Piano Lessons in Azerbaijan

Every Tuesday and Thursday, I attend a one-hour piano lesson at a music school in Azerbaijan. Although some students favor picking up an entirely new activity during their time abroad, I preferred to bring with me an activity that was already quite familiar. In the midst of cultural, language, and even time differences, playing piano …

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One Blink and It’s Over

Sitting on the plane to Dushanbe, Tajikistan I was thinking about all the things back home I’d miss while abroad for the semester. My family, girlfriend, and typical daily routine that I have perfected over the last three years in college. None of these things would be in Tajikistan, and I would have to adapt …

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My Novruz Experience in Azerbaijan

Whereas the New Year is celebrated on the eve of December 31st in the United States, the new year in Azerbaijan is about three and half months later, on the third weekend of March, during a celebration called Novruz. Commonly referred to as the Persian New Year, as the literal translation of Novruz in Farsi …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Cian Stryker

Cian Stryker reflects on his semester on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and learning colloquial language through boxing. I have now lived in Tajikistan for around six months and previously lived in Kyrgyzstan for a year. During both that experience and this current program, I have been …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: William Thornberry

William Thornberry reflects on his semester on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and his experience with his first semester in Dushanbe. Coming to Tajikistan six months ago, I had little idea what to expect. I wondered about things like the idea living with a host family, the …

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