Two Weeks in Seoul

Arrival It begins with an eleven hour flight, leaving at 20:50 on Thursday night and landing at 15:50 KST on Friday. It is warm, I am tired, and the continent is brand new to me. Travelling alone is a novel

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Year Abroad in Madrid

I have been studying in Madrid for 5 months in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid The reason I chose to study in Madrid is because first of all I previously lived here for 4 months as an au pair so

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Culture Shock in Mainland China

Over 5 months ago, in September, I found myself standing in the airport in Xiamen City, China, here to start my year abroad as part of my Modern Languages degree. I had just left the cold, windy weather of London

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Brazil, Brazil, Brazil

Where do I begin…my year abroad in Brazil was INTERESTING, I learnt a lot about myself and Brazilian society but I wouldn’t want to do a disservice to future Year Abroad (YA) students by saying it was all a bed

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The Boy in Brazil

The Brazilians have a famous saying; “O Brasil não é para principiantes” meaning that Brazil is not for beginners. This motif became apparent even before I had arrived. Ever since I was young it had been a dream of mine to live

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Southampton to Medellín

Most people (my own family included) perceived Colombia, particularly Medellín as a hotspot for drug trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution and murder. I was determined to prove this “Narcos” fuelled stereotype wrong by spending a year there and coming back alive. My

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