ugazine Spring 2016
Vol. 47, Issue 3
Eating Around the World: Athens Edition page 10
The Outdoor Classroom page 12
Music Festivals Worthy Of Any Bucket List page 40
Photography: Meredith Brasher
the travel issue
Photography: Sam Hertzig
Photography: Orlando Pimentel
contents ..................................... Spring 2016
IN PROFILE 6 8 12 14 16
Swamp Corps Nicaragua Eating Around the World: Athens Edition The Outdoor Classroom A Foreigner At Home Where Have You Been?
CAMPUS LENS 18
A Look Across the Pond
LIFESTYLE 24 26 28 30 36 38
How to Prepare for Study Abroad Everyday Travel Vacations Under $20 On the Road How to Plan a Cross Country Road Trip A Tourist at Home
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 40
Next Stop: Festival Season
BEYOND THE ARCH 42 44 46
Food Tourism Across Europe Making the Most Of It Evolving Feminism In the Czech Republic georgiaugazine.org 3
ugazine editor-in-chief Haylee Silverthorne photo editor Hannah Kicklighter online editor Nick Seymour social media editor Amber Boren copy editors Jenny Alpaugh Tristyn Angel fashion editors Surina Harjani Ersta Ferryanto contributing editors Marli Collier Lauren Leising Danielle Profita Camren Skelton
staff writers Emily Baker Kyla Brinkley Jazmine Calhoun Cory Cole Ashley Dozier Casey Drum Emily Haney Donica Farwell Emma Korstanje Carrie Mauldin Ashton Pike Danielle Profita Camren Skelton Katie Story staff designers Hannah Brown Ashley Dozier Jenny Rim Jennifer Ton Logan Wilkes
staff photographers Meredith Brasher Jazmine Calhoun Lizzie Chambers Casey Drum Sally Frost Maggie Harney Taylor Hickox Sam Hertzig Emily Jenkins Ali Lynn Rachel Nipp Orlando Pimentel Danielle Profita Camren Skelton Jane Snyder fashion team Olivia Rawlings Jenny Rim Logan Wilkes
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Editor’s Note Travel. Just the word alone makes people want to board a plane, forget about everything and explore the world. Now that everyone is back from spring break and has had a taste of the much needed freedom and relaxation it provides, the longing for summer and the ability to take longer vacations and travel is at an all-time high. Whether you are planning a vacation or trying to decide where to go next, this issue is for you. We have an article on how to plan for a study abroad (p. 24), which music festivals to hit up this summer (p. 40) and what restaurants to visit next to get a taste of travel without leaving Athens (p. 8). If you are more of the type to soak in world culture without leaving your home, our pages feature photos from past study abroads, trips and food from around the world. Wanderlust will hit you hard after flipping through this issue’s pages, so we apologize in advance for creating a deep desire to travel to all of the destinations featured. Actually, scratch that. You should want to travel. Get ideas, make a dream destination list and board a plane. Take the first step, get out of your comfort zone and go! The world is an amazing place, so you should get out there and see for yourself.
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Swamp Corps Nicaragua: A Camp of Sheer Passion and Pure Joy By: Cory Cole | Photography: Ali Lynn
Dodgeball. S’mores by the bonfire. Shaving cream fights. Friendship bracelets. Cabin pillow fights. These activities aren’t unfamiliar to those of us who grew up going to summer camp. Those weeks of camp are where we develop lifelong friendships with lingering memories of fun, laughter, spiritual and personal growth and great food. At least that’s what I experienced at The Swamp. Let’s get something straight, The Swamp is not an actual swamp. The Swamp is a youth camp in Georgia that has been serving kids and families in the southeast for more than 20 years. That’s where my siblings and I have experienced camp culture. What has made it so special to me and the friends I’ve made there is that it is one of the safest places to be yourself. It is the mission of The Swamp to provide a mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually safe place for kids and teens to have fun and learn about God. “The heart of it is that every kid that touches The Swamp is valued,” says camp director Jeff Rorabaugh. “As much as we’d like everyone to develop a belief, some don’t, and yet they still walk away feeling loved and valued, and that can change the world.” Six years ago, Jeff and his wife, Jen, started a program called Swamp Corps where the camp culture of The Swamp is shared worldwide. Teams of experienced
Campers walking during sunset around the camp facility, which is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains and a volcano.
Swamp campers and counselors are invited to other countries around the world for three consecutive years. They then train counselors and directors in those countries to run a camp for the kids. The organization has completed training camps in South Africa, Jamaica and Barbados and will finish training this year in India, Brazil and the Bahamas. In December, the South Africa camp actually began training in Zimbabwe, and in January I had the privilege of being on the team for a very successful first year of training in Nicaragua. I’ve traveled to other Spanish-speaking countries before, and I’ve consistently taken Spanish classes since the age of nine. There was never a point in my life where I didn’t enjoy it. I love the language, and I love the cultures of Latin America. So you can imagine my excitement when Swamp Corps announced their trip to Nicaragua last April. It was their first trip to a Spanishspeaking place, and I felt called to be a part of the team with my passion for Spanish-speaking cultures. Little did I know that when I signed up to be a counselor, God had other plans in store for me. I became the personal translator for Jeff. Going into the week, I felt excited but extremely nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn’t know all the right words or that I wasn’t capable of translating in front of big groups. Something that helped me overcome this was Jeff ’s
advice: “This is a learning experience for you; don’t feel insecure. I trust you.” Hearing that guidance and understanding other’s expectations of me is what got me through the week. I learned so much through speaking Spanish and about the administrative side to running a youth camp. A total of 83 campers from Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica attended the 6-day camp in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. For nearly all the campers (and counselors), it was their first experiences going to camp. I can confidently say they did not go home disappointed. “There could have been so many obstacles,” Jeff says. “Those obstacles melted away on day one. Because of that, we saw the core of Swamp culture - building relationships.” The new international relationships Alanis Espinosa, freshman, formed in Nicaragua are what impacted her the most. “I loved how deep they were in every aspect of their love and their gratitude,” Espinosa says. Coming from Mexican descent, 18-year-old Espinosa is used to the embracing culture. I guess you could say she was fluent in the physical love language and in Spanish, so she felt right at home. She has kept up with her Central American friends weekly ever since the trip because of her experience with “a love so genuine it keeps going.” Junior Jesse McKay traveled with the Swamp Corps South Africa to Zimbabwe just weeks before joining us in Nicaragua. He’s also been a part of the fulltime staff at The Swamp in Georgia for the past four summers, and he sees a very bright future for the camp in Nicaragua.
“I can easily see Nicaragua being a strong focal point for the rest of Central America,” McKay says. The Nicaraguans’ “sheer passion” for camp gives McKay hope that one day Nicaragua camp can train other camps in Central America, much like South Africa camp did for Zimbabwe. The people there truly emanated gratitude. You could tell that they were having the time of their lives. It was incredible to witness the campers dive right into the special Swamp culture that so many of us on the trip experienced when we were growing up. The Central Americans loved our goofy and fun traditions of dancing in the dining hall during meals, playing dodgeball and competing in cabin challenges. The smiles and laughter of the kids showed me what true and pure joy looks like. It isn’t a feeling. It is a state of being grateful for whatever life throws at you. This trip was just a taste of what my future may hold. As I begin to approach the end of my college experience, I feel the heavy pressure that thinking about my future career brings. But this trip was the first time I felt excited about it because I was combining the skills I’m learning in college about Spanish, management and communication with the passion I have for traveling, meeting new people, camp culture and youth. I consider it a blessing to have been able to be a part of the Swamp Corps Nicaragua team. I definitely left a piece of my heart there. I can’t wait to find it next January at Camp Nicaragua 2017.
Eating Around the World By: Emma Korstanje | Photography: Sam Hertzig
N O I T I D E S EN
The two naans at Little India perfectly compliment each other both visually and in flavor. The Traditional Naan is paired with a mildly spicy green chili sauce while the Garlic Chili Naan is matched with a more mild sauce, making the combinations perfectly balanced.
Every bite of Kelly’s food is packed with spice and flavor.
