The Last Weekend

Well, this will be my last blog physically in Chicago, and my second to last blog for the semester. It really does not feel like it is coming to an end, but I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life will bring for me. This week has focused on further wrapping …

Best Part of the Day

Spanish word of the day: merienda Translation: snack…but that doesn’t do it justice. Merienda is one of the best parts of the day. While it’s not an “official” meal, it is common practice to have a snack and a drink around four or five in the afternoon. Sweets are definitely the most popular during merienda. …

An Eventful Week

I am currently writing this blog in my bedroom at home in Holland, and it feels so strange. This is the last time that I will be sitting here until I’m officially moved back home in three short weeks, but I think I’m ready for it. Chicago has provided me with so much insight into …

Family Time

It was a good week. My family came to visit me over the weekend on their spring break, and it was the first time I got to see them in awhile. One of the hardest things for me to adjust to since moving to the city has been not seeing my family everyday, so it …

The biggest takeaways from a weekend getaway in Barcelona

The highlight of this month has been that my lovely friend, Manna Sakon, a Hope alumni who is now a middle school ELS teacher, came to visit me in Ireland during her spring break. We took a short weekend trip to Barcelona, Spain, and two takeaways from this trip were: 1. show up to the …

Chicago Myths

I thought that I would dedicate one of my weekly blog posts to debunking common Chicago myths, so I’m just going to dive right into it.  Myth #1: The City is dangerous. Answer: Yes and no. When you have almost 3 million people within a small area, you are going to see more conflict and …

Don’t Sink: Visiting Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel

Though France is beginning to blossom and warm, on Saturday morning I wrapped my fuzzy pastel scarf securely around my neck in preparation for the cooler coastal winds of Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel. For the third IES field trip of the semester, we headed back to Brittany, the northwestern region of France known for its cider, …

Friends and Farmers Markets

This month my friend and I made a pact: each day we would visit a new place in Nantes. Whether that be a store or café, a study spot or garden, we wanted to push ourselves to keep exploring our city during the second half of our time here. On Wednesday, the new place we …

A Day in the Life

Today’s blog will be all about one day in Chicago, and I think it represents how much can be done in one day here. We finally had our first really nice day here in Chicago, and we got so lucky that it also happened to fall on a Saturday. Temperatures were reaching 70, and everyone …

Weekend in Prague

Last weekend, I ventured to Prague with some of the other students who live in my apartment complex. Prague is roughly 5 hours by train from Vienna. Once I got there, I connected with a family friend who lives in the area so she could show me some of her favorite sites. Food My favorite …