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You Know Nothing [About Fat Shaming], Jon Snow

The time has come to talk about body image in Vietnam.

As of late, many of the blogs/websites I follow have posted articles about fat-shaming and body acceptance in America. As I do not currently live in America, I thought it pertinent to discuss body image and fat-shaming in Vietnam. My first point is: America has nothing on Vietnam. Nothing. All of the skinny, waif-like girls whose perfect hair and widening thigh gaps send [white, because that's what I am familiar with, as I am one] Americans into anorexic spirals have absolutely nothing on the body-image culture of Vietnam. The...

Oh. You Don't Seem American.

"You don't seem American. You're cool."

"No way, you're not American!"

"But you're basically Canadian anyways."

"You're nothing like other Americans."

"I don't believe you."

On May 5th, I returned from two weeks' vacation in Thailand rested, on the verge of being alarmingly tan and questioning my nationality more than ever. Being an American is tricky--you can't be openly patriotic, because everyone hates you. It's easy to fall into the trap of going along with the America bashing, but America bashing...

VIC - ends! by Aneta Dudenko


31.04 - 04.05 BARCELOOONA

One MAN named Rafał, who I miss a lot and who is so impacient because of my absence in Poland, decided to steal few days of my voluntary service and came to Spain to spent with me a lovely weekend in Barcelona!
It was an amazing, unforgettable time that makes me feel more depressed after getting back to Vic. 
We visited the whole city without using the public transportation! The first day was dedicated to the bicycle's trip, the second we left for a walking tour and the last one for learning longboard! Obviously,...

Appying for the Peace Corps

So You're Applying to the Peace Corps (Tips for Applicants)

So, you're applying to the Peace Corps?  First of all, congratulations!  You are making potentially the biggest, scariest, and BEST choice you will ever make.  The application is long, but consider it practice. You're signing up for years of challenge and exhilerating change. Maybe you're all done, and ready to click submit?  Good on you; you're at an exciting crossroads and are setting your potential future in motion. You've got a wait ahead of you, so in the meantime here are my five best tips for applicants, compiled from my own experience and those in my intake....

Lauren Andraski - Spain

Maneuvering Madrid

In one weekend, I am fairly confident that we covered the majority of Madrid. All the travel was easy, as we took Alsa Bus straight there from Granada.  Once we arrived, we attempted to take a taxi but the driver was not familiar with the street the hostel was on, and we elected to brave the Metro which, despite some silly mistakes, turned out to be fairly simple as well.  Our luck ended there however, as finding the hostel, RC Miguel Angel, proved to be nearly impossible (and I don't recommend it...