Conclusion 12/12

Published on June 26, 2017 by Michael Rounds

Overall, the positives of coming to San Francisco far outweigh the negatives. It is a beautiful place to live with amazing and eccentric people. Once the difficulties of housing and settling in to a new place away from friends and family have been dealt with, SF will open itself up to you in many wonderful […]

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SF Culture and Travel – 11/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

The main attraction of going to SFSU is obviously San Francisco itself – one of the most vibrant and fulfilling cities I have ever stayed in. There’s a few reasons as to why SF rents are so high, but I think the main one is that it’s just an extremely cool place to live. The […]

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Finance -10/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

It costs from $2-5 to withdraw money from an ATM that is not associated with your bank. Therefore your best bet is to open an account here and process all your transactions through them, to avoid withdrawal fees (which can really add up over a year…). Also, try using a company like TransferWise to transfer […]

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Food – 9/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

I lived right next to a Safeway and was lucky in that it was very convenient to do my shopping. However, groceries are super expensive and don’t help that rapidly emptying bank account balance. I would suggest shopping at local independent shops mainly because of the difference in price – Safeway knows how to lock […]

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Academic Training – 8/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

You will have the chance to apply for ‘Academic Training’ whilst you are studying here, which basically means that you are eligible to work/intern at many SF organisations. This really is a fantastic opportunity, not only to extend your visa and stay in SF for longer, but to also actively engage with the heart of […]

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Insurance – 7/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

The health insurance system in the U.S is a farce. But legally, you’ll still have to pay it. My advice would be to contact your health insurance/health care provider (a year later I still don’t fully understand how the system works) and find out exactly what you are paying for. This way, you can make […]

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Mental Health – 6/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

There seems to be a wider national problem with attitudes towards mental health in the U.S that marginalises those affected – you just have to walk around downtown SF for 5 minutes until you bump into someone quite clearly suffering from psychosis who has no support network whatsoever. Having a network of support is vital […]

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OIP (Office of International Programs) – 5/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

The Office of International Programs is remarkably apt as an administrative body, responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of incoming international students and outgoing Study Abroad students. Dealing with this many students requires a highly mechanized system of checked forms, signatures and paperwork to ensure that the folks down at the department for immigration are […]

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Housing – 4/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

Finding affordable housing isn’t easy and will probably require many hours scrolling through and refreshing pages on Craigslist. I managed to find a private room in a tiny apartment for $890 a month on 19th Avenue and Taraval street (perfect for getting to SFSU on the 28 bus), but as with many good things, it […]

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Professors – 3/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

I’d like to give a special mention to 2 professors who made my time at SFSU, academically speaking, truly enjoyable. Lawrence Hanley – A professor of English who just also happens to be hilarious and chilled out. His enthusiasm and energy alone were enough to galvanize his students’ interest, and I enjoyed his classes to […]

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IEEC – 2/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

Although the IEEC originally appeared to me as being more of a diversity showcase than a genuine student body, it is actually a fantastic way to meet people from all over the world and make friends with those who are in the same boat as you. At orientation, you will be assigned an IEEC commitment […]

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Introduction – 1/12

Published on by Michael Rounds

I have attempted to structure the following blog posts into categories that cover all aspects of my year on exchange at SFSU and my wider experience of San Francisco. The blog posts are a part of my IEEC (International Educational Exchange Committee) commitment, which I shall explain in a separate post. This last semester I […]

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SF Crossfit

Published on May 25, 2017 by Julian Danylak

  My journey to find work experience as an Exercise Science major had started with a simple email. Earlier in my exchange program I purchased the book ‘Becoming a Supple Leopard’ written by Kelly Starrett. This book is a complete encyclopaedia of improving and restoring physical mobility, injury rehab and keeping your body nimble while […]

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Spring Break to Mexico

Published on by Julian Danylak

Having booked flights to Guatemala for spring break, four days before I had realised the crucial mistake that I did not have my immunisations done. Frantically trying to figure if it were possible to be immunised in that time I soon came to realise that you need at least a month to let immunisations kick […]

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SFMOMA

Published on by Julian Danylak

A foreword to this blog. Art is a visual internal experience and can only truly be understood once you can physically be infront of the piece. Words can only give a partial representation of what you will hope to find at SFMOMA as often there are little hidden art works you appreciate once inside.   […]

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Trails of San Francisco Part 3

Published on by Julian Danylak

Part 3: Berkeley, Grizzly Hill and the Big C This weekend I ventured across the bay to Berkeley on a beautiful sunny Friday. It was a very nice 20®C and I had entered Berkeley armed with ‘Maps.me’ and two other study abroad students, Dudi and Ross, we planned to stroll through the picturesque campus of […]

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Trails Through SF Part 2

Published on by Julian Danylak

The Lands End This day started by me deciding to give my new bike a spin. Being new and naïve to San Francisco, the route from Sunset to Richmond looked very achievable on Google Maps, 2.3km with a slight incline can’t be that hard right? Wrong… so so wrong! Little did I know that this […]

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First of Many Trails

Published on by Julian Danylak

First of Many Trails Hi I’m Julian and I’m an international student from Australia doing my study abroad here at SF State and this is my first (and delayed, sorry, blog).   San Francisco has opened my eyes to realise it is truly and beautiful and unique city with the amount scenic hikes/trails available. While […]

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Laughter is a Funny Thing

Published on May 22, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

Recently myself and another international student went to a comedy show. My friend and I are both British and we had tickets to see Russell Howard, a British stand-up comedian. A lot of my, US, friends exclaimed “you can’t come to the US and watch a UK comic! That’s like going to Greece as an […]

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Still discovering this city…

