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,…

Ahhh, the winter holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Everyone decides to put work and reality aside and come together to have fun and enjoy each others company. Now usually this time of the year consists of people going back to their hometown on break from university. Time is spent with your friends from home and your family, at least this is how most holiday seasons have been for me in the past. Except this year is much different because I got to spend…

I know what you’re thinking. What is Thanksgiving without a turkey? What kind of sorcery is that? Well, I experienced it and I am here to tell you that I survived and it is indeed possible to give thanks without copious amounts of turkey, potatoes and other sinful food on multiple overflowing plates. To be honest, Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on me. Before I knew it, November 28th was upon us and I soon realized that I would not be indulging in a disgusting amount of traditional…

Thanksgiving is all about sharing a special moment with family and reuniting with loved ones, therefore it would make sense to be home for the holidays. This was one of the main reasons why I was a bit hesitant to study abroad, due to the fact that I would miss special holidays like this one as well as my birthday, but I thought about all the other positive things studying abroad would give to me and the pros outweighed the cons. As November began I was starting to…

All of the American students – at least those that I’ve encountered – have come to realize that many of the customary American traditions and holidays simply do not exist in France. This includes Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s true. Time and energy were put, not towards preparing a grand meal consisting of turkey, stuffing and gravy- but setting up Christmas decorations (refer to my post about Aix’s best hidden treasure).  However, before your heart sinks at the thought of not being able to stuff yourself beyond belief, allow me…

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…

Stores started decorating for Christmasas early as the first week in November. Being abroad for the fall semester, I prepared myself to be homesick around the holidays this year. Instead I have been pleasantly surprised that every holiday here so far has just helped me to fall even more in love with my host family, this city, and the other students in my program! CEA students dressed up for Halloween. Homemade pumpkin pie, courtesy of my host mom! For Halloween my host mom made a pumpkin pie. Although it…