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A difference in seating arrangements

On my 6th day in Norway I was given the opportunity to tour the Norwegian parliament building. These are my takeaways. I remember from time to time in school learning about the Scandinavian societies and how their governments are run. We’re always taught that these are the happiest nations in the world. They lack the gun violence we’ve become desensitized to. They have amazing standards for women’s rights, and their carbon footprint is minimal at worst. For me, having an Americanized education, and growing up to believe this prosperity, it […]

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The Great Outdoors

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers At Peking University, students in the school of Chinese as a Second Language are taken on one expense-paid field trip per semester. Last semester our teachers took us to the Summer Palace and out to dinner. This semester we went to the Beijing Botanical Garden so I hopped myself up on allergy pills and took a lot of pictures. I’d never seen so many flowers in my life. The Russian Embassy I don’t have any religious background and in fact have never even attended a […]

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Brazil’s Political Crisis

If you’ve ever had a dream with an incredibly irritating, obnoxious sound that was impossible to stop only to wake up and find that it was your alarm going off, you have an idea of what it’s like to be in Brazil right now.  For the past two weeks, Brazilians have been taking their political woes to the streets in protest and in favor of their government.  On any given day, especially days when large manifestations are held, it is not unusual to hear Brazilians shouting their political beliefs from the windows of their […]

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Thoughts from the First Last Week of Class

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to write again! I am wrapping up the last few days of this month’s class and it has been crazy! A 10-page paper and presentation due tomorrow, all in Spanish! But I seem to have finished, just in the nick of time, so here I am :) Things are going great for me, but are proving to be increasingly complicated as I learn more and more about the political climate of Ecuador. I have been hearing many things about the oil drilling they are […]

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Caitlin: Election time!

Things are heating up here in Dakar–and I don’t just mean the weather. The presidential election is THIS SUNDAY! Schools have been closed all week and university classes cancelled (my classes were very much on, though…) leading up to the election. Riots last Sunday left several dead in Dakar (luckily I was on the bus home from Toubakouta, so no worries!), and buses have been passing my house all night carrying supporters of various candidates. By Monday, we should know if there will be a second round of elections. Until […]

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Caitlin: On riots and other things

The council has decided. Abdoulaye Wade is a presidential candidate, and the Senegalese are NOT happy. On Friday night, a few of us planned to meet up at a bar/salsa club just down the street from my house to wind down from the week. We had been warned that there might be demonstrations after the announcement, but after not hearing anything more about it by about 10pm, Taylor and Susan left their houses in Liberté 5 to come meet up with us. Minutes later, I received a frantic call from […]

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Thomas: Argentinian life & politics in 2011

Recently, Argentina held a presidential election that gave President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner another term in office. Christina, as she is often referred to, is the wife of the late Nestor Kirchner, who died last year. Nestor was president of Argentina from 2003-2007 and became extremely popular due to Argentina’s miraculous economic recovery after the country suffered a devastating economic collapse in 2001. That year, Argentina took home the not so coveted prize for being the biggest economy in the World to default on its loans. Remember when Congressional Republicans […]

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Parker: What the French know of Americans

Say you’re American to a Parisian, and there are a few typical responses you will receive: 1. Oh, so you love McDonald’s? 2. Are you from New York? (It’s either NYC, San Francisco, LA, or maybe a couple like Chicago or Miami) 3. I love Obama! 4. Some comment that basically means “You Americans aren’t doing it right.” It’s nice to see that they really understand our culture. Now, I’m not saying that Americans don’t do the same when it comes to France, but you would think they might understand […]

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