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The Stages of Culture Shock. Part Four: Integrating like strawberry Jam

As I write this, I find myself in a difficult situation. On the one hand, I want to finish this mini-series of posts on culture shock, but on the other hand, I have not experienced the stage I am about to write about. 796 more words


We found the ice rink. Turns out, an ice rink smells and feels the same on the other side of the world.

Ok. Maybe a few things are different. 309 more words



On dit toujours que les Japonais sont les rois de la politesse. On accompagne généralement cela avec leurs gesticulations et courbettes incessantes, à quoi on peut joyeusement associer l’indomptable 敬語 (keigo, honorifique), niveau de langage non maîtrisé par les Japonais eux-mêmes. 749 more words


The black purse.

So this little bird has been “home” for a few weeks and I feel oddly out of place.  Well that’s probably because I am currently without residence.   581 more words


…and that’s “Canadian” for your Dear Princess Diaries then? – Asshole

Yeah I’ve kept some friggin’ travel journals, guy. Who doesn’t?

So when this misogynist I worked with infantilizes a writing need — that’s wayyy stronger than a want for his “treat” of after-class drinks.

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Teaching ESL

Q&A Brazil: Part II

What’s the work environment like in the Brazilian culture? Are you asked to do things super last minute? Are you expected to say yes all the time or are they flexible? 637 more words

Life's What You Make It

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

This quote is the most accurate way I can think of to describe my feelings for this country.

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Study Abroad