Hello, amigos! El soy quando agunto! Ella balloona balunga espanyo! Did that sound Spanish to you? I bet that means something. And guess what? I’ve never had one lesson. It’s just that I have a natural gift for Spanish. I was able to pick it up all by myself, “outside the system,” if you will.
My favorite Onion article ever. Always reblog.
Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #67:
Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Episode 1x16 - "Cupcake":
Marshall: Ted, do you remember in college when Lily did that summer art program in Paris?
Marshall: Well, she kept talking about this cheesy French guy, Gabriel. So, I went out to visit, and there was this party. And who shows up but Gabriel. And he’s got this weak-ass, thin French moustache. I’m not much of a fighter, but I knew I could take this weird little dude. So, I took him aside, and I got all creepy quiet, I got the crazy eyes going, and I said, “You stay away from Lily, or I swear to God I’ll eat that moustache right off of your ugly French face.” Yeah. Yeah, he literally ran away. I think he was crying. I never told Lily about it. To be honest, I’m not very proud of it. To be even more honest, I am.
Lily: You know, Victoria, Marshall and I did long distance once. In college, I did an art course in Paris. I was the only American there. It was really lonely. I only had one friend, Gabrielle. She was kind of homely and strange-looking, and she was really self-conscious about this little moustache she had. Anyway, halfway through the semester, she just stopped talking to me, and I never figured out why. And then I had nobody. The only thing that got me through was knowing that my soul mate was back at home waiting for me. If Ted’s your soul mate, then it may be worth it to hang onto him.
Episode 5x18 - "Say Cheese":
Lily: Are you forgetting Paris? What happened in Paris? It was junior year and I was studying abroad in Paris, and I hadn’t seen Marshall for two months.
Episode 8x21 - "Romeward Bound":
Lily: I’ve always wanted to live abroad! My summer in Paris, back in college, was so enlightening: the art, the history, the free cheese just for wearing a low-cut top.
People Who Studied Abroad #734:
Caroline Kennedy, attorney and U.S. Ambassador to Japan
In 1975, between her graduation from Concord Academy and beginning her degree at Radcliffe College, she spent ten months in London taking a “Works of Art” course in the visual and decorative arts at Sotheby’s.
Fictional Character Who Studied Abroad #66:
Sergeant Terry Jeffords, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Episode 1x22 - "Charges and Specs":
Terry: Look. Here’s the deal. I did my junior year abroad in Tokyo. And my girlfriend Chiaki? She broke my heart.
Chiaki: (in Japanese) Sorry, I thought you knew this was just a fling.
Young Terry: (in Japanese) Terry came here to study Japanese, but all he learned was heartbreak.
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Since so many of you are traveling abroad or within the country for the summer, tons of you have been writing me and asking what to pack. So here you go – my guide to the essentials you’ll need to bring for fabulous a summer abroad or wherever you happen to be going.
People Who Studied Abroad #733:
Andrew Fire, Nobel Prize-winning biologist
From 1983 to 1986, Fire received training in the Caenorhabditis elegans group at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England as a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow.
Loneliness is an integral part of travelling. I used to think it was the downside to travelling, but now I realise it is a necessary educative part of it to be embraced.
People Who Studied Abroad #732:
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand (Rama IX) and the world’s longest-serving current head of state
Born in the United States (while his father was attending Harvard), raised in Thailand and Switzerland
He began his elementary school at Mater Dei school in Bangkok, but then continued his education at the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande in Lausanne, Switzerland. As the younger son of a younger son, he was not expected to ascend to the throne. He studied science at the University of Lausanne, then after he became king he continued studying in Lausanne but switched his studies to law and political science (his uncle served as Prince Regent during this time).
People Who Studied Abroad #731:
Lillian Hellman, playwright and screenwriter
She studied at the University of Bonn (Germany) in the summer of 1929. She had intended to stay for a year but she became involved with a Nazi youth group and returned to the United States after she understood the anti-Semitic agenda of the group.
From Costa Rica’s answer to The Onion:
Becky Miller, a 21-year old geography major from Louisville, Kentucky, was scheduled to spend three months in San Jose studying Spanish as a student with Veritas University. Her plans are now very much in doubt after she blew most of her savings in central California on San Jose Shark hockey games and visiting the Winchester Mystery Mansion.