À la française

Bienvenue! Greetings from France! It’s been a while since I’ve settled into my temporary life here in the south of France at Montpellier. I’ve been extremely busy these past two weeks. While all of us on my program would like this to be all fun and games, and we’ve been…

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Oi!!! From Bahia, Brazil

Upon arriving in Salvador Bahia, I was overwhelmed with excitement. Since Salvador is well known for its high population of people of African descent I expected to see mainly black people in the airport. Surprisingly, it appeared to more or less a melting pot of several ethnicities.  The group was…

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Almost a Week in Argentina!

I’ve been in Buenos Aires for almost a week now. So far, transitioning to this city has been a difficult adjustment. Not only do we have to become comfortable navigating around the streets, bus routes, and subway system, but we also have to adjust to communicating in spanish. Very few people here speak english, though some signs are in both english and spanish for tourists.

The course load here is pretty intense; especially in my Literature class. However, for only 10 students on the trip we have 2 professors and 2 teaching assistants. This ratio is allowing us to get really beneficial one on one help with developing our language skills.

We haven’t seen any violence since being in Buenos Aires, though theft is a big problem here. The country is currently becoming financially unstable and I’ve passed by numerous demonstrations. All demonstrations so far have been peaceful. It is very interesting to see such passionate social movements. Below are some photos I took while walking passed a demonstration on my way to my apartment.


Arrived in Paris!

After 17 hours of travel and lots of waiting I have finally arrived in Paris and I am exhausted but also exhilarated. My sleep schedule is definitely off since I have only had about 4 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours…or maybe more..I don’t even know at this…

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Preparing for Paris

Bonjour, je m’appelle James Cartwright et je suis un étudiante d’art. At this moment, that is about the single phrase that I can speak in French without fail. I am being a little facetious here because I do feel that taking two semesters of French Composition has helped my reading…

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Bonjour Paris!

Bonjour Paris! After a month of hard work and preparation, I can no longer tolerate being separated from you. I can almost taste the Croissants and cheap wine from my desk here in the Fine Arts department. We share the same passion for art and I know that your museums…

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