Learning Arabic with Tea

It has been ten weeks since I first arrived in the United Arab Emirates, and yesterday evening I placed an order for drinks all by myself. I would like three karak teas please, “urid thalatha chai karak, min fadlak,” I told the man at the tea shop. He replied in a quick manner and with […]

Beating the Study Abroad Blues

When you decide to study abroad, you will be faced with many orientations designed to prepare you for the inevitability of culture shock and homesickness. One of the most helpful parts of the orientations was this graph, which helps give a visual for the stages of culture shock you will encounter during your time abroad: […]

November Rains

November in Ireland means rain. It has rained almost every single day since the month started, and I’m getting the feeling that I should probably start preparing for the downpours. I have no gear that is made to protect me from rain, so most of the time when I go out, I come home damp. […]

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