London Daily

There is always so much preparation that goes into studying abroad, yet it never quite seems to be enough for those small details. For example, I knew I would be living in a flat somewhere in London with flatmates that I did not know. I could never have guessed, however, that there would be six…

Homestay 101

When I was first applying to study abroad I was not planning on being in a homestay. I really wanted to be in an apartment, but Pitt and ISA’s application timelines don’t work well together, which made it impossible to be in an apartment. I was super nervous to be living with a random family…

A Sunny Commute in Sydney

Walking to class is not too bad when there are seven coffee shops along the way and the sun is shining. I live in the Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments which are about a 15-minute walk from the CAPA building where I have my classes. On long class days, I always make sure to leave extra time…

Living in Paris 101

Over these past few weeks, it’s become clear that living in Paris means getting comfortable with small spaces and little privacy. This semester, I’m living in a three bedroom apartment with four other girls. My housing was assigned by CEA (my program provider). It’s located in one of the outer arrondissements (neighborhoods) on the left…

Navigating the Streets

After two full weeks of classes, I feel like I am getting to know the way around Madrid better every day. There are several ways that I can get to school each day, although I have chosen to walk every day because of the nice weather. My walk to class takes about ten to fifteen…

The “I’m Proud of You” Talk

When I told my mother that I was planning on traveling completely alone, she was definitely taken aback. I would fly solo, stay in a hostel, and spend a weekend in a place I’ve been waiting to visit for years. After some hesitation, she told me to go for it with a great amount of…

Life at Oaks Goldsbrough

On Pitt’s GBI Sydney program, students stay at The Oaks Goldsbrough apartments. The Goldsbrough is located in Darling Harbour, a popular area surrounded by restaurants and shops.  When I walked into our apartment for the first time, I immediately noticed the incredible view (as pictured above). I couldn’t believe that I would get to wake…

The Oaks at Darling Harbour

I’m staying in the Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments during this study abroad experience in Sydney, Australia. The people working at CAPA in Sydney set up our program in these apartments located on Pyrmont Street. The Oaks are situated in a prime position in the Darling Harbour neighborhood within the city of Sydney. Darling Harbour consists of…

Using OPAL like a Local

Commuting in Sydney is an interesting topic to explore because there are many different answers to the same question. I have been using Google Maps because it is well synced in the city, but I am always provided multiple routes for the same end destination. Sure, I could walk 20 minutes, or I could take…