I’m not in England anymore. I’m no longer opening my blinds in the morning to see snow, or taking a train into London, or jetting off for the weekend to other countries. I left all that behind almost two weeks ago. I’m not going to lie…I’ve been missing England so I figured I should talk to my favorite Brit that I met while I was across the pond.
I had that chance to speak with with my Cinema professor, Irène Savarit-Ghebreyal, and ask her about Paris. Irène was born in NYC to French parents and moved back to Paris at a young age. She has now been living in Paris for 40 years. Living in the 9th arrondissement, she is now married to an Egyptian man, her life consisting of 3 different cultures. I asked for her opinions on Paris and France. Here are her responses to my questions, which I’ve translated from French.
As my time in Granada is coming to an end, I’m realizing this is this the hardest blog post yet. I could never put into words the amazing experiences, great memories with new friends and even character-changing challenges I’ve experienced here. All I can say is that following my instincts to study in Granada was simply the best and most important decision I’ve ever made. That being said, I’d like to leave you with 3 pieces of advice to ensure that you have an amazing study abroad experience during which you’re just as amazed and challenged as I have been. Read more
I’m going to miss the walks to town, taking the train into London, and the way it felt like we had all the time in the world. I’m going to miss jumping on planes to go to exotic countries, the delicious taste when I tried new food, and all the random people I met. So here I am, left with thousands of memories (and pictures) of my time in England. The best way to tell you about what I’ll miss is to show you. Here are just a few (because there are so many) of my favorite pictures, and memories, of my time in England.
It’s finals time. For everyone, it seems, except for all of us here in Chile. Everyone is talking about the end of the semester, summer plans and a break from the daily grind, but we just hit our mid-point. Read more
Many of my ISA co-bloggers are describing how their last few weeks in their respective programs are going and are listing the things that they’ll miss most about their new homes away from home. My time in Brazil is far from over; I’m here for another 3 months. While I am sure that most of my friends heading back home to the U.S. will miss their home abroad, they must be excited to be back in the States. This made me think about what I miss about home, specifically the things I cannot do and the people I cannot see here in Brazil. Read more
Well, I made it. After months of preparing, some panicking and excitement, I left for Buenos Aires and made it. And it’s incredible. It is everything that I wanted in a city and more; it’s beautiful, the people are extremely friendly, the food is amazing (I seriously haven’t stopped eating) and the weather is pretty perfect too. Read more
After living in the “Paris of South America” (aka Buenos Aires) for merely a month, I am working hard to squeeze in some studying! One of my first personal goals in the adjustment to living here is to experience something new at least once a week (which is beyond easy to do here by the way!). There is an unbelievable amount of museums, plazas, parks and everything else in between; after all, this is the capital city, and there is such a wealth of culture and history to experience. Therefore, in this blog I decided to give a very typical example of how my friends and I spend our free time here and try to demonstrate how entertaining daily life really can be. That being said, I give you a daily guide for a very (above-average) average week in the City of Good Air. Read more
One of the great things about studying abroad is that it not only presents you with an opportunity, but it presents your family with one as well. My family visited at the end of March and beginning of April. I was so excited. I had been missing them, and although Skype is a great tool, it’s not the same as seeing them in person. We had a great time traveling around Ireland together, and I was very excited to show them my life abroad.
While there have been countless small challenges (pigeon-related panic attacks, devastation at missing a Kate Middleton appearance, likely vitamin D deficiency from London’s permanent cloudy weather), I have had such an amazing time that I can’t really say anything negative about my time abroad. The biggest challenge I face is the realization that I won’t be here much longer. With every great experience I have, a voice in my head asks, “when will you ever do this again?” As much as I try to stay in the moment, I am always mindful of the plane ticket that has already been booked, ready to take me away from this new and wonderful place. Don’t get me wrong, I will love so many things about returning home, but studying abroad is once-in-a-lifetime, and it goes way too fast.