Published on May 21, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

The semester is almost over and you are thinking about what you could do during your last days in the Bay? I suggest the Conservatory of Flowers in the Golden Gate Park. I wasn’t very enthusiastic at the beginning because you know.. flowers, really? But, as you can guess I was totally surprised by this place! […]

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Almost the end…

Published on May 17, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

That’s it, it’s almost the end. 2 more weeks and all the exchange students will go home. For my part, I am starting to be really sad. During my stay in San Francisco, I met people from so many places in the world, saw places more crazy than the others, and travelled to Hawaii, which […]

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Leaving San Francisco

Published on May 15, 2017 by Lena Christmann

The time has come to start thinking of all the things that are left to do before heading home. To be honest, it kind of snuck up on me. One day the departure was still months away and suddendly it’s only a few short weeks. Looking back, I had a wonderful time. Not only the […]

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Finals week getting the best of you? Check out these places to clear your head

Published on by Lena Christmann

We all experience it. Finals week. The stress with getting everything done on time. Worrying if our work is good enough. Wondering why we didn’t get starter sooner – again. But don’t let yourself get too worked up about all of that, it is almost over! If you want to escape the confines of your […]

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Treasure Island Flea Market

Published on by Lena Christmann

If you haven’t been or even heard about it there is a flea market on Treasure Island on every last weekend of the month. If you just want to stroll through the tents and vendors, are there for the amazing food, or are into day drinking – there is something for everyone! To me the […]

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StARTup Art fair

Published on by Lena Christmann

The StARTup Fair is an anual fair and artists’ exhibition at the Hotel Del Sol in San Francisco. One weekend a year instead of guests the hotel hosts a variety of local artists who showcase their work in the hotel rooms. The atmosphere is very intimate and you can easily talk to the individual artists. […]

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SF Walking tours

Published on by Lena Christmann

San Francisco has so much history that it is almost impossible to know all of it. A fun and relatively inexpensive way to learn more are the free walking tours that are offered by different websites. The guides are usually volunteers, are extremely knowledgeable, and are only paid what you deem fit. I have been […]

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Journey to the West Part 6: Los Angeles

Published on by Lena Christmann

Our last stop on our journey took us to LA. And if there is one word to sum up what LA is mostly about, it is traffic! Not only is there virtually no way around the city without a car but even if you have one, be prepared to spend a loooong time in it. […]

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Journey to the West Part 5: Salvation Mountain

Published on by Lena Christmann

In a deserted area somewhere in southern California is a monument to God – a manmade mountain of clay, straw, and lots and lots of colors. It is the place Leonard Knight chose in the early 80s for his work of a lifetime. Whether one believes in God or not is not really the question […]

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Journey to the West Part 4: Grand Canyon

Published on by Lena Christmann

For anyone wondering why it’s called the Grand Canyon: until you’ve seen its vastness you will not understand the canyons dimensions. And even once you’re there it is hard to wrap your mind around this natural wonder, the thousands of years it took for the water to carve all of the stone away. Coming from […]

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Journey to the West Part 3: White Sands

Published on by Lena Christmann

When planning our trip we saw New Mexico as just a state to drive through to get to the more interesting places. But far from it! There is a hidden gem called White Sands. It was formerly used as a sight for bomb testing (there is still an active site not far away) but is […]

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Journey to the West Part 2: Austin, TX

Published on by Lena Christmann

Slowly making our way from New Orleans back to San Francisco our next stop was Austin, TX. As the state capital, Austin is the center of Texan politics. The state capitol was built in the late 19th century and has a beautiful architecture. They offer multiple free tours through the building and you will learn […]

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Journey to the West Part 1 – New Orleans

Published on by Lena Christmann

I have always wanted to see New Orleans. There have been so many movies and other impressions of this city that made me want to experience it for myself. With a little over a week during spring break, some friends and I decided to finally tick this off our bucket list. And it was worth […]

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Goodbye SFSU 👋

Published on May 11, 2017 by Tim Beiko

Next week will be my final week as part of my exchange program! Before I head off, I wanted to write one last post to highlight what was great about the program. I remember coming here in August, with the goal of learning more about tech and getting a good internship. On the first day […]

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ACM Social

Published on by Tim Beiko

This week, SFSU’s ACM had their last event of the year: a pizza social! As an exchange student, it’s been great to have a club on campus where I could meet people with similar interest. Throughout the year, ACM organized computer science-related events, such as a hackathon, talks by people from Facebook and Google and […]

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Airbnb Visit

Published on by Tim Beiko

This week, I got to revisit one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve found in San Francisco: Airbnb’s office. There was a meetup organized there by ProductTank SF. Walking in, I couldn’t help but take a picture: View post on imgur.com After we checked-in (which took a while, because over 250 people had shown up!), […]

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Austin

Published on May 8, 2017 by Ariadne Fletcher

Austin is it’s own world inside the huge landscape of Texas, one that I was lucky enough to explore over spring break. Because of the hot and humid atmosphere I was driven to find somewhere I could wallow in the sun, we were lucky enough to discover the Barton Spring Pool. It’s a natural pool […]

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A night out in Berkley

Published on by Tim Beiko

A few weeks ago, I got to see two of my favorite bands live, Touche Amore and Thursday. I hadn’t seen them in years. The concert was taking place at The UC Theater, a venue in Berkley that is operated mostly by students who get their first experience putting concerts together via internships at the […]

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SF Runs

Published on by Tim Beiko

One of my favorite things about living in SF was the proximity to the ocean. Here is a view from my room at sunset: View post on imgur.com The one thing I’ll miss the most about where I live is the quick 2-mile run to Thornton State Beach from my place. View post on imgur.com […]

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Top Tech Twitter

Published on by Tim Beiko

I spend a lot (read: too much) time on Twitter. I’ve found it to be an invaluable way to connect with people I otherwise would have no access to. In a way, Twitter works for me the way that LinkedIn is supposed to work. Using Twitter, I was able to land an internship at Google […]

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Have you heard about the Sutro Baths?

