こんにちは！My name is Bryanna Reed, and I am double majoring in Japanese and Music at UC Berkeley. I’ll be making my first visit to Japan this summer, arriving close to midnight on June 25th and first visiting Tokyo for about a week before heading to Kyoto to participate in one of UC Davis’ Summer Abroad Programs, “Community and Everyday Life in Japan,” from June 29th to July 28th. This blog will share my experiences, good and bad, successes and mistakes, as I practice my language skills and…Continue
Added by Bryanna Reed on June 7, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments
I think i mentioned this in every single one of my posts just because I definitely want to make sure that it is known that Japan doesn't have wifi !! However, there are some few places that does offer wifi such as your school campus :D However, at ICU it was made mainly for iphone rather than android so in the end I couldn't really get internet on my phone. It worked on my friends' phones though so I guess it just depends. I had a Samsung Galaxy S3 at the time just fyi. The main reason as to…Continue
From the perspective of an international student, the top 3 phone companies in Japan are Docomo, Softbank and Au. I have heard that before all 3 companies offered prepaid phone but apparently many criminals used it for illegal transaction ( I don't know how ) so as of now only Softbank offer the prepaid plan. You must have your gaijin or resident card aka green looking card you received at the airport in order to purchase the phone. …Continue
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Although I did not keep track everyday of how much money I spent in Japan, here is record of some of my expenses when was in Japan, let me know if you have any questions :D. I spent most of my money on food and traveling ^^.
Expenses ( below is an example of one of the pictures , the link to the left has it all )…Continue
Added by Minh An Nguyen on May 15, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments
It is the first of May and officially one month since I've arrived in Spain.
I can't believe time has flown by that quickly. This weekend we are taking a trip all together to see the southern part of Spain and some of the must-see cities. We will be going to Granada, Seville and Cordoba. (You can see it on the map above) Every…Continue
This Friday, I went to visit Segovia.
On the way
The trip was through ACCENT - the company that UC Davis is partnered with here in Spain. I paid 25Euro and took the bus there with friends from the UC Davis…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:33am — No Comments
Some of the gang at El Retiro
Best group I could ask to experience Spain…
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments
I found my new sunday morning ritual
Today we went to El Rastro, which is a huge flee market they have every sunday morning . They sell everything and anything. There were genuine leather goods, shoes, bags, belts, clothes, scarves, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and nicknacks. Some of the venders sell new goods and others have estate sales. …
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:22am — No Comments
El Retiro AKA Heaven
Yesterday, my roommate (Rachel), and two of the boys (Omar and Andrew) decided to check out El Retiro. Everyone has recommended we go and told us how beautiful it is, but it exceeded my highest expectations. The park is goorrggeeoouusss!
We took the metro and the exit placed you right on the edge of the park. And so we walked.
Paved and dirt paths spiderweb across the whole park, which spans at least 10 city…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:20am — No Comments
Time for an update...
I can't believe it has only been 7 days. I feel like I have been in Spain for a month! I have done so much in this past week.
Shortly after I arrived, my house moms gave me a tour of the apartment and offered me coffee. We sat down and talked... or tried too... I explained that I only knew a little Spanish and she said she only knew a little English. I understood most of what she was saying and tried to…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:16am — No Comments
I made it...
I can't believe how many hours I have been awake.
Only slept on the plane for about 2 hours and fighting with the sandman as we speak until its a reasonable hour to sleep here in Spain.
But everything went smoothly. There were at least 7 other people from the program on my flight so getting to the ACCENT center was easy and then Taxied to my host family's place.
THEY ARE SO DARN CUTE!
My Spanish is probably no where near…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:12am — No Comments
It's D day...
Well technically it's 10 min until midnight of Departure day, but close enough! By the time in finish writing this it will be.
All the days leading up to it have been a valiant effort to try and organize the past half century of my life! (Not to be dramatic or anything)
Not only am I packing for Spain, but moving out of the house.. my house... I lived in for the past four years. After the Quarter Abroad Program in Madrid, I plan to stay longer and won't be…Continue
Added by Cassandra Hanson on May 1, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments
Credit: Kaki Y.