Excursions in Almaty

Being in Almaty, I have been given the opportunity to experience several cultural experiences.  Some of these are required excursions, others are events of my own accord.  I hope by sharing these experiences, others will be inspired to visit Kazakhstan. Last semester, I visited Altyn Emel National Park.  A huge expanse of steppe with no …

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Excursion to Novi Sad

As one of my cultural activities, I got the opportunity to travel to another city in Serbia called Novi Sad. My short trip to the city of Novi Sad is by far my favorite cultural activity so far. After a harsh winter in Eastern Europe, the warm weather, the blooming of the flowers, and the …

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Experiencing Different Aspects of Taiwan

Visiting the Tzu Chi recycling plant was one of the most interesting excursions we went on during the program. I was really impressed by how meticulous the facility was and the amount of support they receive. With 60 to 70 volunteers per day, they hand separate items by material and color. The facility makes several …

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Life of a Foreign Exchange Student In Taiwan

After 3 long weeks, I became to realize that I had subconsciously adjusted to the Taiwanese social customs here in Taipei. I was more likely to speak Chinese with some of the locals if they are open to talk, receiving in-depth information on the culture, politics and history of Taiwan, and continuously became amazed when …

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Life Beyond the City

We recently went on a three-day excursion that was filled with both beautiful views and new experiences. We left Almaty on a Friday and traveled by bus to our first destination: Charyn Canyon. Despite the occasional falling of rain and sounds of thunder, we walked through the canyon and even had some time to relax …

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Into the Countryside

Recently we went on a weekend-long excursion into the Kazakh countryside, staying in guesthouses in the small village of Saty while doing some incredible sight-seeing in the region.  I learned a lot by getting out of the big city for the first time.  Obviously, there are evident cultural differences in Almaty compared to life in …

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First Impressions and Sights In and Around Tbilisi

Sunday, July 1st All 7 of our study abroad group in Georgia describes a similar arrival experience: being driven from the airport, surrounded by a seemingly alien language, in the middle of the night. Then, some hasty greetings (and perhaps food after 24+ hours of being in planes or airports), and finding some brief comfort …

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