Published on May 3, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

It took me almost two hours and three buses to get there but wow… that was worth it! Did you know that in 1896, this place was the biggest, the most complete and the most luxurious seaside resort of the world? Today it is unimaginable because all that remain are enormous rocks on the sand. […]

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Some Bathroom Stall Inspiration

Published on by Olivia Seaton-Hill

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness; for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Stall 3, ground floor women’s restroom, humanities building, SFSU

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New Orleans

Published on May 2, 2017 by Ariadne Fletcher

New Orleans was everything I hoped it could be and more. I arrived the day before St. Patricks so got a very good look at the wild side of this party city. Aside from drinking green beer (yuck by the way) I also got a chance to discover the historical side of this fascinating city. […]

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Roadtrip

Published on May 1, 2017 by Ariadne Fletcher

I know that as the end of the semester nears many of you will be thinking about traveling the country before returning home. For my Spring Break I embarked on the most epic roadtrip I have been on. I hope that my experience may be useful for any of you still thinking about travelling. My […]

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First experience as a blogger, thanks IEEC!

Published on by Pauline Giuge

Writing articles for IEEC was my first experience as a blogger. And I can say I liked that! I tried to find interesting subjects to talk about, give some tips about San Francisco to the future international students, and give my opinion “in public” about what I wanted! Being a blogger for IEEC was the […]

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The Hang Out City

Published on April 30, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

I had a friend visit me from home recently and so obviously it was my duty to show her just why I love SF so much. First of all, I took her to all the touristy places – Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Union Square, the beach, Dolores Park…. Now, […]

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Let’s be touristic, just for a day!

Published on by Coralie Houssiaux

I am sure that you already saw these groups of people biking around the Golden Gate Bridge with their black, heavy bicycle. Yes, that is what I am going to talk about. At the beginning of the day, you need to go to a special shop to rent the bike: it went to the one […]

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What a lovely discovery…

Published on April 29, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

Las weekend, I was walking around the Golden Gate Park and the Sunset District with my friend and we decided to go on the Sunset Grand Park. We saw it on the map and wanted to visit on of the many parks of San Francisco. I didn’t expect that! First, it is quite a hike to get […]

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Don’t leave SFSU without your sweatshirt or tshirt

Published on April 27, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

Having a sweatshirt representing your US uni is a must! Everyone has something that represents their college and I noticed it was really part of the american culture. There is always a store where you can find anything related to your school: clothes, hats, watches, jewelry, school supply… everything!! In France, we start to have […]

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Muir Wood National Monument

Published on by Lynda Slaim

If you love hiking, it is one of the place you have to try! This national park is located in Marin County, which is actually really close if you have a car, around 40mins. But if you are like me, a student taking public transportation, it is way longer. I was a little disappointed to […]

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How to benefit from your stay in SF to start sport?

Published on April 26, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

When I arrived in America, I was sure to get fat, given my love for food. So I tell to myself, why not benefit from my stay in SF to get started with sport (I mean, to eat more without getting fat…) and change my lifestyle? To be sure to not give up my new […]

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Lobby Shop

Published on by Olivia Seaton-Hill

As our second semester draws to an end my roommates and I have began to reflect upon our time together. We have an unfurnished apartment and have definitely made it our own. The thing that struck us the most is how much of our furnishings we got for absolutely nothing. You see, we live in […]

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A book that awakes your creativity

Published on April 23, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

For my “Creativity and Innovation” class, I was required to read a book, this book: Creative Confidence, by Tom and David Kelley. And I can tell you that this book transformed me and my way of thinking or of seeing things. The main subject of this book is pretty simple: everyone can be creative. The […]

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The French girl is missing her bread and cheese…

Published on by Lynda Slaim

Yes, bread is really important in the French culture: it is not a cliché! We are basically eating our baguette every day: at every meal if possible. I do personally. And I really miss it. Here, bread is really over-priced and sometimes, I’m even doubting it is fresh bread. Back in Paris, I go to […]

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Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Published on April 22, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

Last Sunday I attended the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival here in SF. The festival celebrated 50 years of Japanese culture and showcased the diversity of Japanese-American culture. Completely free to attend the festival offered everything that you could want from a good ol’ SF street fayre. There were food vendors, stalls selling all sorts […]

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Free Entrance Days in National Parks 2017

Published on by Pauline Giuge

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, during 10 days during the year 2017, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Isn’t it amazing??? So take your calendars and note the dates: April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service […]

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Trip Down to LA

Published on April 19, 2017 by Kouta Nakano

I feel like Los Angeles and San Francisco are compared due to their own distinct atmosphere. Los Angeles definitely has milder weather and this cheerful vibes that make me wanna party all day. So, coming down from San Francisco to Los Angeles is a good decision for my spring vacation. My father came from Japan […]

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The amazing Monterey aquarium!

