SUMMER IN SALERNO: let’s have an aperitivo!

The aperitivo is basically the Italian version of what we would consider happy hour. Normally, this cultural ritual takes place between the hours of 4-6pm as a relaxed drink and/or snack before dinner. (Remember, Italians start eating dinner as late as 10pm!). Stemming from the Latin word ‘aperire’ meaning “to open”, this classic early evening…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: how to pack like a pro

If you learn anything about me on here, it’s that I HATE packing. I know some get a thrill out of the excitement of deciding what to bring on their awaiting vacation, but for me it’s always felt like more a hassle than anything else. Usually I’m the person that waits until 11pm the night…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: the little things

It’s officially the start of my 4th and final week here in Italy and I am simultaneously excited and so sad that I’m going to have to leave this place for good in 6 days. I know I’ve said it time and time again, but I have had the most amazing experiences of my life…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: the “study” in study abroad

We all know that studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity where you get to experience different food, cultures, and overall just gain a greater sense of the world around us. But, among the glitz and glamour that surrounds the idea of traveling to a new country comes the part that you’re really there for: studying….

Getting Back Out There- Travel Safeguards While Traveling in 2021 & Beyond

With discretionary travel becoming something to look forward to once again, the tourism and travel industry as a whole is constantly evolving, along with the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look toward a brighter tomorrow with the vaccination rollout in many countries and near-elimination thresholds being met in select places, we trust that…

Austria: 5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Studying Abroad

1. Everyone in Europe speaks English Every night in the international dorm I speak with people from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, South Korea, and Portugal. The thing that unites us all is that we all speak English! They grow up at a young age learning English as their primary second language. In addition, despite…

Japan: One Final Look Back

My time in Japan has come to an end. It’s bittersweet: I’m ready to get back to the US and get to work since I now have my degree, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and how much I’ve grown as a person while abroad. I gained a ton of perspective about the world and…

Japan: You Can’t Do Tokyo In Just Three Days

My time in Japan has been winding down, so I decided to end my time in Japan with just a few days of relaxation and enjoyment by visiting Tokyo and Yokohama before heading home to the good ‘ole US of A. I even roped in one of my newfound friends from Ritsumeikan to come along…

An Accidental Side Trip to Taiwan

Funny story: I accidentally put myself on a trip to Taiwan over Christmas. It wasn’t exactly anything I expected to do, and it sure wasn’t cheap, but I’ll be darned if it wasn’t one of the most memorable experiences I had here during my study abroad. Here’s how it happened: students at Ritsumeikan University as…

Italy: Living Large in Small Ways

Pop culture has ingrained in us, and young women especially, that Italy has a magical transformative qualityー ever heard of Roman Holiday or Lizzie McGuire the Movie? I have to admit that I fell for that allure when I signed up to take Italian freshman year, but despite not becoming an Italian popstar, I found…