Living Like a Local

I am proud to say that I am continuing to become more of a local in Nicosia. After two months here, I have got just about all the bus routes mapped out and I can definitely show you some of the best coffee shops downtown. Most of my learning has come from the unexpected; off-the-cuff…

A Pinterest “Vision Board” in the Works

With each week that goes by, my heart becomes more and more torn at the thought of leaving Belgium. I would place myself in the denial stage of grief at the moment; I refuse to believe that I only have about a month and a half left. On some nights, I feel as though I…

No Worries in Nicosia

Flying into Cyprus, I was alone. No other Pitt student selected to study in Nicosia, and passport control even told me I was the only American on the flight when I arrived. Honestly, it was a little frightening. I had never traveled out of the country alone, and I thought I may have been dropped…

The “Savoir-Vivres” of Brussels

In one of my first French classes at Université Libre de Bruxelles, we had a lively discussion about the “savoir-vivres” of Belgian life, and I, as a freshly-arrived and still moderately-slow French speaker, tried as hard as I could to keep up with the language while also really taking note of the “savoir-vivres” we were…

Lovely Nicosia

One of the most daunting parts of studying abroad is the fear of not settling in. Everything is a little different: the food, language, and pace of life. However, I am so thankful that I have easily transitioned to seeing Cyprus as my home. The University of Nicosia is located in Nicosia, Cyprus. Nicosia or…

Finding Familiarity

Here in Korea I live in the dorms for international and exchange students at Korea University. Our dorms quite literally are on the top of a mountain and even in the few weeks I have been here my calves have gotten so strong. As a Sutherland Hall veteran, I have to say this hill puts…

My Journey away from a Google Maps Dependency

I will not sugar-coat it; I was miserably stressed in my first weeks here in Brussels. Now, after nearly two months of living here, I laugh at my early-September-self for feeling so hopeless. Pre-Brussels-Adriana could never imagine that I would be able to find my way around the city without using Google Maps, that I…

New Passions in a Big World

My “why Korean” story has never been the most straightforward narrative nor were my goals very specific when I first watched a YouTube video teaching me the basics Hangeul. I grew up listening to K-pop with my brother and would secretly watch Korean dramas in the back of my seventh grade classes when I was…

Cyprus To-Dos!

Although I have only begun my journey I know that my time here will be finite. But, I am definitely set to make the most of it! My most important goal during my stay in Cyprus is to improve my Greek communication abilities. Reconnecting and relearning a language I grew up with was a huge…

Expectations versus Realities While Studying in Brussels

Before arriving in Belgium, my stomach was in knots from worry, wondering what it would be like to study, to make friends, and to create a feeling of “home” in a foreign country. I expected my courses to be as challenging and rigorous as my courses at Pitt, but with the added dimension of being…