Arrangements Abroad Lecturer Wins Award



In December, Marijeta Bozovic, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, was a recipient of Yale’s annual award for outstanding teachers in interdisciplinary fields. This summer she’ll put her talents into action on our popular Baltic cruise, where her talks on the literature of the region will complement lectures from a Metropolitan Museum of Art expert in arms and armor and a Harvard scholar of post-Soviet politics. Pictured above is Stockholm, where travelers will receive an exclusive tour of the Drottningholm Court Theater.

The Baltic’s Amber Coast: St. Petersburg to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II
July 1 to 12, 2016
With Met curator Pierre Terjanian,
Harvard professor Timothy Colton,
and Yale professor Marijeta Bozovic
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Meet Tour Director Kate Klorer

Kate Klorer with tour busKate Klorer started working for Academic Arrangements Abroad as a Tour Coordinator in December 2005. Soon afterwards, she became one of the firm’s Tour Directors. When Kate is home in New York between trips, she also works as a guide at The Frick Collection.

She will be leading more trips in 2014, so look for her on several programs to Europe, Cuba, and the Middle East.

What is your hometown? Redlands, California. It is especially beautiful in March and April, when the orange groves bloom and the scent of orange blossoms fills the air.

Kate in SienaCity you most recommend to friends? Most of my recommendations have to do with places I’ve had memorable experiences with art or food! I recently visited Siena, Italy, for the first time, mainly to see in person the great altarpiece by Duccio, and I was completely enchanted by this medieval town. Rome and Florence are absolute must-sees, but Siena offers a different, quieter experience… perfect for wandering with gelato on a sunny afternoon, admiring the beautiful Tuscan hills!

There are so many other great cities. Stockholm, Vilnius, Vienna, Havana, and of course the three I have called home: New York, London, and Los Angeles.

Sight you would drop everything to see I would love to see the Northern Lights at some point in my life!

Last tour you were on for Arrangements Abroad “The Performing & Visual Arts of Cuba: An Insider’s View”

Kate in UAESpecial skills  Not quite a special skill, but when I’m in a new place, I enjoy stepping into the local grocery store or farmer’s market. It is one of the best ways to get a feel for local life.  I also really enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds and life experiences. And I know a lot about art history, particularly 14th– to 19th-century European painting.

Your most visited websites  Google , Facebook, The New York Times, Kayak and

photo-4Something about you that surprises people  As a graduate student in London, I worked at the Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill on weekends!  (Yes, the bookshop from the Hugh Grant movie…)

Three things you can’t travel without  A light suitcase, a pashmina to keep warm on the plane, and a camera.

Number of trips traveled on  I have visited 48 countries.  Some of my best travel experiences have been on Arrangements Abroad programs. Inquisitive and enthusiastic groups, opportunities to learn from experts, getting to know our local guides in different countries…all make for such enriching experiences when learning about a new place!

Meet Erin Rauch-Sasseen

Erin Rauch-Sasseen started working at Academic Arrangements Abroad in July 2011. Currently, she is a Tour Coordinator for the firm.

What is your hometown?

This is a tough question!  I was born in New York City, but have lived in Holland, California and Missouri. My family currently lives in New Jersey on the shore.

Erin in StockholmCity you most recommend to friends:

When I was in Stockholm last summer everyone was so happy and the long days were just incredible.  I would definitely recommend it to friends.  I’d like to go back again sometime soon!

City you would drop everything to see:

Istanbul continues to have a mystical pull for me.  If given the opportunity, I would be on the first flight out!

Which AAA programs do you enjoy working on the most?

As a Tour Coordinator, I work mostly with our passengers, so I can’t say I really distinguish between the different programs I am coordinating. I do, however, love working on trips to destinations that are completely new to me, like Nepal & Bhutan.  I especially enjoy working with passengers when I know I’m also going to be a Tour Director on the program.  Knowing we will be traveling together makes the interactions even more special.

Special skills:

I’m in a band!  I sing and play guitar and keyboard in a band called Hey Anna.  You can listen to our music here:

Your most visited websites:

New York Magazine, Soundcloud, and Tumblr

Erin in CubaSomething about you that surprises people:

How terrible I am at Karaoke.  I always pick the worst songs!

Three things you can’t travel without:

My camera (film!), my iPhone and headphones.

Who would play you in a movie?

I wouldn’t mind if Emma Stone played me in a movie! My sisters think Judy Dench would play the older version of me.  I would love that.

Erin in HelsinkiNumber of trips you’ve been on:

I have traveled on two AAA trips:

“The Baltic’s Amber Coast: St. Petersburg to Copenhagen” in July 2012 and a trip to Cuba last fall.  I am scheduled to travel on our round-trip Sicily cruise aboard Sea Cloud II in September.  I am really looking forward to it!

Don’t Forget to Enter the Focus on Travel Photo Contest

Havana doorwayWe’ve already received a number of submissions for our Focus on Travel photo contest.  Images entered so far range from Borobudur at sunrise to Stockholm at dusk. There are also stunning shots of London, Havana, Egypt, Bolivia and other destinations near and far.

If you have a great travel photograph, there’s still time to enter it in the contest. The winner will receive a new iPad mini. Prizes for the runners-up include a NiteCore Tiny Monster flashlight, a micro luggage scale and more.

You can also vote on the submitted images, which are featured in a gallery that can be accessed through the photo contest tab.  The most popular image will receive a People’s Choice Award and a special prize.

To enter or vote, please go to our Facebook page and click on the Focus On Travel Photo Contest icon below our name.  It will take you to a new page where you can enter the contest or vote on selected entries (or both!).

Punta ArenasBe sure to submit your entry before May 1, 2013.

Art Underground

By Ingrid Ahlgren

While commuting on the New York City subway the other day, I admired a poster by artist Sophie Blackall. The poster, part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program, is just one of the creations straphangers can enjoy in New York. The city’s subway system is home to oodles of art, ranging from the gorgeous mosaics in many stations to talented musicians who perform on trains and platforms to poetry inside the cars.

New York isn’t the only city where travelers can enjoy art on their way from one place to another. Boston’s Green Street Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run space, is located in a subway station.  In Chicago, a program called Art on Track transforms a train into a moving gallery once a year.

Stockholm subway art Paris MetroOutside of the United States, there’s also great art to discover while using public transit. Many of Montreal’s subway stations boast sculptures and other works of art. Stockholm’s tunnelbana, which has artwork in 90 of its 100 stations, has been called the “world’s longest art exhibit.” In Lisbon, contemporary art is featured in all metro stations.

Sometimes, the subway stations themselves are works of art. Paris’ Metro is known for its elegant art-nouveau entryways. In Bilbao, Spain, many new stations have been designed by Sir Norman Foster. The unique curved glass structures at street level are known as “Fosteritos.” Some of Moscow’s legendary undergrounds have chandeliers and marble-clad walls. And in Dubai, metro stations have modern designs but incorporate some of the region’s traditional architectural elements such as alleyways and arches.

Which of the world’s subway systems do you think are worth a detour?