Grace Alburger '18

Grace Alburger is a senior in the College majoring in Classical Languages and minoring in Government. She spent the Fall 2016 semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. During her time abroad, Grace took courses in Latin, Ancient Greek, Roman History, Culture, and Archaeology. The program was intensive with trips every week out into the city and the surrounding area to see the ruins, sites, Grace Alburgerand art in-person. Grace and her classmates took a 10-day trip down to Sicily and a 9-day trip to the Naples region.

On weekends, Grace explored more of Rome to experience the culture and interact with the locals, though she picked up minimal Italian language skills. She ate more pasta than she thought possible. She often visited other cities throughout Europe to take full advantage of her time abroad.

As an Ambassador for the Office of Global Education, she is excited to share her experience with prospective study abroad students and hopes that, by doing so, she will encourage them to not pass up what is sure to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. 

Nena Beecham '18

Nena is a Senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2017 at Georgetown University in Doha, Qatar on a Gilman Scholarship. During her time abroad, Nena took classes in Arabic, Culture and Politics, and Media.Nena Beecham

While in Qatar, Nena had the chance to explore her interests, meet new people, and add an unforgettable milestone to her Georgetown story. Most of Nena's time was spent venturing throughout Qatar and taking photos of her adventures. She took photos for student clubs, photographed the Education City Soccer Tournament, and even had her photos displayed in a photography exhibit. Nena also enjoyed participating in outdoor education trips, where she had the chance to explore the outdoors with her friends, faculty, and staff.

Nena's semester abroad was her first time travelling outside the U.S. She considers Qatar her second home, and would like to visit or work there one day. Nena believes studying abroad is an opportunity no one should pass up, and she loves recounting her experience to others.

Miranda Carnes '19

Miranda Carnes is a a current junior in the SFS studying International Politics. During the fall 2017 semester, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While abroad, she Miranda Carneshad the opportunity to live with the most amazing host family and study at a local university. Miranda's favorite class was an Argentine Tango class at the arts university, where she got to choreograph a routine with Argentinian students at their apartment as their final project!

During Miranda's experience, she also had the opportunity to travel to Patagonia, Mendoza, Chile, Uruguay, and Iguazu Falls. Patagonia was by far the most breathtaking place she has ever been, and she highly recommends it to anyone who is thinking about studying abroad in South America. Let her know if you have any questions about studying abroad in South America, choosing a language experience, or any other questions you may have about going abroad!

Elaine Chen '20

Elaine is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Psychology. She studied abroad in Hong Kong during the summer of 2017 as part of the MSB summer study abroad programs. While abroad, she took classes on strategic management and intercultural communications, particularly focusing on the differences between Western and Chinese culture. She also visited several Hong Kong andElaine Chen China-based western companies, such as MTR, Estee Lauder, and HSB, as part of the program.

In her spare time outside of the classroom or company visits, Elaine enjoyed sampling the great variety of cuisines available in Hong Kong, from local Cantonese food stalls to Japanese haute cuisine by the waterfront. She also enjoyed exploring the numerous malls dotting Hong Kong, visiting the racetracks, and taking in the breathtaking night view from Victoria's Peak.

As OGE Ambassador, Elaine looks forward to helping fellow students who are interested in studying abroad in Hong Kong and guiding them through the application process. She hopes to pass on her experience studying abroad in one of the greatest cities of Asia and encourage others to apply for the program as well.

Monica Cho '18

Monica is a senior in the College studying Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science and French. She spent the Spring 2017 semester abroad in Brussels at the Université LIbre de Bruxelles, where she participated in CIEE’s full immersion program, takingMonica Cho psychology and French literature courses. Her happiest memories of studying abroad were made in her house share, where she was able to live and interact with people from all over. A priority for her was striking a balance between getting to know Brussels while still traveling around Europe (Budapest, Copenhagen, and London were faves!), and the entire semester was spent carbo-loading on fries and waffles. It was a life-changing lesson about independence and keeping an open mind that she hopes everyone chooses to pursue.

