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, 2013

Adventures in Aoteoroa »

My time spent in New Zealand surpassed all of my expectations leading up to the trip. Immediately, I fell in love with the raw beauty of New Zealand. Dramatic landscapes are found wherever you go, with seemingly every vista worthy of a postcard. And Kiwis truly are some of the friendliest, most genuine people I’ve […]

Studying abroad in Australia: facts and fantasies »

Since returning from Australia, I have been able to reflect a lot on my experiences and myself as well. When I first arrived at Trinity college I was incredibly overwhelmed and confused. We arrived before the other students and no one was available to let us into our rooms for over an hour. This being […]


Some might recognize the gestures of these monkeys as the maxim “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Religious iconography such as these monkeys were easily accessible, and one might wander upon numerous shrines and temples while walking down the street. The shrines and temples blended seamlessly with their industrial neighbors, and the open quality to many religious practices and spaces was an exciting difference from my American experience.

Meditation »

The serenity of meditation



This is something that I saw everyday on my walk to school in Granada, Spain. It is a moorish arch that marked the entrance to the ancient city of Granada before the Catholic Kings conquered it in 1492. I was always astounded by the beauty of buildings and the architecture of Spain especially that of moorish influence. These amazing architectural pieces were spotted throughout Spain and its culture which lent to an amazing cultural environment to study and live in. I believe the thing that resounded the most within me was that we are not and never have been the first ones on this planet, regardless to how much we would like to believe it.

Pressing Start in Turkey »

So it is time to talk about the language barrier. It is actually not that bad, I can mime almost anything now! I have also learned a few words like hello and thank you and sorry/excuse me. But I have noticed a few things 1) Tone here is not as important as it is in english. For […]

Home Really is Where the Heart Is »


During my time in Sweden I traveled to Norway to see some extended family. I stayed for 10 days in Oslo with my third cousins once removed, Marianne and Nils, and their kids (my third cousins) Henrik and Cecilie, who were about my age. I got to go to Holmenkollen and explore downtown, but by […]