Monthly Archives: July 2018

You Are Here

I’ve been feeling really homesick the past few weeks. Sometimes this happens while you’re abroad, people will tell you, but I never thought it would happen to me…I love traveling! However, I found myself getting more and more tired of things and people here, and more and more impatient for things and people that I’m looking forward to when I return home. This past weekend, however, totally lifted my spirits with a trip up to Northern Ireland along with the fifty other interns in my program. We climbed across a rope bridge, took in some beautiful views at Giant’s Causeway, pretended to be in the world of Game of Thrones, and explored a whole new city! Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is nothing at all like Dublin. Continue reading

The Conscious Country

During my time in Iceland, I will be taking a course called “Sustainable Leadership in the 21St Century” at Bifrost University. This course is a business leadership course that has a focus in sustainable and social responsibility.  To put it briefly, Iceland is a place like no other. Not only is it amazing for its breathtaking scenery and natural marvels, but also for its environmental responsibility. Iceland is the hub for sustainability efforts and clean energy. During my first week on the island, I have already noticed many different forms of conscious living in the Icelanders’ everyday life.
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Snack Time

This has been a big request for a while now. One of the most popular aspects of Japanese culture is the food, and I knew that a blog post composed of the types of things I’d eaten would be inevitable. When I told people that I would be studying in Japan, one of the most common responses- and questions- would revolve around Japanese food. Either about how they loved it or wanted to know if I liked it. I do love Japanese food, but now that I’ve been living here for so many months, I see it in a different light. It’s no longer “exotic” or “specialty” to me, because it has become a staple in my everyday diet. Not to mention the fact that there are so many types of dishes- some that I had never even heard of until arriving here- that I’ve only started to try. As there are many great things to eat, I realize that one blog post will probably not be enough. Perhaps I’ll add more in the coming days, but for now, enjoy some of my favorite dishes that are common in Tokyo. Continue reading

Six Thousand Words: An Introspective Collage

I never really agreed with that classic idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Words can convey ideas and experiences in a way a photo never could, because a photo only shows a single moment and only a specific view of that moment. However, sometimes you’re just at a loss for words, in which case a photo is a great substitute. This week, that’s where I find myself. Continue reading

Ressembler: To Look Like

Days are passing by as if in a blur now, and at the end is that inevitability: the departure. It is perhaps somewhat telling that I think about the end of my program not as my “return” as many of my fellows have spoken of it, but that “departure.” I think very little of what I’m coming back too, and constantly of what I’m leaving behind. Continue reading

Routine

My second week in Ireland completely flew by. I’m starting to realize exactly how quickly the entire summer will go. Having a full-time internship abroad is an extremely valuable experience and I’m learning so much, but it really makes time fly when I’m not in the office. I’ve settled into a routine here, a routine that revolves around getting to and from work. Somewhat ironically, I’m on my hour-long morning commute as I write this, reflecting on the fact that I’m already more than twenty-five percent of the way through my time here. Have I done twenty-five percent of the things I want to do? I’ve barely scratched the surface. Continue reading

Bilingual Limbo

Your first instinct on seeing this title was, perhaps, to imagine the fun and popular party game limbo, in which competitors aim to shimmy beneath an increasingly lowered pole without falling. You maybe imagined some kind of allusion to how as time goes on and language skills get better I might be expected to perform more and more complicated linguistic hurdles as fluency improves. You hoped that maybe I’d make some kind of fun allegory out of the game to explain the continued and continuously harder approach to fluency. I’m sad to say this is more the “uncertain and pseudo-hellish waiting room” kind of limbo. (That first idea sounds better, huh? I think I made the wrong commitment on the direction for this entry.) Continue reading