Rachel Corbally '20

Rachel is a sophomore in the SFS, studying Science, Technology, & International Affairs with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Religion, Ethics, & World Affairs. After her freshman year, during summer 2018, Rachel studies in Barcelona, Spain. Besides taking three classes in politics, history, and bilingualism, she spent much of her time exploring Cataluña. Her favorite trips included a three-day weekend in Sevilla, as a well as a trip to Rachel CorballyCadaquez. However, Barcelona has so much to offer, that Rachel wanted to get to know this city and its culture as best as she could in her five weeks living there. She took a cooking class at the Boqueria Market, where she learned how to make pan con tomate, la tortilla española, paella, crème de Cataluña, and gazpacho. She enjoyed being able to practice her Spanish with the other Spanish students at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, whom she still keeps in touch with. Rachel is excited to be a peer advisor and share her experience and enthusiasm for studying abroad with other interested students. She hope that she can help other students find their passions and interests and pursue this incredible opportunity. 

Katie de Araujo '18

Katie de Araujo is a Senior in the SFS who studied abroad at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She studies Culture and Politics with a concentration in mediaKatie de Araujo and education. At Georgetown, she is a student leader in Chi Alpha and works for the Office of Campus Ministry. She also is a GSPer and a professional dog walker. While abroad, she volunteered at a local school teaching English to second graders. She also interned at a community museum and translated documents from Portuguese to English. Her favorite memory from study abroad was learning to surf in Ipanema. 

Alina Edep '18

Alina is a senior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Sociology. She spent Spring 2017 studying abroad in Madrid, Spain at Complutense University of Madrid. During her time abroad she was able to finally be fully immersed in the language she has been studying since elementary school, as well as be fully immersed in the cultureAlina Edep she has learned so much about during her time as a Spanish minor. Being the only American in a class of Spanish students as well as living with a host family taught her the differences between the American and Spanish university system and allowed her to be fully integrated into the Spanish way of life.

In addition, she was able to travel all over Europe which was a dream she had for many years. At her home base in Spain, she spent many afternoons on the paddle boats in Retiro Park, had many dinners with her host parents and three young host sisters, and danced in discotecas until the metro reopened at 6 am many times.

Alina hopes to encourage as many students as she can to find the right place to study abroad and have the amazing experience she did. She hopes to be able to provide information and share her personal experiences with every Hoya that is considering spending part of their undergraduate career abroad so they can make the decision that is best for them.

Monica Firmani '19

Monica is a junior in the MSB, majoring in Marketing and Management. She spent the fall of 2017 in Sydney, Australia at the University of Sydney, taking classes such as New Products Marketing and Australian History. Monica Firmani

In her free time, she spent a commendable amount of time finding the perfect chai latte, and in addition to the various cafes she visited, Monica travelled to New Zealand, Tasmania, Cairns, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Some of the best experiences of her abroad experience were exploring new hikes along the east coast of Australia and learning how to surf.

Meredith Forsyth '19

Meredith is a junior in the SFS studying International Politics with a concentration in International Law, Institutions & Ethics and a certificate in African Studies. She spent fall 2017 as an exchange student at the Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD).

While abroad, she took classes on international security, public diplomacy, and law from professors with backgrounds ranging from former Swiss Ambassador to currentMeredith Forsyth pre-trial court judge at The Hague. Outside of the classroom, she learned so much by getting to know her fellow students and friends who hailed from each corner of the globe—from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan. Her happiest memories were made traveling with her friends through the beautiful Swiss Alps and eating her weight in fondue.

Meredith truly believes any Georgetown student can benefit immensely from a unique, immersive abroad experience. For her, being one of two Georgetown students in the program (and one of the few Americans at GSD) made her experience incredibly educational on both an academic and personal level. She would encourage anyone thinking about studying abroad to consider a unique opportunity like GSD!

Back on campus, Meredith is working as a fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and plays on the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. When she’s not taking classes or working at GIWPS, you can find her playing Frisbee on Copley Lawn with her teammates or cooking something yummy in her Henle kitchen.

