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Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

October 2, 2013

I have been in Brazil for a month now, but it feels like I’ve been here for almost a year. It’s uncanny how easily I adjusted to life in another country. I touched down in Rio de Janeiro, on Aug. 29, and even at the airport, I was already worried about so many things: fitting in, classes, culture...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

September 18, 2013

Six weeks ago I stepped out of the airport with a suitcase, two backpacks and new passport stamp. Having overconfidently thought that I could survive the Argentine “winter” in sandals after spending two J-terms in Vermont, my toes immediately froze in the crisp breeze. I gazed with envy over at the...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

May 1, 2013

The number of museums in Paris will kill you. It’s enough that you could spend 100 percent of your time going to see art and never run out of things to see. This is true, too, of restaurants, pâtisseries and boutiques. You’re living in this museum of a city that’s the destination of so many w...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

April 24, 2013

It’s a funny feeling, voluntarily getting on a plane and leaving the ground that holds everyone you love, every home you have created. Before leaving to go abroad, I’d been warned many a time about “what they don’t tell you about study abroad” — don’t expect to fit in, don’t expect to...

Overseas Briefing

By Stephanie Roush

April 17, 2013

As I sauntered through the seemingly endless aisles of the grocery store today, a Faith Hill song blared from the loudspeaker. In the United States, Faith Hill might seem like a strange choice, but in Brazil it goes unnoticed. I even overheard someone saying “Eu adoro Faith Hill,” [I love Faith ...

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By Nate Sans

April 10, 2013

On Sunday, my buddy Trent tried to teach me how to surf. He kept an eye on the surf reports all day, and the swells were most forgiving at about five in the evening, so my roommate Joey and I piled into Trent’s orange Honda Element and we drove about 10 minutes to Asilomar State Beach. As we drove,...

Overseas Briefing

By Gregory Woolston

March 20, 2013

As part of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs’ conference on the “Politics of Fresh Water: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment,” my geology class at the University of Jordan recently spoke to Arabic students at Middlebury regarding the country’s limited water supplies and resource management. As the discussion ...

Overseas Briefing

By Middlebury Campus

March 6, 2013

When I told my relatives, friends and acquaintances that I was studying  abroad in Italy, they usually gave me a cliché response along the lines of, “Take pictures while you’re riding a Vespa and sampling wine!” or, “You’re going to have the time of your life eating gelato and drinking cappuccinos!”...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

February 27, 2013

After just 15 days in Cameroon’s chaotic capital city, I am still in the process of starting anew. I still haven’t braved the outdoor marché without the reassuring presence of my host mother by my side, and many of my days are governed by the overwhelming desire to find a good Wi-Fi connection so...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

February 20, 2013

“Guiri” is a colloquial term used in Spain to describe what is considered to be the stereotypical tourist or foreigner, and it is associated primarily with people from Northern Europe, the U.K. or the U.S. While I’ve heard it used in an endearing or light-hearted manner — “Of course you tw...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

February 13, 2013

Technically speaking, I am not overseas. But every week, this section of the Campus features the exciting tales and fascinating challenges of our peers who are lucky enough to be abroad and it seems time to turn the tables on them and brief our traveling companions on our lives. For starters, it ...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

January 16, 2013

Iaorana, Middlebury. As I sit in the communal kitchen of Anteres House in Woods Hole, Mass., a week and a half into the shore component of my SEA Semester, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, I cannot help but think of everything that went into making this sandwich possible. I also c...

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