Transportation in Japan
Aug09

Transportation in Japan

In America, we usually drive around cars to get from place to place. The same is true for Japan for some people. Except, driving in Japan is extremely expensive. Japanese law mandates people to go to driving school first before they receive their license, which ends up costing thousands of dollars. As either a tourist or as a student, visitors do not have the time and/or resources usually to go through this lengthy process. However,...

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Summer in Barcelona
Aug09

Summer in Barcelona

I’ve been back in the United States for about a week now and I have had some time to reflect on my summer abroad. I feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to spend six weeks in Barcelona and over two weeks traveling in Europe after my program ended. Although I would not trade my time in Barcelona for the world, if I were to make the decision regarding where I would study abroad again, I might not have made the same choice. One of...

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How to Bargain in India
Aug09

How to Bargain in India

You may think you’re good at bargaining, but even the most savvy, budget-conscious, stubborn negotiator can learn some valuable skills from the average corner shop owner in India. They are masters of their art, sizing you up from the moment you walk in their store filled with tapestries, goblets, textiles, you name it, you can find it. They make friends with you, speaking multiple languages to discover which one you speak, maybe...

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A Collection from Costa Rica: Things I’ve learned through the struggles
Aug09

A Collection from Costa Rica: Things I’ve learned through the struggles

Costa Rica is an entirely different country with a beautiful outlook on life. In their culture, the phrase “pura vida” rings through in everything that they do. Pura vida means pure life in spanish. The following is a list of things that I have learned while growing in this beautiful country about how to live that pure life: Exercise first thing in case the rain comes; if not, learn to run in the rain Writing everyday is...

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Weird things they do in Costa Rica: another list
Aug09

Weird things they do in Costa Rica: another list

I believe that the title says it all: Give right of way to cars and not to pedestrians Put 10 keys on a key ring when you use 2 of them Participate in “loaf of bread” day. One day every week where the entire town stops what they are doing to go buy a loaf of bread and then walk home. This is not planned. Honk. Constantly Always pick up the phone to chat even in situations where Americans would perceive it as rude Have 3...

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