Things No One Tells You About Studying Abroad

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Prior to studying abroad, I read countless blog posts and articles from every study abroad site imaginable. Most of them promised to tell me *new information* on what I should know before studying abroad, but each one inevitably told me the same tired clichés (which, I should add, have yet to help me). Here are a few things no one tells you about studying abroad–or at least, they certainly didn’t...

What It’s Like to See a Play in a Foreign Language

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While en route to Stavovské Divadlo (“Estates Theatre”), a venue where Mozart performed over two hundred years ago, I stood next to a Czech grandmother and her granddaughter on the metro. When I arrived at my seat and the pair was seated next to me, I wasn’t surprised—Prague is a small city. But whereas they would be seeing Three Sisters by Anton Chekov performed in their native language, I would...

Hiking the Côte d’Azur: Travel Vlog

When I booked flights for a mini spring vacation in Nice, I was not expecting to spend so much time hiking along the Côte d’Azur. I imagined lazy, sun-soaked mornings reading books at cafés and long afternoons spent perusing local shops. Instead, I climbed two mountains and a really big hill, spanning three cities across southern France. And I loved every second. To be fair, my first morning on the...

A Few Hours in Karlovy Vary

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Not everything in life will go according to plan–but that’s what keeps life exciting, isn’t it? Well, at least it keeps you on your toes. The day I visited Karlovy Vary, a quaint spa town hidden away in the Czech countryside, things did not go quite as expected. I woke up early and took the tram to U.A.N. Florenc. Or rather, what GoogleMaps told me was U.A.N. Flornec. (It wasn’t.) So unfortunately,...

A Day in Brno

Brno, besides only having one vowel, is the second-largest city in Czech Republic, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. While the trams look the same and some of the chains remain (Bageterie Boulevard!), it has its own feel. Namely, it’s quieter. The pace of life is much slower, something I noticed as no one on the crowded sidewalk attempted to cross the street until the light changed,...

Observations On A Global Classroom

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During my first class on the first day of the semester in Prague, my professor went around the classroom, having each student introduce themselves and share where they are from. It was immediately apparent that I was one of a few Americans, if not the only American, in the classroom. My classmates were from Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Ukraine, Switzerland, Georgia (the country), Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Guatemala…just to name a few....

A Day in Český Krumlov

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The entire Czech Republic is just a little bit smaller than the state of Louisiana, and taking a 3-hour bus out of the central hub of Prague finds you in the small, fairytale město of Český Krumlov. The perfect town for a day trip, Český Krumlov is a UNESCO world heritage site. Neither the world wars nor any wars prior touched the town, meaning many of its streets and buildings are...

Vienna, Austria: Travel Vlog

I think one of the things I’ll miss the most about Europe is the quick weekend trips to foreign countries. There’s nothing like getting out of class, heading to the hlavni nadrazi station, and hopping on a train to Slovakia, Germany, Austria–the possibilities are endless. This past weekend, I went to Vienna, Austria, with my friend Elena and fell in love with the casual elegance and lavish history of the...

Bratislava, Slovakia: Travel Vlog

Before I get into my journey to one-half of former Czechoslovakia, I wanted to share my thoughts on Bratislava, Slovakia. Even after only a few hours in the charming town, I fell in love with the art, the culture, the people. Bratislava is such a quietly magnificent place, unassuming in its allure. It doesn’t boast about its beauty or its history, it simply is. It’s as if Bratislava is introducing itself,...

My First Weekend of Study Abroad in Prague

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It’s hard to write study abroad posts without sounding trite or sprinkling your prose with clichés. In preparation for my study abroad experience, I scoured the internet for a glimpse at others’ escapades. To my dismay, the posts I read about studying abroad in Prague could very easily have been written about any other European destination if only you swapped “Prague” for “Paris” or “Portugal.” While my first weekend studying...