The Experience of St. Petersburg

It has been several more weeks of living and studying in St. Petersburg since my last blog, and only two short weeks until I go home. Although two weeks out of an eight-week program sound like a lot, it really is not. Between now and when I go home, I will have finished classes, taken …

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My Host Family in Tbilisi

One of my biggest fears when thinking about studying abroad was living with a host family. What if I don’t get along with them? What if there is too big of a language barrier? What if they have an incompatible lifestyle from me? But after spending a little over a month with my host family …

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Pastrami Sandwiches and the President of Kazakhstan

My order was a “pastrami Santa-Monica” from City Brisket for 1200 Kazakh tenge. I have no idea what these words mean, nor the amount of dollars spent on this culinary oddity. This sense of confusion arises often in Kazakhstan, particularly when an English speaker encounters unyielding translations at restaurants and cafes. Nevertheless, an odd sense …

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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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The Almaty Food Scene

The exchange rate between the Kazakh Tenge and the American Dollar, along with the respective values of each, have allowed me to explore the vast food scene that Almaty has to offer. Boasting itself as a “Многонациональная страна” (Multinational country), it would make sense as to why the largest city in the country showcases a …

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