Morocco: Willing To Be Bad at Arabic

I just wanted to buy chocolates for my host family. We needed directions, so we asked for a “chocolatier.” “Toilette?” “CHOC-late” “You want toilette?” “I want CHO-CO-LATE.” After my third technical year of learning Arabic, having conversations that go like this on a daily basis is endlessly frustrating. I think to myself, “When someone pronounced…

Switzerland: Maybe I should start studying…

 Finals are coming up. How have we already reached this point?? As this is my second semester abroad, this round of finals means that my time here is almost up. Apart from the sadness from thinking about leaving, there’s also the pressure from finals and the bizarre way that they are dealt with over here….