We don’t know about you, but here at Interstudy, we LOVE The Amazing Race! There isn’t anything better than a show about travel, culture, and competition! For those of you who have been living under a rock and don’t know about this “amazing” show, The Amazing Race is a reality game show where eleven teams of two race around the world against each other in hopes of winning one million dollars. The race is split into twelve legs. Two of the twelve legs take place at Interstudy program locations: Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In just around a month’s time our students studying abroad in Britain, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland will touch down and begin their journeys. So, just as we did for the incoming South African students, we at Interstudy have constructed a new ‘Road Less Traveled’ Bucket List, this time focusing on the UK/Ireland region.
From music festivals, to carnivals, to delicious food, this list will ensure our students’ full immersion into this historic region. Again, this is a rough list highlighting just a fraction of what this part of the world has to offer. Definitely try to check off everything on this bucket list, but be sure to add more for yourselves. Cheers!
1. Take a ride on the London Eye and get a bird’s eye view of the city
I don’t often watch golf on TV just for fun. Scratch that…I never watch golf on TV just for fun. So yesterday’s Easter Dinner with a few friends was a first when a friend tuned into the final minutes of the Master’s. We started watching just in time to see American, Bubba Watson and South African, Louis Oosthuizen, go into sudden death overtime to determine the winner. I must say sudden death overtime made things a bit more exciting! In the end, it was Watson who won the tournament, along with the fancy green jacket.
This got me thinking about all of the sport options available for our students to get involved in while abroad. There is of course, golf, with everywhere from the famous course in St. Andrews, Scotland, to some of the courses that Oosthuizen may have trained at around Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Read more
A new resource is available on the interstudy website for more information about LGBT programs abroad. We’ve identified some links and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students traveling to our programs in Britain, Ireland, South Africa and Botswana. Through these links, we hope you find a resource guide to better understand the benefits and challenges of the culture in which you will be studying, traveling, and living. The knowledge you gain here should help you have a rewarding and safe international experience.
We hope you all had a great New Year’s and rung in 2010 with friends, family and fun!
Ever wonder where the best of the best New Year’s celebrations are happening around the world?
Top on the list will most likely be Hogmanay, in Edinburgh, Scotland a traditional celebration dating back to the late 1600’s! Study at St Andrew’s and you just might be able to join the festivities. Learn more about Hogmanay here.
This semester, students in the UK and Ireland went on a kayaking excursion to Middle (Muckross) Lake in Killarney, Ireland. I thought this picture just about sums up the experience!
View more about interstudy excursions and see pictures on our Facebook, Flickr or YouTube pages.