And to your right is Big Ben

Hello all! I recently hit a month in London and I truly cannot believe it. It feels like I’ve been living here for a year. I very much feel integrated enough to get myself around, and yet I still feel so out of place and foreign. Every place is so easily accessible with the Tube….

A Whole New World

Wow! I cannot believe I’ve been in London for TWO weeks. It feels like yesterday my plane landed across the pond. I’ve already seen so much and yet I still have so much to explore. Everyone told me London was a global city, but I did not realize how serious they were. Living near New…

The Anticipation of A Journey

Hello! My name is Nicole Durigon, and I am currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am studying Supply Chain Management and Marketing in the College of Business Administration, while also pursuing a minor in Religious Studies. I am incredibly excited to be studying abroad this spring semester and cannot wait to hop…

Half of my Heart is in Bolivia

Wow, I cannot believe this entire journey is coming to a close. This experience has been in the making since October of last year, and soon it will become a memory of the past. It is already hard to believe I’m half way through college, and I never imagined being able to go on such…

The Sons of the Mighty Bolivar

To believe I am no longer in Bolivia is something I cannot fathom. This long anticipated past week has been the experience of a lifetime that I know I will never forget. I have formed new friendships and bonds with my amigos in Cochabamba and Pittsburgh, including our guides Adri and Naty, and my fellow…

Growing Here, Growing There

There are many adjustments I know I will have to make to be able to properly conduct business in Bolivia. I am entering a completely different continent, country, city, and culture. Simple things I may not even think about may prove to be the largest issues (like hand gestures and personal space differences). To start,…

What Brought Me to Bolivia

I was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After two years living in the Bethlehem/Allentown area, my family moved to our current home in Easton, Pennsylvania. I still live in the Lehigh Valley, which I will always consider my home. I grew up with my mother and my brother in a growing development of houses and with…