“What is the strangest food you’ve eaten while abroad?”

Allie Diehl (Spain): After being in Spain for about a week, I realized that I had yet to try any authentic Spanish dishes. That night, my friends and I went out for tapas, which is just what Spainards call small shareable dishes.

We found a cute little restaurant with the strangest assortment of ingredients in each unique dish. For me, the oddest tapa was the “pastel con zanahoria, calabacín, y ali oli de ajo confitado.” It tasted like a chilled vegetarian lasagna with a pudding-like texture, but we all enjoyed it immensely.

Maria Lorditch (France): I have not eaten anything I would call “strange” here because everything is a million times better than the food in America. Everything is so incredibly fresh: the bread, the meats, the vegetables and even the beer.

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“What is transportation like in your country?”



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Francesca Basil, Australia: Melbourne has a really efficient public transport system throughout the city. There are the public trams that run on the streets and pick up passengers at various locations, and buses are always available every couple of minutes. There are even high-speed trains that run to other surrounding cities. But the easiest and cheapest option is good old-fashioned walking. (Personally, I would rather walk to class in order to get to know the city and meet interesting people along the way.)

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Maria Lorditch—Strasbourg, France

maria-lorditchMy name is Maria Lorditch. I have lived in Bowie, Maryland, all my life, which is a suburb of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. I am used to chaos because I am one of seven kids. We are die-hard Steelers fans, Italian loud-mouths, devout Catholics, Conservative Republicans and closer than any family you can imagine.

I am in my junior year of college at West Virginia University. I am an advertising major with a minor in political science and international studies. My study abroad program goes along with my international studies minor and I will be studying and touring the European Union while abroad. I plan to gain knowledge on foreign affairs while in Europe in order to be successful in my future career aspirations. I will be completing my studies at EM Strasbourg Business School, which is a university along the border of France and Germany.

I hope this this blog will inspire others to take the leap of faith that studying abroad requires. I know that this experience will have a lot of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual results and I am so excited to share everything with all of you.
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Morgan Hylton: Experiencing London’s Woman’s March

Morgan Hylton is a 19-year-old junior English major studying abroad in Hatfield, U.K., this semester.

Saturday, January 21st, 2017, is a day that I will always remember as one of the most empowering and awe-inspiring days of my life. As my friends and family rallied in the United States to march in solidarity for peace, human rights, women’s rights and many other pressing issues, I also found a way to make my voice heard while abroad. By way of an old friend from my childhood who happened to marry a British man and move to London, I found out about the Women’s March on London and immediately knew I had to participate.

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Culture Shock: Abrar Alghamdi

Abrar shares her struggles with cars while living in the United States.

Owning a car has been challenging. Women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia, so I had to learn how to drive by myself. I was not familiar with responsibilities of owning a car whatsoever.

I first had to teach myself about car insurance and auto loans. Since getting my car, I’ve forgotten to turn off my headlights twice and had to have friends help me jump-start my car. I had to deal with a traffic accident last year and pay $1500 to get my car fixed afterward. I’ve also gotten pulled over by a cop, ran out of gas and had to pay $100 dollars for a new battery. All of these problems I dealt with alone.
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