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Jumbos Abroad: Madrid Edition

Like many Tufts students who have chosen to go abroad for a semester, former Web Communications social media intern Veronica Richter, A11, used her blog to document her experiences in Spain. After two months of testing the local culture, Richter has compiled a list of helpful suggestions and advice for students who are considering spending a semester in a foreign country, especially the program in Madrid. From romantic expectations to culinary ones, Richter’s impressions are sure to be useful for those who are already imagining what their experience will be like.

Her first piece of advice?

HAVE NO EXPECTATIONS. At all. I expected to not have to deal with culture shock–I was wrong. I expected I would be hanging out with Spanish people 24/7–was wrong about that too.

To read more, visit her blog.

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Journalist Jumbos Abroad

A life-changing part of the college experience for the average Jumbo is the semester or year abroad. With the many opportunities offered by Tufts Programs Abroad, students dive head first into new languages, cultures and adventures. This semester while studying in Chile, Nina Arazoza, A13, took a stab at journalism by writing for the Santiago Times, the first English-language online newspaper in Chile and premiere English-language online periodical in the country. Her writing covers everything from new legislation to art and culture fairs:

This weekend marks the final days of the 38th Annual International Showcase of Traditional Crafts in Chile’s capital. For the past two weeks, over 130 artisan workers have set up camp in the Parque Bicentenario in Santiago’s upscale borough of Vitacura [...] The showcase offers a variety of artisanal crafts and religious goods including textiles, woodwork, ceramics, copper, silver and gold jewelry, baskets of all kinds and more from across Chile and over 15 nations. Kenya, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Guatemala are among the countries represented at the fair.

Last semester, Dana Burton, Amira Mattison, and Chelsea Trunk, all A12, also sunk their teeth into journalism… in Spain. They created a video recording their favorite places to eat in Madrid. You’ve been warned: watching may induce extreme hunger and jealousy! If Spanish isn’t one of the languages in your repertoire, just note that in Horno de Pastelleria America, they make truffles that are the size of your fist!



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Le Grand-est Voyage

Tufts junior Amy Norton blogs about her year abroad in Paris at “Le Grand-est Voyage of my Vie.”

Before Christmas, she blogged about how she was getting in the holiday spirit in France:

In the past week or so, I’ve been listening to practically non-stop Christmas music (thankyou thankyou WROR for broadcasting online). It has been so awesome to hear all the familiar songs, it makes me feel a little bit closer to home. That and the fact that today was the second Sunday of Advent, and just like last Sunday, I went to church at the American Church of Paris, which was soooo awesome. We sang familiar hymns, the sermon was really interesting, and everyone spoke in English!!! I might join the choir if I have time next semester, or at least try and join the Young Adult group to meet people and make friends.

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Career Services Goes Abroad

Career Services’ Tufts Career Services Ambassadors blog features a travel section, written by student ambassadors who are currently studying abroad. Career Services Ambassadors are students “who serve as liaisons to Tufts Career Services by sharing resources from the office with the student body, and gathering student feedback on its behalf.”

This semester, junior Cara Paley, a history major, is writing about her experiences with the Tufts-in-Madrid program. Her latest post discusses her transition to a Spanish lifestyle.

Something that’s stuck out for me here is that, unlike us on-the-go Americans, Spaniards are just so relaxed. Lunch isn’t handed to you in a crumpled paper bag but presented on glass dining-room plates. Passerbys don’t sprint and carelessly nudge but actually wait for flashing-green walking signals, stroll, and converse. American hotspots like Starbucks don’t find a place on Alcala’s historical streets, either. Spaniards don’t want to take their caffeinated lattes to go; they’d prefer to sip slowly in quaint cafeterías, catch up with some amigos, and, if time permits, go for that pastería chocolate on the side.

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