Adventures Abroad

It has been said that life is about the journey, not the destination. I would like to add an asterisk to this statement, as it does not apply if the journey involves a long-distance Vietnamese …

Adventures Abroad

Being adventurous sometimes means compromising being a cheapskate. At this point in the semester, I have excused myself from spending $5 per day countless times. Sometimes it’s justified, but sometimes I mess up in expensive …

Adventures Abroad

All the antacids in the world could not have prepared me for the inevitable everlasting stomachache that comes with traveling through Southeast Asia. The overwhelming ecstasy of ordering food from Vietnam’s true culinary masters — …

Adventures Abroad

To compensate for my costly holiday trip to Thailand, I have been on quite the financial diet. A five-day, school-funded excursion to Cambodia initially helped get my budget back on track. Loyola generously paid for …

Adventures Abroad

Vietnam slows down for a few weeks in February for Tet holiday, a celebration of the Lunar New Year. Since we had some time off school, some fellow adventurers and I took off to Thailand …

Adventures Abroad

After spending nearly three weeks in Vietnam, I’m in love. The Loyola Center is in Saigon, a lively metropolis that lacks the dreadful hostility, gloom and pretentiousness of many American cities. Rush hour seems to …

Adventures Abroad

    “But what are you going to do there?” I got this question a lot after telling friends and family about my plans to study abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a …

Adventures Abroad

Now that I have been in Rome for almost three months (where has the time gone?), and my time here is coming to an end, I thought I could impart some of the wisdom I …