Twenty in Paris: Parisian Apartments 101

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Living in Paris is a dream come true for many students. What’s not so dreamy is the typical Parisian apartment Americans students will stay in during their time abroad. It is important to understand that Paris is a very old city with very old buildings. Updating and modernizing these buildings while still preserving their historical attributes is not easy. Let’s take a look at what it’s like to live in a French apartment. Read More

Twenty in Paris: Conversion Cheat Sheet

Preparing to study abroad is busy enough that we can forget about minor things that are a major difference such as telling the time, expressing and understanding size, and knowing how to dress for the weather. You don’t have to master the metric system or military time to understand size or get to places on time. Let’s take a look at some tricks and quick tips. Read More

Staying Fit and Keeping Well Abroad

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I had been living in Madrid for about three weeks when I started to realize that all of the tapas and cañas had started to take a toll!  I have been called a ‘gym rat’ by more than one person so it was only a matter of time before I went in search of a fitness regimen that would fit well into my new life here in Spain.  Not only does exercising contribute to my physical well-being, it is also a great option for reducing stress (there’s nothing like trying to juggle work, school, and a move across the ocean to raise one’s stress levels!). Read More

Traveling with Ease Part 2: Smooth Arrivals

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Most airlines do an adequate job of helping you relax while in-flight. But when the plane hits the runway, panic suddenly hits when you realize that you have actually arrived. A major part of flight anxiety is the journey to the unknown, somewhere unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. But by making a few simple preparations, you can transform that apprehension into excitement.
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A New Set of Priorities

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Should being Abroad come before Studying in Studying Abroad?

Studying abroad equals travel. To us, it’s an incredible opportunity for us to experience places and cultures we’ve only dreamed of. It’s our chance to live it up and create unforgettable memories that we’ll joke about for years to come. It’s our chance to live every minute to the fullest because you only live once, and there’s no second chance. Read More

Breeze through summer on a shoestring budget

As a graduate student, I always feel the pressure to balance my budget while trying to have fun.

Having come from the sunny country of Nepal where the sun shines high and bright even on our snow-capped mountain areas (more about Nepal in my coming blog posts), I had no idea what all the fuss about SUMMER was until I joined my University went to upstate New York. Winters that practically lasted half a year made me realize why California is all the rave in the US. I realize there’s a reason why the “crazy” daylight saving is justified –  to enjoy the sun as long as possible! 😉 Read More

Oktoberfest Survival Guide

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One of the touristic attractions that will never become lame in this country is Oktoberfest- the festival that celebrates beer in Munich. Yes, Germans are famous for their beer nonetheless this festival is more than just drunks and junks passing out on the streets. It’s one of the most interesting experiences in life, especially if you’re a student in Germany. Oktoberfest is history, tradition and pride passed through generations to our modern world. It’s an anthropological lesson on identity and the importance and influence the ones past holds in the present and the future. Read More

Eating Well For Less Abroad

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Pleasures of the gastronomic sort are certainly one of the reasons why everyone loves to travel, but not everyone can afford to eat at expensive restaurants when they’re in a foreign country. On the other hand, it seems cruel and inhuman to limit one’s diet to cheap ramen and bottled sodas when traveling in some of the world’s most exotic destinations. How, then, can a budget traveler strike the perfect balance between using their money wisely and experiencing all that cuisines from different cultures have to offer? By using common sense and keeping some of the following tips in mind, you too can enjoy the best eats that you have ever come across. Read More