in front of Eiffel Tower

England to France: Kindness is Universal

I was in France – aka a country where English is not the first language. I knew very little French besides how to say “please,” “thank you,” “hello,” and “goodbye.”…

Hogsmeade sign

“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

For my birthday, my family came to visit me (my mom said she couldn’t not see me for five whole months). On Tuesday, March 3rd, we went to Universal Studios….

Music Madness in the Weeks Gallery

Music filled every corner of the Weeks Gallery on February 18 as three of JCC’s faculty members played two short improvisational compositions in response to some of the pieces in…

Irish coastline

Exploring Ireland

Hi! Let me introduce myself! My name is Taylor Satalino, and I’m currently studying to become a nurse practitioner. I am 19 years old and live in a very small…

snow white and dwarf made out of legos

“It was all started by a mouse.”

Hi everyone! Work has been crazy lately, but that means I have plenty of photos to share! I hope you all enjoy these pictures taken in sunny Florida. I’m so…

giant panda sculpture on roof of IFS building

Visiting the Sculpture Garden

In the heart of Chengdu sits the YMCA. Over one hundred years old, it looks a little out of place in comparison to the sky-scraping apartments and shopping centers that…

Display at Chengdu's Festival of Lights

Spring Festival in Jintang

For Spring Festival, Hannah and I were taken to our friend Ting’s home in Jintang. We spent the first few days with her parents and had huge lunches and dinners…

red lantern during Chinese New Year

Preparing for Chinese New Year

I apologize for my lack of blog posts for the past few weeks. I have been under the weather, and pretty badly so. My blog may seem a little outdated…

Hannah "holds" Buddha, sits on sheep

Getting Festive

Bring it, Spring Festival! This past week has been full of adventures and excitement – what do you expect? It’s the Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival!!! Blake…

three children holding valentine cards

La La La Love in Lianhua

Spreading the Love at Lianhua Community Center On Thursday, February 12, Blake and I had our very last English class at the Lianhua Community Center. Instead of spending the day…