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.

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My Days in Prague »

I will start off by saying that it is very difficult to write down what it’s like to be in a foreign country for three and a half months of your life. But I will do my best to describe being in one of the most amazing cities in the world. The first day I [...]

The Bullfight »

I went and saw a bullfight in Spain, also known as “una corrida de toros.”  This image depicts the opening ceremony, before they bring out the bulls.  There were six, separate bullfights in total, although I only stayed for three.  While it was an interesting cultural experience, I do not believe it is something that [...]

A Day in the Life in Buenos Aires »

One of my most frustrating days while abroad… Don’t get me wrong, the semester was fantastic. Days like this are just part of the experience:
Allow me to take you on a journey of a typical day in the life of an extranjera in Buenos Aires. Buckle in, folks, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
Imagine: You [...]

Konstanz, Deutschland »

the road goes ever on… »

Last weekend, I left the Midlands. Weeeeee. It was through a uni organized trip so we got to tour around more Western-Southern England.
We traveled in a group of about 20 other international students and had a professional tour guide who was an absolute riot.
Our first stop was the shining city of Bath. The Romans built [...]

The Land of Beer and Fairytales »

I had the most fun traveling, getting to know the beautiful country of Germany in great detail, and experiencing all the wonderful opportunities it had to offer. I traveled all around the country and visited many different places including Neuschwanstein Schloss in Füssen (the castle Disney based Cinderella’s Castle on) and Oktoberfest in München, and [...]

Discovering unexpected buildings »

This is one of my first pictures of the Pantheon

Living in a large ancient city definitely took an adjustment. Most of the streets were windy and narrow without any sidewalks. Cars, mopeds, and pedestrians have to share the area. Navigating through all the streets was definitely a process and it [...]

A Plethora of Foxes in Traditional Japan »

I studied abroad in Kawagoe, Japan this past fall semester. Although there were many frustrating and trying times trying to integrate into a culture so vastly different from what I was accustomed too, it was so incredibly rewarding. I met many friends, both American and Japanese, and made so many great memories that I still [...]

Jazz Cafe in Japan »

Older Jazz musicians from my hometown of New Orleans have proclaimed to me that the country to bring the next golden age of Jazz will be Japan. With this prediction in mind, I decided to go to a theme cafe where Jazz is not performed, but consumed. Milestone, a jazz cafe located just blocks away [...]

Where East Meets West »

This was taken outside of the Blue Mosque.
We went with the entire group of exchange students to all of the touristy locations.
Somehow I never made it back. That is one of biggest regrets about my trip.

During a trip organized by a group of Turkish grads, we were stopped at a shady beach town.
We went exploring [...]