My semester at sea: Mauritius and life at sea

Mauritius, a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, has a few claims to fame. It was the former home of the dodo bird, its capital, Port Louis, is the richest city in Africa, although many people don’t count it as part of Africa, and it’s a favorite vacation destination Read More…

The Bosphorus Strait

My first week in Istanbul

I am now three weeks into my semester abroad at Bogazici Universitesi in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s been mostly cold and gray here. The city smells like spiced meat and the bus driver’s cigarette, and it sounds like traffic and the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers. On my first morning Read More…

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Weekend escape to London

I’ve been studying in Lund, Sweden, for almost two months now, and although my current schedule includes a mere three hours of class a week, I was ready for an escape from this college town. A few people from the UC Education Abroad Program decided to spend Valentine’s Day weekend Read More…

Banteay Srey temple

My semester at sea: Vietnam and Cambodia

Before this trip, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Vietnam and Cambodia. On one hand, I had heard wonderful things about the natural beauty, the rich history and the fun people, all of which make this part of the world so special. However, there is also the fact Read More…

A long weekend in Berlin

I spent last weekend in Berlin, the place I have come to call home over the past few months. The experience can only be described as “too much weekend”: I discovered the bar where I plan to end every good night, the coffee shop in which I plan to plow Read More…

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My semester at sea: Tibet

One of my fellow travelers was talking to a Tibetan acquaintance, and he told her, “You will see the beautiful parts of Tibet but no more.” When traveling to a place like this, what you don’t see is just as important as what you do see. There is so much Read More…