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The Muffin: a culture shock

About ten years ago, I came to Canada for the first time on a year-long college exchange program. I had never lived in a foreign country before, and even though the language wasn’t too much of an obstacle (except the speaking part), I immensely struggled with some culture shock. The shock was usually around small …

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My beautiful bathing suit

Several summers ago when I stayed in Sicily for three weeks in a graduate math summer program, I got myself an unexpected souvenir – a beautiful bathing suit. Even though the purpose of the stay was to study and work on a math project, we participants had evenings and weekends to explore the city of …

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Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

About a decade ago, I happened to spend one month in spring in Boston attending an English language program. I home-stayed in the northern suburb of the bustling city and commuted every day to the city centre to attend the lessons. After the classes, I would pick a place to spend my afternoon exploring the …

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The Greyhound Bus Trip

About a decade ago, at the end of my first stay in Canada as a college exchange student, I made a trans Canada bus trip with a friend. She was an exchange student from France, whom I had met and become friends with at the campus dining hall during our eight-month study period. We somehow …

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The Red Lipstick

I’m not a person awfully invested in make-up items, but there is one lipstick by Giorgio Armani in my drawer. It’s a lipstick that I bought at the end of my stay in Rome two years ago. In the entire history of my life, I had purchased a lipstick only once and that was a …

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A remarkable encounter

Four years ago, I spent the Christmas holiday with my beloved former host family in Edmonton. After the Christmas celebration, I went out with two other girls (one current and one former homestays) to downtown for boxing day shopping. We walked through the shopping mall stopping at different shops that interested us, and came upon …

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Life with a moka pot

The first time I saw a real moka pot (a metal equipment to make espresso) was when I visited South Italy several years ago for the first time. At the time, I got the chance to hang out with some Italian friends, and what I saw in every occasion was the presence of a moka …

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