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Check out this photo blog from our OPIT participant, Chase Neese!   By: Chase Neese Program: Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program Term: Summer 2018

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Armenian Hospitality: Not Just for Guests

In the U.S., if you want to get to another city, you look online to find the times, the prices, and the tickets. In Armenia, you ask your friend who asks her friend who asks his brother who knows the bus driver. And then you call the bus driver directly and he tells you where …

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Historical and Cultural Impacts: Georgian Monasteries and Must-see Sights

In Georgia, one of the main attractions that entices travelers to the country is its vast array of monasteries. These sacred and ancient structures cover the span of the country, with locations on the precipices of mountains and on the borders in arid regions of Georgia. I have had the privilege of visiting many in …

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Cigarettes: Community and Communion

Pristina is a city that, despite its crowded streets and plethora of automobiles, is known for its laid back vibe and casual atmosphere. With a large portion of the country’s population under the age of 25 and the difficulty to find work, Pristina’s many cafes are filled with easy goers—sipping macchiatos and smoking cigarettes. In …

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New Horizons

Upon landing at Domodedovo International Airport, I quickly became aware of the fact that I was indeed very anxious – almost to the point of shear fright. I couldn’t seem to understand why, though. After months of anticipation, excitement, and preparation, I was finally here - in Russia. In Moscow. This was the culmination of …

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Armenia and Kyrgyzstan

Instead of comparing Armenia to the U.S., I instead initially started off by comparing Armenia to Kyrgyzstan. Last summer, I spent two months living in Kyrgyzstan, which was the longest consecutive duration of time I’ve ever spent abroad. Armenia will come close but not quite top that at a six-week stay. Hence, I initially assumed …

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Kazbegi and Khinkali: Places to visit and things to eat in Georgia

Georgia – no not the state, the country – is perhaps one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure of traveling to. Aside from the incessant mosquitos and decently warm weather, there is little to nothing to even consider complaining about. The people are unbelievably kind, food is delicious (khachapuri and …

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Finally in Moscow

Hi there! I first want to start off by introducing myself. My name is Cydnie, I’m a senior at the University of Oregon double-majoring in Linguistics and Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, as well as minoring in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching in Russian. I have been studying the Russian language for almost five …

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