Category Archives: Destinations

One Student’s Experience in Jamaica

For more than ten years running, Shoreline psychology instructor Bob Thompson has been taking students to a rural area in the Blue Mountains to work in local schools and learn about Jamaican life and culture from the community.

Every single person we’ve talked to about this study abroad program has been deeply affected by the lessons they learned about the world and about themselves. We decided to record a brief interview with one of these students so she could share her powerful experience with all of you.

Florence and Siena

Judging by the pictures, this spring quarter has been amazing for the group of students in Florence, Italy (among them one student from Shoreline)!

Siena Church

Last week, the students took a day trip to Siena, a town famed for its historic center (which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which you must know by now means that we here at IE love it). Pictured above is the Siena Cathedral, which was built about 700 years ago.

Siena Lunch 2They also enjoyed a reportedly delicious meal of pasta with a creamy boar sauce and roasted guinea fowl with potatoes.

But they didn’t just eat amazing food in Italy—they learned how to make it, too. As part of one of their classes. They got credit for making pizza!

Pizza Class

Isn’t that great?

AW80D: London Part 2

All the Pretty Houses London is truly one of the world’s great cities. Its history reaches back about 6,500 years, and today is a center of the arts, global finance, fashion, education—almost everything. It is remarkably diverse, home to people representing countries all around the earth.

A city that draws cultures of the world to it? Where you can experience not only local customs and food, but also those from scores of other countries? That sounds like a great place for a study abroad program.

And that’s exactly why, every other year, Shoreline sends students there. This past fall quarter, two Shoreline students were there. Your next opportunity to follow in Dolphie’s footsteps will be fall quarter 2016. It’s never too early to start planning for your study abroad adventures (especially if you want scholarships): if you’re interested, contact us at studyabroad@shoreline.edu!

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(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: London Part 1

Statue

If New York City is the big apple, what large fruits or foods might the other great cities of the world be? Is London the giant mushy pea? (Actually, it’s The Old Smoke, but who’s counting anyway?) Considering the damp and general grayness (sound familiar?) which leads to brilliant green grasses, it might not be the most inaccurate moniker. Especially since The Emerald City is already taken.

One particular aspect of London that Dolphie focused on during his stop there was the transportation. The big red buses, the black cabs, the underground (aka the tube, which looking at the picture in the slideshow below now makes perfect sense)—I don’t quite get why, but London’s means of getting around sure seem to have a habit of becoming iconic.

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If you were a Londoner, how would you prefer to get around?

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and the Daily Mail, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

Notte Bianca Firenze (or: How to Party All Night in Florence)

Last weekend, Shoreline’s student in Florence experienced Notte Bianca Firenze, or White Night. What is White Night, you ask? Florence Web Guide explains it like this:

“Shops and museums stay open in the evening, the squares and alleys of the city are alive with street performances, music, DJ sessions, food stands, cultural talks, video and film showings and a grand buzz of people and activity which carries on til sunrise the next day.”

Check out some pictures, courtesy of @NotteBiancaFi on Twitter:

Mondi Luminosi al per

4 scatti di Martina Lorenzon e Linda Gramigan

Hello From Florence!

By Giovanni Dall'Orto (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

By Giovanni Dall’Orto (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, a Shoreline student landed in Florence for her quarter-long study abroad program with the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. She sent us her first thoughts on the city: “It feels like I’m in a movie. The buildings are unbelievable.”

We don’t know about you all, but we’re pretty jealous. Who wouldn’t want this street to be part of their commute?