Intro Blog by Matthew Titzler

Γεια σας and welcome to my first blog post! My name is Matthew Titzler, I am double majoring in Archaeology and Classics, and I am currently a junior participating in the study abroad program, College Year in Athens (CYA). I chose this program due to various recommendations, along with the fact that Athens is a perfect hub to study the history of Ancient Greece. There were other programs in consideration,…

Murga Porteño by Maddie Davis

This post goes out to my peers who want to move past the tourism sites in their new home and truly experience the local culture. Odds are, if you’re going to study abroad somewhere you probably have had a class that at least referenced that region. Whether this is true for you or not, what’s true for all of us is that our professors are cool. You’re probably thinking, okay…

Time in Paris by Edward Neal

I decided to take a trip by myself to Paris for a couple days, as my school schedule lined up where I only had classes for two days straight. I had never been to France before, so I was very excited to visit somewhere new! When I landed, I immediately got on the train through to Paris and I first stepped out when I was headed to my hostel. It…

International Development Work in Amman by Farah Chowdhury

While abroad I had the opportunity to intern at a non-governmental organisation called Tkiyet Um Ali. This was by far my favorite part of study abroad. In addition to receiving course credit at The College, I also managed to explore a career path that interested me. At Tkiyet Um Ali, I was working with underprivileged persons in all governorates of the Hashemite Kingdom. This organisation not only offered food support…

Tips Before Leaving for Australia or Abroad Anywhere by: Michaela Califano

*Written previously* I’ve been in Australia for about 3 weeks now. What I’ve learned in the short period of time being away is that I wish someone had more tips for me on how to pack, and tips for necessities you need while being abroad. For one pack as light as possible (yes this is coming from a girl who always overpacked) but seriously, you only need more summer-like clothes…

Find Your Place by Elizabeth Edmunds

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Edmunds and I am a sophomore from Lynchburg, VA currently studying abroad in Seville, Spain with ISA at the Universidad de Sevilla. I am studying Elementary Education and Spanish, so I have always known I wanted to study abroad in Spain. Finding the city was more of a decision, but I also loved the idea of a medium sized city, so I found Seville. Once…

Heading to Trujillo, Spain by Alec Abraham

My name is Alexander Abraham, a third-year political science student at the College of Charleston. I am currently studying abroad at the College of Charleston study abroad program in Trujillo, Spain. I arrived at this program for a number of reasons. First, I had previous knowledge of the Spanish language, so I wanted to ensure that I was going to place where I would be able to communicate in the…

Italian Customs by Shannon Bullen

The second meal I ever had in Italy was at a place directly under my apartment. It was very convenient and my new flatmates and I were attempting to shovel some food into our mouths before our first real tour of Florence. I was incredibly jet-lagged and exhausted not being able to sleep the night before. Looking at the menu I went for the first thing I saw: Margherita Pizza.…

First Meal in Italy by Maria Shealy

Like stepping out of the American-Italian restaurants you’re used to and into Tuscany, with the views you’ve only seen in photos, my first meal in Florence was at Ristorante Accademia, in Piazza San Marco. Right away I loved the vibe of the restaurant; ambient lighting, bright enough to be welcoming, and low enough to be a little more intimate than say, the harsh lights in hospitals. From the scuffed brown…

Slow Cheese Festival by Maria Shealy

On September 18-25, we attended a slow cheese festival as part of the Slow Food movement, people dedicated to food of all kinds being “good, clean, and fair.” It’s an international event in the heart of Italy´s Piemonte region, in a little town called Bra. There were aperativos (tastings), conferences, guided visits and tour groups, workshops, film screenings of a documentary, and live music and vendors. It’s led by Chef…