See Ya Cyprus…

As the last week of the semester approaches, my time in Cyprus comes to an end. Being here has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of what its like to experience another culture. Global Semesters has treated me, as well as the other students, exceptionally well. They have made us feel welcomed and comfortable in the transition of moving here this semester. I know that I will miss being in the beautiful country of Cyprus, and being surrounded by such a kind group of individuals.

Here, I have made great friends and have experienced more than I could ever hope for. From Cyprus, I was able to travel to Israel, Athens, Mykonos, Venice, Dublin, Munich, and Paris. While in Cyprus, I have gone all over the country to different places such as Paphos, Limassol, Troodos, Ayia Napa, Kyrenia, Nicosia and Lefkosia.

I hope that if anyone has the opportunity, that they will take the trip to Cyprus to experience it for themselves.

Susquehanna University requires students to go abroad to graduate (it doesn’t have to be for a whole semester, it could be just a few weeks). I think that it is a privilege that we get this opportunity to travel and experience a culture that is different from our own. Educating ourselves this way is, in my opinion, the only way to truly understand things from another cultures’ point of view. There are so many benefits to traveling abroad that I wish everyone could experience. I have gained independence, leadership skills, and have broadened my worldview.

*It also looks GREAT on job applications…incase the other stuff didn’t convince you.

I’d like to thank my family for being so supportive throughout all of this and for giving me this opportunity. I love you guys.

I’d also like to thank all of those who have been keeping up with me through this blog. I hope that you enjoyed what I’ve had to say and I thank you for joining me throughout this journey.

Well, I’ll see ya Cyprus!



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Short, But Oh So Sweet

A few friends and I took advantage of the long weekend with a trip to Venice and Dublin. We planned the trip so that we had long layovers in Paris and Munich so that we could experience as much as we could in a short amount of time (5 days).

We began our trip in Venice, Italy on Wednesday evening. We walked around the city center that night. The next day we took a gondola ride, ate pizza and gelato, shopped around, and saw Saint Mark’s Basilica! It was so beautiful, truly looked like a scene out of a movie. (Please scroll down for more pictures and the rest of the post)

On Friday, we made our way to Paris, also amazing. We took the train from the airport to the Eiffel Tower. There we had dinner at the Eiffel Café. After that we got some wine, baguettes, and macaroons and sat by the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the view. We then headed back to the airport to sleep on the freezing floor until our flight the next morning. (Please scroll down for more pictures and the rest of the post)

Next comes Dublin! Definitely one of my favorite places I’ve gone to on this trip. We arrived Saturday afternoon and the first stop we hit was the Guinness Factory. Definitely a must for anyone who visits Ireland. After the tour, we got dinner at a local pub and then made our way to the bars in the evening. The next morning we walked along O’Connell street for some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Other than the lively nightlife, I enjoyed Ireland so much because of the fun environment and the kind people. I would absolutely visit again! (Please scroll down for more pictures and the rest of the post)

We are now on our way to Germany for a long layover. We plan on leaving the airport for some dinner and quick sightseeing, then we will sleep at the airport and get on our flight back to Larnaca in the morning.

I know this trip sounded very rushed and overwhelming, which at times it was. Overall it was an amazing experience and gave us a small taste of each city. I know I would love to visit these places again, and now I have a better idea of what I want to do when I get there.

Thank you for visiting!


Away From Home for the Holidays…

This year is the first year I haven’t been with my family on Thanksgiving. As it is my FAVORITE holiday, it was especially hard on me. I missed my family and friends, and all of that amazing food my grandmother cooks.

Even though it was tough, I still got through it “with a little help from my friends.” I have made great friends during my time abroad, I consider these people my family. We were all feeling homesick, but thankfully, Global Semesters set up a little thanksgiving dinner of their own. They had the chef from the school make traditional turkey, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and so much more (none of which compares to my grandmothers cooking, but was still absolutely delicious). They decorated and made the dinner as homey as possible.

I truly appreciated the effort that they put in to make us feel more comfortable during our time away from home. I still miss my family dearly, but their hospitality makes a little easier.

Till next time!

xoxo, Noa


“Make Sure You Get My Good Side”

Midterms are here…dun. DUN. DUNNNNNN.  You all know what that means, long nights studying, many visits to the library, and if you’re anything like me, a LOT of procrastination.  Lucky for me, one of my favorite class’ midterm is taking photos, fun! For the assignment we had to take portraits of people in four different lighting situations. You all saw my first portrait of the lovely queen Alice, and now I have three more to share with you. I hope you (and my professor) like them!

xoxo, Noa ❤


It’s All Greek to Me

A great trip with some amazing people. A few friends and I traveled to Mykonos and Athens, Greece for a long weekend.

In Mykonos, we were able to see Little Venice, the Windmills, and the Armenistis Lighthouse. We rented a few ATVs and drove around the Island all day sightseeing and shopping in Mykonos Town. We stayed in a stunning villa called Villa Thelgo that is pictured below. The beautiful white houses with blue doors covered the island making it look like a scene out of a movie. We had such an amazing time.

After Mykonos, we flew to Athens where we stayed in a hostel, perfectly located in the center of the city, called Pella-Inn. There, we took an electric bike tour that showed us most of the ancient sites including the Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Erechtheion, Kolonaki, and many more places. During the next day, we walked around the markets and visited the National Archeological Museum. At night we went to a rooftop bar called A for Athens with a stunning view of the Acropolis.

I had such an amazing time and am absolutely going back to both of these places the next chance I get!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

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The Girls are Back in Town

Studying in Cyprus has been an amazing experience so far and this weekend I was lucky enough to share some of it with my family.

