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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...

MADRID: La Latina

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September 12, 2014

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I live in the barrio, or neighborhood, of La Latina in Madrid. The oldest neighborhood in the city, La Latina has some of the most interesting architecture and streets to explore. It’s also only a 10 minute walk to Puerta de...

Shelby Sementelli is in Ecuador

September 10, 2014

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This semester I'm going to be diving deep into Ecuadorian culture. I've directly enrolled in a South American university called La Universidad San Francisco de Quito—where I am taking a mix of classes in Spanish with Ecuador...

QUITO: The Ecuadorian that wasn’t

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September 10, 2014

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In Ecuador, gringo isn’t an insult. It’s actually a term of endearment for non-Ecuadorians, and people often add ito or ita on to the end for an extra splash of love. Most of my foreign friends are called gringas almost everyday ...

PERTH: Magpies, koalas and my first few weeks abroad

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September 8, 2014

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Hey guys! I’m Taylor, a senior psych major at SEU and I’ll be posting about my study abroad adventures down under this fall.I’ve been in Australia for almost seven weeks now, and it still doesn’t feel real. I keep waking up...

MADRID: Descubriendo

MADRID: Descubriendo

September 7, 2014

ANGERS: À bientôt

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May 13, 2014

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I can’t think of anything that has made me as happy as hearing the flight captain say “enjoy your stay in the great state of Texas.”The second I exited Customs & Immigration and saw my sisters and mom waiting for me, I dropped my bags and cried my...

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