Enjoy your Journey

To my readers, Hello! My name is Mikhala and my Chinese name is 季明娜 (jìmíngnà). Fear can come in a lot of shapes and a lot of sizes. It can disappear when you least expect it to, but also appear when you aren’t looking. This is my second time coming to the same exact destination, …

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Food Culture and Options in Moscow

I grew up in San Francisco with a Russian family. Borsch, kotlety, pelmeni, pierogi and olivye salad were household staples for the longest of time for me. But all of those “traditional” Russian foods are dependent on each family on how they are made, and what they feature. For example, I grew up not liking …

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A Different Kind of Everyday

In a span of 3 weeks, I have learned and experienced a lot about Taiwan and Tainan City.  The people in Tainan are known for their hospitality.  The laid-back attitude, friendliness, and willing-to-help spirit of the people of Tainan speak volumes to a foreigner like me.  Certain cultural differences may come as a shock, but …

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My Internship at the NUST MISiS FabLab

I’m approaching the fourth quarter of my internship at the MISiS FabLab and I couldn’t be more pleased with my time here. Having studied industrial design for four years before coming here, I have learned a lot about design, and I really just needed a domain to hone my skills and knowledge and also the …

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A Trip to Sergiev Posad

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of taking part in an excursion to Sergiev Posad, which is a small, historical city a few hours by train outside of Moscow. This was an unplanned and pleasantly wonderful daytrip, where I was introduced to students on partner American Councils programs and where I was able to …

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A Day in the Life of an Intern in Moscow

Since June I have been working alongside three other Americans at a lab in Moscow. The FabLab is a fabrication lab that supports several programs hosted at the Moscow Institute of Steels and Alloys (MISIS, including the Master of Digital Fabrication program. Though day to day projects vary, the general schedule of life stays the …

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Conversing with Others in a New Language

I came to Taiwan this summer primarily in order to raise my language level to assist with my research. However, what I treasure most about studying Chinese is not the professional benefits, but the opportunity to communicate with people. The struggles of learning a new language cannot compare with the wonder I have experienced of …

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A Water Fight in Armenia

Armenia is the land of free water. On July 28th is Armenia’s annual, countrywide water fight. This is a day that only Armenia has. The name of this day is “Vartavar” or “Jurotsi” in Armenian. I have never experienced such a phenomenon anywhere else, and this is truly an unforgettable time. I recommend anyone who …

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First Impressions of the Georgian language

  Well, I have officially been learning Georgian for six days now. Let me tell you, it is a very difficult language. Being from Texas, the first foreign language I ever studied was Spanish, in part because my high school had a limited foreign languages department, and because I had been taking Spanish classes since …

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