Matt Stein | London, England | Post 1

Matt Stein | London, England | Post 1

As I write this, my legs feel dead and I’m emotionally exhausted. Barely a week into my semester long acting program in London, I’ve already played the seven deadly sins with differing voices, imagined I was a raindrop against a windowpane and spoken my feelings to a coconut about a pomegranate I liked. Welcome to the theatre world. Since last Monday, I’ve been attending countless acting classes at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London, and I will be…

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Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 1

Jennifer Pineda | Bremen, Germany | Post 1

After 18 hours of traveling (including layovers), I was glad to finally have reached my destination: Bremen, Germany. If you had told me that I would be in Europe a year ago, I would probably laugh. As a chemistry major on the pre-med track, going JYA is difficult if not impossible. So as I looked out my plane window and saw my first glimpse of the German landscape, it finally hit me that I was a on a completely different…

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Caleb Zachary | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Post 1

Caleb Zachary | Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Post 1

My first impression of the Dutch was much as I had been told it would be—most are friendly, outgoing and English-speaking. During the last two orientation weeks at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) I bought a bike, practiced the guttural G sound that comes up so often in Dutch and otherwise tried to assimilate. And yet, the Dutch have an innate ability to spot a foreigner no matter the situation. One of my academic advisors here speculated that perhaps she…

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Penina Remler | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Post 1

Penina Remler | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Post 1

My computer reads 11:30 a.m. even though it is currently 12:30 in Buenos Aires. In the month and a half that I’ve been here, I never stopped to notice this minor detail until this morning when I made the mistake of trusting the time on my laptop and consequently missed my Tango class. So, instead of sitting in class and sifting through the history of Argentine Tango, I am currently writing this post from my bedroom in Recoleta, a downtown neighborhood…

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Claire Harper | New Delhi, India | Post 1

Claire Harper | New Delhi, India | Post 1

Hello everyone! I am studying as a student in the New York State Independent College Consortium for Study in India (they need to figure out a shorter name for sure). This is the first year Vassar has joined the program, but the program itself has been running for many years. Here is the story of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed California girl and Women’s Studies major spending the semester in India. I am with a small group of people—all girls, just by…

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Antigone Delton | Paris, France | Post 1

Antigone Delton | Paris, France | Post 1

If you’re sick of hearing about Paris, about its flaneurs and cafés and the magic of its lights and about the hundreds of Vassar students who have returned wearing even more black than they did when they left, then you’re in luck. We’re not in Paris. Make no mistake: the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris (VWPP) begins fall semester with a two-week orientation and intensive French language course in Bordeaux. Some context: je m’appelle Antigone, I am a junior Art History…

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