Monday, November 17, 2014

Sajin in Castellanza, Italy!

Ciao from Castellanza, Italy!

In actuality, I’ve hardly been in Italy during these last couple weeks!  I’m now off to Paris shortly after my last adventure in the unique and beautiful city of Prague.  Prague remains in my mind as one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited in Europe.

Aerial view of Prague
My friends and I arrived into Prague late on a Thursday night.  Immediately after settling into our hostel we were encouraged to indulge in one of Prague’s cultural identities, their beer!  After enjoying a round at the bar, we realized it was too late for any kitchen to be open.  It came as no surprise that there was only one place open late, McDonald’s.  We returned to our hostel after our lovely midnight meal and set off on a city tour the next day.

During the tour our guide informed us on the many important cuisines, buildings, and people of Prague.  We even learned that Neil Armstrong listened to a Czech composer while landing on the moon!  The importance of the Czech Republic and its people in our society was intriguing.  Soon after the tour we made plans to participate in a pub-crawl that eventually led a famous five-story club!

Enjoying a beer at a local pub
Each floor in the club had a different genre of music, none of which could compare to the downstairs ice bar!  We were served on ice chairs and tables with ice cups and had to wear thermal coats.

Charles Bridge

Old Towne Square

Another aerial view of the city
After enjoying the nightlife in Prague we explored several other museums including the Torture Museum and the Andy Warhol Exhibit.  The breathtaking views from the castles also provided a nice break from city.  Along the way we feasted on several meat dishes such as goulash, sausage, and pork knee!  It’s safe to say that the food, architecture, and nightlife was the most impressive that I’ve experienced.

Gulash soup

Traditional gulash

Sausage platter

I plan on travelling to many other places in the near future and know that I will cherish my time equally as much.

After lunch!

Sajin Chhabra
LIUC – Universita Carlo Cattaneo (Castellanza, Italy)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nadia B. and Elise in France!

Bonjour from Saint Étienne, France. Je mappelle Nadia B, and my human companion Elise and I have been living in France for 2 months now.  It is crazy how time has flown by, but Elise and I are glad that we have a whole year to do and see everything. Elise is currently attending classes at three separate places! She takes musicology classes at the Université de Jean Monnet, French intensive classes at the International Center for Language and Civilization (a small part of the university) and she also takes composition lessons at the Conservatoire Massenet in Saint Étienne.

Nadia B. enjoys the view of St. Etienne near the residence building

But Im getting ahead of myself.  At the end of August, Elise, her mom and I arrived in Paris.  We enjoyed the sights of Paris, soaking the excitement in.  Eiffel Tower, Musée dOrsay, Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur and Père Lachaise Cemetery.  I think Elises favorite part though was the Musée Rodin, beautiful gardens and sculptures, but also not as busy as the rest of Paris.  

Eiffel Tower
Elise at the Musée Rodin, the Thinker

Monday, September 29, 2014

Haleigh and Pancakes in Northern Ireland

Greetings from Derry! My name is Haleigh Evans, and I have been living abroad in Northern Ireland with my dragon, Pancakes, for about three weeks now. Even though our adventures abroad have only just begun, we are already having an amazing time! Northern Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history and friendly people. Pancakes has not gotten to meet any Irish dragons yet, but the Irish humans we’ve met have been incredibly kind and helpful. Pancakes and I arrived two weeks before classes to participate in a thorough orientation. We toured the campus, walked the city walls, visited museums, and much more. The best part of orientation was definitely our visit to the Giant’s Causeway.

Pancakes takes in the view of the Causeway

Pancakes poses near the surf
The Giant’s Causeway is a breathtakingly beautiful site covered with basalt columns on the Antrim Coast. The international students at Magee ventured to the site together on our first weekend abroad. We walked along the grassy green cliffs and down the shore where the basalt columns are located. There are few sites on Earth that could rival the beauty of the Giant’s Causeway. Pancakes and I had a lovely time during our visit. After a few hours at the Causeway, our group journeyed to another spot on the Antrim Coast to walk across the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Pancakes opted to fly across instead of walking the bridge, which is suspended nearly 100 feet above the rocks below. I can’t say I blame him. Visiting the Giant’s Causeway and walking across the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge was the highlight of my orientation. I am lucky to be visiting such a scenic country.

