Globalization:  What most surprised me about Chile was the abundant representation of globalization and the presence of numerous North American companies including: Walmart (Lider), Starbucks, MacDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, Nestle, I mean even Chuck E. Cheese’s is in Chile… I could go on. In fact, I think Nestle is more popular in Chile than in North America – Nestle sells a product for just about everything here!  Another surprise was that the majority of movies were played in English here, the exception being cartoon films. It really surprised me because the…

My Two Host Moms at the end of the semester CEA Diner  I have TWO Chilean Moms… Why? Well because everyone marches to the beat of their own drum and I wasn’t exactly happy with my first homestay situation. While I did love my family, I just didn’t feel at home and I wasn’t happy. So with a heavy heart, a lot of guilt, some tears, and a little bit of sorrow I moved host families and couldn’t have been more happier with the decision! After living on my own for my…

I truly can’t believe it. My time in Florence is coming to an end. Just as much as I can’t believe it’s ending, I can’t believe it’s happened at all. I feel like I’ve been living in a dream. Even when I look at photos from my trips a few weeks ago, I feel like it’s someone else’s life. I keep going back and forth between being excited to go home and see my family, friends, and boyfriend again, and being sad about leaving. I keep saying I’m…

One of my favorite parts about the great city of London, is everything it has to offer in the forms of entertainment. While my time abroad, I chose to take classes that I knew I would thoroughly enjoy, ones that would keep me immersed into the cultural of London. Taking hard and heavy courses would have left me not having time for other activities. I figured that while I am here in London, I should do a light load of school work and enjoy the things I love,…

If I am sure of nothing else, I am certain of this: Aix-en-Provence is a magnificent city! It is truly one of France’s gems. And unless you’ve been here to experience first hand, you may never truly understand or appreciate its worth. Food La nouritture is of the utmost importance. All of the things you’ve heard about France in terms of good food is 100% true! Yes, there is truly fresh bread made each and every morning (bakers start their days around 4:00 a.m. to ensure that they are…

During the last week of October, we had a few extra days off for traveling, which was perfect because not only was it Halloween, but we could also spend a little more time in our vacation spot of choice. In Spain, this extended vacation is called a puente, meaning “bridge” in Spanish, which refers to the extra Monday or Friday that people often take off if a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday – it “bridges” the gap and allows for a longer vacation. Two other girls…

Football  The south was forever changed because a man named Herty persuaded some students at Auburn University to try a game he had seen in the East. Not too long after this, the start of the South’s oldest football rivalry was born, Auburn vs. Georgia. Football turns  the south into a collection of overly competitive states whose fans have great pride in their teams. Autumn Saturdays become reserved for trash-talking and earning bragging rights, as 22 men toss themselves at each other on turf fields in Oxford, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, and many more! Football, especially Texas…

Pensive in Paris. Being now halfway through my study abroad experience, I cannot believe that time has passed by so quickly. As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Sitting here in the apartment common room, surrounded by flatmates and friends (all of whom are diligently working on homework for the coming week), I have ample time to reflect on the many wonderful things I have experienced in my brief, but fulfilling stay in Europe.  So far, I have seen the world, (well, parts of it),…

The Atacama is known as the driest place on Earth. There are some large stretches of land where rain has never been recorded (for at least for as long as is has been measured by humans). Fun Fact: around a decade ago, because of the lack of rain and water shortages, the people of this small northern town began to gather water using a system of nets that catch the fog as it rolls over the mountains. The Atacama was also a huge setting for border disputes in the 19th…

I can hardly believe that my time in Sevilla is quickly coming to an end. But with that being said, I thought it might be nice to share some of the things that I have learned from studying abroad – from what to pack (or what not to pack) to what how to make the most of your time and other random tips on staying in touch with family and friends. 1. Be sure to pack for the appropriate seasons. Before you leave, research the country/city where you will…