america, California

LA Day 4: Hanging at Monica, Griffith and Melrose

From riding the roller coaster at Santa Monica Pier and eating food truck tacos to celebrity sightings, our second free day in Los Angeles could not have been more enchanting and eventful. The day started off bright and early with a trip to Santa Monica, where the group had three hours to roam free. We… Continue reading LA Day 4: Hanging at Monica, Griffith and Melrose

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Study Finds Households Near National Parks are Healthier; Here are 5 U.S. National Parks to Visit

It’s springtime and finally acting like it in the tristate area. Spring is always an exciting time of year for students like myself—nicer weather allows us to spend some much needed time outside and also gives us a hint of the upcoming summer fun we plan to have. Speaking of outside time, a recent Science Advances study shows… Continue reading Study Finds Households Near National Parks are Healthier; Here are 5 U.S. National Parks to Visit

Colorado

Steamboat, Colorado Day 2: Hot Springs

One thing that makes Steamboat Springs so special is its name. Legend has it that French trappers were in the woods and heard a gurgling sound that sounded like a steamboat. It turned out to be natural springs, and hence, the two words were combined to create Steamboat Springs. I got to experience the hot… Continue reading Steamboat, Colorado Day 2: Hot Springs

europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

Sunday was another magical day to a place I again never expected to visit: Tuscany. Our first stop was at “The Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano, a rustic medieval town with preserved tower houses and remarkable views. The stone streets and buildings of the city with its views of the surrounding green valley were… Continue reading Back to Rome: Day Trip to Tuscany

europe, italy, Rome

Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

Swimming, boating and the beach — my favorite things! We arrived at Positano Saturday morning, a cliffside village lined with narrow streets and cute boutiques and cafes. Upon our arrival, we rented a boat to take us to a prime cliff-jumping and swimming area around the corner. The boat took us to the spot, and… Continue reading Back to Rome: Weekend Trip to Sorrento Day 3

Fiji

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji

Before landing in Australia, I chose to take an additional Pacific studies course at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. While there, I stayed with a homestay family with three other AIFS students. We really lucked out and had such a kind and welcoming family. Our “dad” took us to his home… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Fiji

Australia

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Queenstown, New Zealand

On today’s episode of me sorrowfully yearning to be back in the land down under, I take you to Queenstown, New Zealand. I had no idea I would be so moved by this energetic city, but between the extremely kind people, breathtaking views and endless list of adrenaline-pumping activities, a piece of my heart lives… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Queenstown, New Zealand

Australia

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Sydney and Cairns

During my semester in Australia, I was lucky enough to have my best friend and traveling partner visit me for a week with one of his best friends. Per usual, we made the fullest of our time and explored three cities: Sydney, Cairns and Queenstown, New Zealand. Some of our adventures took us up a… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Sydney and Cairns

Australia

Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Rottnest Island

I spent a weekend on Rottnest Island, which is a little paradise just offshore of Perth. When I was there, I referred to it as a “playground,” which makes sense because it offers so much for all ages to enjoy. People can take advantage of its secluded coves, crystal-clear waters, reefs, and surf breaks. The… Continue reading Oz Through Sara’s Eyes: Rottnest Island

Australia, Thoughts

Australia: One Year Later

It has been exactly one year since I landed in Perth, Australia to study abroad. When I realized this, I could not believe the anniversary had snuck up so soon. It seems as if I have been in a state of longing for clear waters rolling onto sandy shores, ginormous waves crashing on towering rock… Continue reading Australia: One Year Later