Members of Generation Z have had the pleasure of advancing through life in a very diverse world, which is something that Generation X, and possibly even some members of the Millennial Generation, were not able to fully experience. This has led to a campus life swarming with unique students basking in their ability to maintain individuality. There is, however, one characteristic that can be applied to most college students regardless of preexisting social differences. It is the one characteristic that minor cyber-stalking of really any form of social media can reveal, at least in some shape or form. This is referring to, of course, the intense and insatiable desire to see the world. The wish to expand one’s horizons outside of the familiar American landscape has become somewhat of a trope in the novel of 21st century college student lives. With the technology boom and sudden access to a plethora of information previously hidden in books, it can’t be too difficult to guess why there is a desire to see the world. One thing that sadly hasn’t changed is the required steps and materials to travel the globe – time and money. Both of which students rarely have in excess. Luckily for the residents of Athens, the Classic City offers a nice alternative to this issue while also pleasing the lovers of all things food. By dining at any of the following restaurants, an eager traveler can eat around the globe for much less than a coach ticket overseas.
To begin the tour, a trip to DePalma’s Italian Café located on East Broad Street can satisfy the desire to visit the country, at least for the time being. Beginning as an experiment in creating the perfect pizza, DePalma’s has since grown to inhabit three locations with an extended menu featuring both classic Italian dishes and Americanized favorites. “I like how quaint it is, like it doesn’t feel like a chain. It’s got a very home-y feeling,” says Kristina Caldwell, a freshman biology major from Suwannee who frequents the café. This particular stop is great for both filling up before nights out on the town and refueling during casual shopping excursions. Pauley’s Crepe Bar, though not technically a “French” restaurant, can satisfy some interest in the culture without breaking the college student budget. Originating in Athens before expanding to Atlanta, Pauley’s is a staple of the Classic City. The favored menu item, crepes, are originally a food of France, although the restaurant has definitely put its own unique spin on the item with both savory and dessert options. “Pauley’s is the first and definitely best crepe bar I have ever eaten at,” says Julia Ghyzel, a freshman biology major from Newnan. “I highly recommend the buffalo chicken crepe! It’s amazing!” For a more true-to-France option, the Etienne Brasserie on East Broad Street is a great option, though it is more expensive. –Continued on next page
The entire menu is delicious, but it’s Cali and Tito’s signature dish, the Cuban sandwich, that is a fan favorite. Customers get a choice of steak, chicken or chorizo.
Many students are familiar with the classic, Americanized Chinese takeout that occasionally features mystery meats and inspirational cookies. Unfortunately, this is often where the knowledge of Asian-inspired cuisine comes to an end. In Athens, one can take a trip to India by visiting the aptly named Little India located on East Broad Street and indulge in a wide variety of savory entrees from chicken to goat, with vegetarian options available. The restaurant features a unique system of rating dishes as “mild,” “medium,” “hot” or “Indian hot” to help newcomers navigate the possibly unfamiliar dishes. For a first time visit, it is suggested to start with the restaurant’s lunch buffet in which one can sample many different flavors and meats to really discover which aspect of Indian cuisine is most preferable without spending a hefty amount of money. For a more eastern Asian excursion, Shokitini, located off of West Clayton Street, is a great option for those who are interested in the Japanese culture. Though it is a bit of an upscale option, the higher price should not discourage lovers of sushi from visiting, according to Lauren Page. “It is higher priced, but the food and service is definitely worth it,” says Page, a freshman early childhood development major from Savannah. When describing a trip to the contemporary Japanese dining spot, Page says, “Everything just seems really fresh.” Shokitini’s menu features other options, with dishes that would satisfy the most adventurous of eaters as well as dishes for those who like to consume the familiar. The restaurant also offers karaoke, which is basically the icing on the raw tunafilled, seaweed-wrapped cake.
DePalma’s tortellini and grilled chicken sausage is colorful, spicy and perfectly creamy.
Although it is technically part of North America, experiencing true Jamaican cuisine is a rarity for many Americans. Because of this, Kelly’s Jamaican Foods is a treasure to the Athens dining scene. It is well known for its authentic approach to the food served, as well as utilizing a heavy hand when spicing ensuring that the dishes are never lacking in flavor. The cost is very reasonable when the large portions served are kept in mind, and because of this, the local staple has a strong fan base of recurring customers. Lastly, a visit to Cali N’ Tito’s can end the tour with a Latin American flair. This particular restaurant is difficult to miss in passing with its eclectic, colorful décor and nicely placed outdoor seating. They’re well known for fish tacos as well as their specialty limeade. The restaurant implements a “bring your own beverage” policy where, for two dollars, a customer will be provided with a wristband and ice to keep beverages cold. The prices are hard to beat, and on a college student’s budget, this spot is a dream come true. From the pizza of DePalma’s Italian Café to Cali N’ Tito’s Latin American flair, the Classic City is certainly not lacking in the cultural cuisine department. This can be a relief to many students, as the technology age has instilled a desire to explore the world and experience all that it has to offer. By stopping in to dine at any of the aforementioned restaurants, one can get a taste of travel without ever leaving Athens.
Sitting at the sushi bar offers a different look at Shokitini. The chefs are friendly, they give you treats and watching them make your sushi makes for dinner and a show.
Meredith Brasher, a sophomore English and political science major, jumps into the icy cold water at Crater Lake, Oregon.
The Outdoor Classroom By: Kyla Brinkley | Photography Submitted By: Meredith Brasher
Two duffle bags, eight weeks, 16 credits and over 20 national parks and monuments. This was Meredith Brasher’s life from June 5 to Aug. 2, 2014, before arriving at the University of Georgia for her freshman year. During that summer, she participated in the Interdisciplinary Field Program. Brasher heard about the IFP through friends, including one who went to her high school in Atlanta. Representatives from the IFP shared the opportunity at Druid Hills High School because of the large volume of accepted UGA students there. The Interdisciplinary Field Program allows students to earn a full semester of class credit while exploring the American West through geology, ecology and anthropology, traveling by van and sleeping in tents. Established in 1988, the program originally only accepted honor students and geology students. Today, it maintains a competitive application process open for up to 20 students of any major, college and year—from incoming freshmen to outbound seniors. There’s nothing like it. Because she participated in the program before even starting college, Brasher felt that the small group created an “incredible cushion.” “I had seven incredibly close friends before I even started,” Brasher says. She quickly grew close with the network of people who attended the trip, including Julia Cox, the program’s coordinator. The students respect Cox because she works hard to maintain all aspects of the program. “She does everything,” Brasher smiled. “She’s already planning the campsites right now.”
Brasher was uneasy when she began the trip because she was not only a rising freshman, but she had never even slept in a tent. She is confident, however, that even those students less connected with nature can enjoy themselves during the IFP. It took her about a week to get used to the experience, and she emphasizes that this would not have been possible without the amazing group of people who she shared it with. “Even if you are horrible at this lifestyle, people will laugh at you in the best type of spirit,” Brasher says. “It’s just a traveling support system.” The sense of community fostered by the IFP allows students like Brasher to cultivate lasting friendships, even if the journey feels scary at first. “The first night, I remember calling my mom like, ‘What have I done?’” Brasher recalls. She has kept in touch with the network of students who embarked across the country with her, maintaining close friendships with many of them. Some students she met were from other institutions, such as Georgia Tech and Georgia College and State University. Brasher explained that she has also met a wide variety of people just “through shared experience” from the trip. An English and political science major, Brasher also loved the IFP because of the style of learning used. For her, writing is usually the best way to learn. During the IFP, however, she was immersed in the material. “We would be sitting in this national park…the grand Tetons or the Grand Canyon…in this hot sun with our professor sitting in front of us, and he’d be explaining a rock and instead of that rock being a picture in a textbook, it would be in front of us and you could touch it, or be
This iconic blue lake is a signature of Crater Lake, Oregon.
