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On Race in BA

Time October 24th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Argentina | No Comments by

I’m a little behind(haha) in my blogging

I didn’t really want to write this article, but I think as a First Generation Scholar/Minority blogger, I have an obligation to let people like me know what they’re getting into when deciding to come to Buenos Aires.

I’d like to preface by saying that I am absolutely loving my time in Argentina and dreading that, day after day, my program approaches its end. However, there are certain things that an ethnic minority needs to take into account before coming to the Whitest City in South America. Here we go.  Read More »

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Until Exams

Time October 26th, 2010 in College Study Abroad | 1 Comment by

Classes are over and exams don’t start until next week for me. This means I have a lot of time to either study for exams, travel around New Zealand more or just lie in the Sun and spend time at the beach. The first option is just so not-so-study-abroad like. The second option is costly and with all the two week tour of South Island I did (read my earlier posts), no more money left for more travel. So, basically all I have been doing couple past days is lying in the Sun in Albert Park which reminds me of Central Park of New York, especially when it’s bright and sunny and everyone is just lying and dozing off.
Sand castle made by anonymous architects. Photo: Digital Subway
I have also been occasionally checking out the beach, especially when the weather forecasts are friendly. After all, the beach is only 20 minutes away, a simple bus ride. I will let the pictures speak rest of the story.

Me at the beach in my fancy shirt. Photo by: Jonathon Feinmann
Franky Sowers showing off his acrobatic skills. Photo by: Digital Subway
Franky again. Photo by: Digital Subway
Auckland at sunset from Mission Bay Beach. Photo by: Digital Subway
People just chilling in the Sun in Albert Park. Photo by: Digital Subway

Fun times till exams start. I am going to Bay of Islands next weekend which means more beach time. Cheers. Will keep you all posted.
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Thanksgiving in The UK

Time December 1st, 2009 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This Thanksgiving was my first thanksgiving away from my family. Initially I had planned to be in Cardiff and just go about it as a regular day. A few days before the holiday, my friend in London called me and said her and her flat mate were having a thanksgiving dinner. I decided to go since I did not have classes that day.

After a few hours of being in London with my friends, I begin to really miss my family. Though I was very thankful having people to share the holiday, it still could not replace the traditional thanksgiving we have at home. I also couldn’t stop thinking about the black Friday deals I would miss.

Once all the guests left, I was able to sort out my thoughts and realize I have so much to be thankful. Besides my family, friends, and good health I am very grateful for having the opportunity to study abroad.

Now I have about 13 days left before I head back to the U.S. I can’t believe it’s time to leave already. Studying abroad has help me to experience a taste of globalization and multiculturalism in a different way. I am also very much looking forward for my opportunities to go abroad, which is why I decided to apply to graduate school where I do one year in the states and another in Switzerland.

I refuse to spend my next two weeks counting the days, instead I want to enjoy my last outing with friends, finish up finals, and absorb my last breath in the UK for 2009.

Cheers,
Brandi
Homemade Sweet Potatoe Pie I madeFriends on Thanksgiving

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A Week in Review

Time October 30th, 2009 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

this where I take most of my classes

Last Saturday morning I attended a stop racism protest in Newport, Wales. Even though it was rainy there still was a decent-sized crowd. I had never been to a protest before this one. My mother and grandmother were surprised when I told them I wanted to go. They kept asking me if I was going to be safe. Needless to say the demonstration went well.

It was wonderful to see so many people come together for equality. Later that evening I found out that my grandfather had died earlier  that morning. I was so upset since I had just wrote him a postcard and was looking forward to seeing him when I get back in December.

Sunday was pretty much a slow day for me, since I was still mourning my grandfather.Art inside an underground walk way

Monday I got up went to my classes, even though I wasn’t really feeling up to it. When I came out of my 5’o’clock class it was dark outside. I was surprised. Then I found out that the time had changed the night before. Since my phone automatically updated itself I did not notice.

Tuesday and Wednesday I had no lectures. So I spent one day completing all my graduate school applications and essays. Then the next day I headed down to the city center to find an outfit for this big party in London that I am attending Friday Night.

After a few hours of walking from arcade to arcade I finally found something that I fancied.

Waiting for the bus to come so I can attend the protest

Thursday, which is today I only had one lecture. After my Politics & Journalism class I decided to head down to the center to meet a friend for lunch at Starbucks It’s amazing how Starbucks cakes seem to taste different in the UK compared to the ones in the US.

Tomorrow I have two seminars. I have so much reading to get through tonight. I’m not sure how or why I waited to the last minute this week. Well let me get to it. I just wanted to give you an update.

-Cheers,
Brandi

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