Mary in Spain

Introversion Doesn’t Translate

Confession time: I’m constantly using Google Translate to look up Spanish words. Like— I kid you not— constantly. When I’m talking with my host family and I get stuck on a…

spanish motorcycle

The Generosity of Spaniards 101

“What do you think of us Spanish?” one of the teenage students asked me in his tentative English. I was sitting in my first class at the International Immersion Institute…

small foundation drawing

Foundation Drawing At Weeks Gallery

Three artists use their foundational drawing skills to render breathtaking images in Foundation Drawing on view in the Weeks Gallery through spring break. Minneapolis-based artist Melissa Cooke offers a trifecta…

Lauren by Australian beach

My First Month in the Sunny Gold Coast

My first month here has been nothing but fun and adventure. I arrived here in the sunny Gold Coast on January 8. I got settled into my apartment complex, Varsity…

JCC study abroad traditions

Traditions Shared

Three months have come and gone; after being home in America almost two weeks, I am sad to say I wish I could spend a little more time with my…

Tips for European travel

Travel Tips from a First-Timer in Europe

Let me start off by saying that I am completely under-qualified for posting a blog about traveling in Europe. What I do think I am capable of is writing about…

“What exactly are you doing over there in Spain?”

“What exactly are you doing over there in Spain?” This is a question I think I have been asked, thousands of times, by so many. From what you’ve seen through…

Spain at dawn

Time to Change

“When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change.  Don’t fight the tide, come along for the ride, don’t you see?” This inspirational quotation comes from one of my…

Ohana Means Family

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” This brilliant quote that I learned while watching Disney Channel’s Lilo and Stitch series has been something that has…

SEVEN

SEVEN in Chautauqua County: Stories Told, Voices Heard, and Ways to Continue the Conversation

“Pain is not transformed, it is transferred…we cannot nor should we ask those who have been through trauma to bury it. Healing comes through conversation, through openness. We need to…