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Boots on the Ground Part II: Libraries and Landladies

Boots on the Ground Part II: Libraries and Landladies

(also banks, but that wasn’t alliterative) I. Libraries Getting a library card in Taipei is way easier than I’d anticipated. To get one in the US you need to provide proof of residency such as rental paperwork or recent mail. In Taipei, you don’t even need to be a resident get a library card. The minimum requirements are permanent and temporary addresses, your passport, and a phone number where they can contact you. It’s not a problem if you don’t…

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Scattered Post-CELTA Thoughts

Scattered Post-CELTA Thoughts

Did you think one week of midterms was too easy? Do you like being sleep deprived for days, nay, weeks on end? How would you rather spend your weekends: researching present continuous for six hours, or doing literally anything else? If you are excited about any or all of these prospects, then an intensive CELTA course might be for you! _______ I’m not selling this very well, and I’m not being entirely fair. Here’s the deal. If you want to…

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Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Boots on the Ground

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Boots on the Ground

So I live in Taipei now. I know, I know, it’s wild. It’s weird to me that I just…decided to move to Taiwan. And then did it. Anyway. I arrived last Saturday, late at night. I’d asked my school (Chinese Culture University’s Mandarin Learning Center) to arrange a driver to meet me, since I had too much luggage to manage on public transit. (I really should invest in some rolling suitcases.) The car took me to EasyMind Guest House, where I’d…

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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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