Articles By: Katie C

20 Reasons Why You Should Visit India

20 Reasons Why You Should Visit India
When I first informed people that I would spend a semester studying abroad in Kolkata, they usually didn’t understand why I would want to go to India. They would have that polite yet bemused expression, suggesting India was not a reasonable place to visit for an extended period of time. As I explained...
April 14th, 2011 | Dispatches from the Road, India, Studying Abroad | Read More

Sugar & Spice: 10 Snacks and Sweets in Kolkata

Sugar & Spice: 10 Snacks and Sweets in Kolkata
Kolkata is well known for its delicious street food, an essential part of the city’s life. These roadside delicacies are made in front of you in little makeshift stalls and are enjoyed by a hodgepodge group of businessmen, students, poorer people, and foreigners. Street food is a cheap treat that...
March 17th, 2011 | Featured, Food & Wine, India | Read More

6 Ways to Stay Safe When Traveling in India

Traveling in India is an exciting adventure, but it comes with a host of safety concerns – like being crowded by beggars, followed by salespeople, and scammed by cab drivers. You’ll be easily identified as a foreigner, which makes you all the more vulnerable to scams, thieves, and dishonest people....
February 24th, 2011 | Dispatches from the Road, Health & Safety, India | Read More

What to Wear in India: 5 Tips for Travelers

What to Wear in India: 5 Tips for Travelers
Ready to travel the world? Check out our Guide to First Time Travel! As I packed for India, I had no idea what to bring for clothing. Do I need nice shoes? Can I wear shorts when it’s unbearably hot? What kind of clothes do the locals wear? I had packed a little bit of everything just...
February 10th, 2011 | Featured, India, Packing & Wardrobe | Read More

8 Things You Should Know Before You Go to India

8 Things You Should Know Before You Go to India
After a semester of French on the beaches of Cannes, I’m now settled in Kolkata (Calcutta), India for the next 4 months on another study abroad. I’m here with 11 other students from my college, and we’ve a whirlwind month of traveling, sightseeing, and settling down in Kolkata. India is as thrilling...
January 27th, 2011 | Dispatches from the Road, India, Studying Abroad | Read More

5 Ways to Help Cope with Reverse Culture Shock

5 Ways to Help Cope with Reverse Culture Shock
Saying goodbye to France, my home over the past 3.5 months for my study abroad, was not easy. It’s never easy to say goodbye to your host country, especially after all the crazy adventures, amazing people, and unforgettable moments. It’s hard to accept that your new reality is about to turn into...
December 24th, 2010 | Dispatches from the Road, France, Studying Abroad | Read More

How to Eat Like a Local in France: 7 Tips for Restaurant Meals

How to Eat Like a Local in France: 7 Tips for Restaurant Meals
I spent the past weekend in Lyon eating hearty pork sausages, egg and bacon laden salade lyonnaise, creamy chocolat mousse, fluffy île flottant, and a few (uncertain) bites of liver cake. I walked across the city to a few museums just to work up my appetite for a dinner at a restaurant of Paul Bocuse,...
November 18th, 2010 | Dispatches from the Road, Food & Wine, France, Studying Abroad | Read More

Cinque Terre Travel: Bad Luck, or Good Adventure?

Cinque Terre Travel: Bad Luck, or Good Adventure?
I huddled with my friends in a corner of the Ventimiglia train station on the cold floor, waiting to be rescued. The station was dim. Clumps of people sat on the floor muttering to themselves. I glanced at the departure list, hoping for any updates but the word “soppresso” flashed menacingly...
October 28th, 2010 | Dispatches from the Road, Italy, Studying Abroad | Read More

French Riviera Travel | Finding Nature, in the midst of Cannes’ Glamour

French Riviera Travel | Finding Nature, in the midst of Cannes’ Glamour
The French Riviera is known for many things – celebrities, designer stores, and great weather– but nature is not really one of them. The ritzy lifestyle of Cannes is a bit out of my element – I had never seen so many things like fashionably dressed people or expensive cars. After a few weeks...
October 14th, 2010 | Adventure Travel, Dispatches from the Road, Featured, Fitness & Workouts, France, Studying Abroad | Read More

Practice French Before You Visit France: 5 Easy Language Tips

Practice French Before You Visit France: 5 Easy Language Tips
Heading off to France and can’t remember your “s’il vous plaît” from “je voudrais”? Was that deux or douze euros? Did she tell me to turn right or left? Before I jetted off to France for the semester, I knew that I would have to do something to practice my French. I needed to review everyday...
September 2nd, 2010 | Dispatches from the Road, France, Studying Abroad | Read More