right next to a fault line and understand exactly how these rocks move,” Brasher says. The classes weren’t easy, but Brasher felt that studying was what made it more enjoyable because of the people she was with and because it was so interactive. During the program, Brasher took anthropology, geology and ecology—all of which had labs included. If she was not a double major, she would have graduated in three years because of all of the credit she received from the program before starting at UGA. She also received a backpacking credit for P.E., which emphasized the trip’s effect of changing the students’ perceptions of using resources and taking care of their bodies. For example, chefs travel with the group and cook most of the meals. “Everything was so healthy and sometimes you would hike up to 14 miles a day,” Brasher says. Reminiscing about her favorite moments, Brasher immediately described Crater Lake Canyon in Oregon, the location of one of the IFP’s most iconic photos. “It’s this giant crater lake,” she laughed, trying to find the words to describe its beauty. “It’s just the bluest color I’ve ever seen. So, so blue.” The group visited Crater Lake Canyon, a collapsed volcano, on one of the trip’s eight days off. These days allow the students to relax after studying for an exam all week. “You build up all this pressure, and then you have this stellar day when you can take a nap, or get a coffee
in like this cool coffee shop in Portland, or have a really great meal with your friends and not worry about school for a minute,” Brasher says. The cycle then repeats, “so you’re always looking forward to something.” The off days also included stops in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Denver. When the students arrived in San Francisco, Brasher and her closest friends from the IFP got to meet up with her parents before attending a concert with them. “I think that might be the most fun I’ve ever had,” she says. “It was great.” Brasher, now a sophomore, credits the Interdisciplinary Field Program with affecting her life enormously. “There’s only a few of us that go, but everyone’s fanatic. Like fanatic about it. It just changes the way you think about the world,” she says. She would recommend the program to anyone—one of her best friends who she met on the trip was a senior real estate major. He loved it. But Brasher herself decided that she would not participate again, even though she would like to at the same time. “I wouldn’t want to write over the experiences that I’ve already had,” she explained. “It was so perfect so maybe I wouldn’t want to do it again because it wouldn’t be the same.” Brasher now helps with the IFP recruitment table at the Tate Center on campus, where she shares her amazing experience with prospective students. Brasher feels that the most important lesson she took away from the trip wasn’t found in any of the reading. She pondered seriously for a moment, trying to put her thoughts into words, deciding, “I learned how to be independent and how to find and cultivate a sturdy sense of self.”
Meredith Brasher, a sophomore English and political science major, looks over Mesa Verde, Colorado.
A Foreigner At Home By: Jazmine Calhoun | Photography: Maggie Harney and Jazmine Calhoun
A Third Culture Kid, or TCK, is someone who spent the majority of their developmental years in another country, influenced by an entirely different culture than their own. They are the kids with the detailed, tangent narrative to the question, “Where are you from?” As a TCK, I lived in Germany for seven years. Although I have American citizenship, Deutschland ist immer die Heimat (Germany is always home). I did not just visit Germany. I lived the German experience wholeheartedly, insomuch that Germany is a crucial part of my identity. Therefore, after graduating high school, I knew I would miss Germany and that I would have to adjust to the States (how TCKs’ refer to the US). However, I did not realize what a big culture shock I would have upon returning to my land of citizenship. While I lived in Germany, I spent summers in the States, and I spent most of my childhood in the States, but it was different when I returned here to live permanently. I remember leaving the airport hearing English everywhere and realizing that I was not in Germany anymore. No “Ausfahrt” signs, Deutsches Eis (German ice cream), and I could just smell the difference in McDonalds – I have yet to eat McDonalds in the states since returning in 2010. I felt like a foreigner in my own country. It was like watching your favorite kid cartoon as an adult and all the innocence and joy had disappeared. It felt as if I knew this place, I remembered this place, but I still felt out of place. It is strange explaining to people that I had a greater culture shock returning to the States than while living in Germany. How could I experience a culture shock in my own country? The American culture is innately in me, so seven years should not have made my transition back home that difficult. The truth is that I developed this window into my culture that allowed me to understand it unbiased. Yes, I am still American, but I do not have the American perspective alone, so now I can understand my country more fully. When I returned to the States at 19, I felt I had had more freedom in Germany at the age of 14. The lack of autonomy in a country that prides itself on freedom shocked me the most. The mentality of Germans towards teens is different from Americans. In America, we think we treat teenagers as adults, especially in college, but honestly, we tend to cradle young Americans. Maybe it is
Jazmine Calhoun, a digital and broadcast journalism major from Hohenfels, Germany, poses holding Euros, the currency she used while living in Germany.
the issue of safety, which was not big in Germany. Still, I felt more like an adult in Germany at age 14 than at age 19 in my homeland. I developed a more critical perspective of American culture. Before moving to Germany, I saw nothing wrong with where Americans placed their values, but after living in Germany and engaging with people that had various backgrounds, my perspective changed. For Aerian Irvine, a junior international affairs major from McDonough, her new understanding of American customs caused a slight culture shock. She spent her childhood in South Korea, where respect, honor and duty toward those older or of a higher social standing than yourself is still vastly important and central to their culture – a value that has been slipping from American culture. She experienced the hardest time respecting those who did not want to be called “Mrs. or Mr.” even though they were older. “It was like going against the grain,” Irvine says. “Koreans just hold more value towards respect… I have to call someone by their title.” However, for Elizabeth Goddard, a junior social studies education major from Athens, the American pride of freedom of expression shocked her the most after returning from China, which is a generally reserved society. She recalls how expressive students were in her classes in the United States compared to China. However, for Goddard, being classified as part of the majority shocked her the most. “It was strange when I came to
Calhoun lived in Germany for seven years before moving back to the United States when she was 19.
UGA and considered a part of the majority,” Goddard says. “I had been part of the minority all my life, so I had to get used to not being one of two white girls.” Kimberley Allonce, a graduate student in public administration from Haiti, thought the American value of individualism at the price of a strong family proved most shocking. Allonce has only lived in the United States for five years, but he quickly noticed the American need for individualism. It was a shock to see teenagers so eager to leave their parents’ home instead of living with their parents until they are married, as is customary in Haiti. He
Jazmine Calhoun, a digital and broadcast journalism major from Hohenfels, Germany, shows Euros, the currency she used when she lived in Germany.
could not understand the purpose of a “nursing home” for grandparents. In Haiti, “family holds more value for us. You do not leave the home, and if you do, you do not travel too far from it,” Allonce says. The most disturbing and shocking thing for me was realizing racism. Not to say that racism does not exist in Germany, as I am sure it does, but not to the degree as in America. However, upon returning from a culture that I believe to be very accepting and open-minded, I finally realized that racism existed. This window perspective into American culture challenged me to step outside my comfort zone to see America for its truth. Although all of our experiences are our own, as a TCK, we can switch cultures in a matter of seconds. I believe this is our biggest gift. We understand each other in ways that no outsider could. We recognize the constant moving and learning how to say goodbye. We get the addictive need to learn a new culture and travel. Every TCK’s culture is uniquely their own, but we all share common traits as Irvine, Goddard and Allonce point out. As TCK’s, we are more culturally sensitive and understanding of people and use that connection to better the world around us and instigate change. While it may be an odd, identity-crisis-inducing life style, anyone who falls into the Third Culture Kid status agrees that they wouldn’t trade their upbringing for anything.
Where Have You Been? By: Carrie Mauldin | Photography: Jane Snyder
In today’s world, it’s hard to come across someone who hasn’t done his or her fair share of traveling. For some, their idea of travel consists of a day trip to a beach an hour away, while for others, it can be an 18-hour plane ride across the Pacific. Here at the University of Georgia, over 34,000 students have come and gone to various destinations while also calling Athens their home. It is not uncommon to meet someone here from another county, state or nation, and numerous students have traveled far and wide to come here. What is it like to experience a new state while also attending a new school? Megan Murray, a freshman intended athletic training major from Long Island, New York knows. Traveling here from New York or anywhere across the country creates quite the change in people, customs and overall atmosphere. For Murray, one of the biggest adjustments was the people. “People tend to be nicer here. They’ll casually talk to you in the grocery stores and in passing. Not a lot of that happens up in New York,” Murray says. “There’s also not a lot of J-walking either, and I’d never seen fried okra before.”
Another big difference was the reaction southerners had to this year’s “Snowzilla” winter storm, Jonas. “At my old school, the principal wouldn’t cancel school unless the snow was past his knees, but here, everyone panics at the sight of a few flurries” Murray says. While some students do their traveling within the states, plenty do their traveling internationally. Fiona Graves, a freshman biology and Spanish double major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, shares her experience in traveling to various international places while growing up. “I went to Italy when I was in the fourth grade,” Graves says. “I liked it, but I didn’t appreciate what I was experiencing because of my age. Junior year of high school, I went to Spain and loved it. Experiencing different cultures is incredibly beneficial to people, especially Americans because our culture is made up of so many different ones. Being able to see unique cultures that aren’t like each other and are distinct is really cool. The summer before senior year of high school, I went to London, Scotland, France, Switzerland and Germany. I really enjoyed that too because it’s great to see how people live and see how even though you live thousands of miles
Fiona Graves, a freshman biology and Spanish double major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, shows off her numerous passport stamps in front of the fountain at Herty Field.
