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

Being Happy Where You Are

January 15, 2017
Author: 
janae taft

               It's been almost a week now since I said goodbye to my first host family, and things are going pretty well. I guess I have to make them go well. I've found it really helps to keep myself busy and to not contact my family, friends or former host family too much, so I've been putting that to use. My temporary host family has really helped me improve my French accent, and I'm even getting my fair share of cooking in. Also, it really helped to have already explained from where I come from to one family.

Chapter 2: A

January 11, 2017
Author: 
janae taft
Chapter 2: A New Beginning
              First of all, I know I haven't posted anything here in more than six months, but as I am officially declaring a new chapter in my experience, I am going to seriously and try to update my blog these days.

Italy week 11: goodbyes

December 19, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Italy weeks 9&10:Free hugs

December 7, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Italy weeks 7&8:Halloween and Tacos

November 7, 2016
Author: 
naomi rohrbaugh

Japanese Bento Boxes

November 3, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

Japanese bento boxes are packed lunch boxes or takeaway containers that are made out of wood, plastic, or metal. Bento boxes are often filled with cooked rice, meats, fish, pickled and/or cooked vegetables, and egg. They are usually made by parents to give to their children for lunch in school or sold as takeaway foods from restaurants or train stations. These bento boxes are often nicely decorated and look very cute. I’m not exactly sure if I would be able to eat from the bento boxes if they looked this cute!

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