Category Archives: Culture

An atypical but thought-provoking tourist experience

Buenos Aires, especially during the springtime, offers an incredible array of attractions for tourists (and of course, for curious study abroad students) to better acquaint themselves with the city. However, many of the most popular sites, from the botanical gardens … Continue reading

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A Moroccan Wedding

I walked in the door and my host aunts jumped up to kiss my cheeks. They offered me a warm welcome back after six days living in a rural Moroccan village, but all I could think about was rinsing off … Continue reading

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Sacrificing a Sheep and Saving a Lizard: Eid al-Adha

I watched my host mama and aunt cook the liver from our howli, or sheep. My aunt gave me a chunk of the liver; I took a small bite and was surprised to like it. I had been nervous to try it … Continue reading

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Countdown to Copenhagen: Bidding Farewell to To-Do Lists and Saying Yes to Life

On Friday, I will trade in my Northern California suburb for Copenhagen, Denmark. All that stands in my way are a couple of unpacked suitcases, un-exchanged currency, unchecked to-do list items, a 12-hour flight, and 5,646 miles. Child’s play right? … Continue reading

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Learning the language of the porteños

¡Hola todos! Although it still seems surreal, in less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane to embark on my study abroad adventure in Buenos Aires with the CIEE program. During the five months that I am in … Continue reading

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Reflections on the British Royal Family

In the mid-1960s, writer and educator Grace Paley gave a lecture entitled “The Value of Not Understanding Anything”. Among the pieces of wisdom on writing that she inculcated on her audience was this: arguing against those who advise aspiring writers … Continue reading

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University College London vs Georgetown in Qatar: Differences in Course Structure and Class Spirit

I am spending the Spring 2015 semester studying at University College London (UCL), presumably one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. Majoring in International Politics, I chose to pick all my courses from the course list offered by … Continue reading

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Explaining the Excitement

“Oh crap, are they in riot gear?” “Yeah, that’s definitely riot gear. I really think we should get out of here.” “No, no let’s stay just a little longer.” There were eight of them advancing on the crowd, shields raised. … Continue reading

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On Traveling in Africa While African: EcoTourism, Respect and other things

It’s surreal, for lack of a better word, to find yourself trekking through landscapes and villages that look vaguely familiar and yet are so foreign to you at the same time. Sitting on the back of a pickup hurtling down … Continue reading

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What’s in a Language?

Everyone gets along in Senegal. Christians, Muslims, Animists, they all live peacefully with one another. Christians celebrate Tabaski and Muslims give gifts at Christmas. Although French is the official language, Wolof is spoken by a large majority of people. These … Continue reading

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