Jae Ryung Park, an international business student from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, holds a picture frame her boyfriend gave her before she left for the United States.
apart you still have things in common. Most importantly the early 1600’s really makes you take a step back and I think it was amazing to see how old everything was. appreciate the beauty of everything.” America is so young in comparison to all the countries Some UGA students travel great distances to return of Europe, and to be in a castle that’s been around since to their homes and reminisce in the culture they were born into. Nuzat Moman, a freshman pharmaceutical sciences major from Atlanta, has made multiple trips to India throughout her life. While in America, she has moved from Atlanta, to Valdosta, and back to Atlanta due to her father’s job placements. However, over the summers, she travels to India to visit friends and family. “I usually go every summer to visit family. While I’m there I eat a lot of Indian food and travel,” Moman says. “You don’t really need cars while you’re there. There are free taxis called rickshaws that take care of most of the travel around the city.” Her friend, Quynh Tran, a freshman biology major from Atlanta, is also experienced in travel. Tran migrated to America from Vietnam when she was nine and makes a visit back every four years. “My grandpa fought in the Vietnam War, and those who fought on the American side were given access to live in the United States after the war. My grandpa had a friend who lived in Georgia, which was how we ended up here. I came to UGA because it was one of the top colleges in Georgia,” Tran says. With its strong diversity and large student body, UGA is full of students with stories of travel and cultural experience. For those who haven’t experienced another country or culture, UGA sends hundreds of students Jae Ryung Park, an international business student each year to foreign lands for study abroad opportunities. from Waseda University in If you haven’t done your share of travel yet, get to it! Tokyo, Japan, rings the chapel bell located on the University of Georgia’s north campus.
A Look Across the Pond Photography: Casey Drum, Taylor Hickox and Camren Skelton
The University of Georgia offers so many opportunities to travel for each and every major. These photos were taken in France, Austria, Italy and Spain. Studying abroad is a great way to travel while you are in college. Be sure to check out all the programs the university offers, and maybe you can go out and see the world too!
How to Prepare for Study Abroad By: Emily Baker | Photography: Sally Frost
So you are going to study abroad? Maybe you are looking to be exposed to a new culture, or maybe you want to get out of Athens for a semester. Whatever the reason, you are about to embark on what will probably be the greatest adventure of your college experience. Before you can have your Lizzie McGuire moment, you have to plan ahead. Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem daunting. There is so much to do and pack, and your parents will kill you if you ask to check another bag. So here are some tips from some students who have studied abroad:
Make sure you have the essentials.
When you think of going abroad, you probably think you’ll just book the flight and figure out the rest when you get there. But anyone who’s traveled outside of the country knows it’s a big ordeal. So if you’ve never been outside of the United States, don’t panic! “The first thing you should do is make sure your passport is updated,”
Ryan DeBuys, a freshman business major from Roswell, points to Madagascar, which is a place he would love to study abroad.
says Carley Fulp, a junior risk management major from Hahira. She also suggests ordering some of the local currency so that you will have cash when you get there. No one wants to be in a foreign country without a way to get anywhere.
Pack with a purpose.
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your entire wardrobe with you. To maximize your space, stick with basic pieces that you can mix and match for multiple outfits. Scarves are also a great accessory because they can switch up an outfit and can be thrown on when it gets cold at night. “The main thing you have to consider when packing for a study abroad trip is all of the things you are going to buy while you’re there,” says Alexandra Falcucci, a junior fashion merchandising major from Asbury, New Jersey. Make a list of everyone you want to buy gifts for, and then you’ll have an idea of how much room you need to leave in your suitcase.
Haidi Al-Shabrawey, a freshman political science and international affairs major from Augusta, has no worries for weather versatility with her collection of scarves.
Plan ahead for weekend getaways.
Most study abroad programs leave the weekends open, which means lots of travel opportunities. Take a day trip to a local beach, or take a train to another city or country. Most places in Europe can be easily traveled to for a short trip. “Look for places to stay on www.hostelworld.com or Airbnb,” says Camren Skelton, a junior journalism major from Greenville, South Carolina. “Both are super affordable and give great reviews, so you are sure to pick the best one!” Plan your weekend getaways ahead of time so that you can make the most of your time abroad. Getting ready for a semester abroad can seem like a big task, but if you organize and prioritize, you can have a stress free trip. Get together with friends who are also studying abroad and go shopping. Buy some staple clothing pieces and get the travel necessities. Preparing for your trip will not seem as scary when your friends are doing it with you. The only surprises you should have should be on your trip, not at the airport. Brittany Galuskin, a freshman advertising major from Mississippi, knows that a moveable, compact suitcase is most manageable for going abroad.
Everyday Travel By: Donica Farwell | Photography: Madison Ambrogio
When measured in the fall semester of 2015, the University of Georgia consisted of 36,130 undergraduate and graduate students. Not to mention the 10,102 faculty, administrators and maintenance work force. With 463 buildings throughout the main campus alone, it comes as no surprise that parking can be a hassle for both commuting students and on campus students. The amount of people traveling through campus clearly surpasses available parking. Stretched over 762 acres, walking is not always a reasonable or safe option. With such a large campus, circumstances such as lack of a car or being under the influence inhibit many students from the opportunity to drive either around campus or home after a night out. However, UGA and the city of Athens provide a variety of local transportation options for the safety and convenience of UGA students. UGA BUS SYSTEM: Free to everyone, the UGA Bus System provides convenient transportation throughout the school day. A few routes include: “North/South,” which runs from North to South Campus, “East Campus Express,” which travels around East Campus and surrounding bus stops, and “Orbit,” which pretty much goes everywhere. Selfexplanatory names give students a general idea of where a bus is going. However, information on the various routes and arrival times are available on the free UGA app. Night and weekend routes are also available. Weekender buses also aid students living on campus to travel to Ramsey or dining halls. Students mainly use UGA buses to be dropped off at dorms, on-campus apartments or bus stops for commuting students to transfer to Athens Transit. “It cuts down my time to get from Creswell to North Campus by at least 10-12 minutes,” says Chad Ward, a freshmen communications studies and philosophy double major from Cumming. Also, UGA bus drivers fall among the highest paying student jobs. “They have been very friendly so far,” Ward says. While riding the UGA buses can be a pleasant experience, buses often become overcrowded due to their popularity. “I wish there were more buses, but overall I have had a good experience,” Ward says. Alex Cosper, a sophomore intended exercise and sports science major from Valdosta, agrees, “The buses are helpful for the most part, sometimes they are a little slow or too full, or show up a little later than I want.” Cosper has a parking pass for the Ramsey parking deck, but Cosper, living in McWhorter Hall in ECV, says, “I am fine with bussing to class across campus.” Despite crowding and wait times, UGA buses remain a necessary mode of transportation to get around campus.
