Let’s Go to Amsterdam!

When people ask me why I am in Spain and I tell them that I am in the most basic terms, a “traveling student,” they then (naturally) inquire about my studies. And this is not difficult to answer either—as I study writing—but it is a bit interesting to explain how this is true despite not taking classes concentrated in my major and at no actual Spanish university. When I found myself arriving at Amsterdam’s Central Station with a fellow traveler from London in tow, the question as to why I am here seemed to escape from the tongues of everyone …

One Month in Stone Town, Zanzibar

By Liza Nagode. One year and five months have passed since I traveled to Zanzibar. The journey was part of the study abroad program I attended and during which I traveled around the world, to Tanzania, India, New Zealand, and Guatemala. I traveled to immerse and experience. I traveled to learn. Learn about the “other,” about myself, and about connections between us, the humanity. And so I lived eight months that profoundly changed who I am and the way I perceive the world. Zanzibar was our first stop. The island reached its independence from Great Britain in 1963, which led to the …

Lasting impressions of Istanbul

By Mary Smith. My first acquaintance with Istanbul was with the mighty Bosphorus Sea. It was 3am, and I was being driven down the desolate highway from the Istanbul Atatürk airport. The windows were wound down, and my only company was the saturated sea breeze. I was headed into Sultanahmet in the old town of Istanbul to put my bags down for the night. There were lights on shipping vessels out in the distance dotting the skyline, gently coercing us along the shoreline. Beyond the veil of light fog that shrouded the city, I could make out the outlines of …

Reveling in Bilbao’s art scene

By Courtney Cleveland. Classic, ornate and modern are the first impressions I perceived of Bilbao’s architecture. The city steps away from the style of most major cities in Northern Spain because of its modern structures. Bilbao is developing into an interesting, artistic capital that welcomes the public into its exhibits, galleries and typical city life. In addition to major museums throughout the city, a visitor will come across art by simply walking down the street. Unfortunately there are several parts of Bilbao that are far from pleasing to the eye. Bilbao is an industrial city; therefore many structures are dedicated …

Munich: the destination that will draw you back

By Andrea Jiménez. When I had to choose between my possible Erasmus destinations, Germany was not on the top of my list. By stroke of fate, I ended up choosing Germany and, a year later, I absolutely do not regret my decision. My final Erasmus destination was Passau, a little town located in the south of Germany with a population of about 50,000, of which more than 10,000 are students. Therefore, the party was guaranteed. Only 200 kilometers away was Munich, the second largest city in Germany. As a Madrilenian, I am used to being surrounded by people and I …