Student Blogs

The following blog posts are syndicated from recent Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad. These blogs currently include:

christinathepolyglot , GER , 2013
Janae Taft , FRA , 2016
Julia McIntosh , ITA , 2016
Naomi Rohrbaugh , ITA , 2016

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead

November 2, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

From November 1 to November 2, the people of Mexico celebrate Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as day of the dead. During Dia de los Muertos, people celebrate the lives of the deceased. It is said that on November 1 the spirits of deceased children come down to reunite with their families, while on November 2 the spirits of deceased adults come down. 

Italy week 6: AFS Camp

October 28, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Italy week 5: seventeen candles

October 17, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Italy Week 4: ONE MONTH?!

October 10, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Japanese Bento Boxes

October 10, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

What exactly is a bento box? A bento box is a home-packed meal or take-out container that is made out of wood, metal, or plastic. They are often times rectangular and packed with little sized containers of food. Bento boxes usually contain some type of meat, fish, sushi, rice, egg, cooked or pickled vegetables, and/or sauces. Often times the food in the bento boxes are nicely decorated or made cutesy.

Italy week 3: SO MUCH FOOD

October 2, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Italy week 2: Holi festival

September 26, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Pierogi: A Polish Food

September 23, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

After a five month hiatus, I’m  finally back…to inform you about one of my favorite foods: pierogies! So if you love pierogies as much as I do, then here’s a little history about them.

Pierogi is plural for the Polish word pierog. They are dumplings that are filled with mashed potatoes, cheese, veggies, and/or meats, and are either boiled or deep-fried.

2 Weeks in Italy

September 22, 2016
Ciao amici!
          Today marks the 13th day I have been here in Modica, Italy, and I am in love with it!  From the wonderful people and delicious food, to the beautiful landscapes and historic architecture, Sicily has it all! BTW I promise I am not advertising for Italy...
          Anyway, I live in the town called Modica, located in the Southeast corner of the island Sicily.  My town is a pretty popular touristic city and it is no wonder because it is so gorgeous as you can see!

Italia week 1: I guess I live in Italy now

September 20, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Orientations and first few days

September 15, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Packing for my Year in Italy

September 2, 2016
Author: 
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