Solo Girl Sojourns: Paris

Paris, Paris, Paris, De mes amours c’est lui le favori Josephine Baker really put into words the enchantment of  Paris.  The  above lyrics are from  “Paris, Paris, Paris,” which is a song that says “Paris” so many times that it stops sounding like a word.  However, it is also one of the songs that was…

Reflecting on Study Abroad

One year ago, I returned from a semester in France.  I’ve had a decent amount of time to reflect on this and to think about my experience and what advice I would give to other students.  Given that I am writing about the entire process of this from picking a program to coming home, this…

Tucson Fall: Starry Skies and Apple Pies

It’s autumn: That wonderful time of cool weather, hayrides, and pumpkin spice everything. Living in Tucson though, sweater weather doesn’t really come at the same time as pumpkin spice.  In our apartment, we’ve been ready (and rather desperate) for fall since the start of the school year.  None of us are desert natives, but in…

February Digest

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but here’s a quick digest of the last few weeks.  First, I went to Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park with Parks in Focus.  And, of course, there was the dance showcase on Valentine’s Day, the Tucson Rodeo, and the freak snow this…

Sunshine in Winter

It’s been so nice the past few weeks to come back to the sunshine and warm weather of Arizona.  Sure, I still have to wear a sweater in the morning, but it’s nice not to be bundled up and/or shivering all day.  I got back into my volunteer routine with Parks in Focus last weekend…

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you’re on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew…

Finishing Freshman Year

The school year is winding down, and it’s finally starting to feel that way.  The last week was basically THE WEEK for end-of-the-year projects and events, but fortunately there are still a few ways to relax.  My highlights were definitely karaoke and French pastries – unfortunately not at the same time.  And though this weekend…

Iced Coffees and Sunburns

April is halfway over, so of course the weather is in the mid 90s (except for Friday on which the temperature inexplicably hovered around 65).  It feels like a lot more than two weeks have passed since I last posted because I’ve done a lot of stuff.  Last week, for example, I attended a screening…

Easter!

As mentioned before, spring in Tucson is really nice.  And lucky for me, I got to experience everything in bloom at the Botanical Gardens last weekend!  Since I’ve started volunteering with the Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program, this was my first outing.  It was pretty laid back since this was in conjunction with Big…

Orange Blossom Spring

I knew spring was here when I walked out of my dorm and found myself enveloped in the scent of the orange blossoms on the trees around the buildings.  Every where you walk on campus now, there are flowers blooming.  Although the greenery never really left for the winter, now everything is in bloom, and…