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GAIL Exchange to Kimball Union Academy
Wednesday 8th February
Over the summer holidays, I had the privilege of being the first GAIL exchange student from Kristin to experience life at Kimball Union Academy (KUA) in America. Founded in 1813, KUA’s...
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Ritsumeikan Exchange: The Golden Pavilion
Thursday 2nd February
Today I woke up, and to my delight, there had been a large covering of snow throughout the city. After the initial joy of going outside and playing in the snow, my host family informed me...
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Ritsumeikan Exchange: Skiing
Friday 27th January
On Monday of this week, school was closed to allow the Junior High students to sit their high school entrance exams. My host family and I seized this free time and headed west to Hachi...
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Ritsumeikan Exchange: Tea Ceremony
Tuesday 24th January
I was lucky enough to partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony called "Chanoyu". For this, formal attire was required so my host parents wore their Kimonos and I wore my school...
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Ritsumeikan Exchange: Pottery Class
Monday 23rd January
Following an enjoyable few days over Oshogatsu (New Year's) my host family and myself headed to Osaka. After a long ride on a train I met up with Rory and his host family to go to what...
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Ritsumeikan Exchange: New Year
Sunday 22nd January
After a couple of days of warm welcomes and cold mornings, my host family took me east in the lead up to Oshogatsu (New Year's Celebration in Japan). Due to my host family's limited...
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French Exchange: The Second Week
Wednesday 18th January
We have now spent two weeks in Paris, and it has been an incredible experience! So far we have been going to school with our correspondents, which has been an interesting insight into a...
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Vietnam: Halong Bay
Wednesday 14th December
After a rest from the train trip back down from Sapa on Monday morning (4.30am arrival!) we all walked to the NZ Embassy in Hanoi's French Quarter where we listened to an informative...
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French Exchange: Our Arrival
Monday 12th December
With the school year finished, assignments handed in and our bags packed, all that was left between Elvis and I and Paris was the longest flight in the entire world. Little did we know, it...
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Vietnam: Sapa
Monday 12th December
The weather turned it on for us up in Sapa and after a restful morning we all had a reasonably short but steep walk up hundreds of steps to the 'Dragons Jaw' for great views of the town. ...
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