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wow. [11 Jul 2007|01:06pm]

[ mood | satisfied ]

this community used to be so active... and i was ALWAYS looking forward to reading the posts from its members.

i guess not many people use livejournal anymore.
what a loss.

anyways, my reason for writing is simply to ask for suggestions.

i'm making a trip throughout italy and greece and the aegean. my little 'tour' ends in athens. i was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to the best way to get from athens to paris. it doesn't seem like there are more than, say, a couple of direct flights, and they seem really expensive (about 160-225€)... so what should be my 'transfer city'? for example, athens, greece--berlin, germany--paris, france. what would be the best option (as in cheapest, seeing as i'm a backpacking student!)?

any help would be greatly appreciated!

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the BEST site in the history of the internet... [29 Jul 2006|06:00pm]

[ mood | restless ]


this site is absolutely amazing and is PERFECTLY placed in this community.

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Stereotyping... [23 Jun 2006|10:30pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

I just came back from a very brief but absolutely amazing trip to France. I stayed in La Fleche, France (which is about 60 km south of Le Mans) with a host family for only 2 weeks, but I learned so much. I've only been studying French for 3 years now... in high school (in other words, not the best and certainly not the fastest or most effective). After 2 weeks in that small city (population 16,000), I stayed in Paris for just under a week.

The thing that bugged me the most about people from the United States' stereotyping about the French was that a lot of what they said was completely true about 90% of the American tourists in Paris. Americans think that French people are rude, loud, inconsiderate, brash, hurried and arrogant.... just to name a few that I kept hearing over and over again before my trip. When I was in Paris, my number one goal was to blend in. Why? Because, as fate would have it [insert sarcasm here], most of the American tourists I encountered were rude, loud, inconsiderate, brash, hurried, arrogant and acted like they owned the place, expecting everyone to speak English and not giving anyone a second look if they didn't. What a coincidence, huh? The British tourists in similar situations were courteous, soft-spoken when appropriate, considerate, civilized, calm/slow to anger, understanding and respectful. Just as my well-traveled cousin told me... the logic is simple... if you take one step of effort towards trying to learn about someone else's culture, s/he'll take two steps towards helping you. I don't understand how Americans can be so ignorant.

Seeing as most of us are Americans ourselves... what do you think of stereotypes, tourists/foreigners, France, USA etc? What have your experiences with this been like? Do you guys think I, myself, am wrong for stereotyping American tourists?

By the way... I apologize if any of this sounds like psycho-babble... it has been a long 23 hours for me (I've been awake far too long for a sane person). Thanks ahead of time for your opinions. I'm just curious... as always.

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a quick intro [01 Jun 2006|08:41pm]

[ mood | my sleep schedule is bats! ]

I've been lurking here long enough... must write an introduction!

Hi! I'm currently at university in the Midwestern US but darned if I'm staying here. I was born and raised American but feel less and less so every day--liberal views on nearly everything+a complete disinterest in a proffit-driven society+ideas that have been called socialist before=one girl who doesn't belong in America. Besides, there isn't much need for international journalism majors in this part of the world *grin*.

I'm studying international journalism right now but will likely shift to international relations in graduate school, and if possible I'd like to pick up either French or Arabic, both for the African continent. My dream, however implausible at the moment, is to work/study somewhere in Africa, and if traveling country to country is part of the equation then all the better for me. I'd happily settle in south Africa if I could--*beams* yay, rainbow nation! As for the working in widely-differing countries while totally blind thing... er, I'll cross that bridge when I absolutely have to.

Anyway, that's me. :)

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[18 Jan 2006|07:30pm]
Hey, my name is Tatiana I live in LA and go to a french american high school which Ill be graduating from soon w00t! but well that's just minor details. So this August, after I turn 18 I'm planning on going to Australia. I need to get away from everything, Ive seen my share of Europe and want to go some place beautiful, hot, where the parties are on, the guys and girls are hot and where I can just be alone and relax and think, maybe even go a whole day without talking to a single person or saying a single word. So anyways Ive been working since last September at Fatburger, Ive got 1700$ so far and by the end of graduation Ill have 3500$ maybe more if I dont use the 1500$ Ive saved for a car but that all depends on where I go to college next year. So money is a limitation for this trip but not a major one. I plan on staying 3 weeks and going to the beach alot and I plan on clubbing alot as well. So I just wanted to get some heads up from you guys, maybe some tips you could share or recommend a hotel. I'm really looking into staying in Melbourne but anywhere on the east coast is relative I guess. Anywho I hope I didnt bore any of you, thnx a bunch!

Bonny728@hotmail.com, LedKing728 <--jic u feel like chatting

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Can anyone recommend or dis the following? [03 Dec 2005|05:02pm]

IFESH international fellows or teachers to Africa program?

JDC Jewish service corps abroad?


Any of the Camphills, particularly Camphill South Africa or Camphill Bangalore?

