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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Being back in the United States
Sep11

Being back in the United States

Being abroad has changed me, and it was for the better. I loved every minute of it, even though some parts were hard. I have been back in the United States for about a month now. Sometimes I still finding myself doing things that I was used to in Japan such as taking off my shoes before entering a house or standing to one side of an escalator. I also miss a lot of the food that I had there. American food is great, but I find a lot of...

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Getting to Kyoto from Miami
Sep04

Getting to Kyoto from Miami

It’s a little difficult to explain what it’s like to leave the country for a year. At first, you can’t be more excited for it, but then the reality starts to sink in. Suddenly, you’re looking at your wallet wondering how you’re going to survive on more than pasta and rice. That’s about how it felt when I was in the airport in Miami. Though, having stayed up all night unable to sleep, I also just...

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Tribal Time (STEM Study Abroad in India)
Aug11

Tribal Time (STEM Study Abroad in India)

Imagine a country that has roughly three times the population of the United States in about half the total area of land. Now open your eyes…that country is India. I can honestly say that India is unlike any other place that I have traveled. The amount of people, cars, and trash is overwhelming. Your eyes are filled with the honk of horns, people talking, and vendors trying to make a deal. Your nose is filled with a distinct smell of...

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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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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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