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Canoes the mist

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Sandra Lucas


La Culture Qu├ębecoise

Last summer 2009, I took my first study abroad trip to Québec City, Québec, Canada, the francophone province of the Québécois, and it was très bon!   Two other undergraduate students and I from Arizona State University embarked in an exciting trip that lasted only five weeks.  We attended Université Laval, ... read more

Gitzel Puente



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Where I have been thus far!

I started my travels abroad in April 2008, and so far I have been to eight countries: France, Germany, Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico. (I have also lived in California, New York State, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. I have been to Florida, Utah, Nevada(VEGAS baby!), Vermont, Connecticut, ... read more

Michelle Saltis



The forecast

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Dot Dott


Quatch: The hunt for Bigfoot comes to my front door

We get some interesting guests up here at Arrowvale Campground, where I spend most of my time outside the farm garden. The average summer weekend produces an entire cross-section of the Vancouver Island tourist population - family reunion-ers, partying teenagers, backpackers, displaced trailer park residents, lost Europeans in rented RVs, ... read more

Tuula Rebhahn


adirondacks, qu├ębec, forever and ever, amen

august 2009: new music adventure near the st. lawrence, northeasterly of québec city. start: columbia, md mode of transport: silver 2007 honda fit existential status: shellshocked end goal: st-irénée, québec. day 1: columbia to chez michelle, former roommate and musical theater star extraordinaire, latham (near albany), new york. sadly: traffic got ... read more

Martha Cargo

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Culture Shock

Be nice to yourself

Larissa Strong

26 Aug 2009


Larissa Strong



Even the most savvy of travelers is vulnerable to culture shock. The key is to recognize it for what it is. When you find yourself in that state of extreme perplexity, it is time to be nice to yourself. Indulge in yourself in something that brings you joy. I often head out to get a pedicure, sink into an ice cream sundae, buy a trashy magazine, or go see a funny movie and giggle away my troubles. Once you have given yourself a little break from reality, you are often in a good position to face it again.

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