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  • Why I Travel

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    Coeurparisien

    by: Coeurparisien

    created on: Nov 15, 2011 | Colorado, United States

    The reasons to go abroad in my opinion, are endless. Not only do you get to explore another culture, see history with your own eyes, and understand how other people live - but you also gain a better understanding of yourself and your own culture. Everyone who has been abroad for any significant amount of time can attest to the appreciation you leave with after having been overseas. The simple …

  • Eating Abroad - Culinary Adventures in Italy

    amarks

    by: amarks

    created on: Oct 21, 2011 | Florence, Italy

    Like most traveling students, my budget and the reality of traveling didn’t quite match up.  My wallet was feeling light and my stomach was begging for food.  We had just finished a day exploring Uffizi, the premier gallery in a city known for its art, and all I could think about was food, food and food.  Marching across town to our apartment (which was completely devoid of food, but not …

  • Back in the States

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Oct 14, 2011 | Ecuador

    Interning abroad has been such an incredible way to see the world and experience new cultures. While in Ecuador I had the unique opportunity of watching three different societies blend, all at the hands of a social enterprise. This was an interesting social, cultural, and even business adventure. The first thing that this internship made me realize was the power of capitalism – especially capitalism in a government that is so …

  • Guayusa Ceremony

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    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Oct 07, 2011 | Ecuador

    This morning we woke up at 4 AM and went to a local guayusa ceremony. It was early, but it ended up being quite worth it. When we got to the Kichwa home, it was very dark out still. There was a fire lit in the center of the room, and guayusa boiling over the hot flames. The shadows of the fire set the perfect ambiance for the room, making the …

  • One week left...

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Oct 02, 2011 | Ecuador

    With only a week to go, it’s tough to imagine that I’ve already been here 5 weeks! About a week ago I’m certain that I would have told you that I was ready to go home…and I am, but I think that this week is going to be a little bittersweet, as I start to say goodbye to the odd things that I’ve become accustomed to over the past 6 …

  • The Difficulties of Making a Workbook…

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Sep 25, 2011 | Ecuador

    My big project while I’m here in Ecuador is to create a workbook to help collect data on the farming practices of the Kichwa…you have no idea how difficult of a process it is! First off, there’s the language barrier. Most Kichwa speak Spanish, but, naturally, prefer their unique dialect. This can be difficult at times, because I barely know Spanish, let alone Kichwa. Also, we’re trying to integrate some …

  • Farm or Jungle?

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Sep 17, 2011 | Ecuador

    So this week I caught myself saying something that wasn't really too culturally sensitive. I had been out with a local farmer all day, and we ended up just walking around because no one had any work for us to do. When I got back to the office, and my boss asked me what I did, I told him that we just walked around the jungle all day... And he asked …

  • Runa-ized

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Sep 11, 2011 | Quito, Ecuador

    This week I left Quito and departed for the not too far off jungle towns of Archidona and Tena(sp?)! I’ve headed down here because World Internships (www.worldinternships.org) set me up with an internship with a company called Runa. Basically I’ll be working with local farmers on a crop called guayusa. Guayusa is a local tea plant that is somewhat similar to a holly plant. The tea is actually really good …

  • It's Been, One Week

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    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Sep 04, 2011 | Quito, Ecuador

    It's been one week since I left the US (or since you looked at me?)...and let me tell you, it's been quite a week. Time travels at the weirdest pace when you’re studying abroad. It seems to go by so slow, yet it’s all over before you know it. It’s pretty incredible the things that you can learn in such a small amount of time… You’d be surprised how much you …

  • Travel Prep!

    MikeRoss

    by: MikeRoss

    created on: Aug 24, 2011 | United States

    It's late...and honestly I should probably be asleep. However, I can't sleep. I leave for Ecuador in a few days, and as the trip gets closer and closer, I sleep less and less. I'm not sure if the tense feeling in my chest is a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm guessing that it's just me getting all excited for the next month and a half! Anyway, I'm reviewing …

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