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Finally Going Back to Class

Time February 23rd, 2015 in 2015 Spring, College Study Abroad, Sharjah UAE, United Arab Emirates | No Comments by

It had been two months since I was in classroom last when I started my first day of school at AUS. I have already met a few differences from the system that my home university employs and the “American” system that AUS has in place. Here is a short list of what are the differences; Read More »


I learned how to fly

Time August 20th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So not a particularly Costa Rican activity, but when I visited Playa Herradura, I got a chance to try out FlyBoarding.

The method of FlyBoarding is pretty simple. A large hose simply funnels exhaust water into a board. The water then pushes the rider above the water as much as 20 feet, and the rider has to balance, like on a snowboard on a spinning top.

Photos by David Cohen, my father.

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Futbol footage

Time March 7th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Here is some game time footage.

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Time March 6th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

What better thing to do while in South America then to play futbol (soccer)? Some workers at the resort we were staying at for orientation organized a game. There were fans and little kids holding signs for both los Estados Unidos and Chile. It was a great time and definitely a highlight of the trip so far!

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The Best Day in New Zealand

Time October 11th, 2010 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Yesterday was probably one of the best days I’ve had so far in New Zealand, full of surprises that is.
I woke up around noon with my friend’s text that reminded me of the rugby game in the afternoon between Auckland University and Engineers. Interestingly enough, my flatmate Frankie was playing for University while my Thermodynamics classmate Lucca was playing for Engineering Team. We were quite confused as to which team to support since both of them had one of our friends each. The winner was going to receive 500 dollars worth of beer at a bar. We were poised to be treated no matter which team won. We weren’t worried.
The day begun with a free bus ride from the university to Rugby stadium. And that included a free awesome T-shirt with an iconic New Zealand map imprinted on the front, a cougar mascot on the left arm and Tui logo at the back. We were all so happy to receive such an awesome T-shirt for free. On arrival, there was free hot dogs and vege patties for us. Just before the game began, we found out that we could receive free booze on showing the T-shirt we got for free on the free bus. We couldn’t ask for more. The game was very exciting. The final score was 20-19, with Engineers beating the University team by a small margin. We got to watch an exciting rugby game for free while drinking free booze, sporting a free T-shirt and not having to worry about how to get back since a free bus ride was waiting at the end of the game.
New Zealand’s map on the front of free T-shirt that we got. Photo: Digital Subway
Tui logo and see the Cougar icon on the left arm. Photo: Digital Subway
My friend Vikram jumping on the trampoline during Rugby game. Photo: Digital Subway
I wasn’t prepared to call it a day yet. My IFSA-Butler friend Mathieu had told me about the All Whites vs Honduras football game during the evening to be held in Auckland. For those of you who missed Fifa world cup games, let me remind you that All Whites is New Zealand’s football (or soccer depending on which continent you are reading this) team that played against Honduras during the actual world cup 2010. It was a shame that I could not go to South Africa to watch world cup football but I wasn’t going to miss this. No, the tickets were not free, but the transportation was. It was freaking one hour away by bus.
The game was an absolute bang for the buck, $42 (NZD) that we paid. It was more interesting than the world cup game itself. The fact that we had amazing seats with an amazing view added to the experience. And it was special for me because it was my first game at a stadium with more than 18,000 other spectators. All Whites had tall and strong built players while Honduras had swift, not-so-tall but skilled players. The game was competitive. The linesmen made a couple errors, benefiting All Whites, drawing cheers from supporters at home ground. The score was tied at 1-1 with one heading goals each. And then All Whites received a penalty at closing 90th minute. The stadium was bustling with energy with everyone standing, awaiting for the penalty to be converted into a goal. The ball hit the bar, bounced and was punched away by the goalie but was kicked back by an All whites player, sending it a little above the bar. All Whites maintained their unbeaten streak with the game ending in a draw.
All Whites vs Honduras at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. Photo: Digital Subway
When I had woken up with the text in the afternoon, I had no idea my day was going be full of surprises and sporting excitement. I guess it’s all part of studying abroad that entails a lot of fun, relaxation, surprises and excitement when you expect it the least.