After a month

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Well, it has been over a month now since Evangeline and I have been in France. She has been in school for a month and I will be starting school next Monday. Evangeline has taken to school pretty easily despite not knowing the language but she is resisting actually learning French. Reluctant to use French […]

My First International Potluck

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I finished my pre-semester Intensive German course last week! I had my written final exam on Monday, an oral exam on Tuesday, and to celebrate the end of the course, my teacher organized a potluck! I mentioned in an earlier blog post how interesting it was to have people in my class from all over […]

Self Care in the Rainiest City in the World

Sometimes, taking care of yourself is hard. I knew going in that studying abroad can be emotionally difficult, and I had a plan: drink tea, call home, do yoga. But six weeks in, I felt myself slipping. A quick Google search for “self care” and even “self care while studying abroad” yields hundreds of results, […]

Two Lessons Learned During a Whirlwind First Week

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Well, I have officially been here in Leeds one week, and it’s been quite the whirlwind. The feeling of gratification I felt once I had stepped off the plane (and successfully found my luggage) in Manchester was incredible.  So much time had gone into preparing for this adventure, and my arrival in England filled me […]

The Not So Fun Things

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When I was younger, I danced ballet. During my first few years dancing, I danced Cecchetti, which is a very technical and particularly demanding form of ballet. I didn’t start dancing when I was three years old like many of the other students, so I had to take private lessons with the instructor to keep […]

Fun times at the fair!

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Everyone pays attention to dollar day at the New Mexico State Fair. It gets packed; people always dive in for the bargain. HOWEVER. The true bargain is going on Monday. Why, do you ask? Well it’s 2 dollar day on Mondays, and it’s also SUPER empty! Like really though, I’ve never seen it so empty. […]

quase, quase

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I remember growing up and hearing people say casi, casi. Which would translate to saying almost, almost. When I hear it in my head in Spanish, it almost has the same hopeful and a cross-your-fingers-as-you-say-it kind of tone as when I’ve heard it growing up. It sounds strange hearing it in English, it doesn’t have the same ring as in […]