Spring Break Y’all (Part One)

Spring Break Y’all (Part One)

Spring Break, the perennial American college tradition – usually spent on beaches in Florida, California or Mexico. Mine, however, was a little different. My roommate Sasha (also a Kiwi) and I had heard through a friend of a hiking trip run by the Universities Adventure Recreation Club that was happening over spring break, so we … Continue reading

Bogota Bliss

Bogota Bliss

A trip to the Capital with a fellow group of exchange students proved to exceed expectation! Due to the fact that most Antioqueños seem to intensely dislike Bogota, before arriving we really didn’t know what to expect. We had heard about the enormity of the city including the chaos, the noise and the traffic jams. … Continue reading

Painting Yunnan

I have a habit of taking a journal, a drawing pen and some water colour paint with me when traveling. Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. But when I do I am always glad that I did. Even when the results are less than amazing. These are a few paintings and drawings I did … Continue reading

Recapture your youth! Go to a museum!

Recapture your youth! Go to a museum!

Actual scrap of conversation I had many moons ago: “I want to go to Europe for the art and history.” “That’s what they all say.” Why the cynicism? Actual disbelief that Europe, indeed, has art and history. Actual disbelief that anybody could enjoy either of these two things. Meaningless desire to tease me. It was … Continue reading

Caterpillars and koosh balls

Caterpillars and koosh balls

This weekend I went along on an excursion with the SERES Group from my university EAFIT to an inner city orphanage. It was a reminder of the beauty and innocence of children, the energy and exuberance innate within them despite life’s hardships. Admittedly unsuccessfully, we played a number of games with them, team games, chasing games, … Continue reading

Magical Musical Discovery in Hong Kong

Magical Musical Discovery in Hong Kong

It’s a bit early to be thinking about the best moments in Hong Kong so far. But when Swim Deep started playing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in the middle of a dimly lit Italian restaurant turned gig venue, I punched my friend’s arm and hissed, “Oh my god!” At CityU, we have a small … Continue reading

EAFIT University

EAFIT University

A fellow exchange student fittingly described EAFIT campus as “a university campus within a tropical rain forest”. The campus is beautiful! Just like the rest of Medellin, it is full of trees and greenery, also with impressive water features and communal space design. The university has won a range of awards for their investment into … Continue reading

Uniquely Penn State (or American)

Uniquely Penn State (or American)

So the title of this blog is uniquely Penn State (or American), which is pretty self-explanatory in itself. The first big Penn State/American experience was an ice hockey game, the next WWE, some American parties (red plastic cups, everywhere). The food however, is a whole category by itself. I’ve mostly been eating dining hall food, … Continue reading

Writing home about Medellin

Writing home about Medellin

Medellin is known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ as the temperature is consistently between 22 and 28 degrees all year round. The sublime tropical warmth is a welcome change to the freezing cold days and nights spent in Windy Wellington! As a result of this unique equatorial climate, the city is filled with greenery! … Continue reading