Un Aventure En France

When I landed in the Marseille airport, I had no earthly idea what would be in store for me throughout my first three weeks of travel in the beautiful and mysterious south of France. There was so much I had yet to learn. I didn’t know that there are €1 and €2 coins that replace…

Reverse Culture Shock: When Home Ain’t So Sweet

During the fall semester of my sophomore year of college, I had the opportunity to go abroad and study at Kasteel Well in the Netherlands. I was able to travel all around Europe and meet new people both in the classroom and through my adventures. I stayed in hostels, apartments, and even with a friend’s…

Six Tips for Traveling Europe Cheap

Taking a European tour is a dream vacation for a lot of people. It’s also expensive, so many of those dreamers think they can’t afford it. Here a few tips to bring you closer to making that trip happen: 1. Remember the Exchange Rate In years past, the euro and pound have been quite a…

Homesickness Abroad

I’m from Rhode Island, so when I was starting the first few months of my freshman year at Emerson College, I was lucky enough to only be an hour bus ride away from home. In addition to the ease of the short distance and convenient transportation, I also spent my first couple of months at…

Siem Reap: Day 2

Today we went back to Angkor Wat. We went around 4 p.m. to avoid the brunt of the tourist craziness. It was kind of an overcast day but ridiculously hot–I was trying not to use my t-shirt as a sweat mop. We went to our favorite spot in the temple, the third floor, which is…

Into Cambodia

It’s been harder than I thought it would be to keep a scheduled account of what we’ve done on this trip. Every day deserves a book. We just got back from Koh Tonsay, an island on the Gulf Of Thailand which Westerners know as Rabbit Island. There are no rabbits on this island, just geckos,…

Traveler’s Reflections: Chiangmai, Thailand

Thailand is Thai. That is the only real way I can think to describe it. The heat holds you in its arms like a comforting grandmother wrapping you in a fleece quilt on a 98 degree day with 100% humidity. It’s busy, but it’s not as busy as I thought it would be. Everything smells…