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Culture shock and the start of classes

Culture shock is something that is very familiar to me right now. I definitely felt it full-force in my first few days here, I would be trying to understand what my host family was telling me, and while I understand most everything I’d miss a little detail about their house rules or practices and do something wrong. I’m very lucky, they’re all the sweetest people in the world and totally understanding but I don’t think anyone likes making mistakes! I felt a little helpless. Luckily, from each mistake I make […]

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I survived! // ¡he sobrevivido! – Week 1

I survived my first week in España! Here are some of the highlights from my first few days:   Saturday Jan 14, 2017-   After traveling for 12 hours, our plane finally landed in Madrid. Groggy, but filled with excitement, my new friends and I made it to the correct buses with all of our luggage [thank God!]. Since it was 8am in Madrid (1am Minneapolis time), we had a whole day ahead of us. After a 45 minute bus ride we arrived in Toledo and were finally face to face with our […]

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MPL –> CDG –> MSP

The fairytale is coming to an end. This morning (yesterday in the United States) I left Montpellier, France; my home for the past four months. It still doesn’t quite seem real that I’ve left. After the goodbyes, the struggle of packing up the suitcases again and the rush to the airport, I’m finally taking the time to write down some thoughts. First, let me catch you all up on the last couple weeks. They’ve been rather busy, to say the least. Two weeks ago I finished up at my position […]

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Rubia. Rubia. Rubia.

I am not sure how but it has already been a week; I completely forgot how fast time moves when you’re not paying attention. My week started off with two and a half days in Buenos Aires for orientation and basically just being a tourist. We saw all of the big attractions: La Boca, La Casa Rosa, El Cemetario de Recoletta, ect. Maybe I was just too tired and not paying but besides the language, Buenos Aires felt like another big city that I had yet to explore. Mentally, I wasn’t […]

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Twenty Two Hours Later

What people don’t tell you about traveling is that leaving never gets easier. Saying goodbye, whether you are departing from your home country or your host country, is incredibly difficult. For me, this round of goodbyes was heartbreaking and soul-crushing. I’m sure all of the other goodbyes I have said have hurt just as bad, if not worse, but these goodbyes are fresh like open wounds. I have come to terms with the goodbyes I said leaving Denmark but I have yet to accept that I won’t see some of […]

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Anya: Culture shock

I just wanted to write a bit of a disclaimer post. Yes, the city tour was awesome. Yes, I’ve met some really great people on this program already. I have a nice host family, who is willing to make me gluten-free food. But studying abroad is hard. I’ve only been here four days and it is already a mixed experience. I’ve been sick and tired and hungry and confused. But I’ve also been happy and excited and awed. Whenever you go abroad, whatever organization you are with, you are often […]

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Anya: Learning to live in a new country

It turns out that preparing to live in another country (even while you are in that country) is a bit complicated. Here are the things nobody really talks about beforehand: 1) How to buy a cell phone. I brought my iPhone with me to France. It’s unlocked so that I can join any cell phone provider here. However, finding a plan that is sans engagement, or in English, not on contract, is difficult. There are plans offered by Free, SFR, and Orange, with semi-reasonable prices, but there are restrictions as to where calling, […]

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Anna: First days

Burnt from walking across Haifa’s campus to Mount Carmel national park. It is interesting to be with people while feeling like you’re not with them at the same time. Conversation is still exhausting at this point and I’m wondering if I will ever feel natural here? If I will ever find someone who gets me? Cats are everywhere on campus. Meowing through the night. They climb the brightly colored stone walls in search of food and pleasure. I climb in search of companionship and fresh air. Hebrew is everywhere and still […]

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Madelaine: It’s been too long

I know I don’t update this blog like I should, or like I thought I would even. I feel a little embarrassed that I couldn’t force myself to keep up with this as much. I think I’ve found that most of what I’ve learned while over here has been very personal and difficult to filter out. I write a lot, but not for this. Here I feel like a different person. Back at home I am much more academically curious, astute, and organized. Here, I will purposefully forget to do […]

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Madelaine: Culture shock

I have decided to redefine the phrase “culture shock”. It’s the terror and excitement of contemplating who you are within a world that recognizes you as a foreigner. It’s getting the airport and not being able to rely on your typical methods of etiquette in order to get what you want. Subtleties suddenly become the only thing that makes you the other and you begin to understand that you don’t belong. This sounds rather gloomy, but I really do enjoy it. I arrived at Charles de Gaulle with a 12 […]

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Patricia: Culture Shock

02 June 2012: PISSED (drunk) Going out to bars and drinking is a little more expensive in Australia. Drinks cost between 6 and 14 dollars. It’s also a little harder to order drinks since they differ from America. Some of the bars did not know what a whiskey sour was. However, it is still a good time as any and I have to keep in mind that they have a minimum wage of 18 dollars an hour which pays for 2 drinks. It definitely does not feel like a night out […]

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Sara: First 2 days

Hey, I made it and I’m alive! After a long flight, I have finally made it to Sydeny, Australia! It is absolutely beautiful and still seems so unreal that I am actually here! The best part of the flight was watching the sunrise while flying into Sydney. Soo awesome! When we arrived into Sydney, it took about 20 minutes to go through customs and by 7am a bunch of us grabbed a taxi to our apartment in Waterloo, Sydney. It was definitely weird to see the drivers side on the right side […]

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Caitlin: Maa la raaw FUUF! (I missed you MORE!)

So, you guessed it, I’m home! My last week in Dakar was…interesting. I was sick pretty much all week with a high fever and abdominal pain. Still not entirely sure what’s going on but do not fear! I have a doctor’s appointment here in the states tomorrow. When I wasn’t spending countless hours feeling sick in bed, I was exploring different markets I hadn’t visited before and, oh yeah, writing that final 20 page French paper about our internships. Fun times. Especially after this week, I am definitely going to […]

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Jessica: turn that frown upside down

I was really struggling today.  Basically having a pity party for myself.  Classes are somewhat difficult because I feel like I don’t have any idea what is going on and because school has always come naturally to me.  Also, I haven’t been able to skype my mama or sister, which I had been doing just about everyday.  And I’m really missing everyone from back home.  As I said, pity pouting party for me, with a few tears too.  But then I came back to my apartment to eat my healthy food and decided to turn my […]

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Lindsay: Culture Shock

Culture shock. I am a celebrity, yet an outcast. Because of the color of my skin I am a now seen as either as aloose American girl or an American with a lot ofmoney.  I now see a sari as a way to coverup my skin and physical features. To become invisible blend in with my surroundings. A Sari is my only shield. Never have I ever had to deal withthis before. I am on the returning end for once. People stare blindly without saying a word to you. I […]

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