Be a “Smart” Traveler

With thousands of iPhones and Androids being manufactured faster than we can blink, the smartphone has intertwined its way into our everyday lifestyle. Gone are the days of atlases and MapQuest. Sure, asking directions from local strangers is still acceptable, but why ask for one person’s advice when you can harness hundreds? As with everything else, there’s an app for travel.

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If you’re going to download any travel app, make sure Kayak is the first. It was recently voted the #1 mobile travel app… and how could it not be? With its extensive searches of a multitude of hotels, car rentals, flight-tracking, etc., you can plan your whole itinerary without a single travel agent involved. Sounds too easy, right? Maybe the other 20 million people who have downloaded this app can alleviate any reservations you might have (no pun intended.)

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Long story short, this app contains everything you would need to know about anything important within any given city — all with the tap of a button. Believe me, it’s not such a lonely planet after all.

 

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For those not already familiar with this handy program, Yelp provides tourists with not only the most essential excursion information, but also a local flair, depending on the votes of previous visitors. It maps your location, providing the best eateries, sites, and exhibits for any traveler’s taste or budget. Remember: Need help? Open Yelp.

google-gogglesGoogle Goggles
You know those instances when you see an interesting building or site while traveling and wish you knew something about it, but have no one to ask? This app is the perfect solution for those helpless occasions. It allows access to the information about the location through a Google search, just by taking its photo. Also, this app allows for translation of signs or menu items from one language to another by a simple snap of the camera. (For Android users only)

viber-logowhat's-App-logoViber or What’s App
Having anxiety about not being able to call or text friends and family back home without the enormous fees? Don’t fret! Thanks to the brilliant minds behind Viber and What’s App, anyone can contact anybody across the world… for FREE. (Yes, you just read that correctly. FREE.) The only thing you need to know is that this is exclusive to smartphone users and both parties must download the app in order to communicate. Other than that, feel free to go ahead and proclaim to everyone how exciting traveling is the moment it happens.

Fiestas and Siestas: Barcelona, Spain 2013

20130428-213640.jpgEver dreamed of a city that not only stops all types of activity from two p.m. to five p.m. in the afternoon, but also parties till six o’clock in the morning? Then you have never been to IMG_0111Barcelona, Spain. “What happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona,” J.D. Wolfe states as we return back home from our trip, but Barcelona was much more than a city that knew how to entertain their guests. The city is also filled with some of the most magnificent and stunning artwork, architecture, and an experience one will never forget.

​During spring break 2013 Christian Brothers University took students, family, and friends to visit and study in Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France. Not only were we taken out of our comfort zone, being my first time out of the country, but we were easily adapted due the the group we were with and the outstanding kindness of everyone in the city.

“‘Take the path less traveled’: The cab rides in Barcelona were always eventful. For IMG_0109example, when no one spoke a lick of Spanish except for me and we got dropped off in an alley behind our hotel. We were all thinking our cab driver was going to kill us and he actually led us directly back to where we were suppose to be,” says University of Memphis student, Melody Caldwell. Most of the greatness of the trip should be accredited to the CBU study abroad program. Their tentativeness and particulars to detail made this trip a trip I will never forget. Honestly, my first time out of the country was with the CBU study abroad program, I graduate in May, and I am planning on going abroad with them again in 2014.

​”CBU Study Abroad trips are extraordinary for students of all ages. Our trip to Barcelona last month was an experience not to be forgotten. Seeing the Sagrada Familia and La IMG_0192Pedrera, strolling down La Rambla, dining at tapas bars, ascending Montjuic on the funicular, descending to the Underground City Museum to see excavations of Barcelona 2,000 years ago, enjoying a Flamenco performance, traveling to the Salvador Dali museum and the unbelievable medieval city of Carcassonne, France were all feasts for the senses. Our walking classroom led us to places beyond our expectations, and we were amazed,” says Ms. Barbara Kernan (and put very well I might add). I will always hold that week abroad with CBU near to my heart. You do not just learn about a new culture, you gain a deeper understanding for who you are as a person. For that, I thank CBU for having such a phenomenal itinerary planned for us in which we got to participate and live fully as a part of Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France.” -Taylor Tartera, English ’13

You can view more photos on the Study Abroad’s Facebook page or Spain album.

