My Last One Hundred

Well, the time is here. Time for my last week in this beautiful country. With my last hundred euros in my pocket, I decided that I would spend it on visiting my favorite spots one last time. I start with filling up my tram card. While many people have chosen to use the bike as…

The End is Near!

This week, I really struggled with figuring out what to write about. The semester is coming to an end rather quickly. Next week I take my finals, pack my things, and head on a plane back home just in time for Christmas. It does not feel like I have been here for four months. It…

My Cultural Adjustment

As the final week of the ACM program is just beginning, I wanted to take this time to reflect on my cultural adjustment to Shanghai. I have had an incredible experience this semester and would like to share some adjustments and challenges I face during the first few weeks. I would also like to share…

Last days in Rio

As my time in Rio came to an end, and I began to count the days I had left, I was constantly debating if I wanted to try something new or if I wanted to continue do the usual things I enjoyed. In the end I think I found a good balance and did both some…

Last Day In Florence

As I finished up my last assignment, I couldn’t help to think about how today is my last day in Florence. The past sixteen weeks seem to have passed so quickly. As I think about the weeks that have passed, I think about the many things I have done, the places I have went, and…

Good Eats in Shanghai!

Coming to Shanghai I knew I wouldn’t find popular “American-Chinese” foods like Sesame Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken, and I was okay with this. I knew that Shanghai’s authentic cuisine would be much more tasty and especially authentic. I should also mention that I am not a particularly adventurous eater, but there are lots of…

I Love You, Chicago!

Well, I write this post on the flight home from O’hare International Airport to Salt Lake City International. I shared an Uber to the airport with my classmate and good friend, Charlotte, and on the road I realized how amazing the people I shared this semester with were. I had the best roommates I could…

Holidays

I never thought about the holidays before I decided to study abroad. The topic never came to mind, until the week before Halloween. I had no idea if they even celebrated Halloween, and as it turns out they don’t in Italy (well there is some spirit, but it’s not the same as you’re used to)….

The End

I wrote the first part of this blog post on my plane home last Monday (December 4). My assignments are all turned in. I’ve said goodbye to the other students, professors, and both of my host families. And tonight, I will sleep in my actual home in Wisconsin. I haven’t truly accepted the fact that…

Traveling Alone in a Foreign Country

Traveling alone in a foreign country can sometimes be scary and not ideal; however, if the opportunity comes, it can be hard to say no. Living in Shanghai provides you with several modes of transportation to nearby cities. There is the high-speed bullet train, regular speed train, and, of course, two large airports. Throughout my…

A Week In the Life

To give you an idea of what the ACM Costa Rica experience is like, I’m going to explain a typically atypical week here. Three weeks ago provides the perfect example. Monday was a relatively normal day, starting with our Español y Cultura (Spanish and Culture) class from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. We usually have…

Saying Goodbye to Home

A super quick post before I catch my plane out of Pune! In a few hours I will be on a plane to Delhi, then shortly after another plane that will take me to Amsterdam. I feel like I am in a daze; I am about to leave Pune and say goodbye to the home…