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Day 77: Some of My Favorite Types of Holidays

Day 77: Raining in Sydney; Need a Holiday
Long or short, a holiday is a holiday, right? Well, yes and no. A holiday’s basic definition (to me) would be the escape from normal life, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a relaxing and do nothing sort of ordeal. A holiday means different things to different types of travelers; it’s… Read more
March 19, 2011 · Continue Reading · 2
getting in touch

Day 75: Getting in Touch with Locals (How I Roll, Part 1)

With language lessons, I was forced to be introduced to a culture each and everyday. Our teachers would take us out to excursions, and share their family dishes. It was easy because it was part of the program, so that meant there wasn’t any awkward breaking the ice that would come with finding randoms on the street.
March 17, 2011 · Continue Reading · 8
Learning Like a Child:  Host Family Flashback Part 2

Learning Like a Child: Host Family Flashback Part 2

For seven long weeks I lasted as a regular in the Kyrgyz family. Somehow, now when I think back, I don’t know how I did it. Some days were more trying than others. As a complete newbie to Russian, I quickly realized just how much brain power I expended at my lessons constantly thinking, translating and deciphering all day… Read more
April 24, 2010 · Continue Reading · 12
Learning Like a Child:  Host Family Flashback Part 1

Learning Like a Child: Host Family Flashback Part 1

When a language is just so different from your native tongue, the best thing you can do is to forget about any preconceived notions you have about language structure and just attempt to learn it like a child. I learned my lesson the hard way – by spending countless portions of class time hounding my poor teachers as to why… Read more
April 19, 2010 · Continue Reading · 8

Food, Vodka, and More Vodka

One of the perks of being involved with a language school is meeting all the interesting people that come and go. We have a nice little community of people to hang out with, which also opens the door for meeting other Kyrgyz families. This week, Ryan and I were invited over to Jamie’s host family’s “mansion” for a typical dinner… Read more
April 27, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2

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