Tag Archives: Culture

Keeping Up with Katie

I have been spent the past couple weeks trying to think about what to write for the blog. There has been so much that has happened this past month during my Rio study abroad. But none of it is actual … Continue reading

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Los Rituales del Caos

It is day three of orientation week. Today’s theme? Transportation. Today is the day that we are learning how to take public transportation to get to the two local universities that we will be taking classes at, INTEC and El … 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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Freshmen Orientation: China Style

In America, the first month of college is full of school spirit and social events. That awkward eagerness to meet as many other freshmen as possible and to establish yourself in the social ranks is a quintessential part of starting … Continue reading

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Two’s A Crowd, Three’s A Party…Until They All Fall Down.

If we consider the wise words above by Andy Warhol to hold true, then the pueblicito (little town) named Consuegras that 88-year-old Antonio lives in with his four chickens, three goats, and one horse definitely charts itself proudly on the map of … Continue reading

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The Uses of University

“Okay wait, so you actually have to pay to go to your school in the United States?” “Well yes, but I get scholarships to help me pay for it.” “That’s not the point. The point is you have to pay … Continue reading

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A Cornucopia of Troubles

Confession: I have had so much to write about in the past two or so weeks that I haven’t written at all, simply because it is often times a lot easier to just jot down phrases or words that remind me … Continue reading

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First Days Always Suck.

*Note: This post was written on February 17th, 2014. I forgot to post it up previously, although the events that occurred refer to the above stated date. Though I didn’t necessarily have high expectations for the day, I must say … Continue reading

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The Act of Adapting

“Un café con leche, por favor y una medialuna dulce.” “Café con leche y medialuna dulce; ¿algo más?” “No. Gracias.” I don’t ask for a menu when I sit down because I don’t need one (also because no one else … Continue reading

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“Waaw, maangi ci kawam!”

This phrase instantly became my favorite, amongst my very thin Wolof inventory, the minute I learnt it in class the other day. Roughly translated it means, “I’m on top of things” or “Things are going well”. For the most part … Continue reading

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