Archive for Category: "study abroad"
I spent a lot of this year in churches. In my foreigners-only church, we sit in the small front chapel of a Chinese church and listen to the pastor, whose name is actually Shane Sauce (his wife’s name is Star Sauce… really though), preach. We sing worship songs with the choir. We stand on our feet and clap, and sometimes we cry. And there is always prayer.
This past week has been my spring break and for most of it, I have spent it traveling alone with the occasional few nights and days with people that I met at youth hostels, from my university in Istanbul and with friends living in Tel Aviv. I thought that traveling alone could be lonely, and it can be, but I discovered that there are so many ways to make it less so and to meet new people
As an independent young woman with an eye for adventure, I tend to bristle at the suggestion that there are certain times and places in which a woman should not travel unaccompanied by a man. Coming from the ‘anything you can do I can do better’ feminist school of Annie Oakley/Mia Hamm, I am offended
If you plan to visit Istanbul and hit up all of the major tourist attractions and sites in the city, let me forewarn you: not all of them are must-see places. In fact, many have much better alternatives that are worth a visit.
Well into month five of my European adventure, I feel as though I’ve finally reached at least an intermediate level of knowledge about getting around in Europe. I’m no seasoned backpacker, but I’m no longer the novice I was when I arrived.