Day 1: Traveling with an Unnamed Guitar

After arriving at Logan Airport, I found most of the group already there. As we waited for everyone to arrive, the atmosphere was filled with excitement for the adventure ahead. While chatting amongst ourselves, we quickly were faced with our first task: naming the small guitar Katie brought. Suggested names include Swift, Mary, and Taylor… Read more »

Welcome to the 2016 Honors Spain DOC!

Honors Spain Dialogue of Civilizations Blog 3.0! This is the third year that Northeastern Honors students have embarked upon an exploration of religion and culture in Spain. This blog account will follow the students’ travels through the cities of Granada, Córdoba, Seville, and Toledo, and the towns of the Camino, from Leon to Santiago. Seventeen… Read more »

We Are Knitters: Five Months at an International Knitting Company

Twelve months ago I flew 3,397 miles away from Boston, arriving at my final destination of Madrid nervous, jet lagged, and excited for the year I had ahead of me. I spent the first seven months studying in a Spanish university, and the next five cooping for a start-up called We Are Knitters.

Healthcare in the Himalayas

Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains is no easy task. Upon arriving at Kathmandu airport in the middle of the night, a staff member from Himalayan Healthcare ushered me into a car, temporarily relieving me of my large duffle-bag and trekking pack that contained the clothes and supplies I would have with me during the next month in the mountains where I would live in a tent without running water.

Pediatric Neurosurgery within the Vibrant City of Cape Town

I couldn’t have been more relieved to finally walk into my Cape Town apartment. After travelling for more than 24 hours, missing one of my flights, and having to settle a miscommunication with my driver whom I could barely understand, I was more than exhausted; not to mention in desperate need of a shower and food that wasn’t made on an airplane.

Spreading Roots at Dandelion School

My flight from Chicago arrived in Beijing International Airport on January 11, 2015 as the sun was starting to set. By the time I arrived at the school in the urban-rural fringe zone in Daxing District it was already dark.

Beyond the Language Barrier

It was in that moment that I realized that despite the different languages we spoke and the short amount of time spent together, we were still able to make meaningful relationships.

Day 31: Home

It was easy to believe that we weren’t really getting ready to depart as we sleepily climbed out of the beds we had fallen into just hours before (a last minute attempt on our parts to spend more time together). We were used to being tired, to packing our suitcases in a daze, managing once… Read more »


  Here we are again, the final day of our Dialogue. A day full of intense concentration, writing, and tears as we all grudgingly write the final paper that marks not only the end of our course on pilgrimage, but our time together in Spain. Our final papers act as reflections of our time on… Read more »

Day 29: Reaching Santiago

Today is the day. It’s the day we have been waiting for, the day we have been moving towards for 11 days now. 150 miles later, today is the day we arrive in Santiago de Compostela, finishing the Camino. We woke up at 5:15 to start walking at 6. Our “Sunrise Walk” would allow us… Read more »