Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Change of Heart

As promised per last post, I wanted to share a small list with you all of a few, select reasons why the 5th graders have transformed me from the Grinch into the typical 23-year-old woman that I apparently am. (Inside … Continue reading

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Woher kommen Sie?

A few months before I came here to Vienna, I sort of fell into a panic… when I read a discussion about how Austria is (possibly) the most racist country in Europe.  Is this true?  Of course it is debatable.  … Continue reading

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Let me know if you need a new leather belt/jacket/backpack/purse/wallet/horse saddle or reins, because they´ve got a lot of them here.

So, it´s been long-time-no-post, but luckily absence makes the heart grow fonder (right?), so hopefully you will enjoy a quick update on my Ecuadorian life. Today marks my official first full day of the second chapter of my study abroad … Continue reading

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The Grinch Teacher

Before I delve into this post’s topic: this section of the East Side Gallery is hilarious. Those glasses…oh those glasses. Need a historical tip? Click here. (The East Side Gallery is the longest strip of the Berlin Wall that remains … Continue reading

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Hallstatt – a spontaneous weekend getaway

I have always wanted to go to Hallstatt, just to see it.  For people who have never heard of it, it seems to be a nice and quiet place by the lake; for people who have heard of it, it … Continue reading

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Reise Nach Passau, Fürstenzell und Prag

Last week was midterms week here.  I turned in one paper and had three other exams.  We soon discovered that midterms week here are sort of like finals week at home, in that no class is held during the week.  … Continue reading

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When Nature and History Collide: Part 2

(Tempelhof Airport) Tempelhof Airport was the second “park” I took the Fulbright girls to on that lovely Saturday afternoon. Tempelhof is a very historical airport. Remember the Berlin Airlift during the Cold War? The Airlift took place at this airport. … Continue reading

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When Nature and History Collide: Part 1

(Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park) A few of my friends, fellow ETA’s stationed in Rheinland-Pfalz, stayed with me the night before the Fulbright conference started. They arrived quite early on Saturday morning, and so we decided to do a … Continue reading

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There’s always room for one more…

It wouldn’t be right to go the whole semester without mentioning the dala dala bus system, so here is the tale of how I spent 1.5 hours shoved up against a sack of potatoes in a very crowded van. Anyone … Continue reading

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Close encounters of the fur kind

I just arrived back in Arusha after two weeks in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Ngaraosero (spelling questionable), a Maasai village near Lake Natron. The safaris were incredible and my four day homestay with the Maasai was a great experience despite … Continue reading

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