Devon Thorsell

Sunrise over the slopes of Kilimanjaro

April 29, 2012

The End

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And here we are: at the end. With most of my work behind me, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the year I have had. My semester ends on May 2nd (and conveniently I will be missing VP Biden’s speech at Lafayette). This past academic year I have been to nine countries, […]

Lafayette student Devon Thorsell with two fellow interns at the badge ceremony

April 20, 2012

April Showers

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Welcome back! It’s getting busy here in D.C., hence the title of this week’s post. We had just returned from spring break (I spent mine in Easton, Pennsylvania at Lafayette) when we were assigned a group project to create an NGO and another group project to research legal material for various international law cases. In […]

The Peace Palace

April 11, 2012

10 Feet Away

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Part 2: We will continue from where we left off in The Hague on Sunday evening after driving from Amsterdam and the Anne Frank house. On Monday morning we were booked for two briefings: one at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the other at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Just a quick lesson […]

Mer de Glace and the Valley of Chamonix

March 26, 2012

I don’t speak [insert European language here]

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I am currently sitting in an Ibis Hotel room across the street from the North Sea in The Hague, Netherlands[Dutch] . We are staying in the lovely suburb of Scheveningen, which used to be a popular fishing village, but now looks more like a southern Californian surfing town. The Hague is our third resting place […]

The Pentagon

March 8, 2012

Aftershocks

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I recently took my first real exam in about a year a few weeks ago. It was a take home, essay exam, which are my personal favorite. So of course, I had no idea how to proceed. After just one semester of unconventional classroom learning, I had just about forgotten how to read a question […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

February 27, 2012

Celebrities of DC

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I love trivia night. The Irish pub down the street hosts a trivia night each Tuesday and my friend Aaron and I always go. We usually just present a team of two (even though the rules allow up to six team members) and do pretty well. We each have our strengths…although mine are much more […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

February 18, 2012

Acronyms and Valentines

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Life has been quite busy here in D.C. My commute has been slowed by a presidential motorcade, I can’t find a decent dry cleaner, the French Embassy is celebrating Valentine’s Day—how do I get tickets…the usual. By the way, the French Embassy Pre-Valentine’s Day Black Tie Gala was wonderful; they played the Cupid Shuffle. Just […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

February 3, 2012

Studying A-fraud

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Hello, it’s me again. I will be continuing my blog this semester from Washington D.C., where I am currently studying a-fraud. That’s right. A-fraud: when a person studies away from their home school, domestically. In fact, I am only a few hours south of Lafayette (and I will be visiting as much as possible). This […]

Devon Thorsell studied in Tanzania during the fall semester

January 4, 2012

Holidays, Harry Potter, and Hope for Humanity

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Today marks my one-month anniversary of leaving Tanzania, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a follow up blog entry on my experiences in the US thus far. To be honest, I am not yet entirely sure how my abroad experience has affected me. Sometimes I feel as though nothing has changed, and […]

Mountain of God

December 9, 2011

Re-entry and Winter or, Out of Africa

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Wow, it’s cold. But before we talk about the USA, I’ll recap my last few days in Tanzania. Presentations continued as usual on Monday morning, and in the afternoon everyone attempted to finish up everything… which is difficult when everything includes printing photos (for our Maasai families), but all the photo places are closed because […]