Kevin Gorton '18

Kevin is a senior in the MSB majoring in both finance and accounting and minoring in theology. This past spring, he studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland’s breathtaking capital city. During his time abroad, Kevin took a variety of classes, covering topics ranging from financial derivatives to epistemology. He lived in a flat at the foot of Arthur's Kevin GortonSeat with full-time Scottish students and still counts them as some of his best friends.

Kevin went a step further than the classroom environment and immersed himself in Scottish culture during his free time. He road-tripped around the Highlands and visited his friends’ village outside Inverness; sampled whiskey from all over the country; dined on homemade haggis, neeps, and tatties for Burns Night; and even squeezed in some bagpipe practice with his close friends.

Although he left his kilt at home for the semester, Kevin is beyond excited to share his experiences (and some Nessie hunting tips) with fellow Hoyas who may be on the fence about studying abroad.
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Evanthea Hammer '19

Evanthea  is a junior in the College majoring in Art History and History, and pursuing a minor in Modern Greek. She spent the Fall 2017 with Advanced Studies in England in Bath, England. Evanthea undertook coursework in Greek and English history. She particularly Evanthea Hammerenjoyed taking classes at Oxford University, touring medieval castles, and hiking in the lush English countryside. 

As an OGE Ambassador, Evanthea hopes to inspire fellow students to choose ASE and provide assistance to those who need it when deciding whether or not (or where) to study abroad.”


Cole Horton '18

Cole is a senior in the School of Foreign Service and a freshman in the Masters School of Foreign Service. He is majoring in International Politics (undergraduate) and Global Politics and Security (graduate), with an emphasis on law and foreign policy. He spent a year at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, studying History and Politics at St. Catherine’sCole Horton College. Outside of academics, Cole competed with the St. Catherine’s College Graduate Soccer Team against other Oxford colleges. On weekends, Cole traveled into London and to other European countries including Spain, Italy, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and France.

As an OGE Ambassador, Cole hopes to encourage other Georgetown students to study abroad and to make the most of their programs. He hopes other students will have the incredible experience he did, as he believes his time at Oxford made him a better student and a better person.

Megan Logan '19

Megan is a junior in the MSB majoring in Finance and International Business and minoring in French. She studied abroad in Tours and Paris, France, during the summer Megan Loganof 2017. While abroad, Megan took classes on French language and culture, as well as French business classes which explored specific French companies and the French business world as a whole. One of Megan’s favorite parts of the experience was interacting with her host families and gathering around family dinners for rich conversations.

Megan enjoyed the opportunity to be in Paris on Bastille Day. She was awed by the Eiffel tower fireworks display and light show that celebrated the holiday. Megan spent much of her free time strolling along the Seine, reading in the Jardin de Tuileries, and searching for the perfect macaroon.

Elizabeth Malatesta '18

Liz is a senior in the College majoring in English and minoring in Chinese. She spent the Fall 2016 semester studying abroad in Beijing, China at Minzu University. While abroad, she participated in an intensive language immersion program through ACC Hamilton, which included a language pledge and an independent research project that helped her gainLiz Malatesta a deeper understanding of the Chinese language.

On top of class, Liz spent her weekends visiting with her host family, exploring Beijing, and taking short trips around the country. Her fondest memories include the food carts that popped up outside the university gate each night, fine tuning her ping pong skills during ping pong class twice a week, and joining the senior citizens dancing in the public parks.

After her semester in Beijing, Liz backpacked through Sichuan Province and Yunnan Province, eating her way through regional delicacies, hiking through some of China's beautiful national parks, and best of all, making friends everywhere she went. She can't wait to go back!

Maggie McDermott '19

Maggie is a junior in the College majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. She spent her junior fall semester in Stockholm, Sweden with DIS -- Study Abroad in Scandinavia. While abroad, Maggie took Swedish language classes, as well as biology courses that Maggie McDermottallowed her to get to know the Swedish healthcare system firsthand.

Outside of the classroom, Maggie spent the majority of her time outdoors -- hiking weekly and exploring the many national parks only a bus ride outside the city. She also had the chance to pursue her love of running when she ran the Stockholm Half Marathon in September. In addition, she also enjoyed getting to know the city itself -- always on the hunt for the best fika (Swedish coffee break) spots and exciting new museums.