Published on by Coralie Houssiaux

Last week, my parents were visiting me from France. We did an amazing trip in California ending with a day in Monterey. We didn’t plan to visit the aquarium: too much tourists! But eventually, the weather was so bad that we decided to go anyway. It is quite expensive (average ticket is $50) but believe […]

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Best places for sunsets in San Francisco

Published on April 18, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

One thing I looooove doing in San Francisco: watching the sunset. When the sky is clear, you can see so many warm colours that change as the sun goes down. And every time it’s different, I cannot get tired of it! This is so peaceful… That’s why, I am going to give you the best […]

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So many commercials on the American TV

Published on April 17, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

One thing that really surprised me when I came here in San Francisco and especially and I was watching TV: why have you so many commercials during TV shows???? Every 5 minutes a new break appear! It is really annoying like you can’t watch a program without being stopped by a commercial. And as a […]

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Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to have a better view of the city

Published on April 16, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

If you want a cliché picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, but still be unique: I advice you to cross the bridge to be in Sausalito! You can either do it by car, which is not necessarily the best idea as traffic can be bad and parking too. The place is usually crowded so it […]

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Restaurants

Published on April 12, 2017 by Ariadne Fletcher

As usual I am back with another food recommendation. Two in fact. You are welcome. The first place is a very small café on Irving called Underdog. They make delicious hotdogs, and for my veggie and vegan friends out there, they got your back. Having had your organic meat/non meat sausage you might fancy something […]

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Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

I am a self confessed foodie. See it, want it, eat it. One of the coolest (/most delicious) places I have discovered in the city is Mr Holmes Bakehouse. It can be found at 1042 Larkin Street. You may know it for the instagram famous wall bedecked with the neon lights reading “I got baked […]

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Twin Peaks

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

Another San Francisco must do is, of course, twin peaks. As the weather continues to improve I can only recommend a hike up to twin peaks to see the really spectacular views from atop the hill. Or if you’re lazy make friends with someone who has a car. But don’t let lethargy prevent you from […]

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Alcatraz

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

As the end of the semester nears I would like to use this platform to recommend as many SF experiences as I can, so you are able to make the most of your last weeks. As touristy as it is Alcatraz was possibly one of the most interesting experiences I have had in SF. It’s […]

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Graduation ceremony part of the American culture

Published on by Lynda Slaim

Yes, what we see in movie picturing students with their cap and entire outfit is true! The past week is full of people taking their graduation picture in the book store and it surprised me to see that it was really happening. They have an entire outfit as we can usually see them in movies […]

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Spring break

Published on April 11, 2017 by Aya Suzuki

During Spring break, my family came to SF to see me. I traveked with my father after being away for a while. Actually, he does not like going abroad because he cannot smoke for long hours when he was on the plane and he cannot speak and understand English at all. We went to famous places like golden […]

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School work

Published on by Aya Suzuki

In Aplil, I became Senior(4th grade) as university student. This is my last year of my university life. These days, many of my friends in Japan started job hunting and they seem very busy with interviews or briefing session. I also have to start finding some companies and applying. I feel sttressed out with job […]

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My daily life

Published on by Aya Suzuki

Recently, I am working on not to waste money. During studying abroad, I cannot work. I saved few money for studing abroad but in my opinion, it is still difficult to live in San Francisco. Everything is so expensive even a cup of coffe. During winter break, I went back to Japan. I met a […]

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TOEIC test

Published on by Aya Suzuki

I took TOEIC test few month ago.  TOEIC can be used when we applying to company in Japan. It was my second time to take TOEIC. When I took it in November, the score was improved comparing to the former test. However, this time, it remarkably improved than before. My strong field is listening section. And I […]

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Mount Tamalpais hikes

Published on by Lynda Slaim

Fan of hiking? This is the perfect place for you! If it is sunny outside (and not rainy as today..), grab your hiking shoes and your car to go there. It is such a beautiful place to visit for the day: you can actually do a loop in 3 hours (or more, depending on your […]

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Best hiking spots in San Francisco and around

Published on April 10, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

What a beautiful sunny Sunday in SF wasn’t it? I think sunny Sundays are the perfect days for a little hike. That’s what my friends and I did this Sunday, and I can tell you that it was tiring BUT stunning. In this article, I am going to give you some of the best spots […]

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How To Get An Internship At A Top Tech Company?

Published on April 8, 2017 by Tim Beiko

Earlier this year, I got an internship at Google. I decided to share what I had learned in that process, and with the help of Paul Klein and the SFSU ACM club, I gave a presentation about getting an internship at a tech company. It was a great experience! Many people showed up and I […]

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Washington DC Spring Break

Published on by Tim Beiko

This spring break, I was lucky to stop in DC on the way back. It was my second time there, but I still enjoyed it as much. The weather was great, and there weren’t too many people because I was there mid week.   View post on imgur.com   The one thing I disliked about […]

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SFMOMA experience

Published on April 7, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

As an art lover, how not to go to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art? I mean… if you are a fan like me or you are just interested in developing your culture, you definitely have to go to SFMOMA. First of all, the architecture. When you arrive in front of this massive and […]

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Pacific-ahhh

Published on April 5, 2017 by Olubukola Adu

This weekend, I uncovered Pacifica, a city on the coast of the pacific ocean. It is located about 15 minutes south of San Francisco by car. It has a relaxed, small town feel and breathtaking views. I went to Pacifica state beach and enjoyed watching the waves and the sun set. There are many activities […]

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My Name’s Olivia and I LOVE The Castro

Published on by Olivia Seaton-Hill

Now, SF is host to an array of beautiful, diverse and eclectic neighbourhoods but if I had to pick a favourite it would not be a hard choice. When I go back to the UK I will leave my heart in San Francisco and if you want to find it, it will specifically be in […]

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Spring Break in Hawaii

Published on April 3, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

Ahola! Yes, finally… I had my first every spring break! I had the chance to go to Hawaii for 10 days as my spring break destination and it was breathtaking! I never thought I would be able to go there one day. I stayed in the most touristic island, Oahu: I lived close to the […]

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Seattle and Bellingham(WA)

Published on April 2, 2017 by Kouta Nakano

I’ve been to Seattle and Bellingham in Washington. This trip was also back in winter vacation. Ryan drove me up there in Seattle and we went to all the major places for sightseeing. The view we had up from Space Needle was awesome. It was at night and the city lights glimmered down the tower. […]

