Friday, December 19, 2014

Year in Review

The year is coming to an end, and students studying abroad in Fall 2014 are finishing up their programs and getting ready to return home while those studying abroad in Spring 2015 are only just getting started on their journeys.  It's a good time to reflect on the places our dragons went in 2014!  Enjoy browsing around the blog until 2015.  If you've never been here before, the pictures and links below will give you a taste of what There Be Dragons is all about!

By the numbers

LIHC students studying abroad in 2014: 95

Countries: 19
Australia, Austria, Botswana, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 

Blog posts: 36

Posts featuring solo dragon photos: 25

Tim Tam in his classroom

Pancakes on the Giants' Causeway

Mario and Luigi in Italy

Hong Haier in China

Miguel in Toledo

Drago in Cinque Terra

Archie and Big Ben

Hans on the canals in Amsterdam

Froid in Canadian snow

Posts from dragons: 8
Nadia B.
Mario and Luigi
Posts featuring dragon + human photos: 7

Miranda and Devlin

Charlotte and Rufio

Bess and Floyd

Margaret and Bebek

Animals featured in posts: 7 (snake, kangaroo, elephant, camel, horse, bull, and Winnie the Pooh)
Tabitha and her snake

Hayley on her elephant

Leanna (and UNCG Summer in Spain) on their camels

Jessica on her camel

Chinyelu and Winnie

Posts featuring food: 6
Tiramisu in Italy!

South African feast!

Barbeque in Korea!

Bangers and mash in the UK!  

Dragon + human selfie: 1

Melvin Clark and Pablo El Dragon   
LIHC is sending 65 students abroad in Spring 2015!  We look forward to hearing from them and their dragon companions (pictured below at the Bon Voyage party in December) in the new year.

New friends ready for their new adventure!

Until then, Drago and I (Dr. Muich), your blog coordinators, wish you a very happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Caroline and Geraldine in Plymouth!


Greetings from Plymouth, England! It’s Caroline Oswalt and Geraldine (my dragon) checking in.


After nearly 3 months here I’m now reaching the final hurdles of my semester abroad. It’s been so incredible to spend this time away from UNCG but I’m ready come home to the nice weather in North Carolina.

View from my window overlooking the marina that leads to the English Channel.

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving, which was quite interesting being that Plymouth is probably one of the least likely places to celebrate this particular holiday. Luckily I am fortunate enough to live with some of the greatest people there are who made my favorite holiday, which is meant to be spent with family, tolerable.  We made a meal of chicken, mash potatoes, green beans, and homemade drop biscuits. The meal with finished with apple pie and ice cream just like a true Oswalt family Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving feast!

Leaving my family was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. I mean, in Greensboro I’m a short drive back to my home in Matthews but here I’m thousands of miles away and 5 hours ahead making it hard to find time to skype back at home. In just 3 weeks I’ll be reunited with my parents and sister when we travel around Europe for the Christmas holiday. 

At the airport in September
At the Barbican in Plymouth enjoying my favorite beer!
Well, that’s about all. I have to get back to my editing bay, I have 2 more short films due by the last day of term.

Caroline Oswalt
Plymouth University
Plymouth, England