Donate to the Red Cross for people affected by Hurricane Harvey (in Houston) and Hurricane Irma (the Caribbean, Florida). On the one hand, they don’t have the best reporting on donation impact in the last few years, but I have heard a few different government officials assure that they are typically the first on the … Continue reading Watching American News from Abroad: Hurricane Aftermath
I’ve written before about my social anxiety, which I think I always had to a certain degree. I was a shy child, but the real serious social anxiety started in my early teens and persisted halfway through college. I didn’t start to discover the solution for it until I went to Israel for a study … Continue reading Living Abroad Cured My Social Anxiety in More Ways Than One
Reverse Culture Shock (from the Chlohemian side): FOOD a) I remember first landing in CZ and trying to get acclimated to my new life in my new apartment. I remember hating the taste of the water – Czech water is very hard and after a little while all hot water kettles will build up white … Continue reading First Impressions of the USA
Old habits die hard, or, the return of the American smile. * People are smiling at me. In the elevator. When I go into a public bathroom. When I’m entering or leaving a shop. When I’m turning the corner in a hallway. I didn’t know how much my facial muscles have longed for this. The American smile. … Continue reading Old Habits Die Hard + Norman Rockwell Museum
While entering the woods behind the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, an interesting thing happened. Ondra and I have talked a lot about cultural differences since we’ve been in the States – he finally visiting my *motherland* after I’ve spent three years in his, but this conversation had a slightly uncomfortable feel. “So American,” I … Continue reading Defending Your Culture + the Clark Art Institute
“Obrigado/obrigada” means “thank you” in Portuguese – the first when spoken by a male, and second when spoken by a female. We stopped for a 21-hour layover in Lisbon on our way to NYC, and boy was it gorgeous. I love the fact that central Lisbon is connected to the airport by metro. Plus, its … Continue reading Five Hours in Lovely Lisboa – Obrigada!
This post isn’t going to be what you expect. What you will discover is that before moving abroad, I had quite a sheltered life. But I didn’t know that I lived a sheltered life – and I kinda forgot about it until a few days in to our New York vacation. I think many Americans … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: 6 Things I Did for the First Time in Europe