Carnivale in Acireale by Lauren Ollis

The easiest way to describe Carnivale is basically as the early-spring Halloween. Everyone is dressed up as their favorite movie character or animal, there’s food vendors with sweet treats barely visible due to the mass of kids surrounding them, and colorful decorations line the streets symbolizing the occasion. In reality however, Carnivale is much more chaotic and definitely much more fun. Instead of kids running from house to house trick-or-treating,…

Daily Routine in Spain by Libby Feruck

Since I have been in Barcelona, I have finally settled into a decently regular daily routine even though it changes frequently. My daily routine consists of waking up at about 8 AM or so every morning. My daily routine revolves around my different class schedules Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have a Spanish class from 9:15 to 10:45 AM and then Architecture and Painting class from 4:15…

Vienna by Cooper Jay

I have been in Vienna, Austria since January 13th. Vienna is a beautiful city with so much history. The best thing about Vienna is how it is so centrally located in Europe, this makes it very easy to travel on the weekends. Vienna is quite literally the center of Europe and connects Western and Eastern Europe. This has given me the opportunity to visit several other European cities in a…

Study Abroad During a Global Health Crisis by Elizabeth Edmunds

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Edmunds and I am a sophomore from Lynchburg, VA currently studying abroad in Seville, Spain with ISA at the Universidad de Sevilla. I am studying Elementary Education and Spanish, so I have always known I wanted to study abroad in Spain. Finding the city was more of a decision, but I also loved the idea of a medium sized city, so I found Seville. Once…

Reflecting on My Study Abroad Experience, Back in Charleston by Peyton Baxley

Now that I am back in the summer heat of Charleston, I believe that I have a clearer idea of what my study abroad trip to London really meant to me. I have been surprisingly sentimental about it, especially because I went into the experience not expecting to make any “real” friends. However, the people I met on this trip were the most valuable part of it all. I now…

Intro by Morgan Cingari

Hello, my name is Morgan Cingari and I am a Junior at the College of Charleston. I am currently studying at the Sant’ Anna Institute in Sorrento Italy. I chose this program because it has always been my dream to study abroad in Italy, and visit the Amalfi Coast. I also grew up along the coast of Massachusetts, so the ability to be near the ocean allows me to feel…

The Precession by Morgan Cingari

I spent this past Easter week in Sorrento, and it was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. To celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the people of Sorrento have parades otherwise known as Precessions. These Precessions are silently conducted three times throughout the town. In the first Precession, the participants are dressed in white robes, in the second they are dressed in white and black, and in…

Best Day Abroad by Rylie Talmadge

I made it! I’m finally here! I step off the boat and take in the moment. It is one of those Shoot-I-am-just-so-thankful-moments. It is a WOW moment. A Bigness moment. A life is GOOD moment. All the little logistics leading up to this point no longer matter. In this moment, life is as good as it gets. After weeks of preparation, lectures, excursions, and planning, I have finally arrived at…

Overcoming Obstacles with Laughter by Rylie Talmadge

While studying abroad, I have discovered the true meaning of adaptability. As my program operates in remote locations and in unpredictable ecosystems, adapting to changing conditions and overcoming obstacles has become an essential life lesson. Whether the roadblocks are physical, social, mental, or emotional, I’ve realized that a) I am not alone, b) that my feelings are valid, and c) the best way to move forward is to adjust my…