The New Love of My Life: The Paris Metro

Humans traveling underground in a metal box under the city sounds like a slightly try-hard plot of a dystopian teen novel. But when you place it into the context of our world, the metro, subway, or tube as it’s called in the mystical land of London, is actually one of the world’s best technological advances to adapt to big population demands. The ingenuity behind such … Continue reading The New Love of My Life: The Paris Metro

A Cultural Adjustment

So “the unknown” that I was so ready to embrace turned out to just be a lot of cultural adjustment. Here are some of the things I learned so far: The French don’t believe in air-conditioning. They speak about 3 times quieter than the average American. French professors are incredibly cool. I actually have to study during study abroad. Rush hour is at 9 p.m.. … Continue reading A Cultural Adjustment

Where Dreams Come True

Hearing the phrase “the most magical place on earth” as a native Floridian, I instinctually jump back to years of Disney fast passes and Mickey Mouse ears. This week, I learned that Disney has some major competition – and it’s name is Lake Bracciano. After getting into the swing of classes, I jumped at the opportunity to take a mini day trip to one of … Continue reading Where Dreams Come True

Departure: Week Zero

I’m going to France… PARIS, France. The place where the Eiffel Tower isn’t just cheesy wall decor and where good croissants exist outside of Costco.​ Je ne crois pas. Although I have been preparing for over six months now, I have never actually thought about what happens when I get there. I mean sure, I have to get my luggage, find my new apartment and … Continue reading Departure: Week Zero

A Saintlike Experience

If there is anything that I have learned while growing up in the United States, it is that any chance Americans have to celebrate, we take it – literally, what’s up with the National Hot Dog Eating Competition? This week, however, I may have encountered an event that topped any American-style experience I have ever had. Viterbo, Italy is associated with many traditions and has … Continue reading A Saintlike Experience

A Floridian Farewell

After hours of Google searching every Study Abroad Packing List on the internet, I concluded my preparations for the upcoming semester with only two questions; firstly, is it physically possible to pack every outfit in my closet and still meet a 50 pound baggage limit? Secondly, is it socially acceptable to bring Kraft macaroni and cheese to Italy? Following the next few days, I will … Continue reading A Floridian Farewell

Caylynne Teem – Hong Kong

Caylynne Teem (Blogger) Year in school: Sophomore Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: N/A Program: Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Building Construction (exchange) Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where and why?  My mother’s side of the family lives in Vancouver, Canada, so most years we visit for Christmas break — meaning we sometimes go skiing or hiking but can most certainly be found in a … Continue reading Caylynne Teem – Hong Kong