the best laid plans…

Yesterday morning, I was feeling really good about my progress this week. Here’s how I did on my goals: Identify and outline topics for GLS (and possibly AoIR) papers. Decided to outline a games and tourism literature review, instead, and made some real progress on that. Work out at the gym at least three times. …

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rethinking my daily schedule

After two days, I’ve realized that trying to use my typical Rochester schedule of getting up early, heading to the gym, and then doing work is not necessarily the best approach while I’m here. It’s a 25 minute walk to the gym, and another 20-25 from there to RIT or the Old Town, which makes …

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expat adjustment

How is it possible that six weeks have gone by since my last post?! I clearly need to be more disciplined about regular updates… I jumped the gun a bit on feeling settled when I posted back in January. It has actually taken much longer on this trip for me to start feeling really settled and comfortable …

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slowly settling in

You’d think that I’d remember that jet lag, and culture change, is hard. No matter how much you’re looking forward to the change, no matter how good you are about sleep and hydration and food and melatonin. It’s hard. And, it turns out, it’s especially hard when you’re doing it mostly on your own. If …

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adio, acmt!

It’s hard to believe that the quarter has ended. I submitted my grades online this week, as per RIT’s usual process. Usually, that’s the moment where I can celebrate the discharge of my responsibilities for the quarter. (Well, except for handling the complaints after the fact.) But here in Dubrovnik, where our campus gives both …

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totems

In an email this week, my wise friend Molly said “Don’t underestimate the difficulties of living in a foreign place: culture shock and acclimation make the days all the more intense: hard days harder and good days better.” I’m connecting with lots of interesting and wonderful people here in Dubrovnik–ex-pats and locals alike. But I …

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paradise

It’s been a tough week. Rain that seemed like it wouldn’t end, temperatures that were too cold to be comfortable but too warm to justify turning on our not-very-efficient room heaters. Too much to grade, too many deadlines I’d missed, too few people I love nearby. But tonight, just as I was starting to seriously …

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damp and dreary

People in Rochester are complaining (and rightly so) about their April snow. Here in Dubrovnik, however, the rain has felt unrelenting. We’ve had some breaks where the sun shone through, and even a few sustained periods where it wasn’t actively raining. But for the most part over the past week we’ve had gray skies, cool …

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fragments

Usually a blog post forms in my head before I ever starting typing the words. A concept, and then a title, and then the words to accompany it all. Tonight, I have none of those. No clear direction, no clever title, no real story. I have fragments. Frustration about the neighbor back in Rochester who’s …

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