Study Abroad

May 17, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: The German Welfare State Pt. 1

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Welfare is one the great debates of modern American politics. Those who lean toward the left tend to advocate for more expansive and encompassing government welfare systems which the poverty-stricken masses can live off of. More conservative folks would argue for fewer government handouts and would more than likely make a reference to Social Darwinism. […]

May 11, 2015

Finals Week in Madrid

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I can’t believe that the semester is almost over! Finals end on the 13th, my grandparents’ plane arrives on the 14th, we’re leaving Spain on the 17th, and I’m flying home to Baltimore on the 29th. Before this semester, 18 days would have seemed like a pretty long European trip since my two previous trips […]

May 1, 2015

So you think you can dance?

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This last week has been filled with lots of dancing.  I never really considered myself much of a dancer before coming here.  The only real dancing that I’d ever done was in the various theatrical productions I’ve been in over the years. As most of you probably know, this semester I took Latin Rhythms and […]

April 26, 2015

Overseas, Underfunded: Manners

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Prior to leaving for this semester abroad, I was granted innumerable departing well-wishes and reminders. “Have a beer for me!” “Don’t bother coming back!” “Stay safe!” “Make good decisions!” “Remember, God is watching!” You can imagine who said those last few. However, by far the most common send-off was, “Have fun, it will go by […]

April 24, 2015

Toubab or not

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I never thought I will be called a “toubab” in my life but I guess it depends on what one defines as a toubab. Everyone is always going to be a toubab somewhere and at some point of his or her life. Here in Senegal, a toubab is “foreigner” and it is most often attributed […]

April 18, 2015

Spanish Bull Fight

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This past Sunday, I went to a bull fight.  Seeing as how that tail is fairly graphic and somewhat disturbing, I’ll start with lunch on Sunday to give you a chance to decide if you want to read my description.  Eight of us met at Alhambra (a restaurant near the center of Madrid) for lunch.  […]

April 13, 2015

Universal Games

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When I think about universal games, I have in mind newly created video games and consoles: wii, ps3, nitendo DS, Warcraft… Anywhere around the world, if you talk about these games, people who heard about these would know what you are talking about because of globalization. I have never thought however that I would find […]

April 11, 2015

The Advantages of Having a Visa

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Today marks the 90th day since I came to Spain.  This is significant because 90 days is the threshold on which American citizens need a visa to live in Spain.  It seems like I’ve been here a pretty long time and yet, if I flew home after my classes on Thursday, I wouldn’t have needed […]

April 6, 2015

When in Rome

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The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus once famously stated: “No man ever steps in the same river twice.”  This was a comment on the ever-changing nature of the universe and how after even a moment has passed, things will have changed.  When you return to the river, it won’t be exactly the same.  The […]

April 5, 2015

Is life worth more in developed nations?

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In the beginning of this semester I was asked to write an essay defining “Development” for my development practicum class. As an economics major, I started going on about GDP per capita, industrialization of sectors of the economy, agriculture and so forth. My peers related to their experience in the United States and France and […]