Solo Adventures in Shanghai

A few days ago I had some free time so I took myself on an adventure! I really wanted to go to M50, also known as 50 Moganshan Road, which is the contemporary art district of Shanghai. People compare it to New York’s SoHo and Time Magazine listed it as one of the top ten…

Travelling Abroad while Studying Abroad

As a study abroad student, one of the most exciting parts of the program is the opportunity to travel to foreign countries. As a student who is studying abroad in Europe, travelling to other countries is even easier. Almost everything in Europe is no more than a three hour plane ride away and the flights…

Challenges in China

Studying abroad is life-changing, but as one of my professors says we all have “BCD’s” or “Bad China Days”. Basically, these are days where we just really miss home, become extremely aware of things that annoy us here, or get frustrated and irritated with some aspects of the culture. One of the big adjustments I’ve…

A Typical Day at the Office

This past semester I got the chance to intern at a record label. Here’s what a typical day was like. 9am: Wake Up Depending on the night before, I probably got between 5-8 hours of sleep. Around 9 I’d get out of bed and hop in the shower. The shower head had a couple holes…

Von-Von’s Grocery Games

Okay well I didn’t actually play games at the grocery store, but I did spend quite a bit of time roaming around one of the larger grocery stores right by my home. And honestly I can say it was one of the most fun things I have done while I have been here. Maybe it’s…

Weekend in Berlin

Over this past weekend, I was so happy to finally be able to travel to Berlin with a few of my close friends. The trips was incredible and we were never without something fun to do in such an awesome city. Berlin being the capital of Germany, there were walks of life from all over…

My Internship

Unfortunately no pictures with this one, but I thought it would be good to update how I’ve liked my internship so far. In case you haven’t heard, I’ve been working 20 hours a week while studying abroad in London. I’ve been working at a company called inspiratia, who provide news and analysis on infrastructure and…

A Post Dedicated to: Food

Okay, so I’ve decided to spend the second to last post on some nice food recommendations!! 1. DUMPLINGS    Since my time in Sydney, I have found a new love for dumplings. They are amazing, and I am so glad I had so many opportunities to eat them!! Places to go that I recommend: Din Tai Fung…

Aussie, Aussie, Allison!

Hey there! My name is Allison Koerbel and I am a rising senior here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Marketing and also pursuing a certificate in Digital Media.   I like to keep myself VERY busy, and this past year in addition to my classes, I got the opportunity to have…