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So THIS is what it feels like…

Nick Davies

September 29, 2012

It began with a stomachache. Then it got much worse. As I woke up to the 4:30am call to prayer Monday morning, I felt a jabbing pain in my abdomen. My body was fevering and I couldn't keep any water down. "So this is what travelers sickness feels like," I thought as I laid in bed, pretending like it...

Cow Brains and Other Highlights of My Village Excursion (AND SO MANY PHOTOS)

Leah Siegel

September 26, 2012

You know that irrational fatigue you get when you've done nothing but eat a lot and do minimal physical activity?  I've just come from a four-hour car ride, but I'm battling that fatigue for you, Whitman (and random family members).  I feel like I've been neglecting you. The village nea...

Salam Aleikum from Fqih Ben Saleh!

Leah Siegel

September 26, 2012

Note: this is one part of two updates.  I have spent the past several days in a rural village where access to internet has been limited, so this first post is about the week before, and the next will be a reflection on my stay in the village. Hello Whitman!  I am currently writing from a really...

Language Immersion Update

Language Immersion Update

clairejohnson

September 26, 2012

One thing I do every day here in Alicante is speak Spanish–– a LOT of Spanish. As I explained in my first post, language immersion is a huge deal in my program and was one of the main reasons that choose to come here, to Alicante. Not many people speak English, including many of my professors (and...

It Starts From Here… (Part 1)

Vicky

September 21, 2012

To make a quick introduction of myself, my name is Vicky Su and I love doing Volunteer jobs. This line of self-introduction originates from the first day I moved into Whitman. When we introduced ourselves in my dorm section, we were asked to use "I like ..." and then a word that started with the first...

Marrakech Express

Leah Siegel

September 17, 2012

I know that my writing this for Whitman's Pio is essentially preaching to the choir, but I wish to vent a bit about the incredible hatred and ignorance of the film "The Innocence of Muslims." For those unaware of the situation, a man in America raised $5 million to create a film mocking the founder...

Something About Culture

Something About Culture

clairejohnson

September 16, 2012

"It's something to do with culture." That's what Carmela, my host mom, says every time we have a conversation about things that are different in Spain than they are in the U.S. We spend a lot of time talking about this, mainly because it comes up easily and Is interesting to both of us. I have also found...

أهلان وسهلان الجامعه الاردنيه

Nick Davies

September 12, 2012

After some help from google translate to ensure I was spelling it correctly, the title of this post "ahlan wa sahlan al jama'a al urdineeh" was written in Arabic. This phrase translates to "Welcome to the University of Jordan!" (exclamation point added by yours truly). Through my program I have officially...

Running expectations

Shelly Le

September 9, 2012

Have you ever had a dream where you're running but not running fast enough? The other day I was standing in a bazaar in Jaipur Old City when a man bumped into my backpack and took off running. My first thought: "Why is he running?" I finally made the connection between the bump and his run-he had ta...

Rabatis

Leah Siegel

September 8, 2012

  Salam Aleikum, Whitman! Since the past week that I've been here, I've come to know Rabatis as some of the most hospitable people I've met.  I say this despite the mild harassment that all women endure on the street here, as well as the disapproval I sometimes receive when I'm out running. More than a couple of times, I'...

My Spanish Grandmother

My Spanish Grandmother

clairejohnson

September 8, 2012

Living with a host family was one of the things I was most excited and nervous about coming to Spain. I think this is a pretty common sentiment among students studying abroad. It's a hard thing because living with someone, as anyone who has ever had a roommate knows, is not always easy and reveals personality...

My First Few Days

My First Few Days

Nick Davies

September 7, 2012

Last night was an experience. As I was sitting in my homestay  mom's cousin's uncle's house for his 86th birthday, reality finally set in. I'm in 'Amman, Jordan and I will be, for a really really long time. Wowza! A lot has happened these past three days. I don't know where to start because i...

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