SUMIKO NEARY | SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL | POST 3

SUMIKO NEARY | SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL | POST 3

Featured image: Me and my friends in front of one of the many murals at the artful Vila Madalena neighborhood. São Paulo has such incredible street art, and this is just some of it! Hello from Brazil! I’m currently at the bus station waiting for the bus that will take me and my friends to Rio for the Easter weekend, which is a 4-day weekend here! (Our Brazilian program coordinator brought chocolates for us all today! Isn’t she the sweetest?!)…

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BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 3

BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 3

Featured image: A Panama cross-branded tree frog we found while frogging in a creek on our very last night of group field work in El Valle. Last night at about 10:30 we finished our final field work as a group for the whole semester! It’s surprising how quickly the time has gone, especially in the last few weeks. Since our last stay in Panama City, where we finished up our Spanish classes, we have been out traveling the country again,…

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OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 2

OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 2

Featured image: A mural at Escuela La Victoria that reads “Public, Free, and Quality Education“ After 36 days in Chile, I can proudly report that I’ve only led my friends astray on the metro five times! We have one more week in Santiago before traveling, so here’s hoping I don’t make it six. Now that I have a routine and can (usually) find my way around, the days and weeks are flying by. For the month of March, my schedule…

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SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 2

SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 2

Featured image: Part of the Rostov Kremlin in Veliky Rostov, where I traveled to a few weeks ago. Stage two of my study abroad journey: welcome to culture shock! From everything I’ve read about the stages of study abroad, I can tell I’ve reached the point (which occurs around a month in) where the rose-colored glasses have slid down my nose, and I’m starting to notice cultural differences about Russia that I hadn’t until now. Learning a foreign language is…

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THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 3

THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 3

Featured image: Canale Grande in Venezia It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been here in Italy for over two months now and have just under two months left. It’s not that I’m particularly apt at staying here or particularly attached to going home. There’s just a vague sense of comfort to finding a routine, but here, I’ve found, my routine is very easily disrupted. In late February, my boyfriend found his way across the Atlantic and stayed in Bologna for…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 5

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 5

Featured image: Old Street, where I take the underground to UCL. I’m starting to get to the point in my year abroad when I’m realizing just how little time I have left in London. I’m doing my best to not let my brain—which loves doing this—start any sort of official internal countdown. But a nagging thought does surface unbidden every now and then: Enjoy it while it lasts, you don’t have much longer here. Judging by my last few posts,…

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SUMIKO NEARY | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | POST 2

SUMIKO NEARY | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | POST 2

Featured image: The beautiful beach that welcomed us to South Africa. Our hostel was only about five minutes walking from here – how incredible! Hello from Cape Town, South Africa! Two weeks ago, it was very sad to say goodbye to my Indian homestay family, local faculty, and Delhi. I had finally gotten used to the rhythm of having class, commuting home, and fitting in fun things on the side, when we flew to Cape Town and everything became new…

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BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 2

BEN GREGORY | BARRIGÓN, PANAMA | POST 2

Featured image: The tilapia pond and the finca. I’m sitting on a mossy rock in Costa Rica on the shore of my host father’s tilapia pond. Eli, another SIT student, and Eduardo, a member of the indigenous Ngobe people, are both fishing for our lunch with worms we dug from the earth and fishing line with no poles. Right now we’re in La Argentina, Costa Rica, and our group is split up amongst a few of the subsistence farms, or…

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OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 1

OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 1

Featured image: The Santiago skyline from the top of Cerro Santa Lucía Hello from América del Sur! Trading wintry New York for sunny Santiago has been strange, but in the best way. Many of my friends were abroad for almost two months by the time I left for Chile, so it wasn’t until my flight landed that the trip finally felt real. Adjusting to life in an unfamiliar city is challenging, especially since I’m clearly “extranjera” (foreign) with my map…

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SIMONE KARUGA | APIA, SAMOA | POST 1

SIMONE KARUGA | APIA, SAMOA | POST 1

Featured image: Double Rainbow beaming down on the city of Honolulu. This was taken on my sunset cruise! Aloha! Currently, I am cruising through week 6 of my study abroad program with SIT Samoa: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania. However, since I am terribly late to this Far and Away game, I think it’s still important for me to talk about what’s happened to me thus far. So I’m backtracking and taking y’all all the way to week one…

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