As a OGE ambassador, Maggie is excited to share her experiences and encourage other Hoyas to push their boundaries and break the Georgetown bubble.

Johanna Mintz '18

Johanna is a Senior in the College majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish. She spent the past spring semester studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She directly enrolled at the University and took all of her classes in Spanish along with Johanna Mintzother Spanish students. Johanna also lived with a great host family consisting of a mother, father, and 10 year old daughter.

In her free time Johanna loved exploring the museums and other sights of Madrid. She was able to travel all over Spain on weekends--Granada, Sevilla, Córdoba, Galicia, Barcelona, Toledo, Segovia, Escorial, and Mallorca--and also made it out of the country a few times. Johanna's favorite aspect was improving her Spanish and exploring the city of Madrid.


Kosi Ndukwe '19

Kosi is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Computer Science. He studied abroad in the Summer of 2017 in Florence, Italy at Villa Le Balze where he took a film course about documentary filmmaking and Italian Realism.Kosi Nduwke

Some of his fondest memories from his time abroad came from his interactions with people outside of the classroom. Kosi also enjoyed making his own documentary from start to finish: coming up with idea, meeting local people from Fiesole, recording, and editing the whole project. He learned there was more to pasta than just spaghetti; now he can't stop craving tagliatelle al ragu. Kosi was able to visit Barcelona and see many natural pieces of art. He got to hang out with locals from Fiesole his own age and he learned a lot from their culture. This summer was his first time being outside North America.

Noah Nelson '18

Noah is a senior in the College, completing a double major in government and psychology. He recently studied abroad in the spring of 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden and in Copenhagen, Denmark, through DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia. While abroad, he enrolled in an intensive Swedish language course that convened four times per week, and alsoNoah Nelson discovered a passion for cycling and exploring the outdoors.

As a student with DIS, Noah decided to pursue coursework in positive psychology and anti-terrorism; two courses that are not traditionally found in the Georgetown catalog. Outside of class, when not enjoying a fikapaus (“coffee break”) at one of Stockholm’s many Espresso Houses, he would enjoy spending time with his visiting host family and playing basketball in a class sponsored by Stockholm University. On the weekends, he would often hop on a bus and explore new areas of the city, stopping at museums and other cultural attractions along the way.

Noah’s study abroad experience was a time of tremendous reflection and growth, and he hopes to implement the lessons learned to his final year at Georgetown. For Noah, who is of Swedish descent, studying abroad in Scandinavia was an incredibly meaningful experience, and he hopes to serve as a resource for prospective study abroad students.  

Beatriz Perret, '18

Beatriz is a senior in the college majoring in Computer Science. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2017 in Hong Kong, at the City University of Hong Kong. During her time abroad, Beatriz studied the history and economics of China and Hong Kong, curious to learn what impulsed the rapid growth in theBeatriz Perret region.

Beatriz chose to go to Asia with an entrepreneurial mindset: wanting to learn what problems and needs exist in Hong Kong and how they solve it. She was immediately impressed with their bamboo scaffolding and kept looking out for creative solutions.

While abroad, Beatriz traveled to mainland China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, which gave her a broader understanding of the continent. Studying abroad helped Beatriz push the boundaries of her comfort zone. She got into the habit of hiking and became accustomed with not understanding everything around her.

Shyla Prasad '20

Shyla is a sophomore in the MSB thinking about double majoring in Finance and International Business as well as minoring in Spanish. The summer after her first year at Georgetown she participated in the Barcelona study abroad program. Abroad she greatly improved her Spanish skills while taking full-immersion classes in Art History, Advanced BusinessShyla Prasad for Spanish, and History, Identity and Politics of Spain. These classes had final projects that required interaction with locals through personal interviews as well as email correspondences, which engaged Shyla even more in her work. Apart from the classroom, Shyla loved learning about the culture of the country though day trips and exploring the areas local eateries with friends.

