What do Korea’s demilitarized zone and Chernobyl, Ukraine have in common? It may sound like the beginning to a poorly chosen joke, but it’s a sincere question with an unexpected answer. Both areas have become nature sanctuaries. Both regions are undisturbed by human activity and construction, allowing animals to flourish and plant life to return unmitigated by industry or landscaping. After the destruction of war and nuclear catastrophe in 1986, Chernobyl’s exclusion zone has seen the return of a number of species to the area, including the intentional introduction of one species. Continue reading “Overgrowth in Chernobyl: Interesting Botany and Wildlife in the Exclusion Zone”
If you’re looking for an adventurous and relaxing trip look no further than Sagres, Portugal. Sagres is in the very southwestern part of Portugal. From a bird’s eye view, the shape of Portugal looks like the profile of a face, and Sagres is at the chin. Since it is the most southwestern tip of Europe, Europeans once believed Sagres was the “end of the world.” This small town has a laid-back atmosphere and offers some of the most breathtaking natural scenery. The cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean are stunning, and the physical landscape offers quite an array of adventure activities. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, you must make a stop to Sagres. Here are four memorable activities to do in this small and beautiful “end of the world.” Continue reading “4 Reasons to Visit Sagres, Portugal”
A man wakes up horrified to discover that he’s been transformed into an enormous insect – a burden to his family, a freak to the civilized world. Sound familiar? Whether you’ve read “The Metamorphosis” or not, you’ve probably been touch by material that’s
referenced this famous work by Franz Kafka. A Czech author whose work tends to lean towards the darkly surrealist, many know of his novels, but not all recognize how omnipresent he is in the nation’s capital where he was born. Continue reading “On the Lookout for Kafka in Prague”
Studying a new language can be tiring, and if you’re studying abroad and immersing yourself in a new language and culture, your days can be exhausting. I studied in Spain. I remember my first day listening to and speaking in Spanish, with no English breaks. I walked home that evening and my brain felt like a bowl of mashed potatoes. While learning a new language can be exhausting, it is one of the best things we can do for the health of our brains, not matter the age. Learning new things strengthens our brains, and the more you learn, the stronger and more connected the parts of your brain will become. Continue reading “Language Brain”
Last year, I had the opportunity to go to Southeast Asia. 30 exciting days in Thailand. This country is a true gem of cultural brilliance. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and the weather is fantastic. I remember flipping through the channels on the television and came upon a program talking about travelers. I was completely invested, as I am a traveler that loves everything about the traveling culture. Continue reading “The Travel Panhandling Pandemic”
As you continue your studies, you often encounter roadblocks that deter you from your purpose. What are ways to motivate you to bring you back to your original mission? Taking on the approach to complete your study abroad program is a journey of a lifetime. The idea of studying abroad in fascinating places around the world is only a possibility to those that dream big. Besides you want to prosper and envision your future in the profession, you want to pursue. Enlighten your dreams by envisioning your path to success as stepping stones of skills you need to learn.
Preparations for your study abroad journey needs careful planning. Meanwhile studying abroad generates excitement, you might want to consider the ways to keep healthy. Think about the steps you need to meet health requirements in another country and maintain your well-being. Continue reading “The A-List Way to Staying Healthy While Studying Abroad”
Feeling overwhelmed and unaware how to start your study abroad program search, you want to make the right choices. After all, you studied all this time to begin your journey in creating a future for your career. Continue reading “How to Jumpstart Your Study Abroad Program Search”
Have you just arrived in a new city for study abroad? All that hard work of filling out your application and Visa, buying plane tickets, and packing your suitcase has finally paid off. So, now what? If you’re like me, you may have found a sudden stillness and uneasiness since arriving in your new city. What you did at home in the United States may not fit into your new life abroad.
Sure, you have made the commitment to study abroad, and your courses are challenging, motivating, and driving you to success. However, all study and no relaxation can overwhelm even the most serious student. Otherwise, your brain follows a tedious pattern with no incentive to learn. Brain breaks are crucial parts of any curriculum to allow the mind to relax and build creative ways to learn new material. Aside from studying at school, look for healthy options to generate creativity and innovation in learning. Here is a list of tips to help you in your quest.