Interesting Hindu Traditions in India
Sep19

Interesting Hindu Traditions in India

India is home to many religions, Hinduism is the largest percentage, around 80%, followed by Islam ( only 14% of the population, but with almost 200,000,000 adherents, it is the country with the second largest Muslim population after Indonesia), as well as smaller percentages of Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddists, Baha’i’s, and many more. Hinduism has over a million gods and goddesses, most of whom are manifestations of...

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I’m home… Now what?
Aug14

I’m home… Now what?

It’s going to sound pathetic, but my first thought upon returning home was being able to switch back to my regular cellular plan. I wouldn’t be charged for international roaming, and wouldn’t need to rely solely on a time limited wifi connection to message other people in my study abroad group, or to check on my departure gate for my final flight. GroupMe, WhatsApp and others are fantastic tools to stay connected...

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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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Coming to an End
Aug04

Coming to an End

As my month in Ireland comes to an end, I can’t help but to think back on all of the things I have seen and done. In only 30 days, I have traveled across the south portion of the Ireland, from Dublin to Galway. I have made so many new friends from all over the United States. The classes I am taking have been extremely busy but also enjoyable. The history portion of the course was great because we were able to travel to a few of...

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More Than Just the Lago
Jul25

More Than Just the Lago

During each session we had one free weekend to travel on our own. For the second free weekend I decided to travel to Zurich, Switzerland with my friend. The highlight of the weekend was Saturday. We left the hostel early and took the tram to the main train station. We bought our ticket and headed up to Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. It was amazing. The amount of water rushing over the rocks and the splash at the...

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Returning From Spain
Jul25

Returning From Spain

It has been about two weeks since I came back from Spain. My last couple of days in Spain were spent exploring the capital, Madrid. While in Madrid, I toured the Royal Palace. My favorite part of the tour was seeing the Royal Armory. The Armory has a wide variety of weapons and armor used by the Royal Family throughout history, such as armor for horses, lances, shields, etc. While there, I also saw all of the extravagant rooms of the...

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