Photo Blog: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade hosts a strange mix of Ottoman monuments, Orthodox churches, and communist architecture, commemorating its thousand-year empire under three different empires, five wars, and all the political turbulence of the twentieth century. The city’s history is ingratiated in daily life, unfolding during walks to work, to class, to coffee dates with friends, or even just …

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Learning Public History in Russia

Studying abroad with American Councils provided me with the opportunity to undertake an internship at a Russian museum as part of my studies in Russia. At the museum I work as a volunteer in the office of the main curator of exhibitions, a department of the museum that coordinates many of the actions of the …

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The Suburbs of Moscow

I live with a host family in a six story "brezhnevki" apartment building that was constructed in the 1970s. As a historian, I am in love with my surroundings as my home is a veritable time capsule of Soviet life, complete with carpets in every imaginable orientation and the feverish canning of fresh vegetables for …

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Examining Perceptions of Armenia

Before coming to Armenia, I had a very narrow understanding of what Armenia was. I think I had the same misconception as many people from the US did, that Armenia was just a country that had been greatly impacted by its historical tragedies. The Armenian Genocide, repression under the Soviet Union, the destructive earthquake in …

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Immersion and Excursions in Taiwan

Being in the second-to-last week of the Taiwan Intensive Summer Program has been a very beneficial experience for me. For example, I was able to learn so much in a short amount of time, raise my level of Chinese proficiency, and being able to be more open towards others. I really like learning Chinese in …

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A Day in the Life in Moscow

After having been in Moscow for almost six weeks now, there are some things that have started to fall into place and become almost routine, normal even.  I have found that I have essentially same routine day after day: I wake up, have breakfast while taking an easy morning, go to my internship, have lunch …

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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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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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