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Maddie

Maddie

Maddie is studying English, Spanish and journalism at MU. She spent the spring 2011 semester at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Cows and Christmas: A cultural exchange

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on June 9, 2011
Cows and Christmas: A cultural exchange

Thanks to my Intercultural Communication class, a rather unique (and delicious) cultural convergence took place.  It began as an attempt to share a “quintessential Argentine” experience and a “quintessential North American” experience, and turned into a kind of culinary fear factor. Phase One: Argentina’s Turn A friend of mine, who sweetly agreed to be my […]

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Mid-term mishaps

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on May 16, 2011

Midterms have come and gone and in their wake, they have left a rather storm-battered student trying to figure out where exactly she went wrong. Seven weeks into Social and Political History of Argentina and the professor had only shown up to give 3 lectures.  The other weeks, a painfully dull grad student would draw […]

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The native tourist

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on May 7, 2011
The native tourist

Last week I received my first care package since coming abroad.  She’s got bright red hair, stands just over five feet and comes from a far away place I once knew quite well… I met my friend at her hostel on Sunday afternoon, nearly two months after hugging her goodbye on the streets of Buenos […]

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Patagonia

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on April 30, 2011
Patagonia

Every so often you hear that a place is too beautiful for words, and I’ve always kind of thought that was a pathetic copout.  Until now.  Because as it turns out, Patagonia can’t be done justice in words or pictures.  If you asked me to describe it to you I’d stare at you bug-eyed, arms […]

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When in rain

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on April 22, 2011

For the past month my mind furiously debated the pros and cons of traveling to Patagonia.  Patagonia the southernmost region of South America and arguably the most beautiful, home to glaciers and mountains, forests and lakes and an entirely distinct side of Argentina.  The problem was deciding if the trip was something I could actually […]

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Today the winds came

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on April 14, 2011

I believe in my heart of hearts that my mother is trying to protect me.  I believe her concern comes from love.  I also believe that if I were to heed her every warning I would never leave the house without at least a three-day supply of fruit and water, a first aid kid, an […]

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Sick is less fun in Spanish

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on April 7, 2011

I am sick. That is to say, I have fallen ever so tragically ill to a horribly vindictive cold bug.  Whatever it is, it is trying hard to kill me, but I am a sturdy, stubborn woman and I shall continue to put up whatever resistance I can muster, no matter how futile the effort. […]

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A weekend in Chile

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on March 30, 2011
A weekend in Chile

A harsh reality hit me around 8 a.m. Monday morning.  As I fumbled with the antiquated lock to my front door, I realized two things simultaneously.  The first was that the vacation period had come to an end.  Classes are in full swing, and I officially have to grab hold.  And the second reality hit […]

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The first day of school

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on March 23, 2011

Today was my first day of school. I woke up, inhaled a bowl of granola, grabbed my lunch box out of the refrigerator, kissed my mom on the cheek and entered the nonsensical world of Argentine education.  Armed with a preliminary schedule of the classes I wanted to try, I walked the two miles to […]

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Drag queens and vino

Filed in Argentina, Blog by on March 18, 2011
Drag queens and vino

Drag Queens have a very powerful effect on me.  I enjoy their eccentricity, marvel at their semi-acrobatic dance moves in 6-inch high heels, and am baffled that a man’s legs can rock a pleather mini-skirt with flare I may never possess.  I admire them for living by their own rules and for showing a girl […]

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