Study away blog roundup
Lutes around the world
This January, more than 300 PLU students spent the term studying in places across the globe. Learn about their experiences through blogposts.
The Birthplace of Western Music (Austria/Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Is this real Life? The Vienna Philharmonic just blew my mind.
Sometimes you experience something so awesome that you can’t put it into words. I am lucky enough to have that feeling tonight after seeing the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein. I think the music that I heard tonight was the best I will ever hear live, ever.
Beijing, China – Day 3
Today was by no means a busy day but it was definitely an eventful day. We started out with the luxury of getting up a little later then usual (meeting at 9:30!). Our breakfast was the usual mix of fried rice, toast, and fried duck eggs.
British Museum and Unusual Discoveries
Today our adventuresome group visited the British Museum and made other individual excursions around London. About a third of the class wanted Indian food for dinner, and also discovered that nearby Drummond Street has 10 Indian restaurants within three blocks.
Storytelling: Media and the Arts of the United Arab Emirates
It’s been almost forty-eight hours since we landed in Seattle. Jet lag has hit, my cold is starting to go away, and my clothes are almost completely washed. Sitting here in my apartment, hearing mumbles from across the hall, makes me miss hearing the call to prayer every day. It became part of my day, a routine almost.
Some say it takes twenty-one days to form a routine and now that routine is broken. So I sit here with my cup of fresh brewed coffee and a bowl of oatmeal – two things I’ve missed being abroad – and reflect on that last week in Dubai…MORE
Dance: The Universal Language
On January 9th, 2013 we went and visited a small village school in Abuiker, a town of 600 people about three hours outside Budapest. This school is a branch of the John Wesley Theological College, the school we have been working with in Budapest. This college also owns Heated Street, a homeless shelter and other organizations in the area that help those who need help. I am very impressed with this college and all they do to help others, it is very inspirational. The school we visited, the John Wesley Primary and Secondary school, serves about 1000 children of which 90 percent are extremely poor. This primary and secondary trade and vocational school is the biggest employer around the village.
ECON 387: The Economics of Golf
We have had a few discussions on this trip concerning the rules of golf and particularly equipment rules such as the use of a belly putter.
With touring the factory at PING we finally got the opportunity to see a behind the scenes look into the manufacturing of golf clubs and equipment. PING is headquartered in Arizona and was founded in 1959. While they produce your typical off the rack clubs you see at pro shops, they pride themselves in being a company that makes personally fitted clubs, which they do so by taking a person’s measurements and also analyzing their stroke either on a launch monitor, or out on the course…MORE
Final reflection musings
The program provides an incredibly rich learning environment. Although students come to be able to begin their student teaching in Katutura, the program provides multiple opportunities experience Namibia.
This time we began on the Tjiramba farm, and although the students were still adjusting to the time, the heat, and the food being immersed in an authentic setting was a great way to begin the program. Students for the first time understand their learners’ summer experience of being “on the farm”…MORE