Strawberry Roubarb Jam & Other Familiar Tastes From Home

Today marked the last day in Basel, as we journeyed onward to Riva. The morning began with a delicious breakfast including some familiar tasting strawberry roubarb jam (strawberry roubarb pie is one of my mom’s favorite desserts), croissants, fresh fruit, and scrambled eggs. Other familiar tastes from home were discussed during the debriefing from the […]

Potatoes Are Meant For Sharing

The first day of GPP has come and gone…and I’m sure the rest of the trip will fly by just as quickly. Today began with an great breakfast at the Hotel St. Josef where I was introduced to my newfound breakfast obsession, Bircher Muelsi (the background and recipe can be found at the following link: […]

On the morning of departure…

Today, our amazing journey abroad is starting. We have prepared ourselves during the past weeks to open our minds to a global perspective. Being active members of the learning community and especially future faculty members, we are in need to bridge the gaps of mutual understanding and cooperation in a global arena. But, in order […]

In the wee hours after the eve of departure… which I suppose is basically departure.

Less than 3 hours before my flights leaves Barcelona and I feel like I’ve already experienced enough emotions and reflection-inducing experiences to make this the solid start of quite the adventure. I’ll try to give you the in-a-nutshell version which as a write will probably turn into longer than you want… We left Blacksburg much […]

Switzerland Soil

After a 5 hour drive (well really it was a ride…thanks again Eric), a grueling 8.5 hour flight, many shuttle rides, a short train ride, and a decent amount of walking, I am officially on Switzerland soil. It feels incredibly surreal to sit and type this post as I soak in the remaining rays of […]

On The Eve Of Departure

It has arrived, departure is only a few days away and I find myself is a place of great anticipation and excitement. I have packed and unpacked to ensure that I have all that I need (and no more). I have researched and explored as much as possible before leaving the comforts of home. I […]

Commencement – A beginning not an ending

As is the common practice at this time of year, universities celebrate the ending of the academic year and the graduation of undergraduate and graduate students through University and Graduate Commencement ceremonies.  At the Virginia Tech Graduate Commencement ceremonies on … Continue reading

On the Eve of Departure

So the title is a little misleading because I don’t actually leave for three more days, but with all the preparation that has gone into the trip, three days is a blink of an eye. At this point I am extremely excited and frantically trying to get organized. Dry cleaners, bookstores, banks, and emails have […]