Cultural Connections: The Holiday Season

In this installment of API’s “Cultural Connections” series, we take a look at winter holiday celebrations. People choose to celebrate the holidays in all sorts of ways. In this post, we take a closer look at some of the main celebrations and their history — as well as some unique traditions.  This great infographic from […]

Dia de los Muertos

A few weeks ago, Mexico celebrated Día de los Muertos, a festival that honors the dead. One of our teachers was there for the festivities and shared these photos of some of the colorful altars constructed in the plazas and streets of her host city, León.   Many of the altars are a combination of […]


Megan wanted to use actual pumpkins for the two pumpkin pies we were going to be making for our API Thanksgiving Dinner. I admired her courage, while simultaneously not having the slightest clue where one could find two pie-friendly pumpkins in Grenoble. Content to let her handle the pumpkin-acquisition because I was a good bit […]

British Candy Quest

The season of red roses, Cadbury chocolates, and, for some, a little too much Ben and Jerry’s is among us. Happy belated Valentine’s Day, everyone! I sincerely hope you all enjoyed your “Hallmark Holiday” and spent the cliché evening toasting to an infinite love over a glass of champagne, followed by a delicate dessert of […]

“Dank” Fest

My internal clock wakes me up twenty minutes before my alarm sounds. Physically, my body is stuck in limbo somewhere between exhaustion and restlessness. My coffee machine is old, and the brown liquid it produces shouldn’t be confused as legitimate. Nonetheless, I consume the sharp substance for the gusto. Today, I’ll need it. CNN is […]


As the three month mark hits, and we realize there is less than one month left, talk of home inevitably surfaces. And with this reminder of the time comes an excellent channel of starting in on conversations about home: gathering around the Thanksgiving table. Celebrating Thanksgiving abroad is an experience to be sure, but not […]

Three Days with Mao

By Charles Paquin The first week of October is a holiday in China because of the country’s National Day, which is celebrated on October 1st. On that day in 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. The Communists then chose this date as China’s National […]

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