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8/8/2018

In the news: "I bless the rains down in Africa..."

Prior to coming to Cape Town, myself and others were conflicted about the impact of the water crisis in South Africa. I didn’t know anything other than what mainstream media in the States was broadcasting and an email from the IES program. The news would say, “Severe water crisis in South Africa…Dams nearly drained of fresh water.” So on and so forth. I couldn't help but think, should I really go abroad during this time of crisis?
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The Nizwa Market: almost every photo I took here contains about as much drama as a renaissance painting. It was also a heavily male-dominated space (peep the only woman in the top left wearing an Omani burqa).
7/30/2018

Rubbing elbows with sheikhs

The last couple weeks have consisted of listening to lots of Yemeni and Saudi music (Oman doesn’t have much of a popular music scene) and studying in Ibri. I truly do some deep studying here—what else can you do truly when it’s 115°F out every day and you have no car and no public transit?
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Photo of Heather Cook in China
7/19/2018

Short-term study abroad offerings allowed mother of four Heather Cook to study business and culture in China

Heather Cook, mother of four, wife to Andrew Cook, full-time employee at AAB, and online management student through the Tippie College of Business, clearly has a demanding schedule. Even so, she managed to incorporate a study abroad experience to China with the support of her family, scholarship funding (Ann Morse Study Abroad Scholarship and Nancy Hauserman Global Scholarship), and short-term study abroad offerings available to UI students. Cook recently returned from Beijing and Shanghai after participating in the two-week Business and Culture in China course led by Dr. Bob Walker. Cook recently shared some of her study abroad reflections with us.
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7/11/2018

When in the middle of the desert… my top picks for Ibri, Oman

When I say I’m “out here in the desert,” I’m not kidding. Someone told me the last time it rained was 10 months ago, but it HAS sprinkled a couple times. All the mosques are constantly praying for rain. Ibri is located just outside the largest sand desert in the world, the Empty Quarter, and as one of my instructors put it, “Ibri is famous for the color brown.”
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