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Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

Aleida Fernandez
March 12, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Growing up I have always been identified - and truthfully, often have identified myself - as Cuban. I am one half Cuban from my dad's side, and from that half I inherited my outward appearance: olive skin, almond-shaped eyes, thick eyebrows, "Latina curves," loads of leg hair. I am also one half W...

A Typical Day in Shanghai

A Typical Day in Shanghai

Rachel Palfini
March 10, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

7:30 am: Wake up and review for daily Chinese quiz (~30 new characters) 8:30 am: Eat breakfast with host mom or dad 9:10 am: Leave for school 9:20 am: Catch bus to school or walk to metro if bus hasn't arrived yet by 9:20 9:50 am: Arrive at school 10: 00 am: Chinese class begins 11:50...

Keeping Up With My Trash TV Obsession

Keeping Up With My Trash TV Obsession

Aleida Fernandez
March 10, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

People who know me, know I love trash TV. There is nothing like sitting down and watching an episode or two (or three) of "The Mindy Project," "The Bachelor/ette," or - my guiltiest obsession - "Dance Moms." Watching trash TV is my way of winding down after a long day. I can completely tune out ev...

Halloween Times One Thousand

Halloween Times One Thousand

Erik
March 9, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

Name three things that come to mind when you think of Brazil. Is Carnaval one of them? I got my first taste of this over-the-top celebration last weekend. On Saturday, Teresina held Corso, which is a sort of warm-up to the real Carnaval festivities that start tomorrow. When all of us ETAs - Anna,...

Posted in Teresina

Posted in Teresina

Erik
March 9, 2014
Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa

As I wait in Miami International Airport, it's hard to imagine what the next ten months in Brazil have in store. I'm sure now that the experience will be positive, but I wasn't so sure earlier. This summer, the Fulbright program accepted me as an English teaching assistant in Brazil as part of an...

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Rachel Palfini
March 7, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Many people told me I would experience culture shock when I came to Shanghai, but I did not take any of their comments seriously. Last summer, I lived on the Thailand/Burma border doing volunteer work with Burmese migrant workers and we lived in really basic conditions: bucket showers, squat toilets,...

Navigating City of 上海 (Shanghai)

Navigating City of 上海 (Shanghai)

Rachel Palfini
March 1, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs

I have now been in Shanghai for a week and cannot believe how much has changed since my first night. My first evening in Shanghai was pretty rough, mostly because my plane was delayed in Vancouver for four hours. I'm a pretty relaxed, go with the flow, traveler because I realize you can't control ev...

Old Town (南市) Shanghai

Old Town (南市) Shanghai

Rachel Palfini
March 1, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Today was my first day in Shanghai without CIEE orientation activities, so with my trusty Lonely Planet guidebook in hand, I headed for Old Town Shanghai. There are 11 districts in Shanghai and Old Town is one of them. I chose to spend the day in Old Town because it's supposedly the "most traditionally...

Sticker Shock

Sticker Shock

Aleida Fernandez
February 27, 2014
Filed under BLOGS, Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Today I looked at the Twenty Most Expensive Cities in the World. Two of the cities on the list I will be traveling to for Spring Break: London, the number one most expensive city, and Stockholm, Sweden, number 15. Next week I jet off to Copenhagen, Denmark, number 10. Tickets to get there were not the ...

“Mi Col Ha-Olam”: A Month in Ulpan

Serena Runyan
February 23, 2014
Filed under Living in History, Web Only

It's become exceptionally beautiful and warm in Jerusalem the past few days, so as the weather changes and the academic semester begin, its become time to reflect on my month in Ulpan and shift to a new aspect of my time here. Ulpan is a rather intensive program in Israel to teach people Hebrew, and...

All packed…and we aren’t leaving for the airport right now?!

Rachel Palfini
February 21, 2014
Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Web Only

I (and the rest of my family for that matter) am notorious for waiting till the last minute to pack for a trip. I spent 2 months in Thailand this past summer and did not start packing until 6 hours before we were supposed to be en route to LAX. When it was time to head to Walla Walla as a first year,...

The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People

The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People

Aleida Fernandez
February 10, 2014
Filed under Off-Campus Blogs, Sprechen Sie Englisch?

My week-long trip to Italy started out as a disaster. Not only was our train to Florence canceled two times due to snow, but our first encounter with staff from the Austrian train company, Ã–BB, left a rotten taste in our mouths as they helped everyone but us get a refund. Our vacation was looking...

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