Monthly Archives: January 2013

Don’t Be Afraid to Socialize

It was a long day woke up early to catch my flight for Toronto and then it was just a wait game. Waiting about 7 hours till I boarded my flight to Munich. It’s been a long, nerve wrecking but exciting wait. It will be a wonderful adventure with some amazing people from Ohio University. I just look forward to the friends I will make, the places I will see, and the stories waiting to be written!

Landing in the Munich airport an overwhelming rush of excitement and anxiety took over. It was only a matter of hours till I would be at Europa Kolleg in Salzburg. Finding the right train to take in order to arrive at our destination was quite the event. It seems we all packed rather a lot, being able to lug all that luggage on and off the train was quite a task in itself. During our train ride we encounter a Bachelor Party, which was a neat experience. We ended up drinking a beer with them as well as eating some bread and jerky sticks. It was a fun and definitely memorable experience.

We finally arrived in Salzburg, and celebrated all of our arrivals by going out to some of the bars to socialize with other Austrians. I definitely recommend bar hopping, it’s a great way to meet people. I was very proud of myself after I received a compliment on how well I was able to speak German. It’s always an amazing feeling when a native German speaker says a compliment such as that.

All in all the first two days have been good. Finished classes fairly early this morning, and later tonight we will be going out as a group to dinner. I am very excited to be sharing all my adventures with all of you and hope that you like reading them as much as I like writing them!


The country side view from the train ride


Bachelor Party


Exploring the city of Salzburg


OHIO students will be spending this spring semester all over the world. Follow our blog to see what they are up to. Erin Golden                   Year: Sophomore Major: Journalism Twitter: @erinngolden Where she’s going: I’m studying in Toledo, Spain for the semester! I … Continue reading

Meet Our Spring Semester Foreign Correspondents

OHIO students will be spending this spring semester all over the world.  Follow our blog to see what they are up to.

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Rachael Lacava

Where she’s going: I will be studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria and is also the location where Sound of Music was shot. I decided to choose this program because I want to improve on my German and be immersed with the German language and Austrian culture. This program is a German language program and is a Ohio University sponsored program.

How she feels: I am so excited to improve my German and to meet new and hopefully lifelong friends in Austria. I am nervous about how it is going to be, being surrounded with German 24/7 and as funny as it may sound, I am a little scared of the train system. I am hoping that I will be able to conquer that!

Previous travels: I haven’t studied abroad before, but I have been to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein for two weeks through my high school German class. I also have traveled to Greece and Turkey as well.

I am really excited to travel while abroad in Europe and cannot wait till the plane lands! This is going to be 15 weeks I will never forget!


Lauren Gjessing

Where she’s going: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, close to Cuba, Mérida is a city rooted in Mayan history and drenched in colonial influences. Mérida is the capital of the Yucatán State and not far from countless attractions. For me, as my departure from Ohio to Mérida nears, Merida is like a mysterious door I am preparing to step into. While I cannot wait to see what is behind the door, I have to gulp thinking of the people and the place I am leaving behind. Then gulping once more looking ahead – I am brand new to the Spanish language and just took the first class this year. The program and the classes I am enrolled in are completely language and culture based.

How she feels: I am both extremely nervous and extremely excited to be totally immersed in the language. I have a feeling for the first few weeks I will have to do a lot of smiling and nodding masking the terror I feel underneath! Studying in Mérida for the semester will be my first time abroad and the longest in both time and distance I have been away from home. Awaiting the trip, I can see the colorful buildings, I can feel the warm sunshine on my skin, and I can hear the mariachi music playing in my head. I hesitant as I tell people I am going -somehow it does not seem real like how a skydiver must feel preparing to make the jump. As the days move forward, soon enough I will have to close my eyes and make the jump!


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Caroline Boone

Year: Junior
Major: Political Science
Minor: Spanish
Twitter handle: @cbooone237

Where she’s going: I will be living in Toledo, Spain with a host family and studying at la Universidad Castilla-La Mancha.  The program is focused on Spanish language and culture.  Toledo is an old city about twenty minutes southwest of the capital, Madrid.  Known for its medieval architecture and location on the River Tajo, Toledo was for many years the capital city and has an enormous history to offer.

How she feels: I am very excited to experience Spain in all its richness and color.  This is going to be a great adventure in a culture that to this point has only been known to me for the pages of a textbook.  I am most excited to live in a city where the food, history, music, and people are completely new to me.  But on the same token, I am nervous about being overwhelmed with unfamiliar stimuli.  Living with a host family is going to make the experience so much more intimate and I am excited to get to know them.  I think that the biggest challenge I am going to face is the language difference because the Spanish speak fast and with an accent that is probably different than anything I have heard before.

Previous travels: I have studied abroad once before, for nine days in Paris, France.

I really like to cook so I am hoping to include some Spanish recipes in my blog.  Hopefully my host parents will let me help in the kitchen. ;)

Chile through my camera lens By Claire Bens

Images from the fall semester in Chile.  OHIO student Claire Bens is a junior majoring in political science and global studies.

Dunes in Concon, Chile (north of Vina del Mar)


OU student, Sara, sandboarding at the Concon sand dunes.

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Painted stairs in Valparaiso, Chile.

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Bottles of wine stacked in a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Wall of memory to human rights victims of the 1973 coup at Villa Grimaldi park in Santiago de Chile.


Suspension bridge in southern Chile near Temuco.

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Calf near Lago Budi in southern Chile.

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Windblown tree near Lago Budi, part of sacred Mapuche (indigenous) land.


OU student, Claire, at rooftop restaurant in Cerro Alegre, Valparaiso.


Valparaiso hills at sunset, the port city is famous for its colorfully painted houses.

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Fishing boat in the port of Valparaiso.

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The beach near Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s third and most famous home.


Valle del Elqui, a mystical valley famous for its pisco production and amazing stargazing.


Wooden flower market in Pucon, southern Chile. Each flower is handmade and painted to resemble real flowers.

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“La bella durmiente” (sleeping beauty) the ballet at the National Opera House in Santiago de Chile.


The incline of a typical street in Valparaiso, narrow streets make this a pedestrian city because very few buses and cars can navigate this complex maze of stairwells and alleys.