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Saying Goodbye: The Ugly Truth About Romances Abroad

BY REBECCA FORMAN He wrapped one arm around me as we walked through his Harry Potter-like neighborhood and avoided the puddles that had gathered on the ‘pavement.’ I joked that he looked dumb in his ‘trackies.’ It all seemed so normal in a moment that was anything but normal. When...

Paradise Island: From Pieces to Peace

BY NITYA AMALEAN It was midnight on March 28th, 2007. The entire city of Colombo was alive with vigor and exuberance. The nation was awake and watching the Cricket World Cup final which was taking place in the West Indies. Sri Lanka versus Australia. Daytime in the Caribbean meant an...

Found in Translation

BY ELIZABETH STANFIELD  My initial gut reaction was this is cheating. I sat at a desk in the depths of the Sciences Library, my sprawl of books and pensive facial expression indicative of a pretty serious homework grind. Yet all I was doing was moving from wordreference.com to a document...

So, What Exactly is Couchsurfing?

BY JONATHAN NICHOLAS Couchsurfing.org is a social network for travellers who need a place to crash for free.  You create a profile and can search through potential hosts, people who have designated that they would be willing to let a stranger sleep on their couch for a night or two...

Istanbul: A Difficult Question

BY KUTAY ONAYLI Photos courtesy of Önder Kaya.    A perk of coming from Istanbul is that new acquaintances almost always assume you will make an interesting conversation partner. Of course, international students from fascinating places all over the world are accustomed to hearing exclamations when they answer the question “So…where...

Tana Toraja Funeral Rituals: A Better Way To Go?

BY THOMAS KEELAN The black suits. The coffin. The weeping family. Funerals in the Western world showcase an intensely raw and immediate relationship between humans and death – a tragic experience that serves not only as a commemoration of a life, but also a reminder to all that are present...