Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

May 4, 2011

BUENOS AIRES — I went to an all-girls school for 10 long and, against my best efforts, formative years of my life. A relatively liberal, non-religiously affiliated all-girls school. They preached a very odd, though subtle, type-A version of “I am woman, hear me roar.” And, yes, before you ask,...

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By Middlebury Campus

April 13, 2011

BORDEAUX — It is a commonly held American stereotype that the French are snobby.  Before arriving in France, I wasn’t sure what to expect from les français, and whether this generalization would turn out to be true.  However, from my very first day here, I began to realize that this stereotype was perh...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

March 23, 2011

VALPARAÍSO — Since I first started studying Spanish I’ve had this passion for it. Spanish is fluid, Spanish is round; in my mouth Spanish curls loosely yet precisely, blossoming like loops drawn in India ink. I’m a synesthete, so for me words are colors, and Spanish is rich, vivid; Spanish is...

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By Middlebury Campus

March 16, 2011

What has surprised me most about Chile isn’t how different the culture is. I knew going in that their lunch is the equivalent of dinner in the United States. I knew that they keep different hours, as they don’t leave their houses until 11p.m. or midnight, and usually stay out until 5 or 6 a.m. Bars...

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By Middlebury Campus

January 19, 2011

JOHANNESBURG — While all of you are living it up in feet of snow, I’m sitting outside writing this in gloriously sunshiney, 70-degree weather (sorry for bragging). In all seriousness, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend my Jterm interning with the Tapologo AIDS hospice in South...

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By Middlebury Campus

January 12, 2011

BEIJING — It was somewhere between the instant noodle aisle and distilled rice spirits section that an unsettling sensation started in my stomach. Caught in the whirlwind of a sudden onrush of shoppers scrambling for half-priced yogurt, I lost track of my friends. The first few days in Beijing had...

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By Middlebury Campus

December 1, 2010

TEL AVIV — We ended up having about 15 minutes for our last activity.  We had eaten at a burger joint, shopped in a great outdoor mall and now we headed toward Jaffa Gate to visit the Western Wall.  It was more of an afterthought, really.  Our main purpose for going to Jerusalem had been the food...

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By Middlebury Campus

November 17, 2010

YAROSLAVL — My semester in Russia thus far has presented me with challenges both big and small. The big ones, like my upcoming term paper on “love and responsibility” in Alexander Pushkin’s Evgenie Onegin, are being handled with caution and a surprising amount of planning and forethought. The...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

November 10, 2010

by Peter Hirsch '12 When I am at home over the summer I always dread going to the grocery store. This is not because of some sort of phobia of produce, but rather a strong want not to run into any of my high school classmates that I have not seen since graduation. It is not that I do not like these...

Overseas Brief

By Middlebury Campus

November 10, 2010

Everything I know and am is utterly false. This is what the British students at Oxford tell me. I cannot speak or spell or tell time. I cannot drive. I cannot even drink my tea the way I would like it, that is, without milk. This is incorrect, if you didn’t know. Civilization asks for milk in its tea....

Overseas Brief

By Middlebury Campus

November 10, 2010

PARIS — After two years of coping with the relentless stress we urban types experience surrounded by the physical beauty and placid countryside of Middlebury, I decided to relocate to what is seemingly the complete opposite end of the spectrum: the city of the sedentary café lifestyle. After almost...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

October 27, 2010

PARIS — After two years of coping with the relentless stress we urban types experience surrounded by the physical beauty and placid countryside of Middlebury, I decided to relocate to what is seemingly the complete opposite end of the spectrum: the city of the sedentary café lifestyle. After almost...

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