Chuseok Holiday Week

What an eventful week! This week was Chuseok Holiday week so we have no school and everything is closed from Monday to Wednesday so we had to get creative with things to do in Seoul. Chuseok (추석) is a 3-day harvest festival holiday, or also known as, Korean Thanksgiving. Koreans usually go back to their hometowns to see their families and pay their respects to the spirits of their ancestors. Because of this the foreigners here as stuck figuring out what’s open and what to do. I spent the beginning […]

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The Very Underwhelmingly Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen, the sea, and quaintness are all strongly associated with Denmark, so there is no doubt why Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) is one of the most iconic images connected to Copenhagen. Seeing this four-foot-tall statue of a melancholic fish-girl was not exactly at the top of my to-do list, but I still felt it would be wrong of me to leave Denmark without doing so. Therefore, after my Danish lesson this Wednesday, I navigated through the city toward the sea to fulfill this cultural requirement. I […]

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Watoto Wazuri: Just a few of the beauts that have stolen my heart

So…children, children everywhere. If you want to learn a language surround yourself with little ones that speak it. They’re so patient, so sweet and you actually don’t need to speak any Swahili to understand what they’re doing. Language (Lugha) Fun fact, Tanzanians know three languages: English, Swahili and their mother tongue. Many schools are taught solely in English so younger students surpass on bilingual expectations. Swahili is mostly used in the villages, cities and home. Their third language is the language of their tribe, whether Masaii, Mchaga or another. Tanzanians […]

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Premiere Chaque Semaine Message

Classes started this week so now that I have less time, I have decided to keep weekly posts for this blog. hopefully this will be something I can continuously keep up with! My goal is to use this blog as a platform over the semester to examine my experiences in the context of learning and growing. As classes have just begun I do not have a specific feel for what each of these courses will be like yet but I am excited to really delve into the content. The courses […]

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Homesickness and FOMO

Today marks one month since I arrived in Copenhagen, and it has been an amazing ride so far. I am learning so much not only in my classes, but also about Danish culture, and even a little bit about myself. However, although I may be currently residing in the world’s happiest country and eating more than my daily recommended dose of pastries, I am only human; sentiment and emotions are beginning to take their toll on me. During the first few weeks here, I was so busy getting adjusted to […]

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We Were Wrong About Everything

….except for disconnection from society. So here we are. It’s been more than a week since I crash-landed in the BEAUTIFUL Arusha, Tanzania. I can promise you one thing, this place does wonders for your soul. At this point, I think it’s absolutely imperative to know that we had no idea what Tanzania was like. Because yes, everything is new, and yes, I am overwhelmed, I guess I’ll just tackle the issues as they come. Family (Familia) I have always had the understanding that family can mean more than blood. […]

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How to Make Chapati

Chapati is a wheat-based unleavened bread, similar to naan, that many South Indians eat with various meals. And they’re super easy to make! Just add a pinch of salt to some wheat flour, and then slowly incorporate water and knead until it reaches a slightly firm, and not sticky, dough. Add a spoonful of vegetable oil and knead again. The more you knead the dough, the better your chapatis will turn out! Let the dough sit for 15-30 minutes, then roll out into thin pancakes. Just fry them up in […]

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How to Make Kosambari

Kosambari is a delicious cold salad eaten with traditional South Indian meals, made from lentils, coconut, cucumber, and carrots. First you need to soak your lentils in just a little bit of water. Any kind of lentils work, I think, but we used South Indian dal. You don’t need as much water as you think, since the lentils will absorb the water from the cucumber as well. Then, you need to crack open a coconut. The trick, I’ve learned, is getting the coconut skin wet before you try to break […]

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Orientation Week

Wow. Its been quite the whirl wind of activity here since I stepped off of that bus. Full of Orientation events, boring speakers, tours, seeing campus, seeing the city, and meeting more people than I can honestly remember names… Oh and living for three days in the same pair of jeans, as that is how long it took Aer Lingus to return our luggage to us, but it really didn’t bother me too badly. So many new things to keep my mind on instead of that. I live in this […]

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Rock the Kasbah

Shortly after driving through the scenic, hillside town of Moulay Iddriss and watching pink walls and turquoise window frames blur past through the van window, we arrived in Meknes. I accredit Meknes to my finally understanding what “rock the casbah” means; therefore, I dedicate this post to my parents and our classic rock-filled road trips. Meknes, a town 45 minutes away from Fez by the toll-road, hosts many historically significant buildings, including the mausoleum of King Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif. The “Warrior King” reigned from the 1670s to 1720s and […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

We visited the old City Market today and I saw a shirt there that read “DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK.” Though just a simple slogan on a tee shirt, that line hit me as an important reminder when travelling, especially somewhere so far outside of what you are familiar with. As travelers, we inevitably enter new places loaded with preexisting stereotypes, expectations, and paradigms influencing how we view everything around us. But these views can be detrimental in coming to understand a place in its own right –as its people […]

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City Girl?

I thought I was a city girl all my life, but going to the Nandi Hills and seeing the temple, I realized what I’ve been missing out. It was a beautiful place; I felt calm, peaceful, enlighten and many other wonderful feelings. I can’t explain in words how beautiful this place was, I could live here forever! It was in contrast with the rest of Bangalore. Bangalore is a city of about 4.1 million people, but once you get of there into the rural area and villages, the roads are […]

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Dansk er svært

Imagine trying to articulate a coherent sentence with a gob of mashed potatoes crammed in your mouth. That’s what other Scandinavians say Danish sounds like. (We eat a lot of potatoes at my homestay, so maybe there is some truth to this.) To me, Danes tend to seem like they are mumbling when they speak, as syllables are often dropped from Danish words. Also, the language contains three more vowels than English. These are æ, ø, and å. Stir the mumbling and extra vowels into a pot of mashed potatoes, […]

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Excursion to Madrid

Today was the first of 3 excursions with la fund. We took an hour long bus ride to and from madrid. We went on a guided tour of the palace, had a bus tour of the city, ate lunch at a buffet, then had 3 hours of free time to look around the city. Leandra and I wandered around the city, going from store to store checking out souvenirs and accessories. There were only a couple things that really stuck out for me: there were a ton of scarves and […]

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Day 1 of Internship

Today, I thought I would make it to my internship on time if I caught the bus by 8:30. Boy was I wrong. I was about 10 minutes late to my first day of work. Good thing this isn’t the united states! I worked with a lady that works in the library and, to my surprise, I won’t even really be talking to people. I’m translating a bunch of things both from spanish to english and english to spanish. Don’t get me wrong, it was very uplifting to hear her […]

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