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Looking cool, getting bruised: learning to snowboard

Looking cool, getting bruised: learning to snowboard

When we planned this trip to Bulgaria, I knew I wanted to try snowboarding. Skiing is good, but snowboarding is cool, and that’s clearly the main motivation behind my decision-making. I mean, I’ve spent the past couple of days on a snowboard and I have multiple ear piercings – I think it’s the coolest I’ve ever been. However, while I stand by snowboarding being a cool sport, it is decidedly less cool as a beginner, because you spend most of…

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A comedy of errors: learning Polish

A comedy of errors: learning Polish

A comedy of errors is a completely accurate way to describe the process of starting to learn a new language. There is laughing – and there are many, many, many mistakes. The only way to start learning a new language – especially one that is unlike any language you’ve studied before – is to fail, a lot. I mean, that’s the only way to learn literally anything new, but there is something particularly acute about making mistakes in another language….

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How to pose for photos

How to pose for photos

When you go somewhere new and exciting, you tend to take photographs. Some of these photos might be merely of the landscape, but, in order to prove that you were, you know, right there, it’s pretty common to take a snap or two of you in front of said landmark or vista, despite the fact that anyone looking at these photos has probably seen plenty of your face and very little of whatever area you were exploring. As you take…

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