Twenty in Paris: A Checklist for Your First Week Abroad


No trip would be complete without a checklist and studying abroad is no exception. Your first week abroad is a great time to cross many things off your study abroad check list before the start of classes. Let’s take a look at what you should have on your study abroad check list to be completed your first week abroad.

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Twenty in Paris: Departure Day


For many students, the day they leave to go study abroad is fast approaching. As you prepare to celebrate the holiday, you should also be preparing for this amazing journey which lies ahead of you. Let’s take a look at what to expect the day you leave for studying abroad.
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Twenty in Paris: My First Day in Paris


My first impression of Paris started about forty minutes after leaving the airport with my distant cousin who picked me up. Brownish buildings with blue roofs and window flower boxes started to appear in large numbers. The volume of cars increased ten-fold as did the number of people. Store signs with words like épicerie and boulangeriewere popping up everywhere. Many sharp turns later, a large statue with a gold warrior on top appeared in the middle of the square. Speeding past, I saw the words la Bastille engraved on the statue. Next thing I know, the car crossed a bridge over a murky brown river. As we crossed this bridge, I saw a looming church to my left pass by us quicker than we approached it- Notre Dame. Then on my right, I saw a building so immense and long that it appeared to go on forever. Before we turned away from this building, I noticed that at the top center was a gold statue of a man riding a horse. I learned the next day it was Napoleon Bonaparte. That building was the Louvre. Next thing I knew, we were going down a small, little street when my cousin suddenly pulled over to the right hand side of the road and parked the car. I was officially in the heart of Paris, France, the place that I would be calling home for the next ten months. Read More

Cambodia is my #happyplace

After the demise of the Khmer Empire in the 1400s and the fall of Angkor, Cambodia has not had great luck or prosperity. However, the beautiful and elaborate temples and palaces of years past have survived, much to the delight of travels around the world. Nature has slowly retaken sites like Angkor Wat, seamlessly blending the marvels of nature and humanity. Read More


Places To See Before They Are Gone

Climate Change is becoming a more and more recognized phenomenon as we see its effects all over the planet. Soon enough, we will loose some of the most amazing sites on Earth! Before you miss them, be sure to check out these extraordinary places!

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#happyplace Destinations


What is your #happyplace destination? Simply put, it’s a place that you travel to that makes you happy. When you travel there, you feel something special. It may inspire and excite you. It may make you want to do something great. Or it may put you at ease and make you feel at home. Perhaps it’s because of an amazing sight that you’ve never seen anywhere else. Or it could be the people that seem so happy and live life in a way that you admire. Maybe it’s an activity or something you can do in that place that makes you feel happy. Read More

Find Your #happyplace in South America


Many travel to South America to find their #happyplace. For some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the peaks of Machu Picchu. For others, it’s a trip home to mother’s cooking. You can learn the dance of love in Argentina or party hard in Brazil, known for the celebration of Carnival and bikini-filled beaches. You can visit ancient cities in Peru or experience modern development in Brazil. And don’t forget to eat! The local cuisine varies by country, region, and even city, so be sure to eat local and experience it all! Read More