Joining a choir in Perpignan: How I learned to sing in Catalan and appreciate the bise

Isabelle Chen, Fulbright ETA 2017-2018 It’s 9:15 p.m., and I’m standing in the local community center, surrounded by a few dozen French retirees. They greet each other, and then turn to me with a friendly, I-don’t-know-you sort of “Bonjour!” I introduce myself to everyone, and exchange plenty of bises: the traditional both-cheek kiss. Everyone is… Lire la suite Joining a choir in Perpignan: How I learned to sing in Catalan and appreciate the bise

“Where I’m From:” Building Community through Creative Writing

Katya Barrett, Fulbright ETA, 2017-2018 As an English Teaching Assistant in the suburbs of Strasbourg at Lycée Marc Bloch, a high school with more than 1,000 students, I’m constantly meeting new students and introducing myself to new classes (even now, with about a month until the end of my contract). Many of these first interactions… Lire la suite “Where I’m From:” Building Community through Creative Writing

Fulbrighters are navigating the many Seas of Change

Danielle Garrison, US Fulbright Advanced Student, La Grainerie As a grantee living in Toulouse, I do not have many opportunities to interact with fellow Fulbrighters. However, when I spend time with my fellow French grantees, it is an insightful experience where we are able to talk about our lives in France and our own Fulbright… Lire la suite Fulbrighters are navigating the many Seas of Change

A Fulbright Christmas in Brussels/Un Noël Fulbright à Bruxelles/Een Fulbright-kerst in Brussel

Neha Singh (Fulbright ETA) and Jason Thomas (Fulbright doctoral candidate), 2017-18 With everyone taking off for the holidays, we also decided that we needed to leave our respective cities and experience somewhere new for Christmas. We looked into destinations that had a festive ambiance for Christmas; spending Christmas at places like Colmar or Nuremberg definitely… Lire la suite A Fulbright Christmas in Brussels/Un Noël Fulbright à Bruxelles/Een Fulbright-kerst in Brussel