When in Puno, Carnival

When my host dad explained to me what the floating islands in Lake Titicaca were, it made both perfect sense and no sense at all. How? and why? were the first questions that came to mind. It’s something you have to see for yourself to understand completely-an excuse to travel to one of the prettiest places I’ve seen in Peru so…

¡Baja, Baja!

Below my bedroom window, impatient drivers honk their horns as they make their way along the haphazardly paved road that curves past my house; the constant drilling and hammering of city construction fill in what would otherwise be the quiet moments. From down the hall I can hear Florence and the Machine’s newest release blaring,…

Antwerp In A Day

photo by Julia Domenicucci Belgium is a popular weekend destination for castle dwellers, and rightly so. Full of great food, beer, architecture, and artwork, there really is something to suite all tastes. Inspired by movies and word of mouth, many choose to visit the small city of Bruges or the capital, Brussels. This puts Antwerp…

Staying Well at the Castle

Being successful in the Kasteel Well program requires a delicate balancing act. Between traveling, planning, homework, and extracurriculars, it can be difficult to remember another very important task – maintaining your health. Proper hydration, nutrition, and physical well-being are easily neglected when you’re eating piles of sugar-coated waffles in Bruges or falling behind in endless reading assignments! Luckily, my…

A Slip-Up in Stockholm

My eyes quickly scanned the menu of Max Burgers, a Swedish fast food chain similar to McDonald’s. In fact, there was a giant McDonald’s just across the street that boasted 250 seats, but (in the interest of trying more “authentic” Swedish food during our weekend trip to Stockholm) my two friends and I opted for…

We’re Going to Carolina!

by Jenny Ortakales New England summers see temperatures up in the 90’s, yet some people are still drawn to the southern heat, vacationing in the Carolinas or Florida. Charleston, South Carolina is a great stop for some surf and sun, but while the city is known for its beautiful beaches and harbors, it is also…

How To Survive A Family Roadtrip

By Jenny Ortakales Photo by thetoyspy.com Car rides can be very therapeutic. Windows down, music blasting, nowhere to go – they can be one of the best ways get your mind off things. But what happens when your entire family comes along, the ride lasts twenty hours, and you’re going across the country? It can…

Essentials For Your Vacation

by Jenny Ortakales You’re jetting off to paradise in a week and you’re ready to soak up some rays, wade in the ocean waves, and relax with friends and family. The biggest task at hand is what to pack. Whether you’ve made a checklist or even if you aren’t sure where to begin, everyone needs…

Real World Lessons I Learned While Waitressing

By Maureen McDermott Photo by someecards.com                  I don’t consider myself a waitress or a bartender. My occupation is ‘Student,’ a title that takes on a whole new meaning at Emerson. Emerson students are overworked and under (see: not) paid, but only until they graduate and get real…

Ten Tips For Surviving Suburban Summer

by Rebecca Isenhart Photo via umd.edu At the end of the school year, I pack up and head home to my suburban hometown in upstate New York. After months of jogging along the Esplanade, grabbing sushi and bubble tea in Chinatown, and window shopping on Newbury Street, it’s always a shock when my family winds…