Tag: culture

Shrines. Bamboo. Torii.

In Asia, it is really popular for tourist to go to different cultural places, such as shrines, nature sites, and food spots. The shrines that are in and around Osaka all look the same in some aspects, but have unique features that set them apart. We went to a couple of shrines in Osaka and ...

Heather in Rennes: Université Rennes 2

Just like at Drexel, the classes at my university in France start a little late, towards the end of September. The university that I attend is called Université Rennes 2 (Rennes 2 for short). It is the liberal arts school in Rennes, whereas Université Rennes 1 is the STEM-focused school, and is located on a ...

Heather in Rennes: Preliminary Language & Culture Course

Before coming to Rennes, one of my biggest fears was taking classes entirely in French. After all, I’d never taken more than four hours of French classes per week, and I was about to jump into a schedule where I could be taking four hours of french classes each day, not to mention speaking French ...

Heather in Rennes: Normandy Excursion

The CIEE Rennes program includes excursions to Cornouaille, Normandy, and Nantes. Recently, we had our excursion to Normandy. Our first stop was the Normandy Memorial Museum in Caen. This museum had extensive exhibits on World War II, The D-Day landings, and the Battle of Normandy, as well as gardens commemorating the United States, Great Britain, ...

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Heather in Rennes: She’s American

When my group arrived in Rennes, we were presented with a list of the stereotypes that Europeans hold against Americans. The left column, which contained 40 negative stereotypes, filled up both sides of the page. While the right column, which contained positive stereotypes, barely filled one page. After reading the left column, here are the ...

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 ...

Heather in Rennes: Culture Shock

Before I left for France, I was required to go to an orientation at the university with the other study abroad students. Among other things, I was warned about culture shock, a sense of anxiety that can occur when someone is introduced to a new culture. We were informed of ways to prepare for this ...

Sendai, the City of Trees

After a 14-hour flight and a 16-hour delay at Incheon International at Seoul, South Korea, I had finally arrived to the city I will be calling home for the next year. Sendai, a city of nature, festivals, and great cow tongue (known as “gyutan”)! Arriving at Sendai International, the first thing I came to realize ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit II

Dinner in France In my previous post, I said I believed that French people put a lot of emphasis on the quality of their food, and perhaps it’s for this reason that they like to spend a long time enjoying it. Dinner with my host family can last up to a few hours, which I ...

Heather in Rennes: Bon Appétit I

When my host parents asked me about differences between food in France and food in the U.S., the first thing I said was that everything in France seemed to taste fresher. It could’ve been that I still had the taste of plane food in my mouth, but I honestly feel that people in France put ...