SU Abroad

March 15, 2010 - 9:48am
There's no place like McDonald's when searching for comforts of home in Beijing

I realized that it would be a long semester when three of the other students and I snuck off to McDonalds for dinner after less than a week in China.

March 11, 2010 - 5:25pm
Terruso enjoys interesting table talk over Spanish dinners with her host family.

Last night, after finishing off a mixed salad and empanadas de carne in the small kitchen I’ve come to call home, I went to slice open the orange in front of me. We were all talking about the dismal state of Greece’s economy, and the beautiful state of Greek men when my knife slipped off the orange and propelled it and the plate to crash down on the black slate floor. Everyone went silent. The plate broke into a hundred pathetic little pieces. I felt my face turn red.

“Lo siento Mercedes! Lo siento.”

“No te preocupes, chica.”

March 10, 2010 - 8:45pm
Looking forward to an excellent exchange rate, smog and a brand new language.

I’m headed to Beijing, China for five months to study at Tsinghua University through SU Abroad.

March 9, 2010 - 11:26pm
First impressions of Florence leave Popolo clinging to her pocket dictionary.

It sounded easy enough, I thought, as I dug my toes into the silky sand. The surf instructor smoothly demonstrated how to mount the surfboard. “Just let it happen,” he said. “When you get out there, you’ll know what to do.” I dove into the warm Hawaiian water and saw a perfect wave approaching. It wasn't until I was swimming after my surfboard that I realized I had no idea what I was doing. When I got to Florence, I felt the same way.

March 5, 2010 - 3:00pm
In Madrid for one reason: food.

Syracuse students go abroad for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to find themselves; some are learning a new language; others are looking to get drunk at a younger age, and in a better location than your standard off-campus dive. I went abroad for none of these reasons. In fact, I'm in Madrid for one thing only: the food.

March 5, 2010 - 2:00pm
After 37 days in London, Martinez packs in sights, food, dancing, and an ABC internship.

My name is Marlei Martinez, and I’m your NewsHouse blogger from across the pond, a.k.a. London, England. First things first, here’s a bit about me:

I’m currently interning at the ABC News Bureau here in London and loving it. I’m 20-years-old, and I love acting, reporting, eating, and the outdoors (this last passion has been a recent development).

February 28, 2010 - 1:02pm
SU junior Sam Disston's Saturday morning began with the terrifying experience of Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

NOTE: Nineteen Syracuse University students currently live and study in Chile with SU Abroad.  All safely survived Saturday's 8.8 magnitude earthquake. The death toll has reached at least 700, and experts approximate that 2 million have been displaced by the damage.

Junior psychology and spanish major, Sam Disston is spending the semester in Santiago, Chile, and was awoken by the quake. Here is his personal reaction.