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Monday, October 28, 2013

'Murica, Part 2

Midterms have taken over my life, so I apologize for not updating as often. I still need to take one next week, and things have been hectic lately. Fall has officially started in the DC area, and that means Halloween and wonderful autumny things like pumpkin spice and sweater weather are happening.

"So here I am, a 17 year old Albanian in the nation's capital, terrified and excited for life's next great adventure. I move into my dorm hall tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to orientation on the 21st-23rd. (August) Classes start on Monday and one of my professors has already assigned homework."

This is what I wrote about two months and a half ago. Now I've lived with complete strangers, I'm finally 18 and I'm going through my tenth week of classes, all while making a few friends along the way. I do miss home, but I'm in my home away from home now. My parents and my brother came to visit a few weeks ago though.

DC is obviously a very politically charged city, and GW's proximity to the White House, the World Bank and the IMF definitely has its impact on the students. Experiencing the shut down first hand has definitely been quite an experience. The shutdown actually directly affected me, because I had to cite information from the Library of Congress website that was down due to the shut down. Thank god I'd taken sufficient notes when I visited the LOC a few weeks ago! :)

Good luck to all the fellow freshmen! Happy Halloween!
Until next time,
J

Kennedy Center Sunset :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back in the USSR

Hey guys!

I traveled to the lovely city of Moscow a few weeks ago. The purpose of the visit was a contest called Knowledge Bowl, which consists of people answering random trivia questions. It was my first time in Moscow, but my second time in Russia. ( I went to Saint Petersburg for the annual SPIMUN conference two years ago.) The contest was hosted by the Anglo- American School of Moscow and two of the school's teams came in second and third. Unsurprisingly, the competition was won by the Vienna school's Team A.    ( You could just tell that they were amazing, and my team had to go against them twice unfortunately.) Team A is the term used to designate a school's strongest team. I was a part of our school's team A as well, but coming from a very small school, TIS teams lack the competition and human resources to be better. I think that this was one of the few times where I've legitimately made some friends on a CEESA event. We stayed quite a bit with Moscow's Team B members. :) All in all, Moscow is a beautiful city with amazing architecture and culture. I hope I get to visit it again sometime!

Until next time,


 St. Basil's Cathedral

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Land of the Aussies

Hey guys! :)

As some of you may know, I spent the majority of my winter break in Australia. The weather was excellent, except for Christmas Day in Sydney, where it was cold and rainy. We spent 3 days in Sydney and 4 days in Adelaide visiting some friends. Australia was pretty awesome, and I had the chance to work on my tan a bit :P Overall, I think it was a well-spent break.

Love,
J



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Singapore: Day 1


I spent the first day of the trip in Singapore. Since we didn't stay there for very long, we took a night tour around the city. It was a fascinating city where both the modern world and the Asian cultural tradition blend very well. After going to the Sands Skypark in Singapore, we took a boat ride around the city.
I should probably put up some pictures from Australia soon. Until then, enjoy these ones from Singapore.
J
 Supertrees, or as I like to call them, Avatar Trees hehe. Bad joke :)