Study Abroad

May 11, 2017

What I Wish I'd Known

Sally Rifkin

I could tell when the study abroad application deadline was approaching at WashU because a couple of juniors reached out to me and asked me about my program. They were considering applying to it for the Spring of 2018.

A photo of the rijsttafel (c) Sally Rifkin
April 4, 2017

Eating Amsterdam

Sally Rifkin

As far as European countries go, the Netherlands isn’t exactly known for its fine cuisine.

A street in Rabat’s medina (c) Sally Rifkin
March 20, 2017

Seeking Authenticity in Morocco

Sally Rifkin

I came to the Netherlands expecting to experience a certain degree of assimilation into Dutch culture.

February 20, 2017

Navigating Amsterdam

Sally Rifkin

Amsterdam’s geography is strongly influenced by canals, which make concentric semicircular belts that surround the medieval city. There are more than 60 miles of waterways in the city.

Public art in Slotermeer. Photo by Sally Rifkin
February 8, 2017

Arrival: Expectations meet reality

Sally Rifkin

When I chose to do a homestay program in Amsterdam, I naively envisioned myself in one of those bright, colorful houses that line the canals.

March 22, 2016

Leaves in a Pot

Sherri Gardner

Tea is my favorite drink in the world. I favor black teas, usually an Earl Grey or English breakfast. I average two cups a day, and I'll drink it regardless of the temperature outside. I think it's a comfort thing.

March 8, 2016

No(t Many) New Friends

Sherri Gardner

When talking to friends from home, one of the first questions I get is, “Have you made any friends?” or “Have you gotten to know any English people?” I reply honestly: “Not really.” Then they look confused or sad and ask, “Well, why not?”