My First Time Abroad

   When asked about how my trip is going, I am usually at a loss for words at first. This trip holds the distinction of not only being my first time inside Russia, but also the first time I have ever left the United States. I did not even have a passport until I decided …

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Shock and Awe

I’m an experienced traveler and I love doing it. I love going to new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures with friends or going it solo. When I stepped off the plane at the LED airport, Saint Petersburg, I wasn’t nervous – I was excited. I studied Russian at my university for two …

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Living in a Dorm in Russia

Living in a dormitory with Russian students is a fascinating experience. As with many other situations in Russia you are surrounded by busy and enterprising people with stern, serious expressions on their faces. With all the people hurriedly bustling about to and from class or off to a night out, it is easy in such …

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Experiences and Expectations

Currently, I am studying Russian language abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Russia has always been an interesting country to me, and because of that I wanted to learn the language.  When I arrived in Russia I was ready to get used to new cultural experiences and expectations, and even excited to learn the differences between …

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My Time so Far in Taiwan!

This will mark my third week in Taiwan at TISLP and I feel like time has flown past. This is my second time to Taiwan, the first trip was last year when I volunteered to teach English at a bilingual camp in smaller, more rural districts. I grew up in the States in a Cantonese-speaking …

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First Impressions

Coming to Taiwan to study Chinese has been such a wonderful experience! People from all over the globe know Taiwanese people to be exceptionally friendly and lead very hardworking lives, and my experience in Taiwan would definitely confirm that people in this country are exceptionally nice and committed to those around them. The people in …

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It’s All Quite Dream-like Here

A friend from the United States messaged me asking how my trip in Almaty, Kazakhstan was going, and, in my response, I called this trip “peak existence.” What does “peak existence” mean? I guess I’d describe it as a state of being where every interaction and experience feels meaningful and fulfilling. My emotions and feeling …

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