Market Yourself With a Global Studies Minor!

A global studies minor is a great addition to any major! Through proficiency in a foreign language and study-abroad experiences, you can prepare yourself for participation in the emerging global economy and culture. This course of study addresses world art, literature, politics, economy, religion, history, environment, geography, anthropology and language. Let’s not forget to mention participation in a study abroad experience!

UN_flags_access_copy1According to our Director of Career Services Amy Ware, “A student who has studied abroad will be able to demonstrate skill sets that are at the top of an employer’s list, such as communication skills, planning & prioritization, and-particularly- making decisions and solving problems.”

The 2012 Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad Recent Graduate Study stated that IES Study Abroad alumni earn $7,000 more annually in comparison to other U.S. college graduates.

In support of this statistic, LEAP Employer Educator Compact found that 78 percent of employers place occupational priority on those students who possess awareness of global issues and knowledge of other international cultures.

Think the Global Studies minor is the perfect fit for your inquisitive mind? If so, contact Dr. Lieb for logistics regarding the paradigm…and start packing your bags if you can’t fight the urge any longer.

Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

For The Wandering Soul

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

So What Exactly is the Lasallian Consortium?

Lasallian consortiumThe Lasallian Consortium was designed to continue the over three hundred year old practice of the Christian Brothers to prepare young people for leadership roles in a global society by offering courses that are both academically and culturally enriching through learning and caring for others in the Lasallian tradition.

Starting out as a novice program by offering one-week walking classroom trips to Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain, numerous students and alumni discovered the importance and excitement of not only learning skills but also developing an intercultural perspective.

Christian Brothers University has been a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, allowing students to participate in the multitude of programs offered. The Lasallian International Programs Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the seven United States Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculty of member institutions for semester study abroad opportunities.

In collaboration with Lasallian Consortium, CBU is able to span the globe and include intensive language as well as content courses. Additionally, CBU encourages engaging instruction by promoting living, service, and internship opportunities abroad.

CBU offers Lasallian Consortium Semester Programs in the following locations:

  • Shanghi, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sydney Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Corboda, Argentina
  • Aix en Provence, France
  • Montpellier, France
  • London, England
  • Oxford, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Alicante, Spain

It’s a wonderful time to be Lasallian, isn’t it?

Click here to view more information about the various programs.

-Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

Editor’s Note

301754_10151781049475363_993205704_nAs a rising senior, I have recently been asked one particular question on multiple occasions, “Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for incoming freshmen?” While I would not change anything about my wonderful college experience, I can certainly think of some things I wish I would have known sooner. As a world traveler myself, here are some travel tips that would have made my first journeys that much easier:

1. Never wait until the night before to pack. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself you will “start packing tomorrow”, you won’t. Save yourself the headache; as soon as you think to pack something, do it…item by item.

2. If at all possible, limit your luggage to one bag and one carry on. If you can’t limit it to these two, reduce what you’re packing. I’m always amazed by these sturdy business men adorned in their tailored suits, followed by the smallest suitcase possible. I imagine it’s something out of Mary Poppins; as soon as you open it there is infinite space for everything one could possibly need.

3. Really like those Vera Bradley or Nike Duffels? You won’t anymore after having to lug it through various airports and security checkpoints. Bags with wheels are so much more beneficial than they are given credit for. A wise man once said, “How could we send a man to space before having invented a suitcase with wheels?”

4. Speaking of airport security, I don’t care how tired you are or how early or late your flight is, be friendly to officials. Border control officers do not get sarcasm. Your journey can go so much more smoothly if you just smile and show them a little of that “southern hospitality.”

5. Plan your time. The key is knowing your airports. For example, I cannot tell you how many times I have been told to arrive 2-3 hours early for an international flight. While 2 hours is about the time it takes to get from the ticket counter to a gate at Washington Dulles, Memphis airport is about the size of Mud Island in comparison. So, while I’m not saying to arrive at the last minute, I advise to not be too conservative with your time (unless you want to browse Twitter for hours waiting for your boarding call).