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Tales of the City

Published on March 30, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

For Christmas I was gifted the first four books in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series. As she had read them a while back, my Mum gave them to me after hearing how much I was enjoying my time here in SF. The series is set in San Francisco and follows the adventures of […]

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Spring Break in Mexico

Published on March 29, 2017 by Olubukola Adu

I ventured off to Los Cabos, Mexico for Spring Break. It was my first visit to Mexico and definitely not my last. We stayed at a resort close to the Sea of Cortez.  Although we couldn’t swim in the beach in front of our hotel because the currents were very strong, we went to a […]

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One of my favorite view in SF : Coolbirth Ina Park

Published on by Pauline Giuge

I’v been to a lot of view spot since I’m in San Francisco and this one is one of my favorite. This is a small hidden park without a lot of things to do but with a spectacular view of the city, in particular the financial district. This is the perfect spot for Instagram photos, […]

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My first spring break experience in the US – Hawaii

Published on by Pauline Giuge

Since I am in the US, I feel that the spring break is a very big thing here. Everyone is planning things to go and travel with some friends in exotic destinations. I wanted to have my first spring break experience in a place I always wanted to go : Hawaii. And I can say […]

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Second Visit to Oregon during Winter Vacation

Published on March 28, 2017 by Kouta Nakano

Last time I visited Oregon was back in thanksgiving break. It was a nice vacation I spent with my friend’s family in Detroit, Oregon which is located in the central part. Since then, I had been wanting to come back there rather than exploring new places in other parts of America. This time, I got […]

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Roller coasters at Six Flags

Published on by Lynda Slaim

Fan of sensation and high speed? Then Six Flags is the perfect place for you! The theme park is located in Vallejo, a good 2.30 hours from San Francisco. To be honest, the way there was really long: you have to take the Muni, the Bart and the bus (but 1.30 hours, so you might […]

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If You Come to California and Don’t Visit In-N-Out Did You Even Visit?

Published on March 25, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

In short: no. I still remember my first In-N-Out dining experience. It was pretty much the perfect day. After spending too much money at an Etsy pop-up in Ghirardelli Square my roommate and I wandered to Fisherman’s Wharf. Having browsed Pier 39 and taken everything in we were hungry. She suggests In-N-Out. I’ve never been. […]

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The Magic of Theatre

Published on March 21, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

Perhaps, for me, the most impressive thing about SF State is the theatre department. Back at my home school I was vaguely impressed that us drama students had our own building, a studio theatre, a small costume/prop shop and a whole bunch of rehearsal space. Trust me, when I go home it’ll be a downgrade. […]

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The Snowstorm Of The Century

Published on March 20, 2017 by Tim Beiko

To all of you who might dare go on exchange in Montreal next semester, be warned! Last week, the city received one of it’s most notorious snowstorms in over 2 decades. Over 3 feet of snow fell in less than 24 hours, effectively shutting the city down. Some people could even be seen skiing in […]

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Books of 2017

Published on by Tim Beiko

One thing that used to bother me at the end of each year was never remembering which (or even how many) books I had read that year. For 2017, I’ve decided to change that and keep an updated list on Twitter. So far, the list includes: How To Win Friends And Influence People Homo Deus […]

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It’s a very British thing to talk about the weather….

Published on March 15, 2017 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

But I’m okay with it. The weather in SF is interesting. It’s never really too hot, but it’s never really too cold. It’s never really consistent either. I mean, on Friday I was wearing my winter coat with a sweater underneath and a beanie. On Monday I wore flip-flops and got sunburn from an hour […]

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Best spot for a picnic

Published on March 13, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

Hi everyone! Last Saturday I went on a day walk with my roommate and I think that I have found THE BEST place to have a picnic on a sunny weekend. We took the 76X bus line on market street to cross the Golden Gate and we got out at the first stop after that. […]

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Five Items I can’t live without in San Francisco

Published on March 10, 2017 by Olubukola Adu

Before I came to San Francisco I assumed it would be warm and sunny throughout. I quickly learned while it is often sunny, it is not always warm and sometimes it is freezing. So i am narrowing it down to five items I can’t live without in San Francisco Comfortable Shoes – The city has […]

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Traveling is no longer a dream

Published on March 8, 2017 by Peggy Hsieh

Whenever people ask me what I like to do on holidays, I always say I’d like to travel yet I seldom visit a place more than three days. It’s more like a short trip rather than calling it traveling. However, I can say traveling is  no longer a dream for me anymore now. About two […]

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Academy of Sciences

Published on by Lena Christmann

Living in SF is costly, especially for us students. This is why I am always looking for those events that are either really cheap or preferrably don’t cost anything at all. A couple weeks back the Academy of Sciences held one of their four annual free days and I couldn’t miss that! I knew this […]

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Class in America

Published on March 1, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

Always wondered if what we saw in movies TV Shows were real? Definitely yes! A classroom is exactly like what it is represented on TV. The room is actually big enough to fit maximum 40 tables : yes, it is the cliché of the single table with the little table where you can put your […]

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Beaches of San Francisco

Published on February 27, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

Still looking for the perfect place to run on a Sunday morning under the shining sun of the Bay? Good news for you, I have found this place. The long and flat road that follows Ocean Beach seems perfect for runners like me. Enjoy a short or a long run with the view of this […]

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Treasure Island Flea

Published on February 26, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

Today, I went my friends to Treasure Island: I was really excited to see what it was going to look like. I was actually surprised to find out that it was an artificial island: it must have been a chalenge to build. To go in the island, we had to go through, first, Yerba Buena Island: […]

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French people in San Francisco

