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BOTSWANA: Apparent piety in Botswana encourages Christian faith

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February 16, 2015

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This whole country seems full of God, and as a Christian, I am so encouraged.I’ve never felt so comfortable talking about my faith in any other environment. So many people, more so those of the older generations, are always ope...

ROME: The first steps to a successful weekend away

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February 16, 2015

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This past weekend, my friend and I took a four day trip to Germany.Before leaving, a lot of planning had to be done to ensure we optimized our time and money. We found wonderful deals for a flight to Berlin and a flight comin...

BOTSWANA: Making friends and “getting it”

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January 30, 2015

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I’ve been told before that I “get it,” meaning that I’m on the same page as others—they see that I understand. In Botswana, I don’t get anything, and it is hilarious and humbling and frightening all at once. When...

ROME: Italian Table Manners

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January 27, 2015

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On our way to an organic farm last week, we received a crash course on Italian dining before we enjoyed a delicious four course meal. Surprisingly, Italian etiquette contradicts the typical American dining experience.Here is a list of di...

QUITO: On a more serious note

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October 27, 2014

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Racism isn’t just a phenomenon in the United States, and I knew this, but it’s manifested very differently in Ecuador.In the U.S., we are constantly hosting discussions on the topic. We explore ways to end racism, and we ...

MADRID: A lesson in stereotypes

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October 10, 2014

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In my "Current International Issues from a Spanish Perspective" class, we’ve been discussing Spanish stereotypes and stereotypes of other cultures around the world. The first thing that my classmates brought up about Spain ...

SEOUL: Student festivals

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October 9, 2014

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Student festivals are a large part of university culture in South Korea. It is a time when students are allowed to relax and encouraged to mingle. They represent their clubs through small shops and games and later in the night watc...

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