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Week one: Surviving the Drop-Off

Week one: Surviving the Drop-Off

Maya Volk
September 15, 2014
Filed under From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Note: This post was written a few days ago, but with finicky internet it's only getting posted now. My apologies! Hello readers! After being in Bali for a week, I have so much to write about! Each morning at the puri I wake up at sunrise, thanks to a call to prayer (Hindu version, stolen from the Mu...

Political Jingles

Erik
September 9, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

Brazil has a strict limit on political campaign seasons. Unlike in the United States, politicians here have three short months to drum up support. Now that we're now less than a month away from federal and state elections, though, campaigns are at a fever pitch. I'm not plugged into radio or televis...

Brazilian Road Trip

Erik
September 9, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

In June, I got to travel to some off-the-beaten-trail places close to Teresina. Pedro II Pedro II is a town that calls itself the "Switzerland of Piauí." People here explain to me that Pedro II is much colder than Teresina, which is why it deserves that name. I made a trip there with my friends Ala...

Have a Cow

Jessica Faunt
September 9, 2014
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

For the next semester I will be traveling with 20 other Whitman students throughout the American Southwest, studying conservation, ecology, literature and politics. I'm here to share the antics that happen along the way. Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Starvation Ridge, Wallowa County, OR We get...

Bali or Bust!

Maya Volk
August 30, 2014
Filed under From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Greetings blog readers! My name is Maya and I've volunteered to document my adventures as I study abroad in Indonesia (specifically on Bali) this fall semester. I am a rising junior studying sociology and psychology, but I also love to read, write, and hang out with my wonderful friends both at home...

Hello from Sacramento!

Sarah Cornett
August 28, 2014
Filed under Czech It Out, Off-Campus Blogs

Hello to all who have  found themselves on my study abroad blog- one of thousands covering a semester spent in a large European city, I'm sure! I told myself I wouldn't give in to the blog ‘hype,' but I found that I (and my parents) very much enjoyed blogs created by some of my other friends on...

On Strike!

Erik
July 9, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

Every day, from 11 to 1, a huge number of students wait in line for lunch at UFPI's main cafeteria. Although the food is never anything special - usually it's rice, beans, salad and some part of a chicken or cow - the government subsidizes the price, so students depend on it for their meals. For the p...

Into the Lençois Maranheses

Erik
June 30, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

During Holy Week, I got to explore parts of Maranhão, the colorful state to the west of Piauí. Lençois Maranheses "This better be stupid beautiful," Mike said as we bumped along the road to Lençois Maranheses National Park. The group of American and Brazilian friends I was traveling with had dec...

再见

再见

Rachel Palfini
June 12, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

I'm heading back to the US on Saturday, which means my study abroad experience is almost officially over. I was talking with another CIEE student and it is really weird to think that it is almost over because studying abroad is something that we had both been talking about with friends and teachers since...

Brazilian English

Erik
June 5, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

Not far from my house in Teresina stands the Riverside Shopping Center. The name of the place, as well as the food courts and chain stores inside, could make you mistake Riverside for a mall in suburban America. The way people in Teresina pronounce the name Riverside, though, sounds thoroughly Brazilian: hee-veh-SAI-gee. When speakers...

Top 10

Rachel Palfini
May 28, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

This post is somewhat overdue as our Spring Break was more than three weeks ago, but as finals are fast approaching, I need a reminder of the good ole vacation days. To start the trip, Christa Lee '15 and I went to visit last year's Chinese language assistant in Xi'an! Catherine was the best host and...

Dangerous Roads

Erik
May 23, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

In the Dominican Republic last summer, almost every bus, taxi, and car had a decal like this slapped on the windshield: - God is loyal. - God takes his time, but he never for forgets. - With God by my side, who can be against me? I quickly came to see these as prayers for safety on the roads. The ...

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