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 September, 2011

A Returner’s Thoughts »

When I first got on a plane to travel to New Zealand from my home in Idaho, natural disasters never crossed my mind. The biggest thing I worried about was if I would get lost in a country of 4 million people and 40 million sheep (I have absolutely no sense of direction). I’m not […]

¡Viernes! »

It’s viernes (friday)!. It seems that Friday is just as desireable in Spain as it is in the U.S. This attitude was reflected in class today. After 3.5 hours of grammar exercises it seemed appropriate to send us to the weekend with Juan Magan’s popular music video “Bailando por ahí”. And on that tone the […]

Swedes’ perceptions of the USA »

So here is my second answer to the blog while abroad assignment. I decided to do a blog about Swedes’ perceptions of Americans because I think it’s extremely interesting, especially after all of our talks while preparing for our study abroad experience about foreign perceptions of the USA. So here it goes! Question 5. Describe the […]

Education »

So I decided to answer one of the questions that WU’s OIE has set up as a way to earn course credit (if that sentence made any sense) so here it is: Question #2: How is the education system you are experiencing different from what you are accustomed to in the U.S.? From your perspective as […]

Koala »


This is one of several Quokkas (Setonix brachyurus), a species of marsupial, that I encountered on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth. They previously lived on the mainland but now are mostly confined to a few small islands after the introduction of foxes and feral cats. This picture reminds me of all the strange […]

Sweden so far! »

So I got to the great land of Sweden (aka Sverige) about 4 weeks ago now, and I’ve been too busy meeting people and getting settled to write a blog update, so here we go! So far I have not noticed a whole lot of differences between the United States and Sweden; punctuality is very […]

In Granada! »

¡Caray! It’s been about a week since I arrived in Spain. This week has been crazy. Awesome, but crazy. The first moment we arrived in Madrid we hit the ground running. Navegating our way through Madrid Barajas airport was an adventure. It’s by far the biggest airport I’ve ever seen. Everything being in Spanish also […]