Tag Archives: internship abroad

Nicole with catedral

When in Spain

A gloomy, chilly, and rainy Monday morning. Looking out the window, there are Spaniards walking to work in rain boots, heavy coats, and scarves: fashion similar to that in the…

Nicole Ewer stands on castle

On Top of the World

Sometimes, even the best camera can’t capture the true beauty of something… (I’m not just saying that because I am documenting my stay here in Valladolid through the lens of…

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 My blog may seem a little outdated…

Blake holds a crab; crab on plate

Sushi, Sashimi, and Shrimp at the Shangri La

Because Chinese New Year officially begins on 2.18.2015, many of our new friends are preparing to fly home for the holiday. As a treat and a thank-you from the YMCA,…

Blake teaches an older lady English

Finding Community in Lianhua

  Every Tuesday and Thursday for the past two weeks, Hannah and I have been instructing English at the YMCA/YWCA Lianhua Community Center. Our projects have mostly been directed towards…

Let the Journey Begin!

Checking Out the View After our almost 19 hour flight packed with sprinting to terminals and dealing with baggage claims, Blake and I finally arrived in the bustling city of…

Blake with pandas

Visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

  The Chengdu Research Base of giant panda breeding is a hot spot for tourists in the Sichuan Province of China. Because of the cute and cuddly appearance of the…

Blake Peterson with host family members

¡Adios, España!

It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready to go to Spain. Applying for my passport, buying plane tickets, and meeting with JCC faculty to prepare for our departure;…

woman working in La Espiga bakery

Culture Shock (Noun)

Close your eyes for a moment. Oh wait, I take that back…you have to keep them open to read this blog post. METAPHORICALLY close your eyes and imagine you are…