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Samantha Riley

Cead Mile Failte! Travel has always been a passion of mine and my wanderlust started at an early age. Growing up we moved from state to state and although this may not appeal to everyone, I viewed it as something new and exhilarating. My family instilled in me the love of travel throughout our countless excursions during my childhood as well. From museums to natural wonders, these all contributed to my deep enchantment with the world. It had captivated my attention and soon an innate desire began to root inside me, to not only travel to places, but to truly experience their culture; the people, beliefs, traditions and more that were the foundations that made each place unique. As a baking and pastry major at Johnson & Wales University, it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more first-hand about the different cuisines of the world. Fresh from a study abroad experience this past spring in France, Europe still managed to have me under its spell and has summoned me back once again. Savoring a classic French meal at a small Parisian restaurant with a longtime friend, strolling the beaches of Nice with nothing but an endless stretch of vast ocean ahead and weaving throughout the narrow cobblestone streets of Venice, were all only snippets of what I had previously experienced. It had an incredibly amount more to offer. Oscar Wilde once said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” When not traveling, I can be found with my nose buried in a book especially memoirs, capturing the world through photographs with my camera, writing old-fashioned letters, hanging out with my friends and family, cooking, and most importantly, cuddling with my cat.

Recent Posts by Samantha Riley:

Time is of the Essence: Part I

JWU study abroad student Samantha Riley is clinging to every moment left in her Irish adventure. This week, Samantha starts her long goodbye to the Emerald Isle at a remote campground in County Mayo.

Topics: Study Abroad

Encountering New Voices at the Irish Literature Festival

Samantha Riley’s study abroad voyage takes her to the Cúirt International Literature Festival in Galway to watch and listen to 3 of Ireland’s most exciting fiction authors.

Topics: Study Abroad

Patience is a Virtue: A Day Trip to the Aran Island of Inis Mór

Samantha Riley has learned the art of patience while dealing with the unpredictable weather in Ireland. For her latest adventure, a ferry trip to the island of Inis Mór, her patience is rewarded with absolute beauty.

Topics: Study Abroad

A Final Project Abroad

Samantha Riley’s final project in Event Management involves an Irish mixed martial artist, fine dining and the Special Olympics. Studying in Ireland sounds like so much fun!

Cheers from London to JWU

JWU student blogger Samantha Riley hops on over to London for a culturally rich weekend overflowing with museum trips and visits to historical haunts.

Topics: Study Abroad Providence