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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Kacey’s Blog Post »

This weekend was my first weekend in Angers! I started class on Wednesday, and I was more than ready to have a few days off to explore the town.
Thursday night there was a Soirée Française at the Soft Bar, close to the school. Everyone in the program was invited to wear colors of the french [...]

Sweet Aoteroa Bro »

This first picture is a typical image of what you can expect to see while wandering around New Zealand. Sheep, or animal clouds, are everywhere in New Zealand! In fact, I learned that the sheep to human ratio is 4:1. There are sheep covering farms, hills, roads and they occasionally insert themselves onto college campuses. [...]

I Had the Chance to Change My Fate (And I Did) »

We all love to hate a cheesy Disney/Pixar trope or  message (while actually kind of really loving it anyway). Although it wasn’t my first choice, I was really excited by the prospect of studying abroad in Scotland. And though I was offered a spot in Glasgow, far away from the Highland setting of Brave, I have [...]

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Here are some photos I took from the Diren Gezi Park protests in Taksim Square and some captions with my translations or explanations.
Gezi Park 1
“Resistance is everywhere.” from Galatasaray fans. I noticed that while united by a common cause, most of the fans from Turkey’s three main soccer clubs identified themselves in different camps within [...]

Fun Q&A About my year in the UAE »

Why did you decide to study abroad with American University of Sharjah?

Read about Keith’s study abroad experience in Sharjah!

Keith: While deciding upon potential universities, the one aspect of the American University of Sharjah that captivated me was its appearance, gorgeous architecture and a breathtaking campus. The institution was founded by the Ruler of Sharjah and [...]

Lapland »

So I haven’t been posting as often as I should. I wanted this to be weekly, but it has become biweekly. You can attribute it to weak willpower, or excessive travel and socializing, (certainly not burdensome studies), but for whatever reason I have failed to update for the past two and a half weeks. [...]

Sometimes it’s like waitin’ on a train… »

Waiting for the train home at the station in El Chorro, Andalucia

Sunset in Morocco »

Backpacking in Scotland – Loch Ness »

Backpacking in the highlands of Scotland during my spring break while studying abroad was one of the highlights of my trip.  My friend and I hiked over 80 miles.  The trip was challenging and  exciting, and completing the journey was one of the most fulfilling things I have done.  We planned very little for the [...]

Just Passing Through »

I wonder how they choose where to build monuments, or when to clear forests? It’s as if we believe we are gods, born to carve out the earth, here to shape and reshape the world around us. 

Walls. Forts. Gates.
Through Pile Gate I enter Dubrovnik. As old stone walls guard the heart of the city, it [...]