Tag: Study Abroad
The first three days of our trip were spent traveling Osaka, a great place for sightseeing here in Japan. We were able to see the amazing Osaka Castle. The five-tiered, forty meter high castle has been turned into a museum with many historical facts about Japan. Each floor contains artifacts from different time periods and events throughout history. On the top floor, there’s a balcony with an amazing view over the city! There are 40,000 rocks in the wall that surrounds the castle. Legend has it that powerful daimyo (feudal lords) from all parts of Japan competed in carrying the large rocks to display their loyalty to the Toyotomi leadership. The existing castle tower was built in 1931, and is the symbol of Osaka. I thought that this was the best place in Japan, until the next day of course. … Read More »
Hello, Kat Slate and Julia Smith here! We are education majors setting out to teach children, not only here, but all over the world.
We recently graduated, although we still have to complete student teaching. Luckily, with the help of the University of Findlay, we have the opportunity to travel the world while doing what we love.
Soon, we will be taking off to travel Japan for three weeks! The first three days will be spent in Osaka, where we will do a bit of touring and getting to know the country. Monday morning, we will take a train to Fukui where the rest of our journey will take place. We will be visiting several schools and teaching many lessons with various age groups while we are there. On the weekends, we’ll be staying with the University of Fukui English Education students … Read More »
When you go to a new place, whether it’s a new city/new school/new country, everyone needs to make some adjustments with the new things they’re naturally faced with. There may be things that bother you, but still, you try to adjust to them.
Beginning college is an adjustment for everyone, but being in a different culture and country presents some different challenges. So I thought about it. What are the top things that are new for me — both the exciting ones and not so exciting ones? Here it goes:
1. Greetings. “Hi, how are you? I am great. Thanks. How are you?” … and maybe you are going to get the answer or maybe not. This whole greeting thing is something that I was never used to. Back home, (Bangladesh. If you have not read my first blog, then please do!) whenever we … Read More »
Tomorrow is it … and I can’t believe it! Tomorrow is the day I board the plane to leave beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina behind. It is difficult to think about how quickly the time passed. Finals are all done, and many of the study abroad friends I’ve made here have flown back to the U.S. As I’m writing this last blog post, it doesn’t even seem real. I can vividly remember when I arrived and had big dreams of being tan (which did not come true) and all the things I would do.
Everything in this city was so new and fresh to me, and I could not wait to get my hands on it all. It’s surreal that now I’m writing a goodbye post. Time spent inside the city has been beyond eye opening and incredible (I’m using these strong adjectives with total honesty). … Read More »
That’s it … one more week. I truly can’t believe this Yankee is a mere seven days closer to bidding farewell with beautiful Buenos Aires (yes, I am very emotional).
I thought the expression, “time flies when you’re having fun” was just something old people said to young people when they realized they’re getting old and time is passing. However, sitting here writing this blog has shown me how much truth there is to the expression. It’s hard not to keep asking myself where the time went. Although I’m reminiscing, I still remind myself that there is a week left (yay!) … and finals (ugh!).
If it wasn’t hard enough thinking about saying goodbye to Argentina, to make things worse, I have two more finals to get through. I’ve spent a great deal of time prepping and preparing for my exams, and when I walk … Read More »
So, what is a Yankee to do in Buenos Aires when finals aren’t for a couple of weeks? Well, you grab another Yankee and explore!
Every single day of this past week I’ve been out really working on my relationship with the city, and let me tell ya, things are moving fast. To start off the week, we got out to enjoy some beautiful (much needed) sunshine. It was quite tragic having to set my alarm to get up, but the views were definitely worth getting out of bed. I took the bus, and my friends and I met up in Puerto Madero. I’ve talked about this part of the city but I’ll fill you in a little more.
Puerto Madero is one of the more upscale parts of the city (very rich, to be blunt). If you’re from Ohio, you’ll understand what I mean … Read More »
Well, it’s been a very interesting couple of weeks, and by interesting I mean stressful. Why? One word… finals.
How am I even at the point of finals? Didn’t I just get here? Well, apparently not.
Finals came up right behind all of us, and before you know it, the going out and traveling had to come to a halt. We all have spent these past couple of weeks jamming our fingers to the keyboard to get papers in and get ready for presentations. Although stressful, finals here are a little different. When I say different, I mean quite different. For my finals with international students, I had to write a paper for one class and then make a presentation for another. The unique thing is how we get graded. Letter grades aren’t used in my university here, but numbers are. If you get … Read More »
There are three things I need in this world: the Lord, free food and beaches. However, my last excursion fit none of those things. I went to the ever so stunning (and COLD) Patagonia in Argentina.
Where is Patagonia? Well, it’s a region in the south of the continent shared by Argentina and Chile. There’s no heat, beaches or coconuts — it’s all cold. As someone who has an intense love for beaches, you can imagine my face when my friends said we should explore Patagonia (umm… how about not). But as soon as we arrived, I bit my tongue… hard. It was INCREDIBLE.
We flew from the international airport in Buenos Aires to El Calafate, which is a smaller city in Patagonia. From there, we took the bus and arrived at our first destination, El Chalten.
El Chalten is, what in Spanish, you call a … Read More »
I am happy to announce that one week has passed and I have NOT been lost (hold applause please). You know the proud feeling a parent gets when their child learns to ride a bike on their own, that is the same kind of feeling I have. I think it’s safe to say I am starting to figure things out in this city.
I always find myself saying “me parece increíble” (meaning “it’s incredible to me”) when I think about all that has happened in the span of one month- I flew south to play with penguins, President Obama visited and learned the tango, and I’ve managed to stop sitting through classes that aren’t mine.
To make things even better, I have started to make Porteño friends in my classes. Since my schedule consists of classes with local students, it’s been easier to meet people … Read More »
After a wild couple of weeks here in Argentina, it was time to get away and celebrate Semana Santa. I needed a break from reliving freshman year and decided to take time to bond with nature. And that’s exactly what happened.
Katelyn and I set our alarms to catch a flight at the deathly hour of 5:30 a.m. to go from Buenos Aires into Puerto Madryn. I know many people hear me say that I’ll be studying in Argentina and they automatically assume that it’s bursting sunshine and warm weather —wrong. It’s no longer like that anymore, because they’re on the other side of the equator, and our spring = their fall.
It was a chilly time traveling that early. The gringo in me didn’t realize how cold it would be and packed shorts, a large towel, and all the other necessities for a beachy weekend … Read More »