By knowing the stops, using the UGA app and planning service is free, tips are appreciated for the student drivers. ahead, UGA students can efficiently travel to class without To request a ride, a student must simply download the driving a car. free app and order a GOTCHA car during the hours of operation. “Students are able to utilize the service as a ATHENS TRANSIT: quick, convenient and safer option as opposed to walking With 19 different routes across the Athens area, Athens at night. The service will hopefully allow students to feel Transit provides free transportation to all students and more comfortable with getting around campus,” says faculty with a valid UGA ID. Athens Transit is especially Adam Barth, a freshman economics and finance major and beneficial for those living in off campus student former GOTCHA driver from Roswell. “The company is apartments. Athens Transit goes beyond campus, giving trying to expand to accommodate students on Milledge students rides across the city to places such as to WalMart Avenue, as well.” The main function of GOTCHA is the or Beechwood Plaza. These buses run throughout the safety of students at night. If this service continues to week and just started offering Sunday service. UGA gain popularity, no student will ever have to walk at night has also included route, live tracking of buses and other alone. Athens Transit information on the free UGA app. Blaise McComb, a sophomore intended marketing major from UBER: Las Vegas, Nevada, takes Athens Transit routes 25 and For when there are no buses running, you live off campus 28 from the Reserve Apartments to the Miller Learning or need a ride at the push of a button, UBER is there. Center. “Athens Transit is the most inexpensive alternative Downtown Athens is filled with over 80 bars in a single for me to get to campus from our apartment complex. Plus square mile radius. Due to the large number of students I don’t have a parking pass. For a municipal bus service, going out at night, UBER is a very popular way to make I am impressed with its convenience and helpfulness,” sure students get downtown and home safely. Let UBER McComb says. “Most of the drivers for Athens Transit be your designated driver to avoid drinking and driving. are friendly and well trained. They have a lot of heart and To order an UBER, simply download the free app, enter I appreciate that.” While Athens Transit is free and does your credit card information, type in your location and have efficient routes to campus, most buses only reach a request to be picked up. Within minutes you have a ride certain stop every hour. This can be frustrating if your at your doorstep. After the ride, UBER automatically class starts at 8 a.m., and the bus is not scheduled to come charges your account with the app, so there is no until the 50th minute.“Overall, the bus is good if you get monetary transaction in the car. Prices range from around it at the right time,” says Caroline Corbitt, a sophomore $6 to $20, but prices can surge during high demand times. graphic design major from Valdosta. Essentially, get lucky Ride with friends! If an UBER costs $8 dollars and you with class times and get on the bus at an unusual stop and bring three other friends with you, that’s only $2 a person. traveling from off campus will be a breeze. Also, if a friend recommends UBER to you by giving you a promotional code, your first ride is free. UBER rides GOTCHA: are fun experiences because the drivers are usually very Recently launched by SGA, GOTCHA (Green Operated friendly and often entertaining. “Drivers are committed Transportation Carrying Humanity) cars provide to doing their job in a professional, safe manner. Like transportation for students on campus 7 p.m.–2 a.m. in anything in life, there are always bad apples,” says Dave, 100% electric cars. Not only are these cars good for the a junior risk management major and UBER driver. To be environment, but they also allow students to safely return safe, check the number of stars an UBER driver is rated from a night out, a study session away from their dorm or and make sure the arrived car and driver matches the a workout at Ramsey. “No one likes to walk home alone pictures on the app. Always ride UBER with your friends at night, especially on a weekend,” says Lucie D’Angelo, a – it’s cheaper anyway. freshmen early childhood education major from Urbana, Illinois. “Once I had been doing homework kind of late Athens is a great town to live in because there are so at my friend’s dorm, and my roommate fell asleep when many options for modes of transportation. Try them all she was supposed to pick me up. My friend suggested I out, find your favorite and get to moving around Athens! use GOTCHA, and I’m glad I did.” While the GOTCHA
Vacations Under $20 By: Ashley Dozier | Photography: Sally Frost
Spring is hastily approaching, which means it’s almost time to wrap up the semester, ditch the leggings and scarves and look forward to the freedom the warmth of the sun allows. With spring comes longer days, warmer nights, fun, friends, traveling, beaches and Netflix. If you’re anything like me, the thing that stuck out the most to you was “Traveling.” Most of us have the urge to get up and see what the world has to offer, however, more often than not, our wallets don’t match our wanderlust. I’m not a millionaire, nor do I have the financial means to go backpacking through Europe for the summer, but I can usually scrape together $20 to splurge on a nice vacation. I know that seems to be a ridiculously cheap vacation, or maybe an impossible one, but it’s possible with a little imagination, a few materials and the help of family and friends. The trick to traveling for under $20 is using that knowledge to transform your surroundings to practically any destination and making it special. With that in mind, here are five creative ways to travel the world from the comfort of your own home:
Save money and create ambiance by stringing Christmas lights around your backyard. Take your printed or handdrawn pictures to recreate the museums. Find several “International Films” on YouTube and play them through your home projector from your phone. Invite your friends to invent their own Spanish recipes and set them out for the ultimate festival feast. While everyone is enjoying their night, use Spotify or Pandora to find popular Spanish music or artists to add to the mood. Invite everyone to browse through your unique array of art in your take on a Barcelona-style Museum. It will be a night of culture, art, food and fun.
• A white sheet - $4 • Old Christmas lights (In working condition) - free • A makeshift projector (An old shoe box, magnifying glass, and tape) - $3 • Spotify or Pandora - free • YouTube - free • Friends - free (hopefully) • Printed or hand-drawn pictures - $1 Total = $8
• Old Monopoly game set - free • Friends or family - free • Playing cards - $1 Total = $19
Las Vegas, the City of Chance, is located in the Mojave Desert of Nevada. Every year millions of tourist flood the city to try their hand at popular casino games such as BlackJack, Poker, Five Card Draw, Craps and Roulette. As fun as that sounds, players lose an average combined total of 6 billion dollars a year in Las Vegas casinos. There are 2,031 miles separating Athens from Las Vegas protecting BARCELONA you from gambling away your tuition. What happens Barcelona, the seaside city of Spain, is famous for its in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas, though, because breath-taking architecture, art culture, unique foods and you’ll be rolling the dice at home on this vacation. For the international film festivals. It is home to the largest port Las Vegas experience you will need: in the Mediterranean and the Museum of FC Barcelona, • A room with tables (Preferably a dining room or the most visited museum in Catalunya. Barcelona is 4,510 garage) - free miles from Athens, which would amount to a pretty hefty • Spotify or Pandora - free plane ticket. Luckily, it’s very simple to bring the spirit • Juice for mixed drinks - $6 of Barcelona to you. To bring Barcelona to your home, • Dollar Tree plastic cocktail cups - $8 here’s what you need: • Family sized chips - $4
To create your own Las Vegas casino start by using a room with a table suitable for playing games. Once you have that, you have the opportunity to play bartender with your friends by mixing various fruit juices to make your own “mocktails” or by throwing in a few splashes of For this trip, we’re bringing the experience of an your drink of choice to create an authentic cocktail. Your International Film Festival in Barcelona to your backyard. family and friends might get hungry while trying their luck, Pin the sheet up to make a screen for the projector. so investing in a family size bag of chips is a must. Finally,
When planning your “trip” to Bora Bora, add a grass skirt and flowers to get you in a beachy mood.
divide the tables into sections so that everyone can use the space to play various casino games together. Instead of using your own money, feel the luxury of having an infinite bank account by using Monopoly money. At the end of the night, win or lose, your own money will be safe in your pocket.
Disney movies set in France on your projector and screen. These classics may be American, but they add a sense of nostalgia that will make your Paris feel like home.
Bora Bora is the jaw-dropping, French-owned island in the Pacific Ocean. Its’ waters are home to hundreds of PARIS marine species, and it’s home to some of the world’s most Known as the city of romance and the fashion capital of beautiful beaches. Bora Bora is also a pest-free island, the world, Paris is the capital of France. Paris is a dream which means there are no bugs to interrupt your stream destination for many Americans because of its rich of rays. Not many of us can hop on the next plane to culture, pastries and art. As of 2012, it is the most visited Bora Bora as it is the furthest destination from Athens at city in the world. Paris is 4,317 miles away from Athens. 5,681 miles, so we’ll bring the serene setting of Bora Bora That’s 4,317 more miles than you actually have to go to ourselves. For this tropical getaway you will need: be enchanted by the beauty of Paris. For this excursion, • Beach towels - free we’ll throw in a bit of an American twist and this is what • Sunscreen - $3 you’ll need: • Friends - free • • • • • • •
French pastries made at home - free Old Christmas lights - free A white sheet - $4 Makeshift projector - $3 Friends - free Black construction paper - $1 Classic Disney French movies (Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and Beast and the Aristocats) - $10 Total: $17 For a romantic spring night with your significant other or the adventure of a lifetime with friends, start out by using the construction paper to form your own Eiffel Tower. It wouldn’t be Paris without all the delicious pastries that are native to France, so use the ingredients in your fridge and the trusty internet to create your own French pastries! As the night carries on, use the Christmas lights to decorate your Eiffel Tower for an authentic Parisian night. And no evening would be complete without a movie marathon of
• Fresh fruit - $5 • Juice for mixed drinks - $6 • Wave audio - free • Tropical Dollar Store decorations - $5 Total = $19 No spring break or summer vacation would be complete without a trip to the beach. So to create your own Bora Bora beachpalooza, break out those beach towels and shades for a bit of sunbathing. Give your beach some tropical decor with decorations from your local dollar store. Be sure to buy Tiki torches for later in the evening to keep the vacation going after dark. Go to your local produce department, and buy fresh fruit to make a refreshing fruit salad to snack on in the sun. You could even throw some of your leftover fruit into your mixed fruit juice cocktails. Play the sound of crashing waves from your phone to add to the experience! Through your shades, it will be hard not to imagine that you’re not in Bora Bora, but don’t forget your sunscreen!
