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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The Hills Are Alive In Scotland »

My favorite part of being abroad in Scotland was exploring the great outdoors. Through this exploration of Scotland I was able to not only see unforgettable views that I will never forget, but I was also able to make life long friends through our shared interest in hiking/climbing. Many of my best memories involve the […]

Edinburgh, Scotland »

I saw this beautiful castle every day while abroad.  The Edinburgh castle, built hundreds of years ago, is the center of the beautiful city.  The castle sits on top of a huge hill on top of the Royal Mile, a famous, old street in the heart of Edinburgh old town.  Princes street is a popular […]


Ladies and gentlemen, I can now say that I have eaten escargot in its country of origin. I remember the time that my host mom asked me if I wanted to eat escargot before I left. I blurted out “oui!” before I thought through what eating escargot actually entailed. After seeing my host mom’s face […]


This was taken from the top of the mountain at Zell am See-Kaprun ski resort. Other exchange students and I spent a weekend skiing here. We got lucky with the weather and the view was beautiful. One of the reasons I chose to go to Austria was to see the Alps. I was able to go on several excursions and hikes in the area. I loved being reminded of how grand the earth really is. Being abroad allowed me to explore even more of it.

Finland »

I had very little knowledge of Finland before arriving there. All I knew is that it was cold, really cold. The second I got there I was greeted by this beautiful, slender, blonde girl named Mari who spoke English more properly than me. She was my tutor and luckily, she was one of the very […]

“You can walk up and down the same road for an entire decade and always find something new in London” Advise given to me by a Londoner »

This picture details my first time that I was able to go into the City. On the first day that we were able to go into the city , which was about two days after arriving, my host University (University of Roehampton) took all international students out into the city for what called a “Photo […]

Che Bella Italia »

Burano, Italy. A small island town near Venice. I chose this picture because it is one of the most beautiful pictures I took of one of the most beautiful places I went in Italy, where I studied this past semester. The vibrance of the houses combined with the tranquility of the water is a good […]

Animal bont »

Never say never!

Tokunoshima, Japan »

This is a picture of me and a few friends on the highest point on Tokunoshima Island Japan. The guy on the right is actually a Willamette alum, who I met by chance during my stay there. It was about an hour long hike to the top in which we had to be weary of […]

Chilangolandia aka Mexico City »

I spent my first semester of my year long study abroad experience in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mexico represented my opportunity to explore my homeland, it was a physical and emotional journey that was critical in learning more about my roots and rethinking my values. I did so by traveling through different regions of my home state, Michoacán and other states. I also built memorable relationships with students all over Mexico. A close friend of mine, Christian, offered me his home in Mexico City. I had to travel there to obtain my visa for Spain for the following semester. My visit to Mexico City was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had. My friend’s family received with such warmth and care that I remember now and smile fondly. I traveled to different historic sites and oftentimes had to do so alone because the family I was staying with had to work. I felt empowered, it was a huge city but I still saw many sights that I had seen only in TV. The above photo is of a “traginera” in Xochimilco. I traveled there with Christian’s mom and sister. We boarded the traginera and shared stories, memories and laughter.