Food, Food, and More Food

I am a pretty adventurous eater and will try most things so trying new foods is not something that’s new to me. I’ve tried some strange foods in my life including guinea pig when I was in Peru (super bony and not that good to be honest). So, food was something that I was really …

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Guest at the Dining Table

It’s been a month since I’ve arrived in Almaty. This is my first time in Kazakhstan, and it’s been lovely so far. The city is beautiful, the people are generally kind and their open and welcoming nature is reflected in their traditions. One tradition that I’ve encountered more than once occurs at the dining table. …

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No Meat Please!

Being vegetarian or vegan is increasingly popular in the United States, but can be more difficult abroad. Check out the below blogs to see how our vegetarian and vegan students stick to their diets abroad, it’s easier than you might think! “Be gusht” in Dushanbe: Cooking and Eating in Tajikistan - Margaret was still able …

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Unfamiliarity is Magical!

As my first experience overseas, Taiwan is the furthest I’ve yet to travel. It feels tremendously liberating to sculpt memories in an environment free from nostalgia. While familiar landscapes are comforting, they can also be rooted in expired identities. After moving across the country for college, I’ve sometimes struggled to reconcile my new and old …

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Getting to Know My Language Partner

Other than studying for classes, the other major part of TISLP has been spending time with language partners. Our language partners are students at National Cheng Kung University who have agreed to spend the summer with TISLP participants, answering questions, helping with homework, and just hanging out with us. My language partner’s name is You-Chen. …

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The Adventures of a 吃货 in Taiwan

I am what many people in Taiwan might call a 吃货 (chi huo), a Chinese term equivalent to the English word ‘foodie”, since food is one of my greatest joys in life. Therefore, I am in heaven staying here in Tainan, a place filled to the brim with food culture, with not only many Chinese …

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