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a Cross Country Road Trip By: Ashton Pike | Photography: Lizzie Chambers
The spirit of adventure is taking over millennials. It is triggering a desire to travel and soak up the beauty and culture that the world has to offer. With the arrival of this sensational trend, the meaning of the term “vacation” has extended to encompass not just a trip to the nearest beach, but also the endless opportunities that a car, a group of friends and the willingness to take a long road trip can offer you. If you’ve been looking for a reason to get out of Athens, out of the state or even out of the country, then your spirit of adventure is begging you to plan your next road trip. Here is the perfect to-do list to make your planning that much easier!
Choose Your Friends (Wisely) The idea has been planted for a road trip like no other, so now it’s time to find the right friends who will soak up every minute just as much as you will. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to be in a car for hours on end with someone who gets car sick easily, a complainer, or, the worst, a music-hater. So choose friends that are adventure seekers like yourself and are ready for a long and exciting road trip! Another important factor in this part of the planning process is to choose an amount of people that is one less than the number of people the car
can hold. For example, if the car holds 5, then 4 people would be just the right amount so that no one feels too cramped and there’s plenty of room for luggage.
NO CASH, NO GAS The next step in the planning process is to come up with a budget that all members of the road trip are comfortable with and able to accommodate financially. Once you’ve all come to an agreeable amount, it’s time to start choosing the places you can go!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Friends? (Check!) Car? (Check!) Budget? (Check!) Now it’s time to choose a destination that stays inside your budget, but outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s a certain place, state, or national park, do some research and find that one place that you and your friends have always wanted to see but have never gotten the chance. If you’re at a loss, no worries! Here are some great destinations: the Grand Canyon, Hollywood, the St. Louis Arch, Times Square, Seattle, Chicago, or Niagara Falls. The possibilities are endless!
MAP IT OUT This is the lengthiest part of the process, but websites like roadtrippers.com can make it much faster and easier! Simply choose your starting location, the date you intend to leave, the final destination and the date you intend to arrive. The website then puts together a road trip with a variety of numerous stops along the way. “Mapping out the route was the most fun portion of the planning process," says Devin Gooden, a senior business management major from Atlanta. "We found new places that we wouldn’t have known about without doing some research. Now we have a whole list of awesome places to stop at along the way!”
Rachel Funk, a sophomore from Gainesville, took the first shift of driving to New Orleans.
MAKE A LIST With the hardest part of the planning process complete, now all that’s left to do is create the important lists for your big adventure! You’ll want to make a separate list for each of the following key matters: packing, “just in case," emergency contacts and hotel information. The “Just in Case” list is highly important and should contain all of the items you might need just in case of an accident or emergency. Many auto shops offer car kits that include first aid and tools for the car like jumper cables. An emergency contact list should be kept inside your car where someone would be able to find it easily in case something happens to anyone on the trip. A list of information on the hotels or homes you’ll be staying at throughout the trip should be given to a parent of each person. “The most important part of the planning process is to think of every scenario, good or bad, that could happen, and to be prepared with a plan ready," says Taylor Stalling, a senior advertising major from Kennesaw. Remember that all of these are just precautionary measures in case of emergencies. It’s unlikely that anything will happen, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!
Nine-hour road trips call for pit stops. From left, Rachel Funk, Virginia Bryan and Madison Clark pull off to the side of the road to stretch their legs. A New Orleans native, Virginia comments, “I’ve never missed a Mardi Gras! I had to go back for the weekend.”
A lengthy road trip may be off-putting at first because there is a lot of planning, preparing and risk involved. Overall, there’s no better way to create invaluable memories and have new experiences with your friends than a grand adventure across the country. “I decided to do this grand road trip because traveling has always been a part of my life," says Mary McPartlan, a junior marketing major from Kennesaw. "I like exploring what the world has to offer instead of being restricted to what’s conveniently around me. I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, so I decided instead of flying straight there and back, why not drive there and see everything in between?” By thinking START THE COUNTDOWN The planning is finally over after a lot of hard about all of the things that could go wrong and all the work and decision-making, and now you can start time it’s going to take, you’re preventing yourself from the countdown! Up until the day comes to leave, make a having one of the greatest experiences of your life. Take combined playlist for the car with your friends to keep the risk! Buy a map, gather some friends and start planning everyone hyped and excited to venture out of the Classic for your next (and greatest) adventure. City!
Rachel Funk, sophomore, and Virginia Bryan, freshman, take off on their road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
UGArden is a student run farm where student volunteers can help grow vegetables, fruits and other plants.
A Tourist At Home By: Emily Haney | Photography: Emily Jenkins
Whether you find yourself stuck in the same routine or crunched for time, the day has arrived to take a study break and branch out a little. Adopting the mindset of a tourist can help. A tourist is always travel ready with a camera in hand and tries to visit all the top attractions in a week or less. The goal is to see as much in as little time as possible. If you develop the tourist mindset where you live, you can get more than a glimpse of a place and experience all the popular spots and then some. If you’re looking to find more where you live and become a tourist at home, here are some places to start.
GO TO A SHOW:
A night of music, theater or comedy is waiting for you. In Athens, the comedy scene can be a little difficult to locate. However, on certain nights of the month, bars like The World Famous host stand up events. “I went to one show there called The Good Stuff. The place was packed, but I had a good time,” says Maureen Sheeran, a sophomore journalism major from Atlanta. “It was a good way to unwind after a long day and just laugh.” The World Famous even has a stage side of the venue that can be closed off to accommodate events like stand up. With the list of entertainment venues in Athens being so exhaustive, there’s a show for everyone.
TRY A NEW RESTAURANT:
Every corner you turn in Athens, there’s a different restaurant. The trick is to find one that fits your tastes. If you’re looking for a pizza place that isn’t a chain restaurant, Automatic Pizza is the spot for you to fulfill those cheesy cravings. “It’s kind of the same style as other Family and Friends performs at the Georgia Theater at Athfest in Athens, Georgia on June 15, 2015.
pizza places,” says James Shefer, a senior education major from Lawrenceville. “You pick your toppings and such, but it’s crisper and more of an Italian Style.” Only one of the many restaurants located in Athens, Automatic Pizza offers an intimate dining experience with affordable food options. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try one of Athens other great restaurant options.
Seeking out your town’s traditions can be a way to get up close and personal with the roots of your town. Locating traditions has been made easy in Athens thanks to the UGA Alumni Association’s G Book, which is chock full of traditions. One of the traditions that you can work on completing any day of the year is locating the decorated bulldog statues around the city and taking a picture with each one. If you’re feeling extra creative, bring props along or do a different pose for each photo. With over thirty-six statues residing in Athens, this is not an easy feat, but you are sure to produce some amusing photos. Crossing items off a list of traditions can be a great way to experience another side of a town.
Classic barbeque sandwiches and mac-and-cheese at White Tiger Gourmet in Athens, Georgia.
FIND A PARK OR GARDEN:
When exploring somewhere, even where you live, don’t overlook the outdoors. The State Botanical Garden, located conveniently close to campus, offers a connection straight to nature. On a sunny day, the nature trails are the place to be. Surrounded by lush scenery and following along the river, you won’t be at a loss for visuals. Try packing a lunch too because there are tables and benches along the paths. If you’re not much for hiking, there are countless garden areas equipped with fountains and archways, a perfect location to relax or study. A local park or garden can have just as much to offer as any indoor attraction.
“They have turquoise everything and good sales around winter,” says Kelsey Hamilton, a senior French and psychology major from Atlanta. “Even though the store tends to be more expensive, they make an effort to have affordable jewelry.” Alongside the turquoise collection, you can find a vast array of earth-toned hand crafted pieces. Downtown areas are one big treasure hunt waiting to happen.
Becoming a tourist, or in a sense, more connected to where you live is a lot easier than you might think. Simply taking the time to move away from normal routine and trying something new is the place to start. See a play. Eat at a restaurant your friend suggested. Partake in a local tradition. Walk through a garden. Wander through some LOCATE DOWNTOWN: unique stores. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Full of unique boutiques, bookstores and record stores, March out your door, camera in hand, and go on the hunt downtown areas like in Athens offer a unique view of a for a new tourist destination right outside your home. town. A way to help out an independent boutique and the local economy is to shop at Native America Gallery.