Shyla considers her time abroad to be one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of her life and she looks forward to sharing it with others and helping them find a program fitting for there by acting as a peer ambassador.  

Emily Ressler '18

Emily is a senior in the College, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Spanish. She studied abroad at la Universidad Complutense de Madrid during the Fall 2016 semester. While abroad she studied Spanish linguistics, art, and history, including one course that incorporatedEmily Ressler tours of different neighborhoods of Madrid and various service elements, which led Emily to become a companion to an elderly woman on Tuesday nights.

Some of Emily’s favorite parts of being abroad were day and weekend trips to various parts of Spain, jogging through Retiro park, spending time with her awesome host family, indulging in gluten-free food across the city, and meeting new Georgetown students.

As an OGE Ambassador, Emily hopes to encourage other students to study abroad and to help foster a study abroad community after they return to the Hilltop.

Hannah Schmidt '19

Hannah Schmidt is a junior in the MSB majoring in Marketing and Management, and minoring in German. She spent the Fall 2017 semester studying abroad in Sydney, Australia at the University of Sydney. During her time abroad, Hannah took courses in Theology, Marketing, Australian History, and International HR. As a member of the Georgetown Lightweight Women's Rowing team, Hannah was able to get involved with Sydney Uni Boat Club Hannah Schmidtand continue her rowing abroad. With the club, she trained for local racing, got to see the sun rise over the Harbor Bridge in the distance and made heaps of new mates!

On weekends, Hannah explored as much of Australia as possible to experience the culture and interact with the locals. She even made it over to New Zealand during mid-semester break and backpacked around the South Island, doing way too many crazy things for her mother's liking along the way. Hannah also ate an insane amount of pad thai while in Sydney, which she definitely has no regrets about.

As an Ambassador for the Office of Global Education, Hannah is keen to share her experience with other future study abroad students - and hopes that she will encourage them not to miss out on one of the most unforgettable experiences of their Georgetown story.

Mia Silverio '19

Mia is a junior in the College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She spent the best five and a half months of months of her life living in Buenos Aires, Argentina during fall semester 2017. While abroad, Mia took classes in psychology, ethics, communications, and visual art at Universidad Catolica de Argentina, and Universidad de Buenos Aires. Of all the fascinating aspects of direct enrollment, Mia most enjoyed interacting with local Mia Silveriostudents and observing the differences between American and Argentine pedagogical styles.

Outside of academics, Mia took full advantage of exploring Buenos Aires. She ran her first half-marathon, scouted out the best live music spots, volunteered as a coach for a local soccer team, and developed an unusual affinity for public transportation. She felt that one of the most important aspects of her experience was her wonderful host family. With them, she experienced an authentic outdoor barbeque, watched “foundational” Argentine talk shows, and explored the lesser-known stomping grounds of the rockers and the dreamers of Buenos Aires. She also spent time discovering Argentina’s natural beauty through trips to Patagonia, Northern Argentina, and Chile.

Mia is excited to motivate other Georgetown students to study in Buenos Aires. She is eager to speak more about her experiences, and encourages any students with questions or concerns about the application, or about studying abroad in South America, to reach out.

Ali Stephens '18

Ali is a senior in the college majoring in English and minoring in French. She spent the spring semester of 2017 in the beautiful city of Lyon, France studying at Université Jean Moulin where she took a variety of French literature courses. Ali lived with an amazing host family and had the chance to improve her French and cooking skills while living with them.Ali Stephens

Outside of class, Ali enjoyed exploring different parts of Lyon, partaking in the local culture and cuisine with friends (Lyon is known as the Gastronomic capital of France!), walking along the Rhône river and enjoying the vibrant night life and live music scene. She also had a great time being involved in a French a cappella group and had the chance to perform at different venues around the city.

As a peer advisor, Ali can’t wait to be a source of guidance and support for any Georgetown students who are thinking about, in the process of, or ready to embark on their journey of studying abroad!

