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Untranslatable Words

Erik

October 23, 2014


Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

If you ask a Brazilian for a Portuguese word that can't be translated into English, he or she will probably think of the word saudade (sao-DAH-gee). Saudade is a feeling of longing for someone or something that isn't present. When I say that I miss my family, for instance, I say,estou com saudades d...

My Experiences with Race in Brazil

Erik

October 18, 2014


Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

In June, I went with American and Brazilian friends to the small town of Pedro II for a music festival. There were several groups of journalists roaming around doing interviews, which we Americans - Leslie, Laura Rose and I - were not anxious to do. A reporter eventually pegged us as foreigners, th...

Brazil’s Hottest City

Erik

October 18, 2014


Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

When I tell Brazilians from São Luís to São Paulo that I live in Teresina, their response is unchanging: "It's hot there, isn't it?" It is. Even people here accept that heat is Teresina's claim to fame. More than once I've heard the joke that people from Teresina don't go to hell because they've al...

Robbed

Erik

October 17, 2014


Filed under Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa, Off-Campus Blogs

My first time almost being assaulted, I was in Rio. I was strolling along Copacabana beach deep in conversation with my friend Nick when a man approached us. He asked if we spoke English. Used to getting that question, we both said yes. He proceeded to say a sentence that neither of us unders...

The Fragile Rock

Jessica Faunt

October 17, 2014


Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

October 3, 2014 - Comb Ridge, UT "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered" -W.H. Auden Somewhere deep in southeastern Utah, outside the unexpected town of Bluff, rock is holding time in place.  A wave frozen in space, Comb Ridge rises from the earth perpetually at its peak, threatening...

Jalan-jalan ke Java

Maya Volk

October 17, 2014


Filed under BLOGS, From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Hello blog readers! I hope you all haven't started to think that I was eaten by a giant gecko (tokek) or chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) or mosquito (nyamok), because I'm very much alive and well in Bali. I have been back from Java for about a week and a half, but in that time I have taken two mid...

Bratislava, Classes, the City, and Whitman

Sarah Cornett

October 5, 2014


Filed under Czech It Out, Off-Campus Blogs

It's been almost a month here in Prague- I apologize for the sporadic updates, but now that we have finished our first week of real class I am finally feeling settled. Contrary to the plans of most of the program kids, I am staying in Prague this weekend rather than taking Munich for Oktoberfest. I us...

Things Found in Utah

Jessica Faunt

October 2, 2014


Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Candy wrappers on laundromat floors Cactus needles protruding from beneath the strap of my sandal Pools of rain caught in slick rock A single sock at the bottom of my sleeping bag Friendship in contradiction Dimples by river beds from cattle hooves A seven-legged spider near the zipper of my tent Gracefulness...

Singing (more like laughing) in the rain

Jessica Faunt

September 29, 2014


Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Monroe Mountain, UT Today could have been miserable.  With a GPS, measuring tapes, and cameras in hand, we were sent in groups of three up the steep slopes of Monroe Mountain to find randomly selected coordinates in recently burned conifer and aspen stands.  Followi...

Hari-Hari Saya Di Bali: My Days in Bali

Maya Volk

September 29, 2014


Filed under From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

Salamat pagi! Saya sekarang di Jawa! Saya tiba di Jawa di senin dengan teman-teman saya dan guru-guru saya. Saya rindu Ibu dan rumah saya di Bali, tapi saya suka keluarga saya di Jawa juga. Saya punya Ibu, Bapak, dan satu adik laki-laki. Di rumah saya di Jawa, saya mononton televisi, makan malam, dan...

Settled in Central Europe

Settled in Central Europe

Sarah Cornett

September 23, 2014


Filed under Czech It Out, Off-Campus Blogs

After almost a month in Prague, I finally feel like I have a good handle on the city. Our first day of classes was yesterday- before that we had two weeks of an intensive Czech language course and a week of orientation. Czech is very overwhelming to say the least, but now I can at least order food and...

Working Hard or Hardly Working

Working Hard or Hardly Working

Jessica Faunt

September 15, 2014


Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Camp Creek, Baker County, OR For the last four days we have been with a wonderful woman named Suzanne Fouty, helping her count and measure aspen trees in several exclosures in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (if you want to know why this is valuable work, check out...

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