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Let’s Go to the Beach!

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Erik
April 12, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

Two weeks ago, I set out to travel to four cities in the Northeast of Brazil.  Porto de Galinhas was the first stop. Porto de Galinhas is a small town full of scuba diving and dune buggy outfits, which cater to the tourists who come here for the beautiful beaches. I acted the tourist that I was, and joined my p...

The beginning of passover break

Serena Runyan
April 6, 2014
Filed under Living in History

This is another post written on a bus. This time we're heading home from a school trip titled "yam le yam" or "sea to sea". The idea is to hike from the Mediterranean to the Sea of Galilee, but in reality we did a couple day hikes inbetween driving from place to place. Regardless, it was a great few...

Celebrating 21st Birthday in China

Celebrating 21st Birthday in China

Rachel Palfini
April 5, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Last Saturday, I, along with my Chinese tutor (Alex), and CIEE classmate (Kasia), went to Tianzifang (天子方) to celebrate our birthdays (mine was on Sunday and Kasia's was Tuesday). Tianzifang is this relatively new "old-style" shopping area in Shanghai that mostly serves foreign tourists....

Revisiting the Outdoors

Revisiting the Outdoors

Aleida Fernandez
April 1, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Before I studied abroad I never realized how much I like - and take for granted - the outdoors. I would never describe myself as an "outdoorsman," but parks, yards, hikes and just general "being outside" were an intrical part of my growing up. In college, I camp and backpack and you can find me on our ...

We the People

Erik
March 29, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

We all know that English and Spanish combine to form Spanglish, while Portuguese and Spanish together are Portuñol.  During a recent conversation with my family, I struggled to name the mix of Portuguese and English that I speak with my coworkers at the university.  My mom took a stab at it.  "Por...

南京周末旅行 (Weekend Trip to Nanjing)

南京周末旅行 (Weekend Trip to Nanjing)

Rachel Palfini
March 26, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

This past weekend was the CIEE Weekend Trip and I along with 27 other students and 3 professors went to Nanjing. The other options were Hangzhou, Yangzhou, and Wu Zhen but I chosen Nanjing because of its rich history. Nanjing (南京)is the capital of Jiangsu province in Eastern...

Holy

Serena Runyan
March 20, 2014
Filed under Living in History, Web Only

Jerusalem is a holy city. A bridge between the material and the spiritual. Many would say between the earth and the heavens. But what is holy?: "Connected to a god or a religion/ religious and morally good" –– Merriam-Webster. As I walk home through the botanical gardens on a warm Thursday after...

“The Goddess”

Rachel Palfini
March 20, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Despite what some days may feel like, I am taking other courses in Shanghai besides my Chinese language class! Last week in Chinese Film and Cinema, we watched Wu Yonggong's "The Goddess," which was released in 1934. "The Goddess" was part of the 1930s overall leftist-turn of Chinese cinema, which was...

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Erik
March 17, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

Looking for a place to live here has got me wondering whether the phrase "everything but the kitchen sink" has its origins in Brazil. Apartments and houses for rent in Brazil are generally unfurnished.  That would be fine, except that unfurnished here means that everything that can be removed has be...

Carnaval no Brasil

Carnaval no Brasil

Erik
March 17, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

Mike, Anna, and I spent Carnaval the way most people from Teresina choose to: we left town to relax on the beach.  It wasn't wild, but it did help me straighten out my priorities here. Our destination was Parnaíba, Piauí's second largest city.  The center of Parnaíba has colorful colonial...

Slice of Seattle in Shanghai

Slice of Seattle in Shanghai

Rachel Palfini
March 16, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Today, I joined a fellow CIEE student (Margot) at a coffee shop (Magodo's 520 Coffee) across from ECNU to work on homework together. I've been to lots of coffee shops in Shanghai and they are very similar to the US. Starbucks and Coffeebean & Tea Leaf are basically the same, and they are the only...

A weekend in Tel-Aviv

Serena Runyan
March 14, 2014
Filed under Living in History

Right now I'm riding the bus to Tel-Aviv for the weekend, something that's become somewhat of a habit amongst my friends and I. It takes about an hour to get to Tel-Aviv from Jerusalem, and hostels dot the city downtown and close to the beach, making the trip all too easy. We can have a night enjoying ...

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