Published on February 24, 2017 by Lilia Ghazouani

It’s not that difficult for a french to live in San Francisco. San Francisco is very french-loving. If you walk in hayes street close to Van Ness station, you’ll find a dozen of « café » and « brasseries » with french names and french foods. Of course, we miss our bread-cheese-wine way of life, but if you’re rich […]

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Where to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in San Francisco

Published on February 23, 2017 by Olubukola Adu

When i came to San Francisco i made a pact with myself that I would eat healthier. I live in Parkmerced close to SFSU so I get most of my groceries from Trader Joe’s because it is the closest grocery store. The fruit and vegetable section at Trader Joe’s is okay but I wanted more variety […]

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Best views in San Francisco

Published on February 20, 2017 by Lynda Slaim

I’m the kind of person who likes travelling and discovering new places and landscapes : coming here for a semester was the perfect occasion to see different things. I really like wandering around, seeing mountains, being at the top of a hill to overlook the whole city… I was lucky enough to come in San […]

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Lake Tahoe

Published on by Kouta Nakano

It was back in winter vacation. The Japanese Student Association stayed at a cabin near Lake Tahoe for three days. On the way getting there, avalanche hit the freeway we were on and delayed our arrival to the cabin. Apart from that, everything went well! Since the location was on the border dividing Nevada and […]

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How to study in the US?

Published on February 17, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

Today, I wanted to write about the way classes are here in the US. In France, we often say that « these americans they do everything the wrong way, or they always do everything backwards. Here is an example: we don’t have at all the same way to study or to prepare our courses. In France, […]

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Rocky Horror

Published on February 12, 2017 by Ariadne Fletcher

Having returned from a break where I was able to eat lots and muster up enough energy to hit my final semester running, I am back in SF. With so much I still want to do and a ticking clock on my time here I decided to try and fill my weekends up with as […]

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Racism in SF?

Published on February 10, 2017 by Coralie Houssiaux

The story I am going to tell you happened last week, on the bus when I was going to school. It was a shinny and peaceful morning and, believe me or not, I was happy to go to school. I was reading my emails when I looked up and saw a black women staring at […]

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Chocolate and Popcorn

Published on February 5, 2017 by Kouta Nakano

Chocolates here have lots of sugars and sweeteners. When I take a bite, I feel like the sugar level in my blood goes insane. So, when I pick one for my choice, I always look for something mild and less sweet. I find it funny to butter sauce popcorn from a dispenser at movie theater. […]

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Twitter HQ Visit

Published on February 2, 2017 by Tim Beiko

One of the main reasons I wanted to come on exchange to San Francisco is that nearly every tech company has their HQ here. Since August, I’ve been on a quest to try and visit as many of them as possible!   As of yesterday, I’m happy to say that Twitter HQ is now checked […]

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Cheer up, the weather’s not that bad!

Published on by Tim Beiko

Perhaps the weather has got you down, as a new international student. SF can be quite foggy, quite rainy. Still, there are places where it’s way worse. To cheer you up, here’s a picture of my hometown, Montreal, today. It was -4 F (-20 c) yesterday!   Beautiful sunset the other day while out with […]

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Women’s March in San Francisco

Published on January 22, 2017 by Pauline Giuge

Women’s March in San Francisco Yesterday, 21st January 2017 was my first time in a protest, whatever it is! It was really important for me to go to this one to obviously make my woman’s voice heard, to show my indignation against this new form of power that will reign in the United States over […]

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What a Year it’s Been

Published on December 20, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

What an interesting year it’s been. When I arrived in January, I expected to stay for only a semester, but as the Summer break approached with increasing rapidity it became more and more apparent that I wanted to stick it out for an entire 12 months. It’s been challenging, but I’ve had a great deal […]

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The Exploratorium is Far from Boring

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

The Exploratorium is an excellent place and I can’t recommend it more. It’s kind of ridiculous that I only made it there so close to the end of my stay (I think I was averse because I thought it would be too similar to the Academy of Sciences), but it’s certainly a case of better […]

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SF’s best restaurants

Published on December 18, 2016 by Noor Sluis

In one week it’s time to go home, back to Amsterdam. In this semester I discovered a lot of nice places to eat, have a drink or grab a coffee. I’ll list my three best SF dinner experiences here: No doubt of the number one: Lolinda. It’s an Argentinian Steakhouse and the idea is shared […]

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Limey in Fog City: Wrapping up

Published on by Ben Walker

As I write this post, I am midway through my final week at San Francisco State University, and I must admit I am pretty sad to leave. I’ve absolutely loved my time here in this beautiful city and its amazing culture. While out here I’ve made some amazing friends and had some pretty awesome experiences, […]

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Limey in Fog City: University life

Published on by Ben Walker

During my time here, I have really enjoyed the American style of teaching at SFSU, the first thing I noticed is that lecturers seem to get a considerably more discretion over the way their course is assessed and also the way it is taught, a characteristic that I really liked. All of the teachers here […]

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Limey in Fog City: The Gun Range

Published on by Ben Walker

In one of my first weekends as an SFSU student, a couple of friends and I took a trip up to Sacramento to visit one of their friends. We decided to travel their by Amtrak, which although expensive, was largely worth it. The journey was extremely chilled out, and the views of the Bay followed […]

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Wrap Up

Published on December 17, 2016 by Amy Su

It’s the end of the semester and I’ve got to say that the teachers at SF State are so laid back and chill. I just handed my last assessment in class the other day and realised that I’m not going to see her anymore after today… I didn’t plan this part of my journey here […]

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Last Post

Published on December 16, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

This is my final post for the ieec blog. It has been an amazing time here, in The City by The Bay. I’ve learned so much about myself, and I’m coming home a hundred times richer, not in money (God no, I’m broke..), but in experiences. Even though I’ve had it tough sometimes, when the […]

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The end… for now.