Kelly Tierney '18

Kelly is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics with a focus in Finance and Commerce. She studied abroad in London for the year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At LSE, she took four, yearlong courses, including Accounting, British Economic History, Economics in Public Policy and LearningKelly Tierney from Quantitative Data. On campus, she was very involved with LSE's Hockey Team. As a member of the varsity-level club, she trained to compete in Cup and League matches for the Women's 1st and Mixed Hockey Teams. She was able to make many new American friends through the General Course Programme in addition to international friends through hockey. Over the weekends and over school breaks, she travelled as much as possible in order to expand her cultural horizons. By the end of the year, she had made 20 excursions to different countries and protectorates.

As an OGE Ambassador, Kelly is excited to share her experiences with others who are considering studying abroad. Studying abroad may seem extremely daunting- but it can be the greatest adventure with proper information and guidance. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience and welcomes any opportunity to help other Hoyas navigate this process.

Elizabeth Valiaveedan '19

Elizabeth is a junior in the SFS studying International Politics with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in International Development. She spent the 2017 Fall semester abroadElizabeth Valiaveedan in Madrid, Spain studying at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. She was able to immerse herself in the Spanish culture and experience all that Madrid has to offer. Besides exploring the city and all of its amazing museums, sights, and restaurants, she spent many weekends traveling around Spain and visiting other places in Europe. The semester was filled with learning new things, like how to cook paella, and visiting new places she had always dreamed of, from the Swiss Alps to the the city of Marrakech. As an ambassador, she hopes to be able to share her incredible experience and encourage other students to go abroad. 

Brett Voyles '19

Brett is a Junior in the SFS majoring in International History with a focus in 20th century Latin America and a minor in Spanish. She studied abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay in the Fall of 2017 at la Universidad de la República taking history and literature classes focused on the Brett Voylesregion.

Outside of class, Brett thoroughly enjoyed living with her host family. Daily merienda's (a late afternoon tea/coffee meal), 10 o'clock dinners and the casual sobremesa were the highlights that defined her time abroad. In fact, every 29th of the month she holds true to her Uruguayan tradition of eating gnocchi to bring her good luck in the month to come!

As an OGE Ambassador, she hopes to excite people to go to Latin America because it will change your life for the better. Besos and saludos forever!

Michael White '19

Michael is a Junior in the College majoring in Linguistics and American Musical Culture and minoring in German. He studied abroad in the Summer of 2017 in Trier, Germany at Universität Trier. While he was abroad, he took an Intensive Advanced German course. Michael White

Michael spent his free time eating Turkish food and ice cream while practicing his German with the other students and the locals. On the weekends he would go running through his neighborhood or find German record shops. He spent afternoons practicing guitar with his host family and their neighbors. His program also granted him the opportunity to visit amazing places like Luxembourg and Karlsruhe. He also had the opportunity outside of his program to visit Cologne, Berlin and Paris, also taking the time to visit the Lindt Chocolate Museum as well as the Louvre. Michael practiced the art of using European transport by mastering the Trier bus system and the Deutsche Bahn for traveling to other cities and countries.

As an ambassador, Michael hopes to encourage students to explore unique study abroad options that work with any students' schedule and interests.

Grace Wydeven '18

Grace is a senior in the College majoring in English and minoring in Economics. Grace WydevenDuring the spring semester of her junior year, Grace studied abroad in Bath, England through the Advanced Studies in England (ASE) program.

She absolutely loved her time abroad and is excited to share her experience and advice with students thinking about studying abroad!


Kevin Yuan '18

Kevin is a senior in the College double majoring in Economics and Japanese and minoring in Mathematics. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year studying in Tokyo, Japan through the Waseda University Global Leadership Fellows Program. While abroad, he took various courses about global issues, economics, and Japanese language and culture, includingKevin Yuan a strenuous kendo course where he learned how to defend himself in case he ever encounters a bamboo sword-wielding attacker. Beyond academics, he joined the Waseda Piano Society for which he performed in a recital for the community, and gained experience in international business through an internship with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

During breaks and free time, Kevin adventured around Tokyo and Japan, petting foxes, taking selfies with penguins, napping on trains, and eating tons of delicious food along the way. He loved getting to see the diverse urban and rural landscapes across the country, and hopes to return to Japan very soon.