BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 1

BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 1

Featured image: A rufous-tailed hummingbird I took a picture of our one free day so far. A Meditation on Panama, Life, and the Distant Future I’m writing this by the light of my headlamp in the rural mountain community of Barrigón, Panama. There was power last night—but not tonight. “No hay luz,” my new seven-year old neighbor told me when I got back from classes at the nearby El Cope National Park. Travel abroad is intended to push you out…

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SUMIKO NEARY | DELHI, INDIA | POST 1

SUMIKO NEARY | DELHI, INDIA | POST 1

  Featured image: The Taj Mahal Hello from Delhi, India! It’s been just over a week since I arrived in Delhi with 29 peers and 2 program coordinators, and I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying by! This is probably because of our hectic schedule, where we (my homestay roommate and I) leave the house around 8 AM, have class from 9-5:30, and return home around 7 PM each night before having to eat dinner, do homework, and…

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THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 1

THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 1

Featured image: Cloudy Centro di Bologna, with the the historic Due Torri in the background and Piazza Maggiore in the foreground.   [TW: this article makes mention of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.] I felt nervous about my arrival abroad, but “terrified” was never in my vocabulary. I had prepared mentally for changes, and I obviously knew it wouldn’t be “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” But the culture really set in when it came to my POC identity and consent. Adjusting…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 3

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 3

Featured image: The courtyard of Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque. Istanbul is gorgeous. And fascinating. And overwhelming. My mom (who is visiting me in London) and I recently spent four days in Turkey’s cultural capital, which we soon realized was not nearly enough time. Somehow, despite wanting to visit for most of my life, it had escaped my notice that Istanbul is the fourth largest city in the world, with a population of more than 15 million—not including the millions more who…

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ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

ALLEGRA DENOOYER | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

Featured image: Parisian architecture I’ve been back in the United States for almost a week now, and my four months in Paris feel like they were years ago. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I’ve been working nonstop at my retail mall job (is there anything more American?) since the morning after I got back, and doing boring adult stuff between shifts, like getting a haircut and scheduling doctor’s and dentist’s appointments. A stark contrast from my last…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 4

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 4

Featured Image: The famous Swilcan Bridge on the Old Links Course in St. Andrews. This course was the first site where golf was played in the 15th century! The British Open has been held on this course almost 30 times. It’s customary for golf champions to publicly show some sort of respect to the bridge. When people ask for photos of St. Andrews I’m never sure what to send. The concept of one or even a few photographs which will…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 2

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 2

Featured image: A street in North London I’ve never been happier that I decided to spend an entire year abroad than I am right now, in the middle of writing final essays, with two days left before I fly 6,000 miles home to California for winter break. I arrived in London exactly three months ago today, and while I can’t wait to spend a few weeks with my family and our pets, I’m nowhere near ready to leave London for…

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AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

AIDAN ZOLA | PARIS, FRANCE | POST 4

Featured image: Me at L’Orangerie, looking at Monet’s water lilies Before I began this semester, I never would have imagined that on Thanksgiving, I’d be sitting at a table staring down a 20-pound turkey. And yet, that’s exactly what happened a few days ago when my host family decided to reconnect with their American roots (they lived in the United States back in the early 90s) and cook an entire Thanksgiving meal. That evening, the apartment was filled with old…

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ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 3

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON | ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | POST 3

Featured image: In Krakow, Poland, experiencing Nutella and coconut filled “chimney cakes” with friends University of St. Andrews has a tradition of “Raisin” weekend. Similarly to Vassar’s Founder’s Day, Raisin revolves around camaraderie and of course… a lot of drinking. After being adopted by an “Academic family,” you can expect to have a few family gatherings before Raisin Sunday/Monday. Each family has their own personalities and focuses, however it can be tough to determine what those focuses are with such…

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JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 3

JONATHAN HAZIN | MADRID, SPAIN | POST 3

Featured image: Overlooking the Roman entry bridge to Córdoba As October has turned into November, Madrid has adopted another mood for me. There is quite a long summer here that extends well into September, but fall does not last for more than a few weeks. The leaves do change colors, even beautifully in some parks and in the suburbs, but the season transitions all too quickly into what I like to call “pre-winter.” “Pre-winter” hovers around 55 degrees Fahrenheit (and…

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