entire city made me feel as if I had just stepped into Cinderella. The attention to detail in every part of this city was remarkable. I can truly say nothing I’ve seen on my trip looked like or was quite like Prague.  We arrived in the late afternoon, put…

Vienna, Austria – DON’T CALL THEM GERMANS!

Vienna, Austria was something that I looked forward to because it is the birthplace of Mozart and well, if you ever went to music school, or heard of what it’s like in music school- you might know that composers such as Mozart, start to become somewhat of a religious figure.  We arrived in Austria and…

Budapest, Hungary – Thrift Stores, and Culture, and Hipsters…Oh My!

Budapest I can say is the most different, hippest, and individualistic place I’ve been to in Europe. To explain it in Chicagoan terms….it’s like dropping Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and Logan Square in the middle of eastern European history/architecture adding a river.  Budapest is actually two places…Buda and Pest, split by a river. Most people…

Delphi – The Ancient Capital of Greece (A Short Recap)

A couple weeks back, the study abroad students went on a group trip to Delphi. Delphi is considered the most historical part of Greece because of it’s many excavations and temples that were said to belong to Apollo.  The trip to Delphi took about two hours but for those of you who are used to…

Ciao Venezia!

How do I begin to describe Venice? Do I start with how the streets intermingle with the ocean? Or do I start with the overwhelming presence of something bigger when you step a single foot into each historical church? The answer is simple: there is no good place to start because there is no possible…

Corfu – The Island of Butterflies

Corfu was one place to visit on the top of my bucket list. My grandparents were world travelers and loved Corfu, so naturally I wasn’t going to leave Greece without going to that island.  Corfu is not an easy place to get to at all. It was a 6 1/2 hour bus right and then…

The Land of Crete and St. Anthony

Being in Crete, we covered a great amount of ground and walked over history the entire weekend. We made it to Rethymno which contains La Fortezza (the fortress) used in many wars from the Persian Empire to World War II.  It was an airy feeling being inside a place where so much life was lost….