THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 4

THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 4

Featured image: Ponte Vecchio in Florence during one of the 10 seconds it was not raining. Hello again and welcome back to Thao Does JYA. This week we’ll be covering parental visits and final exams. It’s been quite a while since my last post and I’m just a mere 11 days from departure. We’ll begin where I left off, I suppose. Just as I had settled into my routine it was over, or so it felt. I volunteered about ten…

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SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 3

SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 3

Featured image: View of the Moscow skyline from the lookout point at Zaryadye Park. Vsem privet! (Hi everyone!) Spring is in full bloom here in Moscow (and I’ve got the hay fever to show for it). Just a few weeks ago I still had to bundle up in a coat, scarf, and boots, and now I’m in dresses, skirts, and shorts. The weather here can be unpredictable—a bit like Poughkeepsie weather—since it can jump from under 50℉ up to 75℉…

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OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 3

OLIVIA KEANE | SANTIAGO, CHILE | POST 3

Featured image: Sunset over Escuela Ñirrimapu in Padre Las Casas, Chile Throughout the past month I’ve thought to myself countless times, “Where am I… and how did I get here!?” I often think this when I fall asleep during bus rides and wake up in another dimension, but also at random moments when I pause to reflect on the unique experiences I’m having. This was especially true during the first week of April when we traveled to Temuco, located south…

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SIMONE KARUGA | VITI LEVU, FIJI | POST 2

SIMONE KARUGA | VITI LEVU, FIJI | POST 2

Featured image: Sunset at Rukurukulevu, a village we had dinner at during our first night in Fiji. Bula! Currently, I am heading into the last two weeks of my program. However, instead of worrying about the 30-page research paper I should be writing, I’d like to take y’all on a trip down memory lane and talk about my program’s excursion to Fiji! Early in the morning on the last Saturday of February, we boarded a plane and set off for…

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