Barcelona is famous for many different aspects of its culture; the incredible food, the wonderful music, the impressive architecture, the beautiful beaches, and the rich Catalan history. But perhaps one of the better-known products of Barcelona is its outstanding and successful fútbol team, Futbol Club Barcelona (or FCB). Futbol Club Barcelona is the professional football – or what we in America call soccer – club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and is also often called “Barca” by people who live here. For a Catalonian person the club is…

My cousin, Anki, and I in Amberg, Germany. Being my first year traveling outside of North America, I found it vital to visit my family while living in Europe. I have family living all over the world– in Germany, Sweden, Australia, Syria, Canada, Lebanon, etc. Since Germany and Sweden were closer in proximity, I decided to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles, and make the most of this opportunity. It’s a bit evident that this holiday season was like no other. I got to reconnect with my roots,…

At home, Thanksgiving is celebrated with Mom’s stuffing and reuniting with old friends and distant family members. It may sound hard to be so far way from home. I was lucky enough to have the perfect Thanksgiving plan, making this year’s holiday one I won’t forget!              The short week means you get an extra, extra extended weekend. If you plan to travel, as most students do, you can leave on Wednesday night and stay until Sunday! I planned a trip with my two best friends from high…

Recoleta, Palermo, and La Boca are three different barrios in Buenos Aires that each have unique personalities. Here are some things to do at each of the locations! Enjoy! Recoleta: I am going to talk a little bit more, in comparison to the other places in this post, about a popular show that a lot of students, myself included, have enjoyed called Fuerza Bruta. In English, this means Brute Force, and that is basically what the show entails. There are a bunch of mini acts combined to create…

So there is truly nothing better than food. I am going to go ahead and admit that most of the time, I am thinking of food. Especially when I am living in a cultural mecca where people bring their traditions of cooking to share and teach. In London, there is a not a corner of town where you cannot find something delicious to eat. Since I have gotten here, I have been so immersed into different kind of food. Especially types that I did not think I had…

If you like to dance, try out Tango during your trip to Argentina. One thing Argentina is known for is Tango, and I had the great luck to be able to take a tango class at the University of Belgrano, which is where I study here, and go to a tango show with CEA! Tango is the national dance of Argentina. Every year in August there is big tango festival in Buenos Aires. The first week I came to Buenos Aires, I walked down Florida Street and saw…

I’ve got to be honest; a large reason I chose to spend my fall semester studying in Barcelona was for the tapas. Tapas originated in Spain, and they are delicious. They’re basically a wide variety of food, in snack-sized portions, usually served with a drink at a restaurant or bar. They can be served cold – such as cheese, ham, seafood salads, and olives – or hot, such as fried calamari, mussels, and garlic shrimp. They are the perfect dish to order when eating out with friends, because…

When studying abroad everyday can be a culturally enriching experience, if you let it. I have already come to realize that in the three weeks I have been here, time really does fly! It is imperative to make the most of your time abroad and open yourself up to other cultures as much as possible. I am excited to tell you about an amazing cultural event that I shared with some fellow students in my program at the International Tourism Day at Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo in downtown…

We all have our own perceptions about Chinese food, and you will be shocked to find out that Chinese food is completely different than what is in America. Here, there are no fortune cookies or egg rolls or orange chicken, and when eating in China you will find that each region has its own specialty and way of cooking. Dumpling soup Here in Shanghai you can find any type of food you desire, you can either have your traditional Chinese meals or you can also easily find a…

Like any other bustling city with a population of over two million,  Paris is the home of countless markets— markets for produce, for cheese, for meat, for fish… and even markets dedicated to selling books. I must admit, having been born and bred in New York, I was beyond relieved upon discovering the sheer variety that these markets have to offer as well as how convenient they are to find!  You can find a market in just about every arrondissement and just as a tip, produce is far…