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DUBROVNIK: Croatian humor

DUBROVNIK: Croatian humor

September 30, 2014

MADRID –> BARCELONA

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September 28, 2014

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Last weekend I went to Barcelona with a few people from my university. It was more than a seven-hour bus ride away, but it seemed like a nice place to go for a weekend trip.Barcelona is a city in the Catalonia region in Spain....

PERTH: Not quite British, not quite American

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September 28, 2014

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According to my countdown app, I only have two months left here. It’s really weird to think of going home when I feel like I’ve finally gotten into a solid routine here.The people I live with have definitely become my dysfunc...

QUITO: Ama la Vida

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September 26, 2014

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I’ve been in Ecuador for one month exactly. This is going to sound crazy, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier. Don’t get me wrong, this country has some weird quirks, but the culture, the people and the carefree, life-loving attitude make up for...

QUITO –> SALASAKA

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September 23, 2014

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This past weekend I had a new experience: time travel. Another exchange student from the United States and I signed up for this trip to go to Salasaka, Ecuador with our university. We didn’t really know what the trip inclu...

DUBROVNIK: Sensory overload (in a good way)

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September 23, 2014

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My first week in Dubrovnik can be summed up in just a few short words. It was an amazing, confusing, captivating, beautiful, breathtaking, overwhelming, stressful, thrilling whirlwind of an adventure.Okay, so maybe that isn’t ...

MADRID: Surprises

MADRID: Surprises

September 23, 2014

QUITO: !Que Frio!

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September 17, 2014

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Today, I learned something very important via a pack of gum. Since I've arrived in Ecuador, many people have told me that people from the United States¹ are "frio." This directly translates as cold, but closed off, uptight, ...

PERTH: Australian English

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September 15, 2014

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When I told people that I was studying abroad in Australia, there were generally two reactions: “Oh my God, the bugs and animals. Ahhh….” and “That’s awesome and easy because everyone will speak English.”I can tell now yo...

DUBROVNIK: First days and hopes for life on the Adriatic

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September 15, 2014

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After a ten-hour plane ride, a three-hour layover, an hour and a half taxi drive and one very long night’s sleep, I am finally here and coherent enough to take in my surroundings. Right now I am sitting on my bedroom balcony ov...

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