Life So Far in Köln
Dec01

Life So Far in Köln

I can’t believe that I’ve only been in Cologne, Germany for three months. It feels like a lifetime. When I first arrived I was overwhelmed but excited. I was ready to learn. I was ready to take on new challenges. Now, I feel much more settled into my regular life here, and it feels less like an “experience” and more like- well, regular daily living. Things I had to get used to: – Taking the tram...

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Venga
Dec01

Venga

You know the moment when you realize you’re in love? Personally I’ve never experienced it, but the movies have to be a pretty great indication of how it happens. The typical story of the girl who has had the guy there for all this time and just when she realizes that she loves him the way he has loved her for so long, boom, he’s gone. That’s the story. That’s how I feel. I have lived here for 13 weeks, and I leave in 2 weeks. I leave...

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Coming into the home stretch…
Dec01

Coming into the home stretch…

We’re approaching the end of term here at Leicester Uni and tensions are, of course, running high. In England, your entire grade rests on two essays or one essay and an exam (at least for Politics students!) and our essay due dates are quickly approaching. It has been difficult to find the books in the library, but I have managed to scrape by without purchasing a single textbook this term! It’s a wonderful thing. In spite...

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Australian Culture vs. American Culture
Dec01

Australian Culture vs. American Culture

Everyone’s first stereotypes of Australians are pretty similar.  They surf, cook shrimp on the barbie and say “G’day!” for everything. The funniest part is that most of these stereotypes are true, for the most part. The best part of Australian stereotypes are that they aren’t negative. It’s hard to find something bad to say about Australians because they are so laid-back and friendly when it comes...

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From Russia With Love
Dec01

From Russia With Love

Walking the half mile to the Church of the Intercession, I had already handed my last bit of cinnamon bread over to a horse and had given up any hope of staying warm (despite wearing every layer of clothing I had packed). Since leaving the U.S. three months ago I have seen Tallinn, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, and Suzdal. But, seeing this church in the Russian woods was unique. It seemed extremely distant from the places where I...

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