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September 2017

Why do you want to study abroad for a year? Why do you want to go to a country where you barely speak the language? Why take courses with native speakers? These are the questions that people often asked me when I told them about my study abroad plans for the following year. The answer to all these questions was the same, I wanted to learn both the culture and the language of Peru. No deeper...

In the month leading up to my semester abroad, I held several expectations and assumptions about Lisbon, its culture, and its people. Most of these assumptions came from my personal experience of having Azorean grandparents and my three visits to the islands of the Azores.  I now realize that this was traditional Portuguese culture, a hard-working and quiet society, proud of their land and the...