NEXT STOP: FESTIVAL SEASON 5 MUSIC FESTIVALS WORTHY OF ANY BUCKET LIST By: Camren Skelton | Photography: Sam Hertzig and Rachel Nipp
With spring and summer rapidly approaching, so is every music-lover’s favorite time of year. Festival season—and the crazy shenanigans that come with it—is upon us. If you’ve never had the opportunity of seeing your favorite artists live, surrounded by thousands of fans just as dedicated as you, then the feeling can only be described in one way—euphoric. Whether you spend a day, weekend or entire week winding your way around the grounds to find your favorite acts, the experience is one that cannot be replicated anywhere else. And the best part? Many of the best festivals are right at your doorstep. Music Midtown — The Athens crowd is no stranger to this Atlanta-based festival. Held every year in September, Music Midtown falls at the perfect time to take that much-needed break from classes. In the past, Coldplay, Third Eye Blind, Lana del Rey and Young the Giant have headlined, and the2016 lineup is sure to be just as impressive. “I got the opportunity to work at Music Midtown last year because of my music business class,” says Tina Banjo, a junior finance major from Atlanta. “I’ve been in the past, but this time I actually got to go backstage and get autographs from some of the artists, so that was a really cool experience.” While not everyone will get to experience the festival that up close and personal, Music Midtown is definitely a must to check off your bucket list. TomorrowWorld — If Electronic Dance Music is what calls your name, then TomorrowWorld is the festival for you. Hailing from Belgium, TomorrowWorld is an extension of one of the biggest electronic festivals in the world—Tomorrowland. But you don’t need a passport to discover the magic this festival brings. Deep within the forest of Chattahoochee Hills, in a land hidden from civilization, it will be hard to remember you’re still in Georgia. However, as with any outdoor event, Mother Nature might not always be on your side. “I was at the festival for four days,” says Haley Leonard, a senior fashion merchandising major from Warner Robbins. “I was camping, and the rain was unreal making the entire place a muddy mess. But we embraced it and still had a great time.” Rain or shine, TomorrowWorld is sure to be a festival you won’t forget.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival — For those music connoisseurs, Bonnaroo is sure to be at the top of any bucket list. With a diverse array of musical styles ranging from indie rock, classic rock, folk, Americana and hip-hop, there is a stage at this festival that is sure to satisfy any taste. Notable acts in the past have included Arctic Monkeys, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and Kanye West, and 2016 will bring even more. Bonnaroo stems from a Creole slang word meaning “a really good time” and that is just what you’ll have when you step foot on the grounds in Manchester, Tennessee. The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience — Also known as Voodoo fest. If New Orleans isn’t enough to spark your interest, then the impressive past lineups will be sure to leave you begging to go. Foo Fighters, R.E.M., Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Modest Mouse... and the list goes on and on. Held every year on Halloween weekend, you might feel chills from more than just the music pouring from the stage. Hangout Music Festival — Held every year on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Hangout is unique amongst its festival counterparts. “Hangout stands out as one of the most fun festivals I’ve gone to,” says Leah Honkanen, a health promotions major from Huntsville, Alabama. “It combines everything I love from a beach trip with everything I love from a festival. I got to swim in the ocean, eat great food and get a good tan all while listening to amazing music.” And amazing is right. Past lineups have included Zac Brown Band, Dave Matthews Band, Imagine Dragons and The Killers. The 2016 lineup is no different—if you’re dying to see Cage The Elephant, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd and even Athens’ favorite, Moon Taxi, all in one place, then Hangout is one festival you will not want to miss. Music has a way of bringing together diverse groups of people, and festivals are the perfect opportunity to see this at work. While it may seem impossible to pick just one, rest assured that no matter where you go, great talent, great music, great atmosphere and—in the words of Bonnaroo—“a really good time,” await you.
Food Tourism Across Europe By: Danielle Profita | Photography: Danielle Profita
The World Food Travel Association defines food tourism as “the pursuit and enjoyment of unique and memorable food and drink experiences, both far and near.” Food tourism isn’t just about gourmet food, but it is also about the stumble-uponhappenings when exploring a new place, especially a new country. These experiences include: food carts, locals-only places, fresh markets, pubs, wineries and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Establishments that are unsuspecting during the day may come alive at night. A prime example of this is The Hoftgarten in Innsbruck, Austria, in the heart of the Alps. This beautifully quaint collection of landscape architecture transforms into a sprawling biergarten with outdoor and indoor bars, dance floors and copious picnic tables. All of these are lit by twinkle lights dangling ever so gently from the trees. With its central mountainous appeal and small town charm, Innsbruck lends traditional Austrian cuisine as well as foods from across Europe. “Acropolis is my favorite Greek Restaurant in Innsbruck. It is so authentic,” says Elisabeth Keinprecht, junior pedagogy major at Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria. As a more popular tourist destination filled with art, history, romance and stunning beauty everywhere you turn, Prague, Czech Republic, is indisputably a shining star in Central Europe. Lit by the lanterns from the maze of shops leading to Old Town and Wenceslaus Square, Prague offers many street-side restaurants to nosh at as well as posh places like Hotel U’s rooftop restaurant. “That was seriously the best food I have ever put in my mouth. The rooftop view from Hotel U was breathtaking,” says Gabby Roe, member of the UNO-UGA Innsbruck Study Abroad and senior accounting major from New Orleans, Louisiana, from Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas. In one of the most exciting and compelling cities in the world, Paris provides a gamut of eateries to visit. From gourmet creperies to hole-in-the-wall snack nooks, Paris’ sweet and savory foods surely do not disappoint. Not to mention, every other bakery should be well supplied with a variety of fresh macaroons. One place not to miss is La Creperie de Josselin, Yelp’s number one creperie in Paris. Naturally, Italy is molto famoso (very famous) for its classics: rolling countryside hills, warm colors, historic cities, pasta and vino. Therefore, when tasting your way through, it is imperative to stick with those classic Italian dishes. Pasta Bolognese, bruschetta, gnocchi, specialty regional lasagna, various cheeses, over 100 gelato flavors and a taste of the local wine is enough to carry your soul as well as your taste buds into the next century. “Each
dish from the Golden View Restaurant in Florence, Italy, was perfect. The wait staff was also more than friendly,” says Allie Cimini, member of the UNOUGA Innsbruck Study Abroad and junior media production major at Loyola University from New Orleans, Louisiana. So whether you’re studying abroad, backpacking across Europe, train hopping to save your life, traveling the world or all of the above, remember the wise words of Anthony Bourdain, “...food, for me, has always been an adventure.” Check out these top foodie hot spots for locally sourced, fresh, homemade eats, as well as studentpriced, upscale foods paired with regional wines and handcrafted cocktails. Here are a handful of countries in the heart of Europe offering more than amazing restaurants for great meals or just an afternoon nosh:
Beef gyros with sautéed onions, French fries, panfried zucchini, tzatziki sauce and fresh herbs from the Greek restaurant, Acropolis
Pasta Carbonara from Santa Maria in Prague’s town center
Crepe filled with Chorizo, Bacon, Ground Beef, Shredded Chicken, Gouda, Sauteed Onions, Green Peppers, and topped with an Egg from La Creperie de Josselin
House Bolognese, also known as “The Best in Venice”
Cheesy oven baked Lasagna with homemade Italian red sauce and seasoned ground beef and toasted on the stovetop to brown the edges
Four Cheese Gnocchi with creamy spinach leaves from The Golden View Restaurant
Banana and Nutella Mouse Gelato on a homemade cone
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Making the Most of It By: Casey Drum | Photography: Maggie Harney
Study abroad programs are advertised to college students from the moment they attend orientation. Eager freshman are drawn in by the tri-fold presentations with alluring pictures from places ranging from Australia to Ireland. Many of these students will load up on brochures ready to convince their parents to let them spend a future summer, or even semester, in another country. Distance Learning Coordinator of Grady College, Kelly Meyer, urges students to study abroad at least once. She preaches that traveling abroad helps students to broaden their perspectives of the world as they step out of their comfort zone. Study abroad programs often force students to become a minority while in a foreign country and face new challenges such as language barriers and traveling in large groups. Study abroad programs take immense planning, from passports to money usage to health choices. The planning process is exciting as it builds anticipation to your future trip. It is important for students to be prepared before traveling abroad. You will be making lifelong memories. While it’s important to plan for a study abroad, it’s also important to plan to make the most out of your trip. From one study abroad traveler to another, here are some tips to make your trip the best it can be:
Take pictures of scenery and of yourself. Friends and family will be asking you for pictures from every new place that you visit, and you will be grateful for all of your pictures when you return home. Not only will you have pristine Instagram pictures, but the digital treasures will act as a reminder of your amazing trip. Your friends and followers will be excited to see your updates from your trip, so get ready for the most likes and comments of your social media life to date.
