“If it were not for your guests all houses would be graves.” -Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

I have overestimated the effectiveness of skype for a long while now and have never been so frustrated with the expense of international travel.

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If you are a college student studying abroad, all those forms, procedures and lists of required items can be overwhelming. This semester, when I was applying, it felt like I was being bombarded at all sides with papers, deadlines and “helpful” advice. But no one was telling me how they managed day-to-day. Well, here’s a list of comfort items that will keep you sane while you are abroad at a new university, in a new country and culture.

  • Flip-flops: Most universities have communal showers and if you are doing some hostel hopping on the weekends, flip-flops can save your feet from dreaded and disgusting foot infections. (more…)