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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Hiking and Other Excursions

On July 7th, the Peace and Security in the South Caucasus program went to the towns of Mtshketa, Gori, and Tserovani. Mtshketa is a town located just outside the capital city of Tblisi. It is situated in a valley within the surrounding mountains. One of the very striking aspects of Mtshketa are the mountains which …

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Tradition and History in Russia

After almost two months in-country, my host mom has decided that I am a normal person. Imagine that! Me, normal? I, who come from an unimaginably large family (by current European standards), am studying Russian and Mathematics with a passion, am seriously considering flying to Mars as a career, doing “men's work” without blinking unless …

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So Much to do in Saint Petersburg

My time in Saint Petersburg is quickly passing, with only one month left, I still have so many museums and cathedrals I want to see. The issue is finding the energy for it all. I am not sure if it is just the white nights having that effect on me, but I think the hardest …

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Religion and History in Novi Sad, Serbia

When you walk into the Church of the Name of Mary, you are struck by a certain lack. There's something missing here, something's different, you might think. Then you realize - there's no iconostasis! And why are there pews?! This beautiful, iconic cathedral that stands in the center of Novi Sad is in fact a …

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The First Blog: Taiwan and My Study Abroad Experience

Because of American Councils Tradition and Modernity program at NCCU, I was given the tremendous opportunity to visit Taiwan for the first time. I tried my best to familiarize myself with my host country before arrival; for example, I practiced how to write and read traditional Chinese characters before coming here. Yet, some aspects of …

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