Erika Larsen discusses how Southeast Asia is a great for the budget traveler!
When I first arrived in Oslo, I was a bit nervous to see how expensive food of any kind was (grocery store or restaurant) and began my search for dishes that were delicious yet friendly for a student’s budget. Luckily I am a huge fan of seafood and root vegetables which happen to be staples in Norwegian diet.
I highly suggest that everyone takes this mindset to heart when studying abroad because it is very likely that there will be less structure than you are accustomed to and there will be many more unknown variables than you have ever had before.
I know each study abroad experience I’ve gone on and will go on will be a different and amazing experience. However, I know one thing hasn’t changed before each study abroad experience, and that is the anxiousness and excitement of going abroad. When it comes to packing for a range of ten days to ten months, the questions that are always brought up in my head, “do I have enough or will I have enough stuff?” and the inevitable nagging of a worried mother asking, “did you pack this or that?” for the millionth time.
This will be my third trip to Japan, therefore you might say that I should be accustomed to the culture, navigation, and the environment, but my last trip to Japan was 5yrs ago. My first study abroad was through WMU’s Religion & Culture in Japan program. Not only did I learn about Japan’s various religions I also fell in love with traditional Japanese cuisine.
In less than two weeks, I will be starting my semester in Barcelona. As excited as I am, I also don’t feel as prepared as I’d like to be. I spent much of the spring semester thinking about Spain every day, daydreaming and preparing.
This weekend I did something I never expected myself to do. I completed two days of the “Camino de Santiago” which is a path that pilgrims took during the 12th century and onward towards the shrine of Saint James.
Well, it’s been a week since I arrived here in Spain and it simultaneously feels like it’s been just a minute and an eternity. So far, I’ve spoken more Spanish than I probably did during all of my last semester in the United States.
When I signed up to study abroad, it was obvious to me that it would impact me positively while I was away. I never anticipated how studying abroad would impact me before I even left.