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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 7:20 pm

January 20th, 2015, 11:51 pm #1

What's been reminding you all of your host countries lately? My latest was getting RumChata that came with two cans of coffee that reminded me of the coffee available in the vending machines in Japan. And a few weeks ago in New York City I got to have fresh simit for the first time since 2007 - it was heavenly, especially with the honey I picked up from the CVS down the street . Technically I can get simit here, but it's only available frozen and is 2/$5

Yummmm:
-> Kuwana, Japan - YFU JUSSE scholarship, summer 2004
-> Izmir, Turkey - work abroad, summer 2007
YFU volunteer area representative since 2009
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 7:28 pm

January 25th, 2015, 10:21 pm #2

My husband just bought me a huge bowl of fried rice and brought it to me at work. I use to walk across the street or down the street and buy fried rice for $1.25 for lunch on Thursday when in SE Asia with my housemates.
--> YFU Gap year 03/04
--> Volunteer Teacher 11/12

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Joined: January 23rd, 2015, 3:05 am

February 7th, 2015, 1:10 am #3

La fiesta de la manzana...It's a sort of huge fair/carnival in my host city that happens every year in early February. As in...right now. Ahh, homesickness. But the great thing is that my friends are taking videos for me, and I'm watching the programming live on Youtube right now. One of my favorite bands is playing today, and another of my favorite bands is playing tomorrow. Watching it makes me feel like I'm there (well, until I look out the window and get a glimpse of the rolling hills of Pennsylvania), so I'm loving life.
- Dakar July 2013
- General Roca AFS Speedwell 2013-2014
- Chiang Rai YES Abroad 2015-2016
Oslo, Norge 2016 -
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 2:50 am

February 7th, 2015, 4:22 am #4

I found a 2-liter of Guaraná soda at the grocery store yesterday!
[Wisconsin, USA]
-> [Paraguay - AFS semester]
<- [Japan - AFS host sister]
-> [Turkey - NSLI summer]
-> [Mexico - uni semester]
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 12:22 am

February 13th, 2015, 8:30 am #5

mburucuja wrote:I found a 2-liter of Guaraná soda at the grocery store yesterday!
Oh god I love Guaraná. I get some every time I go to Portuguese/Brazilian markets in Boston. I wonder if I could find it closer to home. It's got such a strange flavor but it's so gooood.
-> 2006-2007 (host sister to T)
-> 2007-2008
-> 2014-2015 (host mom to A)
-> 2015-2016 (host mom to L)
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February 13th, 2015, 3:42 pm #6

Landed in Paraguay 6 years ago today.
This is one of the first years where it actually seems like a happy, fun anniversary instead of it just hurting because I'm not there.
[Wisconsin, USA]
-> [Paraguay - AFS semester]
<- [Japan - AFS host sister]
-> [Turkey - NSLI summer]
-> [Mexico - uni semester]
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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 7:20 pm

February 14th, 2015, 4:32 am #7

There's a new volunteer at one of the places I help out who lived in Japan for a few years and loved it. We spent some time talking about it It's been a while since I've been able to talk to someone who's spent time there.
-> Kuwana, Japan - YFU JUSSE scholarship, summer 2004
-> Izmir, Turkey - work abroad, summer 2007
YFU volunteer area representative since 2009
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February 15th, 2015, 9:06 pm #8

For Valentine's Day, my boyfriend got me Portuguese soda (Sumol)! Unfortunately he got me one of the flavors I hate (pineapple). The thought was nice, though.
-> 2006-2007 (host sister to T)
-> 2007-2008
-> 2014-2015 (host mom to A)
-> 2015-2016 (host mom to L)
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Joined: January 23rd, 2015, 3:05 am

February 16th, 2015, 12:26 am #9

mourinho, that's so sweet!

I'm chatting with one of my best friends from Argentina about all of the fun, amazing things we did...I love the fact that I'm not the only one who values those moments so, so much, that I can share them with someone else who really understands them (instead of trying to tell my US friends about my silly antics in Argentina). These sort of things seem to mean more to me everyday, especially as I've gotten not-so-close lately with one of my best Argentinian friends. But another one of my friends just finished high school, another recently got married and is pregnant, and my boyfriend will be moving to another city to start university in a few weeks. It's kind of frightening to think how different everything will be when I get back, but I'm so happy for my friends and so happy that we keep sharing all of these things with each other even though I've been gone for seven months. I love the Argentinian half of my life so much. This paragraph doesn't make much sense, hehe, but I'm a very happy returnee today
- Dakar July 2013
- General Roca AFS Speedwell 2013-2014
- Chiang Rai YES Abroad 2015-2016
Oslo, Norge 2016 -
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February 20th, 2015, 11:37 pm #10

I wish the Turkish restaurant wasn't so expensive so that I could go there more, but I love that I have a good Turkish restaurant in city with very few Turks.
[Wisconsin, USA]
-> [Paraguay - AFS semester]
<- [Japan - AFS host sister]
-> [Turkey - NSLI summer]
-> [Mexico - uni semester]
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