Gardens of Dushanbe

The closeness to nature that is experienced throughout Tajikistan is also reflected in the multitude of gardens that the capital, Dushanbe, contains. Many of them originate from the Soviet era, but the Tajik government has also clearly placed a lot of effort in constructing new ones, especially those surrounding the Nowruz Palace. Overall, the city’s …

Continue reading Gardens of Dushanbe

Advertisements

So Much to Do, So Little Time

With the program coming to an end in two weeks, I still feel that there is so much of Almaty that I have yet to see. In every direction, there are still spaces and crevices that I have yet to explore, parks to visit, restaurants to try, monuments to see, the list goes on. To …

Continue reading So Much to Do, So Little Time

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 …

Continue reading Piano Lessons in Azerbaijan

Trying to Take It All In

My first month in Moscow has been eye-opening, fast-paced, and exciting. I have already become close with my host family - especially with Anya, a woman with whom I share many interests, ranging from music to art, from anime to theories of ‘self.’ We can spend hours talking during and after dinner, and I often …

Continue reading Trying to Take It All In

Walking in Urban and Rural Georgia

In my first study abroad experience — 3 months in Barcelona — I found that some of my most redeeming experiences and memories came from simply exploring the city. Granted, there hasn’t been much time to do so in Tbilisi with busy weekdays of classes and frequent weekend excursions. However, I have managed to carve …

Continue reading Walking in Urban and Rural Georgia

The Case for Exploring Alone

Since I’ve been in Russia, I’ve made many new friends in my program. I’ve also made friends with my Russian language partner. Some of my favorite moments here have been going on excursions with the other students in my program, like to a chocolate factory and to Tula. I’ve also been grateful to have a …

Continue reading The Case for Exploring Alone

Finding the “свой” in the “чужой”.

I think one thing that's important to remember (which I completely forgot about in the beginning, shame on me) is to hang out with yourself. Take some time alone away from your friends, your group, etc. and enjoy your own company. Study abroad is not only a great time to learn about a new language …

Continue reading Finding the “свой” in the “чужой”.