I’ve been home for about three weeks. It's been one month since the camp ended and two weeks since my family visited me in China to continue touring. Saying goodbye to my students, whom I lovingly refer to as my kids, was a lot harder than I imagined. It was a different farewell than saying … Continue reading Home from China, now what?
As soon as I tell someone that I am spending my summer in China, the first response is usually, “Wow, that’s amazing! Why China?” I explain that I am participating in UF in Beijing where we go to Tsinghua University to teach English at their summer camp. The person finds this incredible, and it is! … Continue reading Why China?
After a week of touring Beijing and meeting with various businesses in the city, the day had arrived to move in to Tsinghua! We checked in without a problem and began to get acclimated to our home for the next three weeks. Friday and Saturday (June 27 and 28) were orientation days. We learned more … Continue reading Getting oriented to Tsinghua
Well outside of China, anything is possible as well! Long story short: my flight out of Miami was delayed five hours due to the horrible Miami afternoon storms. This caused the three of us traveling from Miami to miss our connecting flight in Chicago with the rest of the Beijing group. We had to reschedule our … Continue reading In China, anything is possible…
This past week has been insane! I've been running around crazy to prepare for my summer. This summer, I will be teaching a three week English course to rising sophomores at Tsinghua University in Beijing through the UF in Beijing program. My group is 12 students and two faculty members; there are nine girls and … Continue reading Crazy for China
Tomorrow I leave Madrid after a wonderful 8 weeks to head to Munich where my European travels continue. This post is going to be all over the place; how can I effectively share how much this experience has meant to me? By the time I arrive back in Miami, this is the longest I’ll have … Continue reading The End of My Madrileña Experience
A couple days ago, 3 friends and I went to Valencia. We left in the afternoon and played hooky, spending a beautiful day in the city. Nebrija allows us two absences during the month and we decided to use one of them!We went straight to the beach after checking in to the hostel. The sand … Continue reading Valencia: Land of Powder Soft Sand and PAELLA
Sunday night, 8 of us attended a bull fight. I was extremely hesitant to go. I’ve heard it's gruesome and gory and blood filled and I am not fond of those situations. However, it wasn’t as eye-covering as I had expected. Brandi’s guide to bull fights: how to prepare, follow along, and a simplified background Congrats! You’ve … Continue reading Brandi’s Guide to Bull Fights
This past weekend (Friday - Monday) was our four day break between the June and July sessions. 10 of us went to Granada, Sevilla, and Cordoba. Granada We arrived in Granada at maybe 10 at night? It was in the beginning of Spanish dinner time, but by the time we arrived at our hostel and … Continue reading Intricate But Not Intimate: South of Spain
This past weekend, about 30 of us (maybe more, I’m not too sure) decided to visit Barcelona. We took the over night train there and arrived around 7 am Friday for an early start! Though there were plenty of UF students there, my group was Alyssa, Kelsey, and Brianna.We stayed at a hostel in the … Continue reading Gawking at Gaudí