The worldwide Augustana College experience

The Family Concept.

My Ecuadorian host family taught me a great deal about the meaning of family from the perspective of another culture. My experience not only altered my view of Ecuadorian culture, but it also gave me a new perspective on what family is to people of the United States.

Breaking the Language Barrier

As our time in Cuenca nears its end, I’m finding that I’m getting really stressed out about the end of our “term” My Spanish final promises to be a doozy and I might be a little over my head with my tapestry design for my art class. I could be writing my paper for Spanish […]

A Taste of Ecuador…Second Try

Hello again. Sorry to everyone that tried to read this the first time and could not. I have been having quite a few problems with my blogging account (including not being able to upload pictures), but hopefully there will be no more major problems with it. I am going to try and write this post […]

The Hike

Another week has past, yet my tapestry for art class has only grown about half an inch… When are those due again?  Last weekend I had planned on getting at least half way done on the way to Saraguro, however, sleep, of course, overcame me.  I had my first mountain hiking experience in Saraguro and wow […]


I vividly remember being in 8th grade and learning about the Holocaust and the atrocities that were inflicted upon millions of innocent people. I remember being in high school and learning the history behind WWII and the various strategies for the allies. And I remember being a junior in college learning about the political philosophy […]

I’m still here!!

My last couple days in Ecuador are filled with mixed feelings. Initially I feel like I can’t wait to leave, but I know when we finally go I will wish to have a bit more time. I want to leave Ecuador not because of the country itself, because this is a great country, but because […]

Louie’s new life in Wittenberg

Hi everyone. My last blog was a bit too short, but that’s what a train ride, some homework, and adjusting to a new home…now that I’ve settled in a little bit, I feel I can write a bit more. Yesterday was the second day with the host family. Although they do this professionally, I’m sure […]

Weimar, Buchenwald, and a Host Family

I finally have some time to blog after a long internet drought. Germany has been great. I love the country itself. My uncle was great to meet in the airport. My apprehension was gone after meeting him. We’ve gone on a couple weekend trips, on to prague, one to Weimar. Weimar is the prettiest city […]

From Weimar to Wittenberg.

Hallo meine Damen und Herren! I have just spent the past weekend in Weimar – one of the top (in my opinion) culture cities of Europe. To begin, let me just pull out the mega ultra large German studies major geek of myself and tell y’all about the best part for me: Geothe. I got […]

Exit Weimar…enter new family

Lieber die Studenten vom Augustana: Louie here! We’ve now been in Germany for about three weeks. Time is flying by, but I still realize that we have about 8 weeks left here. A lot has happened since Prague, and I will now share some of the adventures: This past weekend, we went to Weimar, which […]