You will be studying and traveling with your peers for the majority of your program, so make friends. Not only should you practice the buddy system while traveling abroad, but it is also more enjoyable to make memories with others. By the time your program is over, you could have a whole new friend group that you may have never connected with on campus. When you get home, some of your best nights back in Athens will be reminiscing with your study abroad friends (shout-out to my Prague Dawgs).
Take your classes seriously.
Meyer says that many students have the misconception that study abroad classes will be easy, but this is often not the case. “Focus on your studies, but don’t let classes hold you back from experiencing the foreign country around you,” says Kate Braun, a senior accounting major from Midway. Most study abroad classes are not merely lecture style. The course study may allow the students to go out into the foreign country where they are studying and have unique experiences. Although this may seem like a challenge at first, most students find that the hands-on style is more rewarding in the long run. Do something different. You are in a foreign country! Try their food, experience their culture and simply try something new everyday. You can have a reasonable bedtime when you get back to Athens. Go out, see why people rage over international clubs, let loose with your new friends, stay out until sunrise. Some of your best memories will come from these nights. Remember to always be safe, and make smart decisions.
Don’t say no to a weekend trip to Write a blog/journal. It may be time-consuming, but it is important. You will another city/country. If you are studying in a place with easy access to other destinations, go. Commonly, the most expensive part of a trip abroad is the airfare to get there. Once you are there, do not waste your time. Many international countries have reliable bus or train systems allowing easy travel across borders.
want to remember your entire trip. Write down what you saw, who you were with and what you felt. Trips abroad are exciting and can be overwhelming. Write it all down, so you don’t forget anything. Blogs and social media updates are also a great way to keep others updated on your trip.
Stay in a hostel.
Wi-Fi is your best friend.
“Ranking restaurants based on Wi-Fi availability before food preferences is totally okay,” says Kaitlyn Yarborough, a junior magazine journalism major from Albany. Yarborough studied in Prague, Czech Republic, on Grady College’s Travel Writing program in the summer of 2015. You will find yourself choosing your restaurants, hostels and destinations based on Wi-Fi availability. If you do not pay the extra fees to have cellular data while abroad, you Don’t penny-pinch too much. This may not be your parents’ favorite advice because will have to get used to not having instant Internet access saving money is important. However, you will probably at your fingertips at all times. Take advantage of Wi-Fi only get to study abroad once, and it is all about making wherever you are lucky enough to find it, but don’t forget the most of your time. Pay the fare to see that museum or to put your phone down and experience your trip. (Tip: take that river cruise or buy that extra souvenir. Again, it You can take Snapchats without an Internet connection and send them or add them to your story when you are is all about the memories! on Wi-Fi later.) Hostels are notoriously infamous for being gross and unsafe, but realistically they are often cheap, safe and convenient. You may stay in a room with nine other people in cheap bunk beds, and you may not shower for three days, but in the end, it is all about the unforgettable experience and the memories.
Call your parents.
They miss you. They may say they aren’t worried about you, but they are. Check in with them as much as you can. Meyer advises you to take the time to teach them how to use technology, such as Skype, and then designate some time to call them once you are abroad. They will be excited to see you and hear your stories, and you will enjoy a little taste of home. Mary Aghajanian (left) and Maggie Harney (center), both seniors, along with Allison Hood (right), sophomore, pose on a lookout during one of their excursions for the UGA en España study abroad program in Seville, Spain during summer 2015.
Learn the transportation systems.
International countries have different transportation options than Athens. Learning how to utilize local metros, buses and trams will be extremely helpful. Don’t be embarrassed to be the tourist with the map for your first week. By the end of your trip you will be getting around like a local. “The metro is scary at first, but it is the most helpful thing by far once you master it,” Yarborough says. “Make sure to know what times it opens and closes, so you aren’t stranded.” The overall best advice to give future travelers is to be prepared for some of the best times of their lives. Whether you are studying abroad for three weeks or an entire semester, remember to make the most of your time. See as much and do as much as you can, and come back with tons of great stories for your family and friends.
Evolving Feminism In the Czech Republic
The Prague Castle sits high above the city of Prague, reflecting off of the Vltava River.
By: Katie Story | Photography: Casey Drum
In an imposing, gray building, sitting in the flat she had lived in her entire life, Jirina Siklova says that the Czech Republic had achieved gender equality. By contrast, in an abandoned clinic shut down numerous times by the police, Tereza Zvolska says that feminism looks to find its place among Czech culture because national culture itself, specifically in Prague, is still finding itself. “Czech people are still sort of searching for an identity in general, and I think it’s basically connected to the feminism as well,” Zvolska says. “We need to build our own tradition in this field.” According to the European Commission website, “There are practically no differences between women and men in the areas of access to education, health care and services.” The government subsidizes contraceptives, and abortions are legal up to three months of the pregnancy. However, there are still areas that can be improved. Jitka Hausenblasova is project manager at the Gender Studies center, set up in 1991. It started as a library but now also publishes many pieces on gender related issues. Hausenblasova deals with issues in corporations that have low percentages of women in upper echelons. “Here we have a lot of areas that are feminized, so that means these professions are less valued than others that are perceived as male professions,” Hausenblasova says. “This is one of the problems that [show that] women in general are valued as less.”
At the institute, education is crucial to inform both genders about inequalities in modern society—like in the business world. After the fall of communism, people assumed equality between men and women had been achieved because government mandated it, however Hausenblasova says that women may believe their own problems are unique to them when there could be a larger, systematic issue in place. Bringing to light these systematic issues is still something she and the center hopes to address. Zvolska recently graduated from Charles University with a Masters in gender studies. Although she says people scoff at her degree and complain that she wasted their tax dollars in a major that could lead nowhere, she believes that in every facet of daily life there are feminist issues that need to be addressed. The big issue brought up at the lecture at the Klinika was the dearth of women in politics, and if quotas were appropriate to fix this issue. Though there has been an increase during the past two decades, women only make up about 20 percent of elected officials in the Parliament Senate, according to a summary to the report “Political Participation of Women in the Czech Republic,” published by the European Commission, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme in 2012. The Czech Republic scores higher than the United States for percentage of women in the Lower or Single House, with the U.S. only having about 19 percent. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which
Swans swimming in the Vltava River overlooking Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.
focuses on worldwide dialogue among parliaments, both countries fall behind about 68 other countries when it comes to percentage of women in government. However, bringing up these issues and tying them to the overall movement of feminism causes mixed reactions. Hausenblasova said that people react negatively because they see feminism only as the western feminism, which was imported and flooded into the country after the fall of communism. As well, people have misconceptions of what a feminist really is. They might think that feminism is synonymous to man-hating. Because of the communist roots when equality was required by the state, many feel that equality has already been achieved and shouldn’t be so zealously sought for. The state required that all must work, therefore equality was just something that had to happen. “The ideology [was] that men and women should go to work,” Hausenblasova says. “Women should be freed from things like ironing...[the government] had plans for...services. The ideal community was some kind of unit, and everyday people should be going to work and all the other things should be provided by the services...like laundry services.” However, women still ended up with two “jobs”
because the services the state was supposed to provide never came into fruition. “It was just a theory, but in reality the communist planning just didn’t work,” says Hausenblasova in reference to this idealist social framework. As Siklova explained that “feminisms” were simple and many questions revolving around it were simple, it seems that the younger generation is struggling with that concept and what it means for their Czech Republic. Sometimes older traditions of superficial security, like communism of the 1950s, are as empty as the concept of equality preached by older generations today. Sitting among the borrowed couches and books surrounded by anarchist and ideological slogans plastered all over the Klinika, any outsider could see that young Prague people are searching for what they want to believe in and how to reconcile their Western European identity with more extreme, Western movements. Although the Czech Republic has its own, local problems, Zvolska believes that hardly anyone even knows that these problems exist. “We don’t really have the issue...but in every field there are feminist issues,” Zvolska says. “But nobody really points at that. Society is quite ignorant.”
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