Also, can anyone comment on the salaries for any of the programs other than Camphill? Thanks.
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[30 Oct 2005|12:42pm]
Hey, I'm Tatiana, I'm from southern California and I'm applying to 4 colleges for next year all of which are outside the states. 3 are in europe and one is in Australia. I gotta get out of this fucken country, been here since I was 3 and I wanna go back home (france). Anyways, just wanted to drop by and say hello so hello. Hope to talk to you guys more

Ciao, Tati
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student universe [14 Oct 2005|08:36pm]

Has anyone here purchased tickets using student universe? I believe they are a reputable company. I only have one problem....I am no longer attending school, but I am still registered with student universe. Will they check to see if I am still a student at the time of purchase? Any and all help would be appreciated!
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Hi I'm new [18 Sep 2005|12:15am]

I noticed Greenland is mentioned in this community's useinfo. I recently flew over Greenland in an airplane. I wrote a paper on the Vikings in college. It looked such a beautiful and intriguing wilderness to me from the airplane, a place you could really get away from everything, satisfy the urge to 'rough it' for a while.

It's such a forgotten place, I'm very curious about it, what is it like there?

About a year ago I started in sort of a not-sure-how-serious, pissy way thinking if Bush got another 4 years I'm moving to Canada. This idea became more and more serious and less simplistic, using more refined factors than just the election to help me make my decision. It's what I've settled on as a productive form of protest, combined with the fact that I suspect I'll feel dramatically more at home there anyway, ironically. Heck I didn't choose to live in America I was just born here. Anyway at this point I'm thinking about it as if it is indeed going to happen, and I'm also pretty sure Vancouver is where I'll end up. It's still just a nice thing to think about though and look forward to, because it probably won't happen until 2-3 years from now due to some other things that kind of need to happen first in my life.
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[13 Sep 2005|11:32am]

does anyone know about the program speakfun.com? i'm looking at malaga spain in late may/early june
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hurricane katrina [03 Sep 2005|08:11pm]

Hi everybody, sorry for the slightly off-topic post.

academics_anon has compiled a list of unis (American and Canadian) that are willing to help out students and, in some cases, faculty displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  If you are such a person or know of such a person, please pass the following links along.

schools A-M
schools N-Z

Additionally, if your school is not there and has decided to help, please comment with the following information (copied from here) :
1). The university
2). A link to the page with the university's statement on acceptance of "Katrina students." A link to the uni webpage often doesn't help very much if I'm left searching around for the official policy. Some unis don't yet have formal pages up on how they're planning to deal with things, so if you are acting on information received from an official email, please include that instead. I'd prefer to include links to policies because otherwise each school blurb becomes prohibitively lengthy.
3). If you have the time for it, a copy-pasted blurb summarizing the uni's policy on accepting students. Good information includes how many they're taking, any important stipulations (housing/fees), if they're taking graduate/professional students or faculty, and access to libraries or labs.
4). If you are an alumnus/a of the university, teach at it, or are otherwise affiliated with it or familiar with the area and can assist students looking to move.

Thanks for any help you can give, and feel free to post this message around as appropriate.
xposted several places.
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[01 Aug 2005|03:29pm]

I'm new to this commuinty.
And probably like most of you I strongly dislike living in the USA. Once I graduate high school I plan on moving to France or Poland to study fine arts. I really cant wait till that happens! Right now I have 3 summer jobs...I'm trying hard to save money so I can live in Europe. If I choose one of the beaux arts universities in France I wont have to pay for it (according to one of my French friends)!
Anyway, I'm a full breed Polish girl with a hint of French. My parents moved to America 20 years ago and had me. I grew up speaking Polish and recently I thought myself how to read and write (still a little rusty on writing). Now, I'm learning French with a private tutor.

I'm just wondering if any of you guys had the news channel Newsworld international (NWI)? Well, it was the only news channel in america (runned by canadians) that gave a different view on foreign news. Nothing like CNN or Foxnews. It seemed to tell the truth, and without the usaul american propaganda other news stations gave out. Well yesterday it got canceled, which was a really sad moment for me and my family. I guess americans wont know whats happening outside of america anymore (well atleast the ones that watched NWI).

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[28 Jul 2005|04:00pm]

I'm so stressed out. I'm volunteering for the World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany and I'm leaving on August 11 already. I just found out yesterday that my friend and I can leave our group to backpack through Europe right after the event. The news was exciting at first but after checking out the low cost planes and the rail systems I got so lost! And I'm not even there yet haha.

