The worldwide Augustana College experience

Bahia Bahia Bahia!

Oi! Unfortunately, this post is coming much later after my first, there has just been so much going on and so much to do I haven’t had time to even sit down at a computer. We left Rio last Saturday and arrived in Salvador, Bahia, a northern state of Brasil. It is a beautiful area […]

Ho Chi Minh City

Our Augie group arrived in Saigon on Saturday. The realization hit me as we were landing that we were finally here. It still seems surreal. On our first day, we visited a Chinese market with our tour guide leading the way. In a way it was nice because the Tet holiday ends on Monday (we […]

First Impressions of Rio

Rio is wonderful and I’m having a great time. Most importantly, I’m feeling very safe as well. This morning my 2 roommates and I went for a morning run and found a cliff that was a ways down the beach and sat up there for a while looking out onto the ocean for miles. It […]


After a few days in Salvador the contrast to Rio is quite strong. We are no longer in “touristy” Ipanema beach where the beaches were scattered with flawless guests from all walks of life. My home is now located in Amerilina, a community within Salvador with a highly concentrated Afro Brazilian population. By the end […]

Some Observations

Hello again, friends! As is probably obvious at this point, I made it to Salvador alive… albeit very very tired that first day. Our poor host mom, Selma, was cooking us dinner, and by the time it was ready my roommate and I were both passed out–my roomie in her bedroom, and myself on the couch […]

goodbye rio

I apologize for all the typos and poor writing – im doing this from my iphone and its sifficult. I believe I left off with the fanous stairs and going to a market and samba school that night. Little did I know I was about toembark on the best 24 hours of my trip. The […]

The final countdown (dun dun)

So the countdown has already begun for my study abroad term. I know that Vietnam seems like an unlikely choice, so in response to the numerous questions already posed and those that have gone unasked, I’ve decided to make a post on why I chose this particular foreign term. LONG, LONG AGO… okay I’m lying. […]

Life in Rio

Where to even begin…..Brazil is so beautiful and sunny that I have been spending all of my time outside and have been slacking on my blogging! Since we have already been here for a week and I could practically write a novel about all of our adventures so far, I am going to highlight some of  my […]

Let Me Take You to Rio

Well, it’s been nine days here in Rio. A lot has happened, but I’m a bit short on time right now since we have to leave at 5:45 tomorrow morning to catch our flight to Salvador. I can’t believe the time has gone by so fast, and the crack of dawn is not when I […]


Hi everyone! This post is coming to you from the lobby of the Impenema Inn in Rio de Janeiro. The first week of this adventure has truly been an amazing and enlightening experience. There is so much to tell and I can only begin to express all that we have been able to visit while […]