Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My semester in photos: research your hostel! - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 7)

Free breakfast at the Harmony Hostel in Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Istanbul, Hagia Sophia

Lesson: Research your hostel.

Aside from the trips the program takes us on we also have the ability to travel on our own. Elizabeth Johnson, a fellow study abroad student, and myself decided that we would venture to Istanbul for a three day trip to see as much as we could of this melting pot of east and west. While security and cleanliness are important, I choose this photo to underline the two most crucial aspects when choosing a hostel: location and free breakfast. From the terrace of the hostel we started each morning with some free grub and a view of the beautiful Hagia Sophia.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My semester in photos: explore! - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 6)

LCC students and SA Recruiter in Tallinn, Estonia
Keywords: Group photo, Tallinn, Baltic.

Lesson: Explore.

The second of trips the program took us on was to Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia, the capitals of these two Baltic countries. Both Tallinn and Riga were so different in their own ways and each held their own blessings. Tallinn, a more traditional city, gave us the feeling of a medieval village with walking through the cobblestone streets in the day and a traditional Estonian feast at night. One of the highlights of Tallinn was walking out on this cement pier with a group of friends to watch the sunset (behind the clouds) at the Baltic.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My semester in photos: don’t attempt to pet strange cats - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 5)

Boris at Edvardas’s house, Lithuania
Keywords: Boris.

Lesson: Don’t attempt to pet strange cats.

Boris. This cat is easily the worst part of my time overseas. Boris is the pet of one of the study abroad interns, of whose house we got to go over. While the cat may have not wanted us there Edvardas and his father made us feel more than welcome as we got to see the home firsthand of someone in Lithuania as well as enjoy some more delicious potato pancakes and wash it down with hot tea, of course.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My semester in photos: right time right place - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 4)

Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia
Keywords: Church, Religion, Russia

Lesson: Right time right place.

One of the highlights of this study abroad experience is the traveling both with the program and outside of it. As part of the program the study abroad students take a weeklong trip to Russia, spending time in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I choose this photo as of all the churches I have seen and been into in my time here in Europe, this has easily been my favorite. I mostly attribute this to the fact that when we went inside we were able to view mass which was being held in the basement. As a while the trip to Russia was so unbelievable as I would have never expected to have this opportunity to see such two beautiful and prominent cities.

Monday, May 13, 2013

My semester in photos: learn about other cultures! - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 3)

Various LCC and Klaipeda University students and faculty in Enns hall fifth floor kitchen
Keywords: Friends, Tradition, Turkish, Community

Lesson: Learn about other cultures!

LCC International University is home to students from twenty-six different countries. This creates an opportunity to learn so much about each of these cultures in both formal and informal celebrations. Pictured is of Turkish Food Night, where a few of the students living in the dorm from Klaipeda University fed around thirty people traditional Turkish food. Along with eating we watched an informational video, and ended it off with the best part—traditional Turkish dancing. Learning at LCC does not start or end in the classroom. Learning at LCC is everyday living in the dorms.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My semester in photos: don't sit around! - Travis from Waynesburg (Part 2)

Old Mill Hotel in Klaipeda, Lithuania
Keywords: Klaipeda, Sunset

Lesson: Don’t sit around!

One of the best parts of living in the town is all the things you can see it anytime of the day. I once went into the city and realized that I had a two hour gap of time between when I would be leaving and needing to return. Instead of heading back to campus I decided to walk around with my camera and enjoy the natural beauty of what I now know as home. I was in the right place at the right time to snap this beauty. Being able to walk around alone while still having something to do is not something I am used to in the states as everything where I am from needs driven to. This is just one of the simple pleasures I am going to miss giving up in the return.