Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan
Students studying abroad through the Padnos International Center blog about their experiences for the Grand Valley Lanthorn.
The brass band could be heard a mile off, they played with the power of Dizzy Gillespie. Maybe louder. The mariachi influenced band started the parade at 5:00pm and led the party for over one hour until it finally reached the funeral.READ MORE
The longer that I am here, the more clear it has become that Costa Rica always has two stories. One story is the story that the majority of travelers know: the beautiful tropical country full of natural wonders and national parks, whose government is working hard to protect all of its resources. That story is often true, and is as beautiful as it sounds. But there is another story which is becoming more and more real and frustrating to me.READ MORE
I met Adil and his 4-year-old son Taha walking what seemed like miles across London Heathrow airport. It felt good to stretch your legs after an eight-hour flight from Chicago, and Taha felt like running. Adil striding to keep up with him, the two of them passed me on the left like a car swerving in and out of traffic.READ MORE