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Christmas in Korea

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on January 4, 2018
Christmas in Korea

by Daryn F. The biggest decision I made this year was not to come to Korea — that was easy — but not to go home for Christmas. Christmas in my family is the most festive three months of the year. My mom sets up trees well before Thanksgiving, though we do not add the […]

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My last five days abroad

Filed in Blog, Netherlands by on December 21, 2017
My last five days abroad

by Lauren K. It’s currently my last Sunday night in Amsterdam. Sunday nights are often accompanied by a feeling of sadness because the weekend is over and it’s time to get down to business. Tonight, though, my Sunday night blues aren’t because of my long to-do list for the week (which, yes, includes studying for […]

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Three (almost) day trips to take from Shanghai

Filed in Blog, China by on December 20, 2017
Three (almost) day trips to take from Shanghai

by Megan C. If you find yourself with a free day (or weekend) while in Shanghai, make sure to check out these neat spots. Happy travels! 1. 黄山 Huangshan Mountain A trip to Huangshan will take a little more than a day, since it takes 6-8 hours of travel time depending on if you go […]

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Homecoming

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on December 11, 2017
Homecoming

by Garren W. After 258 days abroad, it was finally time to come home. I was ready, and had been for a while, but it was no less sad to say goodbye to my friends and host family. I had become a member of the family. My younger cousins asked me not to go and […]

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Creating Kimchi: a Korean tradition

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on November 16, 2017
Creating Kimchi: a Korean tradition

by Daryn F. This past Saturday was a very popular couple’s holiday in Korea called Pepero day. It was basically created by the candy company to sell a ton of the Pepero snacks. I originally thought I would write more about this holiday when my wonderful Korean mum asked me to come home and spend […]

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What happens while you’re away

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on November 3, 2017

by Garren W. When you get ready to go abroad, especially for a semester or even a year like I did, you have to consider the fact that time doesn’t stop while you’re gone. It can be a hard process to make sure you’re ready, and it’s even harder to recognize that just as you’re […]

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Getting cultured and confused in Gyeongsangdo

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on October 6, 2017
Getting cultured and confused in Gyeongsangdo

by Megan I. It’s Chuseok break out here in Korea — which we foreigners all seem to have collectively agreed is “Korean Thanksgiving” — and you know what that means! It means nothing is open and you’re all alone because you, lonely foreigner, do not have a Korean family to cook you amazing Korean food […]

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Costa Rica: El día de la virgen de los ángeles, roosters, saints, clowns and… cow bladders?

Filed in Blog, Costa Rica by on September 21, 2017
Costa Rica: El día de la virgen de los ángeles, roosters, saints, clowns and… cow bladders?

by Garren W. When you hear of Costa Rica, you probably imagine beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and tons of tourists. All of that is here (Costa Rica is a beautiful country), but you probably don’t think of what happens in the rainy season from roughly March to October. I’ve on an IFSA-Butler calendar year program […]

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Las Fallas

Filed in Blog, Spain by on September 18, 2017
Las Fallas

by Benjamin W. My trip to Valencia, Spain, was only for a day, but it was a special day — the final day of Las Fallas. Las Fallas, or The Fires, is one of Spain’s largest festivals that occurs every year in mid-March where wooden ninots are burned at the end of the festival. A […]

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Thank God for free rice

Filed in Blog, South Korea by on September 11, 2017

by Megan I. I have traveled a lot for someone my age and with my budget, but I also have some of the worst bouts of bad luck imaginable and am generally the poster child for clumsiness. Naturally, despite all my best efforts and intensive planning, things go horribly awry. Here lies an account of […]

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