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Semana 6: ¡Ya está!

¡Ya está! does not have a direct translation, but it is muy sencillo or “very simple” to explain. It is the perfect phrase to use when you put the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae or in my case start your internship and finish three midterms in the same week. I love my internship! It is exhilarating to maneuver the language barrier to discuss food science topics. I am learning poco a poco or “little by little.” My supervisor let me complete a moisture analysis assay by […]

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Emily: Welcome ti JCU Townsville

Thursday was the day when we would finally see our school/home for the next few months! After a short breakfast at Gilligan’s, packing up and saying our last goodbyes to our Cairns and Perth friends, we were on the bus and ready to go! Though we had all been exclaiming how tired we were, it was really difficult to fall asleep! Besides watching “Letters to Juliet” and hearing snippets of “Knight and Day” in the background, the countryside was truly breathtaking. paydayadvanceusca We drove along the coast (left side, of […]

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Beau: Melbourne facts

This is a blog to account for my adventures studying abroad at the University of Melbourne in “The Garden State” of Victoria, Australia. I’ll be spending 5 months in Australia’s 2nd largest city, and the world’s most liveable. Here I will keep a keen documentation of stories, thoughts, resources, and photos of my various goings-on. I hope you enjoy what I share, and please check back often to follow along with me on my journey. Here is where Melbourne is: Population: 4,077,036 (2nd largest in Australia behind Sydney) Voted most […]

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Alyssa: Arrival

It’s official, I made it to London! After a long day, two flights, and a taxi ride I made it to my flat. The flight was a long eight hours but I had a lovely older British man sitting next to me pointing out sites as we flew over them: Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and the Houses of Parliament. After landing and making it through customs, we made it to our flat. All of the University of Minnesota students are in the same building. We spent the day touring our […]

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Lindsay: Why do I want to go to India?

When I was a freshman here at the University of Minnesota in 2009, I had no idea what I wanted to major in.  I enrolled in the Swahili language because I knew Spanish was full and I have always liked studying languages but I didn’t realize the University offered so many. I took Swahili for a single semester and realized that I enjoyed learning about other cultures, but Africa wasn’t the region I wanted to study. Immediately I thought about becoming a Global Studies Major with an emphasis in South […]

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Lindsay: Program and plans overview

I just thought I would give you all an general overview of the program I am in and what my plans are when I arrive in India: The program I am in is called MSID or Minnesota Studies in International Development.  I will leave on January 15 and I’ll get back on May 20.  I am going with a group of about 15 other college students, most from the U of M but a couple who are not. I will first be arriving in New Delhi, which is in the […]

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Max: About me and this blog

I’m a student from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities studying at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) through a one-year international exchange program. I have a strong connection to Germany because I was born in here, lived here until I was six years old, and frequently visit the half of my family that lives here. When I was six I moved to the USA and went through the American school system. I eventually decided that, after spending a year in an American university, I would spend a year as […]

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Sarah: Fútbol

In Venezuela, fútbol is like the mountains, the plants and the storms…. WILD. And very different from the U.S. I went to my first “soccer” game ever in South America on Sunday, and I definitely got a taste of the latin american fútbol scene. The passion these people have for the game of soccer is incredible. My favorite example of this is the huge sign I saw hanging from the fence surrounding the soccer field. It said “pasión y locura” – passion and craziness. This is what a fútbol stadium looks like in […]

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Jon: First weekend in Jordan

It is my first Saturday here in Jordan, and it has been quite a journey. From planes being delayed, to the craziness that is driving in Jordan I’ve been seeing a lot, and yet I am beyond anxious for more. Tomorrow I start my area studies classes at the University of Jordan (Jordanians week goes from Sunday to Thursday).  Clock tower at University of Jordan Library at the University of Jordan Hopefully by the end of the week, I will be replacing one of those with an internship though leaving […]

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Margaret: 机器人 – jīqìrén – robot

I survived hanyu!  I felt much better about it today, although it is still extremely challenging.  The tough part is that everything is explained in Chinese. The trouble is that many Chinese grammar patterns are entirely nonsensical in the first place, and some can be difficult enough to understand in English as it is. My laoshi also loves to tell us other words that mean the same thing, oh but they can’t exactly be used in the exact same way. Here’s five words and how they are the same and how they are subtly entirely […]

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Shawnda: A transition into reality…

I’m back to the real world…as if being in Africa was surreal or fake.  It felt like such an adventure that it couldn’t be real.   Even after being back, my time there is such a blur yet set so vividly in my mind.  I was welcomed by what seemed to be the most comfortable temperature Minnesota has reached within the past few weeks; weather seems to make dramatic changes in my presence.  My jet lag is just beginning to hit me.  I woke up at 3am; it took me […]

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Grace: Arrival

Okay, so let me start out and say how excited I am for this semester.  It’s only been 3 days and we haven’t done anything particularly exciting yet, and I’m already having the most amazing time. I got off the plane after an 8 hour flight with NOBODY SITTING NEXT TO ME. Best flight ever! I felt like I was in first class. When I left the airport, nauseous, sweaty, and repulsive after waiting what felt like 3 hours for my bags to finally appear on the conveyer belt in […]

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Hilary: upcoming adventures

!Bienvenidos! This is the start of my first blog!  I will try to update as often as possible with pictures, stories, notes, and whatever else inspires me. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing in my experiences! I have been traveling to Guatemala for a teaching assistant position with an organization called Safe Passage (Camino Seguro). Go to their website and check out this awesome organization!  www.safepassage.org  Their mission is to create opportunities and foster dignity through the power of education! Then on to Ecuador, where I will be studying abroad […]

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Connie: My brief stint as a tour guide

One of my good friends from Minnesota came to Japan. He’ll be studying in Beppu for the next two months, but on his way from Tokyo to Beppu he stopped for roughly three days in Hiroshima. Glad to have someone I knew well from back home to talk to for a while, I spent these days showing him the most famous spots in the area. The first day, a group of friends and I went into the city to go shopping before my friend arrived in the evening. We had […]

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Michelle: Stage-internship

Today was my last day at my internship; saying goodbye to everyone was a bittersweet occasion. I’ve worked there since the beginning of February, and I’m now realizing I haven’t written a word about it since I’ve gotten here.  During my stay here I participated in an internship organized by the University of Minnesota. After filling out a questionnaire about my skills and interests and submitting my CV, I was placed at the Montpellier’s Office of Tourism. There, I worked with the communication’s team. Basically, this meant proofreading or translating into English […]

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