All posts tagged: study abroad

I Studied Abroad in Africa!

I don’t really need to say much except that this girl’s blog, I Studied Abroad in Africa, is HILARIOUS!!! Her intro reads: So. You go to one of those fabulously elitist schools where everyone talks about privilege, classism, racism, sexism, etc. as if they don’t practice it in real life. But in order to really see the world, they decide to go somewhere where they can understand what their privilege looks like. So they choose AFRICA! Yay! A whole continent dedicated to helping white people understand what it means to be poor and undeveloped. This is for all you fabulous biddies who decided that Africa was the right place for you. There’s nothing like good ‘ole exotification to fill up your time while basking in the hot Saharan sun, wearing your “traditional” African clothes, eating “weird” foods and taking as many photos of black children as possible. You go, Gurl with lots of privilege! This is dedicated to you. It’s pretty sarcastic at times, but it definitely makes you rethink your travel ventures. There are …

Last Day

This is my last blog post from Brazil. I’m not really sure what to say about brazil, except it’s been a non-stop adventure. I will definitely never forget my times here, and reading my diary in the future about these last 3 and half months, will be something to look forward to. I will post my pictures when I get home I guess since Facebook’s being absurd about my uploads and I can only post one or two on this. I’ll be back at home wednesday morning and will have a long day of travelling tomorrow. But this past weekend has been great. I went to a concert on a beach saturday night and stayed out at a bar until 4 in the morning. Had a surprise breakfast party on sunday morning. Spent all day sunday at a beach outside of the city eating churrasco (grilled meat), drinking caipirinhas, listening to music, and getting knocked around in the ocean, until after dark. I’d say this has been a success. Até mais…

The end is in sight!

So it’s my last friday in Brazil and my last day at IBEU. It’s strange. But in my last few days here I don’t find that I have the desire to do everything and see everything one last time, I’m just kind of checked out and ready to go home. I am officially done all work and assignments and evaluations. I am done my first semester of my senior year, CRAZY! Tomorrow there’s a party for our host families and I kind of wish I were just leaving on monday and packing on sunday instead of having sunday and monday before I leave on tuesday. I can’t wait to go home and eat myself sick (probably will happen because my eating habits here are so whacked out in comparison to what they’d be at home). But I’m not looking forward to the cold. So I’m going to take my time packing, maybe go see a sunset one more time, but I’m not really feeling like going anywhere. I will be happy to be at home …

2 weeks more

I have much catching up to do. It’s December 1st, already! And I’m back in Fortaleza (*sigh*), with the only things left to do are a long ass paper, portuguese proficiency tests, and packing. So I have 2 weeks in Salvador not accounted for. Moving to Rio Vermelho (from Paralela) definitely made my time in Salvador a lot better. It was so much closer to everything and easier, and cheaper to get around. The only problem was that I didn’t get any money back from the 400 reais I gave the first host family. The deal was for 3 weeks, I stayed one, and my brilliant SIT directors showed how much they fail at life again by saying there was no way they could ask for a partial refund, because they made a contract. But the contract was for 3 weeks, I only stayed one. Since they were the ones who messed up my housing, by NOT doing any research as to its location, THEY should’ve refunded me. Instead I ended up paying 300 more …