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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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SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 1

SASHA LUCKAU | MOSCOW, RUSSIA | POST 1

Featured image: The chuchula (scarecrow) of the Maslenitsa celebration near Red Square, is usually burned to signify the end of winter and rebirth of spring. Privet! I’ve been in Moscow, Russia for just about a month now, and so far it’s been a whirlwind of new people, new words, and new sights. Before I left, I worried a lot about the semester ahead and constantly asked myself if I had made the right decision by staying abroad for the spring. At Moscow…

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THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 2

THAO WILLIAMS | BOLOGNA, ITALY | POST 2

Featured image: Castello Estense in Ferrara TW: mental health and sexual harassment Almost two months into my adventure in Bologna, Italy, I’m still very wary of my adjustment to this place. First off, there’s the constant presence of the language barrier. I’ve taken Italian since sixth grade, but I’ve never been really confident with speaking. Obviously, this experience is not too unique, but I don’t know. I feel like my past teachers’ ears are ringing every time I butcher the subjunctive…

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LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 4

LAUREL HENNEN VIGIL | LONDON, ENGLAND | POST 4

Featured image: The view of Marrakech’s Medina (old city) from the roof of the riad where I stayed. Riads, many of which have been turned into hotels, are traditional Moroccan houses centered around an interior courtyard. I know you just clicked on a post tagged, “London, England,” but sorry, this is a dispatch from Morocco. I promise that I am living in London, do have classes to attend there, and don’t spend all of my time traveling. I will be…

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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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