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Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Sara Portesan

October 3, 2011

( Quick note: Sorry the formatting on this is strange- I will work on getting more familiar with this as time goes on. On the plus side, pictures! Hurray!) There are too many things to do here. And so far, I have really only been checking them off a list. There are the normal college activities;...

My Homestay

My Homestay

Alex Norman

September 29, 2011

Okay, so now that you know how pretty my school is (see First Impressions), allow me to introduce you to my host family! For those of you who are considering studying abroad, I strongly suggest that you look into any programs that offer a host family experience. Having a host family has a number of ...

A Tale of Two Elections

Henry Gales

September 28, 2011

For a long time, I have believed that real change is impossible within the US electoral system. I was lost and confused: all my life I have been taught the value and legitimacy of elections, and it is almost impossible to find alternatives. Being in Argentina has strengthened my rejection of the US electoral...

All you environmental scientists, ganbatte ne!

Sara Portesan

September 28, 2011

This post was going to be a happy one, but I am having trouble uploading pictures, so instead I will talk about something else that has been on my mind; my class Industrial Pollution in Japan.  Right now, we are talking about some of Japan's past problems, such as the  itai-itai disease, which is...

The Malvinas, Forever Argentine

Henry Gales

September 22, 2011

Last Monday, I asked one of my friends from Movimiento Sur if we had any stickers that I could use. He pulled out two, "Binner, Presidente" and "Malvinas Argentinas Siempre" Malvinas, Forever Argentine Las Islas Malvinas, better known in the English-speaking world as the Falkland Islands, are one t...

Rainy days in Kyoto

Spencer Wharton

September 20, 2011

  Today, it rained. We've had a couple days of rain before, but mostly of the drizzle and sprinkle varieties. Today, it was rain all day; big, heavy drops dripping down from a uniformly gray sky. It was still quite humid, but the weather dropped to about 22 or 24 ºC (71-75 ºF), a welcome rel...

Kyoto: First glance

Kyoto: First glance

Sara Portesan

September 16, 2011

I thought I would start off this blog with something super impressive, and so I chose a leaf. This is not just any leaf.  This is a leaf from Kyoto, Japan, found on the roof of one of the buildings in the old Imperial Palace grounds. As far as leaves go, this one is already sounding pretty awesome...

Alex Norman’s Semester in Morocco: First Impressions

Alex Norman’s Semester in Morocco: First Impressions

Alex Norman

September 15, 2011

Okay. Today is my twelfth day in Rabat, Morocco and I really cannot over-emphasize how astounding this place is.  To start from the beginning, my flight into the African continent (from Paris to Rabat) was awe-inspiring in itself;  it traced the coast of Spain to the tip of North Africa and all the way al...

Goverment, Part 2: Democracy + Part 3: Clientelism

Henry Gales

September 14, 2011

PART 2: DEMOCRACY Politics in Argentina is a very different game, in large part because the political system is not fascist like that of the U.S. In the U.S, everywhere you look there are only two parties. Media outlets always present the race as being between two parties. Any other proposal is...

The End of Orientation, or, Becoming a Child Again

Spencer Wharton

September 11, 2011

At this point, I've settled into my host family's home: at least a little bit. Orientation week is over, and tomorrow, classes start. I'm going to have to accept that there will come a time, most likely sooner rather than alter, when I won't be able to share everything I experience, but at the mome...

Government, Part One: Fascism

Henry Gales

September 10, 2011

Yesterday, one of my Argentine friends asked me if we had political parties in the U.S. aside from the Democrats and Republicans. I replied that no, we don ´t, 99 percent of the votes go to either the Democrats or the Republicans. "Ah, so you don ´t have democracy" "No, fascism" Let ´s be...

For those who plan on living abroad

kathynguyen

September 10, 2011

My mom is sending me a package in a couple days with things that I wish I had brought (luckily it's my birthday so I have a good excuse for getting this package sent to me despite all the complications of the Argentine Customs :)). Luckily, I brought  most  of what I want here, even though I feel...

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