We hope you all had a fun and maybe different winter break. Our contributors from the international community certainly had a different experience than usual! We invite you to read about their experience in the States, learn about traditions back home and the comparisons between the two!
-Nina and Mirella
Archive for February 2nd, 2012
I’ve decided to have a picture-based story of my winter in America – sometimes, it captures the magic of a moment more clearly than words. So here are random images of Salem and Washington DC last month (December 11th-20th), followed by a few words about my stay in Boston (December 20th-21st) and Philadelphia (December 22nd-January [...]
How was your break? I just want to say that mine was Great~!!! After this trip, I fell in love with another city–San Francisco!!! Here I’m gonna show you some of my pictures of California, if you want me to say something about this trip, it need a lot of words…..
I had a great winter time here in the US. Usually we don’t celebrate Christmas as big as the US does in Japan. We tend to celebrate New Year’s Day bigger than Christmas. We do decorate Christmas trees and light some places up. But after Christmas day, we clean them up and start preparing for [...]
December 14, noon, I’m done with my last final, and starting a 4-week long break. A month! That’s long, I thought, when I saw the academic calendar at the beginning of the semester. In my home country, France, most universities, as well as lower education schools, have a 2-week-long Christmas break. It is long enough to include both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but short enough so that your work rhythm isn’t broken by a month of nothingness (in terms of studying). In some institutions, such as Blaise Pascal University, where I spent my first year of college, they spoil everything by putting the finals after the break. So you spend your pseudo-vacations studying. In others, they are considerate enough to have the finals before.
Oh, how distant we used to think we are from each other (I mean, people in Colombia and the US), but how similar we behave. That’s what I thought when, in the middle of October, I heard this peal of bells on the radio. Then I realized I was not that far, you also had [...]
A little bit late but still I wish you all a happy new year! I hope that you had a good start to the new semester.