5. Always check-in online, print your boarding pass, and choose your seat in advance. (Window seats are the best sleepers; aisle seats have the best leg room). I cannot stress how much of a time saver this is the day of your flight.

6. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, bring snacks. If you love food as much as I do, nothing can go wrong with this precaution.

7. In regards to food, please for the love of everything diverse, do not set foot into a McDonalds or any fast food joint for that matter when traveling. Always hit up a local café or restaurant. “But Melanie, I am a college student. The cheaper the better!” I understand, I really do. In Cambodia, my dinner cost all of $2; while in Europe, one can get a decent culturally acceptable breakfast for as little as 5 euros. Be creative. Your beloved Spicy McChicken will still be here to greet you upon your return.

8. It is inevitable that you will forget to pack something. Just take a moment to accept this reality now and move on. Let’s just pray it isn’t your medication.

9. ALWAYS attempt to speak the local language. Neither I nor the locals will care how much you butcher it; they will most likely be amused at your efforts. You would be surprised how many people don’t even try to immerse themselves into the culture in which THEY are the visitors. Long story short, manners are universal. Use them. Plus your mother would be SO proud.

10. Just like you would research to write that ten page paper, research your top sights you want to see, or that local restaurant that received rave reviews on Trip Advisor. However, if you aren’t feeling quite that motivated, I promise there will be some “hole-in-the-wall” treasures you will stumble upon when abroad. Just don’t be afraid to be a tourist in your first weeks. (That’s the reason you’re even traveling, right?!)

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While these don’t cover everything, I’ll leave you with the most basic, applicable advice I can possibly think of…Be open-minded,flexible, and fearless. When abroad, you can be whomever you want to be.

- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

 

Business is Bustling in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain 2012The influence Barcelona has on commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, science, and the arts makes it one of the world’s major global cities. With its annual average temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, students have the opportunity to study in one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful coastal cities. Students will enroll at BES LaSalle (Business Engineering School), studying business from a unique international perspective and Spanish at a beginner or higher level. Some students may also register for an online course at CBU. Like all exchange programs at CBU, costs include tuition and fees, airline tickets, room and board. Students from all majors are invited to take advantage of this program.

Study Hospitality and Tourism in the Austrian Countryside

Bad Gleichenberg, Austria 2012Through collaboration with Fh Joanneam in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, CBU is offering a new concentration within the Business Administration degree program. The Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration educates managers who can organize and implement touristic offers in the hospitality and leisure fields. CBU students who complete the Hospitality and Tourism concentration will spend three months (October-December) studying at the partner university in Bad Gleichenberg which is located in Southern Austria. The village is small and surrounded by beautiful agricultural land, but the metropolitan city of Graz is only a short train ride away.

Courses in this new concentration include:

  • Introduction to Tourism (4 credit hours)
  • Foundation in Hospitality Management (3 credit hours)
  • Event Management (1 credit hour)
  • Applied Project in Tourism (4 credit hours)
  • Practicum/Project in Hospitality Management (3 credit hours).

Other exchanges include St. Mary’s Belfast, Ireland and ECAM in Lyon, France. More information at Study Abroad Exchange Programs.

Ask Albert: Spanish Culture Interview with Albert Furnells Ribas

Albert Furnells Ribas, CBU Soccer Player from SpainAlbert Furnells Ribas is a member of the soccer team here at CBU from Barcelona, Spain. In order to get to know about him and his native country, we asked him a few questions about his home town and his stay here in America. This is what he had to say…

Q: What is the biggest difference between Memphis and Barcelona?
A: Memphis is a smaller town and Barcelona is a big city!

Q:What is your favorite thing to do while you are in Memphis? Barcelona?
A: In Memphis, hanging out with the friends I have made here. When I am in Barcelona I love to eat!

Q:What Spanish food should Americans traveling to Barcelona try?
A: We have so much food to choose from, but the most popular are tortilla de patatas, jamón serrano y tapas.

Q: What would you tell students who are thinking about studying abroad?
A: Enjoy yourself in Barcelona because there are so many things to do there like eating great food and experiencing the night life!

Q: What is your favorite thing about America?
A: Everything here is BIG!