Brussels‘ public transportation map is itself a work of art, all lines emerging from a single point and decorated with more colors than a rainbow. Clearly, what’s more impressive is not the map but the network of buses, trams, and metro lines that carry hundreds of thousands of passengers ever day. No matter where you are in Brussels, you can guarantee yourself that you’re only a short walk to a bus stop. And if you get lost, which at some point you will, you can locate yourself on any one of the conveniently placed maps at every transportation stop. Fortunately, I can take a single bus line that drops me off within walking distance to all of my frequented stops.
Brussels may be a small city, but the range of cultural activities it has to offer is quite broad. Whether you’re a club goer or a history buff, there will always be something for you to do in this city. I, being the multifaceted girl that I am, have enjoyed doing many things here in Brussels.
In preparation for my fall semester abroad in London, England I was frazzled, confused and a bit clueless. Even with all the helpful pre departure materials ISA provided and the advice I had received from friends, I still found myself a bit overwhelmed. The last week or so before my departure I was rushing back and forth between stores trying to find clothes that would work with the foggy weather that London is famous for. Going to school at the University of Tampa means my wardrobe consists of tank tops, shorts, sandals and other typical warm weather clothes. Since I found myself to be having quite a bit of trouble with what clothes to pack, I decided that I would write a blog to try and help future students with their packing.
I’ve been living in Sevilla for over a month now and have had the chance to travel a bit to places like Barcelona, Munich, and Rome. Seeing these different places has made for some amazing weekend experiences, but after those few days are over I’ve found myself excited to come home to Sevilla. Traveling has also made me realize some of the major differences between European countries’ cultures. You really can’t just lump Europe into one stereotype; each country has different qualities that make it unique. So as I settle into my new life in Sevilla, I’ve found myself (of course) missing aspects about the U.S., and then also missing aspects of Spain when I travel to other European countries. Read more
My two favorite hobbies are sleeping and eating, and Spain certainly satisfies both. Locals do not take a siesta every day, and neither do I, but there is a “quiet time” during the afternoon when shops close down. It is an appreciated rest from the hustle and bustle. In reality, it is difficult to find time to sleep because there is always something new to discover. ISA has been awesome; they have activities planned for us weekly and inform us of local fairs and unique pueblos on the outskirts of town that are fun to explore on weekends. I have been so impressed with how well they introduced us to the city of Málaga! Read more
Inhaling deeply, I let the tropical air fill my lungs as I absorb the mountainous landscape. Lush green is highlighted by the white wisps of low-laying clouds and glimpses of a bright blue sky. It is easy to let the words pura vida slip from my lips as I exhale. After only a week and a half in the small Costa Rican city of Heredia, it is becoming increasingly clear to see how this phrase manifests itself in the day to day life of the average Tico. Read more
Lima is a very unique city, and my daily experiences here are very different from my life back in the U.S. From the bus system to the school system, everything presents itself as a new adventure. I have been living in Lima for nearly three and a half months so far, and I have noticed my fair share of differences from my life back in the U.S. Read more
The time has come to talk about what makes Santander the very best study abroad location. Now, I know some of you are in world-famous cities with incredible landmarks, but Santander has something that’s got every single one of them beat: ice cream. That’s right, ice cream. Read more
During my first two months in Salamanca, I was particularly sensitive to the city’s noises, smells and sights. There is almost always something beeping, buzzing, stinking, sparkling or smoking (and not just the people). I felt (and still sometimes feel) constantly mesmerized by the stimuli around, and it was exhausting.
However, now that my complete and constant mesmerization of this city has faded, I can focus more as I wander the streets. When I was distracted, I missed some of the slightly hidden aspects of local life that I can see now. I’m thankful that I can see them now, because I have definitely adjusted my ways accordingly. Read more