Category Archives: Travel

Shopping With Chancellor Merkel

While on the way to teach for WCCCSA’s fall quarter study abroad program in London, one of the instructors decided to stop in Berlin. While there, she just happened to bump into one of the most powerful people in the world: Chancellor Angela Merkel. And she was just popping into the supermarket to pick up a few things like any ordinary citizen.

You never know what you’ll see when you head out into the world.

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How to Win $4,000 to Study Abroad is once again running its annual Travel Video Contest! Students who study outside of their home countries, as well as students who plan to study abroad, can win up to $4,000 by submitting a short video explaining your plans to pursue education abroad.

Think of all the things you could do with $4,000! Add a side trip to Kyoto to your program in Japan to see Nanzen-Ji:


Photo by Eric Salard (Temple Nanzen-Ji Kyoto) [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Or maybe you could pop over to the Salar de Uyumi while studying in Bolivia:


By Yellow531 [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

If you need ideas on how to use $4,000 to reach your study abroad dreams, or if you have questions about Shoreline’s study abroad options, contact us at Good luck!

Advice From Barcelona

Marquis Harris participated in the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad fall 2015 Barcelona program. Two Shoreline students spent their fall quarter in Barcelona as well, and they have just recently returned to the U.S.

Both of them, by the way, got thousands of dollars from the Gilman scholarship program. Do you want to get thousands of dollars to help you learn valuable life lessons overseas? Contact us at to learn how!

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AW80D: Moscow, Russia

After a long hiatus from his world travels, during which he enjoyed the beautiful Seattle summer, Dolphie is visiting Moscow, the capital of Russia. For almost 1,000 years, this city on the banks of the Moskva River (from which its name is derived), has served, on and off, as a political and power center in the area we now call Russia.

Dosphie & St. Basil's Cathedral

Here, Dolphie is visiting The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, also known as St. Basil’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built in the mid-16th century in honor of the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. (Doesn’t that sound just a bit like something from a Harry Potter book? Harry Potter and the Capture of Astrakhan! On a tangent here, many made-up words and names in English fantasy novels are based on other languages. For example, J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration for one of his Elven languages from Finnish. Perhaps J.K. Rowling looked to Slavic languages for some of her names.)

(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.)

The Same, but Different

Freeway Signs in Arabic

One of the most fascinating things about traveling in a foreign country is the language, the sudden emergence of a completely different script on every common object and structure everywhere around you.

This is particularly (and much more intensely) true when the language in question doesn’t use the Roman alphabet (which is used in English, Spanish, and German, for example), as in the picture above. Especially after 10+ hours on a plane, reeling from jet lag, scanning for familiarity and finding it in something like a freeway sign, then realizing that you have no idea where you are. Or where anything else is.

That’s when you start thinking: I am far more ignorant than I ever could have possibly known. And now it’s time to do something about that.

(Everybody know what language that is? Anybody have a guess at what country this is from? Hint: Shoreline students just made a brief stop there.)

Quiz: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a World Traveler?

Dolphie gets along well with people in Qatar

Dolphie gets along well with people in Qatar and other countries around the world

The Christian Science Monitor published a quiz to determine whether you have the level of multicultural understanding to avoid funny/awkward situations while traveling the world. Find out if you’ve got the right stuff! No matter how you do on the quiz, you can learn some good tips for your future globetrotting.

(Oh, and what they don’t mention in the introduction to the quiz is that one of the most effective ways to learn lifelong lessons about other people’s cultures is to make mistakes: you’ll never forget that look on a Chinese person’s face when you snap up her business card and shove it in your pocket after a cursory glance, and you’ll never do that again!)

How Americans Abroad Celebrate the 4th of July

By Andi Szilagyi from Seattle, WA, USA (Fireworks  Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Andi Szilagyi from Seattle, WA, USA (Fireworks Uploaded by X-Weinzar) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


That’s Simplified Chinese for: Happy Independence Day! But if you’re studying or living overseas, are there really places to celebrate the 4th of July?


For me, every 4th of July in China started off with the Grateful Dead song “U.S. Blues.” In the evening, a bunch of Americans and their friends from China and other countries around the world would get together to have a cookout and set off fireworks that we’d saved from Chinese New Year (which Chinese people traditionally celebrate with fireworks).

You can read about some ways that Americans abroad celebrate in this article from the International Business Times. And just for kicks, you can also enjoy this BBC guide to the 4th for Brits in the U.S.!