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…

JCC Spain Immersion

Finding and Maintaining Immersion

¡Hola from la beautiful ciudad of Valladolid!  These primera few semanas han been increíble. That greeting probably makes no sense to most people, but I’ll get to that in a…

Katie at Spanish Castle

Seizing the day by saying “Sí”

14 days, 336 hours, 20,160 minutes, and 1,209,600 seconds or something equivalent to that, that represents how much time I have been able to seize my days here in Spain. Within…

Two Worlds Collide in my Home Country

Before I continue detailing everything and anything I happen to encounter on campus at Jamestown Community College, I feel it’s only right that I document the three month break that…

Sight-seeing in Valladolid

I had a Castles tour around the Valladolid area with a group of American high school students, and we saw Fuenceldaña, Ampudia, Montealegre, Tiedra, Villa Lonso, Urueña, and Torrelobaton. The…

The food of Spain

In Spain, there are many interesting and different types of food, and I was able to try a few different ones while here. Cochinillo, which is a cooked baby pig,…

Exploring Spanish culture in Valladolid

There is so much to say about my time here in Spain I don’t quite know where to begin. My first week was spent adjusting to the time difference and…

Back Home Again

It was a long trip home from Scotland, but I’m officially back in Jamestown. It was a lot of work and preparing to make this semester abroad in Scotland possible,…

You can take the girl out of Salamanca … or not

It’s been more than two weeks since I started living and interning in Valladolid, Spain. I know the city well enough to run by myself now and to be independent…