Tellus

Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

Archive for February, 2011

La laguna en la cumbre del mundo »

Quilotoa, Ecuador: 13,000 feet above sea level. Apart from the bitter cold (who knew it could be cold on the equator?), the town consisted of 100 residents, a couple of hostels, and one of the most spectacular views on the planet. When I first climbed the crest and peered down into the crater, all I saw was a dense cover of clouds. Within minutes, the clouds evaporated to expose a 2-mile wide crater lake, as if it appeared out of the sky. I felt so isolated and at one with the world, in the Andes mountains 4,000 miles from home.

This is only one of the multitude of mental images from Ecuador that I will always keep with me. Everywhere I turned, from cloud forests to the Galapagos to the Amazon rainforest, I was surrounded by a natural beauty unsurpassed by anything I’ve ever seen. These experiences will always remind me of the diversity of beauty in this world, and will never allow me to settle and stop exploring this rich planet.

[ Hier, dès le crépuscule... ] »

(This poem is in response to the returning from study abroad final assignment)
Hier, dès le crépuscule :
Riverside Angers,
La musique brûle.
Face-painted French peers     ( Et pourquoi cette brosse à dents ? )
Pressés comme les feuilles ( Et pourquoi derrière son oreille ? )
At the foot of the stage,
Pieds nus, lèvres pleines de
Red wine running [...]

Desensitization and discomfort »

http://rmkrowboniske.blogspot.com/2010/08/desensitization-and-discomfort.html
This blog entry captures some of the feelings that seemed to be recurring throughout my stay in South Africa. Struggling with my need to push myself to actively engage outside of the Rhodes University “bubble” and my common feelings of discomfort shaped my experience abroad and helped transform the way I think and engage in [...]

A Veces La Vida Es Como Una Película (Sometimes Life Is Like A Movie) »

Visit my blog below:
http://jillieinspain.blogspot.com/2010/09/veces-vida-es-como-una-pelicula.html
I think this was one of the most representative blogs I have from my trip to Spain, especially concerning the language barrier but you are more than welcome to look at any other blogs I wrote. I used my blog as a mainstream way to communicate the major events in my life while abroad to family and friends. My experience abroad, right at your fingertips- Enjoy!

Everyday Street + Anticipation »

Throughout the preparation in being able to study abroad, it is always made clear that studying abroad can be and is a life changing experience for some people. To me this photo is of a street I always crossed to catch the bus that was part of my everyday commute routine, and brought my emotions [...]

Canyoning in Ecuador »

Ok.  I thought I put a description in, so if this appears twice, I’m sorry.
This was probably the most terrifying thing I have ever done in my entire life.  I signed up for it almost on a whim, I had heard other people speaking positively about it, so I decided to give it a go. [...]

Aberystwyth: Constitution Hill »

These two photos were taken while on a hike into Welsh countryside, during my last week at Aberystwyth. I had spent the past three months catching the sun rise from this hill, nestled between the sea and the small town, and watching it disappear into the hill eight hours later. It had been a wild three months abroad, much of it spent traveling away from Aberystwyth. Unfortunately, days like this, which supplied the time to pause and sincerely reflect on the magnificent beauty of the countryside, were rare. Hiking constitution hill was a box that remained empty on my checklist for the duration of my program and after the climb, it was an activity that I had wished I had done on a weekly basis. On the hike, my three classmates and myself were joined by a girl finishing a program outside of Mumbai, where she had spent much of her fall ill and dealing with witnessing the violent murder of her first host family’s handicapped servant. While none of us were able to relate to the girl’s tragic experience, the account of her hardships were moving. We spent the day swapping tales of our sojourn, living the highlights vicariously through one another. True, I experienced the Welsh culture but that is not what I’ll remember from my time in Wales. With nearly 1000 internationals, Aberystwyth is truly an impressive agglomeration of world cultures. With total population of nearly fifteen thousand, I felt as equally influenced by the cultures, world views and thoughts of the Polish, Germans, and Finnish. The sight before us only complimented my reflection of the camaraderie that had been built. I’m not a very religious person but the level of breath-takingly pure tranquility captivating us there, several hundred feet above the Atlantic, subjected me to recognize a higher power. The moment was surely made for Kodak.

Avocados and Fallen Umbrellas: Stand Watchmen and Wait »

{Post 3 from blog}

Ok, so I left off explaining some of the cultural differences that I have seen so far in Prague along with a brief overview of what I had been doing. I am now settled into my flat and it has been a blast! My flat mates are hilarious and we have a [...]