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

As the end of the semester looms ever near I feel it would only be appropriate for my final post to be a reflection of the past few months. When I first arrived in San Francisco I didn’t know anyone or anything about the city, now four months later I have completely settled in to […]

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SFSU

Published on by Ben Walker

I really love it at SFSU, I prefer it a lot to my school back home, the teachers have a lot of independence, which I have a big preference for, they all seem to have a very big investment in the course’s they teach. Classes in America are based significantly on the discussion you have […]

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Thanksgiving!

Published on by Ben Walker

I’m gonna make this blog post short, because thanksgiving is so good I can convey how good it is in very few words! I spent Thanksgiving with my Second Cousin and his friends, its like the ultimate holiday, its basically like all of the good parts of christmas without having to stress about giving presents […]

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Colorado

Published on by Ben Walker

In early November I decided to take a trip to Denver, it was a city I’d always wanted to visit ever since I read Kerouac’s “On the road”, in which the city is given nothing but praise, and from what I saw rightly so. Denver is this beautiful modern city surrounded by the unreal Rocky […]

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Limey in Fog City: Seattle

Published on December 15, 2016 by Ben Walker

If you get the chance to while your here, make sure to visit Seattle (preferably in the Summer months), its just ridiculously green and ridiculously beautiful. I took the decision to fly up there and visit a friend who was doing some coding work up there, and I didn’t regret it. Seattle really has everything, […]

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Limey in Fog City: Dub City

Published on by Ben Walker

Over the thanksgiving holiday I took the decision to splash out on a Golden State Warriors ticket for myself (I won’t say how much it cost, but it was a lot), and booked to go and see the Warriors play the Atlanta Hawks. As someone who has followed the NBA for a relatively long time, […]

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Limey in Fog City: Take me out to the Ball Game!

Published on by Ben Walker

During my time here in San Francisco, I managed to make it to 4 San Francisco Giants games, I saw them lose 5-2 to the Baltimore Orioles, beat the New York Mets 10-7,  and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2. I genuinely loved every minute of being at the ball game, its potentially the most […]

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Limey in Fog City: LA

Published on by Ben Walker

Over the Thanksgiving Break I took a trip down to LA with a couple of friends of mine. We made the decision to try and do a classic American road trip there, something I’d wanted to do for a while, hoping to pass by the Big Sur (which for reasons later stated, we did not manage […]

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Limey in Fog City: Moseying around Minneapolis

Published on by Ben Walker

Moseying around Minneapolis Hey all, apologies for my laziness when it’s come to writing this blog, I think it’s been about a month since I said I’d try and do this weekly and this is only my second post ahaha. I’m drafting this blog as I fly over the vast and sparse State of Wyoming. […]

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Vancouver

Published on December 14, 2016 by Ariadne Fletcher

The final destination of my thanksgiving adventure was over the border in British Columbia, Vancouver. I have always wanted to visit Canada and I was not disappointed. The icy temperatures and gloomy weather warmed my Scottish heart. Whilst in Vancouver I visited Granville Island and walked around the city keen to absorb as much as […]

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Winter break

Published on December 13, 2016 by Aya Suzuki

When all finals are done I’m going back to Japan for a month. I’m really excited to meeting with my friends, families everyone around me. The most exciting thing for me is “foods.” I really miss Japanese foods and also I worked at Japanese foods restaurant,so I’m excited to eat at there. There are so many plans […]

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It’s almost done!

Published on by Aya Suzuki

It’s the end of the term. And recently, I’m busy with some paper, presentation, some assignment and finals. What I think about the classes at SFSU is the importance of racism idea or opinion. Most of the classes gave me some readings about racism and that is huge problem in America. I haven’t know much about racism […]

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Japanese foods

Published on by Aya Suzuki

I really like Japanse foods, so I often make Japanese foods at home. Wherever I go I feel like Japanese foods are the best foods all over the world. Also recently I really miss convenient stores in Japan. It is really useful and it open 24 hour. There are convenience store anywhere even it’s rulal area […]

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New Years

Published on December 12, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

New years is very close and I am so glad to celebrate it in SF with my new friends. It’s going to be a night that I will never forget (or I probably will forget everything) However, I am sure SF is the best place to celebrate it. We were thinking about going to the […]

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Christmas

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

Christmas is around the corner and I can absolutely not wait to celebrate! I used to be with my family but I actually like it to celebrate it now in SF with my ‘new’ family. It is funny actually because over here there is only 1 Christmas day. While in Holland we have Christmas eve, […]

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Internship

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, For me it’s kind of double stressful this finals week as I have to focus on finals and getting good grades, but also looking for an internship that I can start when I get back in Holland. I hope I can find an internship soon and hopefully also a fun company to work […]

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Travel in January

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, So as I already told in my last post, I still have the 30 grace days when the semester is over that I will definitely take advantage of while I am here. So I want to travel some more in January with my friends. We will definitely go to Las Vegas in January […]

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Almost done

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, We are almost at the end of the semester, time flew by! Luckily I still have some time after the semester ends to wander around and do some traveling. The finals start and I thought it would be fun to talk a little about the differences. In Holland we have 1 or 2 […]

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Final 3D Project

Published on by Tim Beiko

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how happy I was that I had taken a course that was outside of my core curriculum, a 3D animation class.   Well, I just completed my final project: a small animation! It’s crazy that in only a few months I was able to go from […]

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Getting a summer internship

Published on by Tim Beiko

One of the main reasons I came to San Francisco as an exchange student was to get an internship in a tech company this summer. Well, I’m happy to share that after over two months of work towards it, it panned out! I will be interning at Google in Mountain View next summer :-) ! […]

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Cannoli Adventure

Published on by Kouta Nakano

Mah last blog post yo. Finals are really chappin’ mah ass. Hollah at mah hommies who have been lighting fire on my ass, keep mah grades up! Also mah bae given me strength from the other side of earf. I’ve enjoyed spending time in frisco, chilling in my crib and keepin’ real. One of my […]

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Christmas Shopping

Published on December 10, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

As the rain keep pouring down over San Francisco these days we thought it was time to return our bikes to the bikestore we bought them at almost 4 months ago. My bike served me well, that I must say. I rode it nearly every day to class and back, down the hill and up […]

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Meetups!

