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Getting the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Tips, Suggestions, and My Experiences (Part 1)

Getting the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Tips, Suggestions, and My Experiences (Part 1)

I got a scholarship! Which was kind of surprising to me since the whole application experience felt like a series of shots in the dark. Much mystery surrounds the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES), which sends international students to study mandarin in Taiwan. Who’s gotten this before? How many do they give out? What sort of person do they want to give this to? WHO KNOWS!? I still don’t know the answers to some of these questions, but I have applied successfully…

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How to Get Vegetarian Eats in Spain

How to Get Vegetarian Eats in Spain

If you’re used to eating vegetarian food in America, get ready for a challenge in Spain. Vegetarianism is still a weird concept to a lot of Spaniards, so explaining your preferences can lead to confusion. Not only do Spaniards eat a lot of carne, they often don’t consider finely shredded meat or flesh-based products (like broth) to actually be meat. (If you shred up the jamón really small, it doesn’t count, right?) Finding vegetarian food can be an adventure or a chore, depending on…

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Twenty-Two Years of Questionable Spanish Acquisition Techniques: A (sort of) Success Story

Twenty-Two Years of Questionable Spanish Acquisition Techniques: A (sort of) Success Story

Note: language aquisition and travel are inseparable for me. I travel to learn new languages and I learn new languages to enrich my travels. Spanish was the first of my non-native languages and the one I’ve been struggling with for the most years. For your comfort and edification (and so you don’t make my mistakes), here’s a brief reflection on my years with Spanish. I learned Spanish through a hodgepodge of techniques and curricula, poking at various curricula when I was younger, getting a bit…

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