My grandmother, aunt, and two cousins came to visit this past weekend, girls trip!  During their stay, we did A LOT of eating and traveling around Cyprus, including three delicious, and filling, Meze’s. We saw many different places in a short amount of time, including Troodos Mountains, Nicosia and Larnaca. Each of these places brought even more stories and good experiences to our time together.  I have made a list, with the help of my blogger cousin Shir Ibgui (NOTURAVG), of all the places we were able to visit.  If you ever come to Cyprus, I recommend that you do every single one of these things on the list!


  • Nicosia: Castelli Hotel
    • Amazing service, great location, and fantastic complimentary breakfast!
  • Larnaca: Qbic City Hotel
    • PERFECT LOCATION (beach and city), fabulous service, and everything is brand new and very high-tech.


  • Il Forno, located in Nicosia’s Old City. Great Italian food.
  • Kathodon: Greek traditional food. Great Meze!
  • Aiya Anna Taverna: Such a fun place! Live music, dancers, napkins falling from the ceilings… what else could you ask for?
  • En Lefko: Yet another Meze night, definitely one of the best. Fabulous and fresh fish with great service.
  • TheGym: incredible cocktails

Things to do/ Places to Visit:

  • Wine tasting
  • Omodos Village
  • Old City Nicosia, North and South side
  • Olive Oil Factory
  • Millomeri Waterfalls
  • City Center Larnaca
  • Mackenzie Beachunnamed-1unnamed-2unnamed-3unnamed-4unnamed-5unnamed-6unnamed-7unnamed-8unnamed-9unnamed-10unnamed-11unnamed-13unnamed


Anyone Need a Photographer?

If you do, then you’re in luck!

This semester at the University of Nicosia I have been taking a photography class, so i guess you could say I’m pretty much a professional. I’m just kidding, but I do really love the class. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures I took from this weeks lesson on portraits. Thank you to my stunning model (queen) Alice Olom!!



(The second photo was taken after being told she was beautiful)

5 Simple, Healthy, and Quick Dinner Ideas

While studying abroad, it’s a hard transition to go from having mom and dad cooking all of your meals, to actually cooking things on your own, YIKES. Thankfully we have the internet! I have found so many tasty dinner recipes on a few different websites that I would love to share with you all! If done correctly, you are sure to impress your roommates!

  1. Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon
  2. Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast
  3. The Best Classic Tomato Lasagna
  4. Pollo Fajitas 
  5. This is my own easy meal:
    • Ingredients:
      • Chicken breast
      • Paprika
      • Garlic Powder
      • Basil
      • salt and pepper
      • Olive oil
    • Begin by cutting the chick breast in slices- 1 inch apart
    • Mix the paprika, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper together
    • rub the chicken slices with the dry mix
    • Use a skillet and heat up the olive oil, enough to fry the chicken
    • Add the chicken to the skillet and watch until each side is cooked through. Look to see if the chicken is cooked halfway through, then flip and let cook until the chicken is fully cooked.
    • Try not to overcook the chicken so that it does not get too dry.
    • Once done set aside. Pair the chicken with whatever you like. I typically pair it with a garden salad and maybe some pasta.

Thank you for visiting! xoxo


Getting Sick While Abroad…

Getting sick away from the comforts of home is never easy, but with these tips, hopefully it will make it a little more bearable.

1. Tell your friends!

  • I am a horrible sick person- I am needy, pouty, and irritable. Thats why I have such an appreciation for my roommate, Carly. When I got sick while here in Cyprus, Carly was my go-to-girl. She took care me to the best of her ability: she made me food, took me to the doctors, and made sure I was as comfortable as I could be.
  • Let your friends help you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask the program coordinators for assistance.

  • They are there to help you. I was pretty hesitant to ask the Global Semesters advisors for help at first because I was attempting to be an independent adult. Unfortunately, that backfired when people here took advantage of the fact that I was a foreigner. They either, did not take me seriously or they did not understand what I was asking/saying. I ended up wasting plenty of time trying to communicate with the nurses when I should’ve gone straight to my advisors for help.

3. Sleep!!!!

  • Seriously. I know that you might feel like you are missing out on a saturday night with your friends, trust me I did, but it’s okay. Sleep as much as you can while you are sick so that you can get better quicker and go out and actually enjoy the rest of your trip.


I hope these few tips help!



Education in Cyprus vs. in America

I am now on my 3rd week of classes at the University of Nicosia and things are going well! I am taking 4 classes including: Photography, Psychology, Modern Cypriot History, and Marketing. I scheduled each of these classes so that they not only fulfilled my core curriculum and major credits, but also so that they would be on scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This gives me plenty of time to travel during those long weekends when I don’t have classes.

So far, I have noticed a few differences with the schooling here compared to it in America. First, students often arrive very late to classes.  The teachers tend to start teaching well past the scheduled class.  At Susquehanna, it would be considered rude to arrive late and if you did the teachers aren’t as understanding as they are here.

Second, I noticed a difference in the teaching styles of the professors. For example, in my Marketing class at Susquehanna (SU), we often had group projects and other exercises during class or for homework. At the University of Nicosia, they rarely give out group work at all.

Third would be the schedule of classes throughout the week. Each of my classes here go for 3 hours long once a week, while at SU the classes are typically shorter and occur multiple days a week.

And finally, the dress code is quite different here at University of Nicosia than it is at SU. I noticed that people dress up more for class than they do at SU. It would be unacceptable to wear workout clothes (which is usually my go to) or sweatpants to class. This is definitely something I had to get used to.

Although there are many other differences, I feel lucky that I can experience a new way of learning from an entirely different culture. I look forward to furthering my education here for the rest of the semester.

Thanks for visiting my page!! 🙂

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