SUMMER IN SALERNO: living like a Roman (aka a day in Pompeii!)

Pompeii. One of the world’s most famously preserved ruins of an actual living and functioning Roman city, covered in over 19 feet of ash and volcanic debris from the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This has been one of the excursions I have been most looking forward to and I can tell you that…

Edinburgh: Castles and Friends

I have been in Edinburgh for 2 week now and boy have I had every emotion possible! Of course I have been homesick. Yes, I have been anxious. I miss my family and my cat. I miss having a normal size bedroom and bathroom instead of my new tiny flat. BUT, I have also felt…

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 qualityćƒ¼ 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…

Japan: Not Quite Paradise

Most Americans (and Westerners, in general) who are interested in travelling hear amazing things about Japan: amazing food, beautiful scenery, polite people, and incredible culture. I’ve been lucky enough over the past two months to experience these things for myself. For example, I went to a world-renowned restaurant for tonkotsu ramen with a fellow American…

Cambridge: New Old Routines

After being on my study abroad experience for a full week, I can say that the most important thing to experiencing the new–while not completely letting go of everything familiar–is to find old routines from your life at home and adapt them to your new environment. For me, this routine was running. At home I…

England: University Differences

School is definitely different here in Leeds. In this blog post, I will talk about three of the biggest differences between the University of Leeds and the University of Mississippi. 1)I did not have to pay for any books this semester! All of my readings were online, and any other papers that the students needed…

Home away from home

Hey y’all! It’s Madison again! I wanted to talk to y’all today a bit about how to create your home away from home. First things first, I’m not naive enough to say that you won’t get homesick, or that your apartment/living arrangements will be as cozy as your bed with your 10 pillows and smell…

Week 1: Life is beautiful

I arrived at the Dublin airport one week ago. Sleep deprived and delirious, I got on the bus and listened to a bunch of people talking in different languages.  I could not understand my bus driver, so I missed my stop at Trinity college. I got off on the next one, and the bus driver…

Stress

Hello again! Today I’m going to be talking about various sources and how I ended up dealing with stress. First things first, stress. Now this can be applied to anything, stress about classes, stress about language, even stress about the various paperwork you’ll need to fill out. Breathe, take a step back, and make a…