Road Trips, Footy, and Adelaide

One of the staples of Australian culture is Australian Football or, as the Australians call it, “Footy.” It’s a sport that doesn’t have many rules, any padding, and is as loved as American Football is in the United States. This past weekend, Melbourne held what was the equivalent to America’s Super Bowl: the AFL Footy ...

Matsushima: A True View of Japan

Matsushima, translated as Pine Islands, is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan. It is located a couple kilometers northeast of Sendai and is composed of a small town, a bay, and over 260 islands all covered in pines (hence, the name). A couple friends and I went there a few days ago ...

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First Day of School: Round 2

There is something very important to remember if you’re a Music Industry student who wants to do the exchange program with Collarts here in Melbourne., and that is: you are not just exchanging with Collarts. The thing about the Music Industry Program at Drexel is that we have a wide range of course types and ...

Snowy Mooncakes!

The best part about traveling is experience the culture and life of the people around you. When you embrace different aspects of the culture, you come to find out new things about yourself that you never knew about. The Chinese culture is very different from the American and Trinidadian culture that I am so used ...

Heather in Rennes: Grève Consequences

As much as I enjoy living in Philadelphia, I have a love/hate relationship with its public transportation system. I love SEPTA, in that it gets me where I need to go, and I hate it in all other respects. It feels like everytime I try to use SEPTA, the buses are running late, or the ...

Go Forth and Explore

Every weekend is a new adventure and, honestly, I am LIVING. Australia is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to. The city is just like any other city but, the nature? It’s top notch. This past weekend, we went to Mornington Peninsula which is about an hour’s drive away from Melbourne. ...

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Pip Pip Cheerio Off to London I Go!

After eight and a half long hours on a chilly plane, two hours in the international students line at the airport and a 2 hour Uber ride, after missing the free shuttle sent by Queen Mary University of London I was finally ready to call Queen Mary University of London home for the next three ...

Heidelberg or Heaven?

Only a 15-minute train ride from Mannheim, there’s a ridiculously charming touristy town called Heidelberg. Because it wasn’t a hub of transportation or an industrial stronghold during the 1900s, (luckily) the U.S. Army didn’t feel as though it was remotely necessary to bomb it during the second World War. It is because of this that ...

Friends in Japan! But…not Japanese?

(Featured image top left to bottom right: Greg, Stang, Tan, Gigi, Oussama, Eve, me, Mima, Dita) Living in the International House meant running into people of every nation and culture except Japanese! Today, I’d like to post about my newfound friends from around the world and how they’ve opened my eyes just a bit more ...

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Shèngyàn! (Feast!)

Being in Hong Kong for almost a month has really been great! Traveling around and getting to know the area is terrific. The smells of the streets are starting to get very familiar and the food taste better and better each time. However, being away from family and friends does still resonate sometimes and the ...