This week I have decided to write about one serious issue: the weather. I knew the winter would be difficult here, but no, no one told me I would live three months in Antarctica. I come from the northern part of France, where it is supposed to be the coldest...
I was sitting in my room as I wrote this, when all of a sudden everything exploded with noise. I heard my host mom running around the kitchen as she called my name, and when I came out, completely confused, she was leaning out the open window banging a...
In the UK I live in the countryside or to put it more accurately, the middle of nowhere.  Therefore I am accustomed to wide open spaces and a horribly limited access to public transport - even the closest bus stop is 15-minutes away by car. Therefore living in Rhode...
Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to explore not only parts of Ireland, but also an amazing part of Europe. When I finalized studying abroad, there was one place on my list that I knew I had to go, Amsterdam. A few weekends ago I took...
Whoever invented midterms has some serious explaining to do. I can see some benefits to them. They make sure that the first time you look back at what you did during the start of the term (semester) is not the week before finals when any vague memories of September are...
Each time I talk to my little brother on Skype, rather than asking how I am or saying that he misses me, the first thing he asks is, “have you gotten fat yet?” And to be honest I really don’t know how I have avoided doubling in size. Everything...
It’s a humid day, but a breeze is coming through the open window in la sala (the living room), carrying the sounds of a street performer playing the accordion and voices from the café below. Picture a quaint European street, like you see in a movie, and that’s where...

How to make it in America

Since arriving in America I have been changed. Not for the better. Something in the water or the air has significantly interfered with my ability to look after myself. I’ve been here for almost a month now and I haven’t died so I’m doing okay in the key areas...
We got on the bus when it was still dark at 6 a.m., and the full moon was the only light as we left the city. As we headed further into the Spanish countryside, the fields and hills looked golden in the sunrise and fog hung in the valleys. As...
If I had to choose one thing that I am glad I discovered here, I would say it would be pumpkin. I know that can sound weird but let me explain this to you. Everything began when my roommate Julia, one sunny morning of September, came home with a...

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