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A Reflection on my Semester Abroad

June 05, 2016

After four and a half months of traipsing around Europe (yet at the same time, saving thousands of dollars compared to paying a semester of Yale tuition), I'm back at the place I initially departed, in Stamford, Connecticut. The cliché things to say would be that "I can't believe it's over," and that "I had the time of my life," and who knows, I might even default to one of those responses when the 100th person asks me about Budapest and gives ... continue reading

   YALE    BUDAPEST    PHOTOS    TRAVEL    REFLECTION    ACADEMICS    CLASSES    AIT-BUDAPEST    MOMENTS    RANDOM   

Hostel Crisis in Berlin

May 25, 2016

I've dreamed about visiting Berlin since I was 14, sitting Herr Stark's German I class and being immersed in the loud, vibrant language that is Deutsch. In Frau Michalak's German II class, we even created presentations for a project called "Reise nach Deutschland," in which we planned a week long trip to Germany, complete with Jugendherberge (youth hostel) bookings and public transportation plans. A few weeks ago, that dream became a reality, ... continue reading

   PHOTOS    TRAVEL    HOSTEL    BERLIN    CRISIS   

My Quest to Join a Hungarian Soccer Team

April 27, 2016

About a month into my semester in Budapest, I felt that something was amiss. It'd been two weeks since I'd been immersed in Hungarian at the Babilon Language school, and my schedule had started to become… mundane. I'll write more in depth about the AIT-Budapest program in a future post, but my point is, I was taking computer science courses in English, attending classes with (almost all) Americans, and living with Americans. Moreover, I spent ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    TRAVEL    SOCCER    FUTBALL    CONVERSATIONS    LANGUAGE   

How to Create a Facebook Messenger Bot

April 18, 2016

Last Wednesday, Facebook released its hotly anticipated Facebook Messenger Bot API, allowing developers to, for the first time, create bots that can respond automatically to messages on Facebook. After a few days of trial and error and scrounging around the Facebook Bugs forum, I successfully got a bot up and running (and even picked up two hackathon prizes along the way)! This tutorial will lead you through the process of creating a messenger ... continue reading

   FACEBOOK    MESSENGER    BOT    HACKATHON    TUTORIAL    TECH   

#sb2k16 #london #photodiary

April 11, 2016

While most of my Facebook and Instagram friends posted spring break pictures of scenes like this: My spring break looked more like this: Just kidding. Thanks to friends and family, not even occasional volley of hail could make a dent in what for me was the perfect spring break. My Wizz Air flight to London took off at 6 am on Saturday morning. Although the process was inconvenient and the service nonexistent, the roundtrip ticket only cost me 86 ... continue reading

   PLANES    FLIGHT    BUDAPEST    PHOTOS    RECAPS    FRIEND    VISITING    TRAVEL    EUROPE    LONDON    MOM    SPRING BREAK   

I Return to Zürich, 11 Years Later

March 19, 2016

There's something special about returning to a place that you visited long ago. Looking across a bridge and seeing Grossmünster, that massive stone church on a hill with two hulking towers. Seeing the white and blue striped storefronts that unexpectedly trigger a memory of exploring Zürich with mom and Carra while dad was in meetings, walking and re-walking the same route until we felt we could call it our own. Sipping hot chocolate in the city ... continue reading

   ZÜRICH    SWITZERLAND    TRAVEL    EUROPE    HACKTHON    AIRPORT   

Daily Recaps from Jen

February 29, 2016

My wonderful high school roommate Jen flew into Budapest last Monday and has been giving far higher quality and more consistent daily recaps on Instagram and Facebook than I could ever hope to provide. 1) She's a fantastic writer. 2) She takes incredibly artsy pictures. Thus, I've decided it'd simply be easiest to embed her posts here and update the links everyday! So far, we've spent a week journeying through Budapest and Krakow. Next weekend: ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    JEN REN    RECAPS    KRAKOW    FRIEND    VISITING    TRAVEL   

Never Again

February 28, 2016

From the outside, the building at 60 Andrássy Street doesn't appear too different from the rest of the elegant, stately houses along what's known as the "Champs-Élysées" of Budapest, with the exception of two massive metal stencils spelling out "TERROR" attached to the roof. Once past the ticket booth, however, I'm immediately greeted by the barrel of a Soviet tank, behind which are thousands of black and white portraits above a panel with the ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    HUNGARY    HOUSE OF TERROR    APPLE    SAN BERNARDINO    POST-WWII    OPINION    TRAVEL   

Four Tongues

February 08, 2016

Elnézest!Excuse me! Szia!Hello! Beszélsz angolul?Do you speak English? Nem.No. Umm… egy doboz és ket… postkarten?Umm… a box and two… postcards? (Not knowing how to say postcards in Hungarian, I gave German a shot) Ah, envelope elêg, nem dobozAh, an envelope is enough, no box (She was obviously trying to accommodate my English as well) To my relief, the elderly lady turned to the machine, tapped a few buttons, and handed me a small slip of paper ... continue reading

   BUDAPEST    HUNGARIAN    CHINESE    GERMAN    LANGUAGES    INTERACTIONS    CHINESE NEW YEAR    TRAVEL