As my second to last semester in college comes to a close, I’ve started to reminisce a bit about the memories and experiences I’ve had. By far, the most impactful part of my time in college was when I studied abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland for my sophomore year. So I’ll be retelling the story of my time abroad in Switzerland.
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I’ve done my fair share of traveling – I mean, I studied abroad in Switzerland for eight months. I’ve seen people of many cultures, both inside and outside of their home region. However, there is always one group that stands out more than all others: my fellow Americans. So here are ten ways to spot an American abroad.
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Over the past several months, there has been a poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze sweeping across the country. Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, typically made with ahi (not “ahi tuna”, friends – that just means “tuna tuna”), soy sauce (locals call it “shoyu”), seaweed, and other seasonings. So odds are, if you haven’t had poke in Hawaii, you’ve had some weird version of poke with avocado or hot Cheeto crumbs (yes, I’ve seen poke with both of these). To help you out in your search for some authentic poke, here are four places to get the best poke on Oahu, Hawaii. Continue reading “Four Places to Get the Best Poke on Oahu, Hawaii”
For much of the Western world, Christmas is on December 25th. That is the day everyone tears open Christmas presents, devours delicious meals, and celebrates Jesus’ birth. However, December 25th is not the only Christmas celebrated around the world. As a matter of fact, for many around the world, Christmas is on January 7th.
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I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think that making a list one night of ALL of the things I want to change or accomplish in life will actually make me do them. Plus, many times, my goals are WAY to lofty for me to even see a clear path to achieving them – like establishing myself as a travel writer – let alone for me to do in a year. Nevertheless, I’ve made a list of travel-themed New Year’s resolutions for you to add to your list. These are all ideas that I think have added to my travelling experiences in the past, so I thought I’d share them with you.
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For the handful of you who have been following this blog for a while, you know that, last year, I studied abroad in Switzerland for eight months. It’s been eight months since I left the Geneva airport for the last time, and I’ve been pretty nostalgic these past few days (all the Swiss Instagram accounts I follow are probably fueling this nostalgia with their winter wonderland-like pictures of the Alps and the cute Swiss towns). So to try to cure my nostalgia, here are a few things I miss about Switzerland.
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I am not the kind of person to have a bucket list. The idea of having a list of things to do and needing to complete them all isn’t my thing – it’s basically another to-do list, and I’m not about that. I do have an adventure list, which is similar in that it is also a list of cool things to do; however, I do not feel the need to complete them all. But that won’t stop me from recommending 16 things to add to the bucket lists that you inevitably have. Continue reading “16 Things to Add Your Bucket List Right Now”
A year ago today, I was at LAX, boarding a plane to Switzerland to start my amazing eight-month study abroad experience. I know this is going to sound cliché, but this was the most life-changing experience I’ve had thus far. I definitely think people should take the opportunity to do so, and so here are ten reasons to study abroad.
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It was time for me to take on my third continent of the year: Africa. We were off to a country that was a blend of languages, foods, and cultures. We were off to Morocco! But little did we know, we were about to experience a Moroccan sandstorm – but literally and metaphorically.
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The Christmas vibes in Switzerland are completely different than those in the U.S. Back home, there are Christmas lights on every building and Christmas music playing all the time. In Switzerland though, if any place is completely decked out in lights and blasting Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” it’s very “American”. But don’t get me wrong – the Swiss definitely know how to get into the Christmas spirit. They have a place so filled with Swiss Christmas spirit, it feels like Santa and his elves are right around the corner: the Montreux Christmas market.
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