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Having graduated from my spring term at Kanda University, I met up with my parents in their downtown Tokyo hotel before embarking on our two-week long trip throughout northern Japan, stopping at holy mountains, secluded hot springs and ancient samurai … Continue reading
Nineteen days. 19. Oddly, the “culture shock” has been more abrasive upon returning to America than it was when I entered Germany. Perhaps because, when I went to Germany, everything was new and exciting, an adventure! I tried to absorb … Continue reading
Twenty three days on the road, traveling through Nepal and Myanmar, had worn me out. I walked off the plane in Chiang Mai, ready to go back to my apartment, collapse, and put off unpacking for several days. Suddenly, I … Continue reading
Awaking to the chipper, automated voice of a Japanese woman as she announced my train’s arrival at Takao Station, I sleepily looked out the nearest window to find a large stone tengu head, staring defiantly down the platform to my left. Primarily … Continue reading
Before I started taking Japanese culture classes at Puget Sound, it was hard for me to imagine Kamakura without calling to mind scenes from the samurai revenge tales I used to read as a young teen, many of which were … Continue reading
I have had a life changing experience this week. Not that this whole trip hasn’t been life changing, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this event since it happened and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. … Continue reading
This past weekend I went to the driest desert in the world, located in the north of Chile around a small town called San Pedro de Atacama. I left Thursday evening, ready for a trip of a lifetime. Although I … Continue reading
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Back in March, during the first weekend that I started living with my host family in the small suburban town of Isobe, my host mom barraged me with a volley of questions concerning my diet, my exercise habits and my … Continue reading
I haven’t written in a couple weeks, partly because I was in Buenos Aires for a week and the other reason, because I was sick. Before going to Buenos Aires, I had full intention of writing about one of my … Continue reading
One of the biggest reasons I chose the program here in Santiago, over any other program in the world that Puget Sound offered, was because they have a class called Observación Clínica where I would have the opportunity to shadow … Continue reading