Hygge+Growing Pains= Height

By Madeline Weir

madelineThis jacket is my bear. My bear was bought for 16 euro on a sunny Sunday morning to the music of the bustling Rastro market. The Rastro is a flea market where everything from hammers to artisan pottery to bear jackets are sold. Every Sunday in Madrid, the streets of Tirso de Molina and La Latina are filled with Europe’s finest strolling up and down the crowded calles. You can find anything your heart desires for a relatively reasonable price. But back to my bear.

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El Fin

By Gongga Baerde

Gongga Baerde, A20, poses for a photo on Calle de los Mesejo, where the student apartment is located, during her service year with the Tufts 1+4 program in Madrid on April 19, 2016. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Gongga Baerde, A20, poses for a photo on Calle de los Mesejo, where the student apartment is located, during her service year with the Tufts 1+4 program in Madrid on April 19, 2016. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

It’s May, the month when I’m supposed to go home, even though it feels like I don’t have a very vivid concept of where home is anymore. I don’t know if I should consider Tibet my home, where all my family’s from, or Chengdu, the place where I spent most of my childhood. Maybe it was New York, where I changed under massive cultural shock, or Somerville, where I  spent three years of high school and am about to spend my college years. In some ways, every single one of those places were home to me, yet none of them really stands out as strongly anymore as Madrid does – the one place where I felt the happiest, the most comfortable and have experienced the most growth.

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Convergence and Divergence

By Gongga Baerde

Passion, the official definition from Webster’s Dictionary, is “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.” This is certainly something that everyone has had. I, however, have had a hard time finding my own special passion because I didn’t know what it was that I really wanted to do in life that was truly enjoyable and worthwhile.

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