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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Living the Dream »

Hanging on my wall above my bed is a picture from a calender of the golden temple in Japan.  The calendar had been a gift my father had brought back for me from Africa.  It was a themed calender that contained pictures of some of the most beautiful and culturally distinct locations around the [...]

Igloos and Ice Shots in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden »

Traveling to the north of Sweden was a breathtaking adventure from seeing the Northern Lights to dog sledding and a night filled with frozen shot glasses. Nothing prepared me for the beautiful frozen tundra with colorful lights dancing across the snow. If I had been told a year earlier that I’d be visiting an indigenous [...]

Prague, Czech Republic (Spring 2014) »

I chose this photo because it was taken within my first week abroad. We had been walking as a group through the hustle and bustling commotion of the city and all the while I was too awe-stricken by the sheer beauty of Prague to even notice. I took this photo with the intention of capturing the beauty of Prague on the water, as it was certainly one of my favorite features of the city. Nevertheless, it is important to note that in hindsight I find that while this image is certainly a start, it does not even begin to scratch the surface of how gorgeous and captivating Prague truly was.

Coming Full Circle »

When you study abroad in the spring at University of Leicester, you are fortunate enough to get a full 5 weeks off for Easter break. I didn’t know what to do with myself besides travel! I was able to connect with my Willamette friends and traveled to France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, [...]

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 [...]