On August 22, my friend and I plan to leave Cologne for Amsterdam but a German friend suggested that I should visit Munich first but I don't know. So far, here's my insane itinerary:

Cologne - Amsterdam (definitely the Van Gogh Museum!)
Amsterdam - Brussels (what's in Brussels?)
Brussels - Paris (I don't know what I want to see in Paris yet)
Paris - Lisbon or Madrid (I'm not sure if I want to go to Portugal)
Lisbon or Madrid - (to anywhere in Spain where the railway system is cooperative... and also I can't cross the Strait of Gibraltar to go to Morocco, can I? I hear that Tangier isn't really a tourist-friendly place.)
Barcelona - Nice (can I actually go to Monaco?)
Nice - Venice

Now here's a problem... I don't know which is the best place to exit Italy to go to Athens. Then Athens to Rome to go back home. That rhymes. I'll try eliminating some cities tonight and hopefully come up with a more realistic itinerary. I need all the help I can get with this. I'm looking forward to getting lost. Sigh. And there's still the interrail system to figure out as well as the hostels. I found a cheap hostel in Rome though, the Beehive.
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Funds [19 Jul 2005|01:15pm]

Well, I just remembered I am a founder and moderator of this community.
I come to you with a question, and many concerns.

I just got back from 6 weeks of study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The hardest part about being back is that.. I'm in love with a boy there.
Argh, how I hate it here. I really want to return after I graduate high school (so probably in February or March), but the money situation is looking so tight.
I'm going to try and be working two jobs for a duration of 5 months, sell my trumpet, and collect as much cash as I can at Christmas.
But how else can I get money? I need at least $3,000.
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Le Introduction [19 Jul 2005|03:21pm]

My name is Aine. I am 20 years old and currently living in Ohio. Which sucks.

I have wanted to move to Europe all of my life (well, at least since I was 4). I have travelled to Europe 3 times.

The first was a 2 week school trip that took me: All over the Czech Republic, to Salzburg, to Berchtesgaden (Germany) to Venice.

The second was a week long stay at a penpals in Thurles, Ireland

The third was an Au Pair job in Vienna (which didn't work out thanks to horrible host parents)

I've loved everywhere I've gone, and speak basic French and German.

The problem is, since I am not in college it is virtually impossible for me to move to Europe.

So I am trying the Au Pair thing again as I want to be out of here by October at the latest.

Wish me luck!

And please comment, I would love to meet people who love Europe as much as I do.
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Indecisive Me [10 Jun 2005|12:17am]

So the one thing I am certain about is going on a student exchange program. The question is:
What country?

So I think I have narrowed it down to six:
South Korea

Yeah. So I cannot decide!

So, I don´t know, if anybody could help me decide, or if you have gone on exchange, what you did to whittle down the list. Also, if your favorite country, you could try and sway me your way :)

Also, one of the primary reasons I want to do this is because of language, I just thought I´d put that out there because obviously some of these are very diverse linguisticly, and it would be my second language (if you don´t count High School Spanish :P

Thanks for the help!
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North Korea [09 Jun 2005|12:32am]

[ mood | impressed ]

While I realize that no one in this community is planning on moving to North Korea any time soon (or may be someone will surprise me), I thought this was a fairly interesting site to see if you're interested in this forbidden country. I found the author to be a little bit of an asshole, but he seems to keep it to a minimum and he does have some great photos (and video clips). Of course it's not PhD style research on North Korean politics or culture, but I still found it to be a pretty good first hand description of an American tourist's trip to North Korea. Yeah, I didn't think it was possible either....but with luck and a lot of bureaucratic obstacles, apparently it *is* possible.

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[29 May 2005|07:38pm]

[ mood | disappointed ]

Today France voted for the EU constitution. 56% voted no. As you can see it was fairly close. For those of you planning on moving to Europe, I think it affects you, less than the Europeans themselves of course, but it still does. I'm actually fairly sad about the outcome because it set the development and progress of EU back by several years. I've always thought that one of the nice things about moving to Europe is its union which gives greater freedom not only in travel but also it gives a larger choice on the job market and in education (granted you speak the language). I also think that a stronger EU could help balance the global politics of US. I find it kind of strange that the outcome was "no" rather than "yes" because France was one of the first countries to start the European Union, it played a major role in the development of the constitution and the EU slogan was even borrowed from France. Of course there are also national problems that played part in this vote of which I know very little.

Just thought I'd mention it because I think its important, and I'd like to hear what others think :)

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Study Abroad programs [27 May 2005|10:17pm]

I seek your help! For those of you who have studied abroad or are planning to, which programs have/will you use/d? It's early for me now but I'd like to go somewhere for next summer, or earlier if possible though most programs seem to have only summer programs. Particularly if anyone knows of programs that do Finland, that would be great. Even programs with semester-long stays would be nice.

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An interesting spin on a good old game [28 Apr 2005|09:01pm]

So everyone's done those "image surveys" where you choose which countries you've visited. Well how about taking a spin on it and doing it as which countries you have and would like to visit?

create your own visited countries map

Given my age and my relative isolation from the outside world until I was about 12, making a map of places I'd like to visit is much more useful than telling the truth :-D.
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