Haleigh on the Giant's Causeway
Once orientation ended, I decided to visit Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, with a few other international students. We spent a day exploring the city, touring City Hall, and visiting the Titanic museum. The Titanic was built in Belfast and many of the workers aboard were denizens of the capital city. The museum offered a fascinating look at the building process of the Titanic as well as the infamous sinking. Pancakes was not that impressed with the museum; he much preferred our adventure afterwards- peeking around outside the studio where Game of Thrones is filmed. Unfortunately, there were no dragons on set that day for Pancakes to see.

The Titanic Museum in Belfast

My journey is only just beginning, but so far I’m having a blast. I cannot wait to see what grand adventures await me in my studies, my travel, and my life abroad.

Haleigh Evans and Pancakes the Dragon
University of Ulster at Magee
Derry, Northern Ireland

Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Blog: Kelly Donovan

News from our Fall 2014 traveling dragons will be coming soon!

In the meantime, turn your attention to the blog of Fulbright Scholarship winner and UNCG/LIHC alumna Kelly Donovan.

Kelly is living and teaching on Kinmen, a tiny island close to mainland China but part of Taiwan.

Kelly has been updating her blog since April, when she first learned that she had won a Fulbright.  Her blog is full of her sharp observations and her fun photos.

Especially insightful and of use to UNCG students is Kelly's blog post on what it took to win a Fulbright.  Her advice touches on the pragmatic (start early!) and the sustaining (find cheerleaders, realize that rejection is not personal).  The entire post is linked below and worth a read.

Kelly's blog is linked to the right under Dragons Abroad.  Follow her and our other bloggers on their adventures!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Navigator, Summer 2014

We take a break from our regularly-scheduled program to bring you the Summer 2014 issue of Navigator, the Lloyd International Honors College Newsletter!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tim-Tam and Tabitha in Australia!

Tim-Tam and his human friend, Tabitha!

G’Day mate from Tim-Tam in Townsville, Queensland, Australia! We really don’t say that here, but I just like the phrase in general. Me and my human friend, Tabitha, have been soaking up the sun and having many adventures in the land “Down Under.” Of course I can’t tell you everything, why, that would take years! But I shall include the favorite parts of our trip so far:
The first weekend we were here we got to visit Magnetic Island, which is right off the coast of Townsville. It was so beautiful! I have never seen water so blue before. While we were on the island, Tabitha was brave enough to touch some of the animals, including a huge snake! Me, I told the Ranger, no thank you. A dragon’s got to think of his safety!

Tabitha bravely holding a snake!

A momma kangaroo and her joey.

The beach on Magnetic Island

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mario and Luigi Take Lorenzo de Medici!

Ciao from Mario and Luigi! We just got back from the beautiful land of Italy! It is good to be flying through the skies of our homeland again, but we really miss the views from the top in Florence!

Here we are looking out over Florence!
 We had a very full month filled with lots of traveling. Our humans weren’t always thrilled about the plane rides, but we enjoyed being above the clouds (though we wish we could’ve flown ourselves!) Our first weekend there we took a bus ride through the Chianti region of Tuscany. We tried around twenty different types of wine and got to see how it was made. The next day we learned how to use the train system and took a day trip to Pisa. You could feel the lean in the tower as soon as you stepped in, and it took Elizabeth and Lacey awhile to adjust as they climbed all of those stairs! 

Chianti from Tuscany!
Our human friend Elizabeth in Pisa

Our other human friend Lacey pretending to have the strength of dragons!

  Our next weekend we went to Fiesole, Cinque Terre, and Venice.