Published on December 9, 2016 by Tim Beiko

A website I found super useful this semester is www.meetup.com. It lists a bunch of groups that can organize events related to whatever they are interested in! I knew the website before San Francisco, but it seems that there are a lot of groups on it here. If you are new to the city and […]

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Why You Should Go On Exchange To Montreal

Published on by Tim Beiko

This one is for the SFSU students. You’ve probably heard about how cold Canada is in the winter, but I wanted to try and convince you that it’s worth checking out! Since I’m from Montreal (and it’s the best city in Canada!), here are 5 reasons why you should consider an exchange (or at least […]

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Beautiful Oakland

Published on December 8, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

Oakland is a pretty excellent place. I’ve made a few friends who live over there, in the year that I’ve been here now, but haven’t made nearly enough of an effort to get over there and experience all the cool things it has to offer. There’s an incredible amount of character on the other side […]

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More Comedy for Everybody Please

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

Something I didn’t realize before coming to San Francisco is how great the stand-up comedy scene is here. I’m definitely into comedy, but I guess I was too focused on some of the other cool stuff that California has to offer and didn’t think about the pretty obvious fact that there would be an abundance […]

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(No) Spectacles

Published on by Tim Beiko

A couple months ago, Snapchat announced that they were launching Spectacles, which are glasses that you can wear and that automatically take snaps. The catch: they were only sold in vending machines that are announced at random times, and can be anywhere in the USA! This means that each time the countdown on https://www.spectacles.com/map/ goes live, […]

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Calfornia Sunset

Published on by Tim Beiko

I took this a couple weeks ago, but I found it summarizes perfectly how great the weather can be in San Francisco, despite the near constant fog!   Cotton candy skies 🌅 A photo posted by Tim Beiko (@timbeiko) on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:17pm PST

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Course Selection

Published on by Tim Beiko

One of the great things about being on exchange, is that often you can take courses that would not be available at your home school. If you are about to start your exchange, or currently debating what to take for next summer, you should think about courses that are unique to SFSU. I am a […]

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Seattle

Published on December 7, 2016 by Ariadne Fletcher

The second stop of my thanksgiving road trip was Seattle, home of my favourite TV show, Greys Anatomy. For anyone planning a visit to Seattle, which I would highly recommend, here are some of my top places to visit: Pike Place Market: from hand knitted hats to freshly caught fish, Pike Place Market has it […]

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The Weather Is Not So Bad

Published on December 6, 2016 by Tim Beiko

After deciding to go back to Montreal for the fall break, I’ve realizedhttps://twitter.com/vernalkick/status/805835330163183616 that SF’s fog is way less bad than Montreal’s snow. This video was taken outside of where I worked last summer, the day after I left. All that snow can make it a little hard to drive sometimes… 💥🚙🚌🚓❄️ pic.twitter.com/TMPeQD2lR0 — Kevin […]

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Two Delicious Asian Restaurants

Published on by Tim Beiko

I love Asian food. Having lived in Southeast Asia for about two years, I cannot get enough of it. If, like me, you’re an Asian food fan, there are two places you need to check out before you leave SF! House Of Nanking http://houseofnanking.net/ Don’t be fooled by their minimal website – this is one […]

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Finals

Published on by Tim Beiko

5 Tips to Help You Survive Your Finals Abroad Final season is coming up and we all know how stressful that can do. With the hope of making this hard time a bit easier for you, here are a Canadian’s 5 tips for surviving finals. 1. Study early, study often It’s useless to try and […]

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Biking LA’s beaches

Published on by Noor Sluis

In the huge City of Angels, there is more then enough to do and to see. But when you just have a few days in this city, biking LA’s famous beaches is a real good thing to do. Rent your bikes at Hermosa Beach and bike all the way to the North to Santa Monica […]

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Portland

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

As part of my recent road trip over the thanksgiving break, I visited Portland, Oregon. What with the constant drizzle and cold weather, I felt very at home in Portland. For anyone planning a trip I highly recommend a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts. Any store built with glittery bricks with a giant doughnut chandelier is […]

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Death Valley

Published on by Noor Sluis

Where a lot of Americans say Death Valley is just a boring piece of nature where you can find exactly nothing, I think it is one of the most cool (not literally) places to go in California. By driving through this desert, landscapes will change every 10 minutes from mountains to hills to sanddunes to […]

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Academic Comfort Zones and Picking Cool Classes

Published on December 5, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

We’re all familiar with the strategies we take in our approaches to choosing new classes for the semester. For some people, they involve taking classes that require the least amount of reading, or the fewest assignments. Others are more interested in how many contact hours they’ll have to show up for or who their professor […]

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Being a Conversation Starter

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

One of the amazing things about San Francisco is the number of opportunities that about by simply getting to know people. It might be that I’m making more of an effort as far as meeting new people goes, but it seems that because there’s so much going on and people are so fixated on networking […]

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Thanksgiving

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

As a Brit thanksgiving is not a holiday that I celebrate, but I wholly welcomed the week holiday. During that week I was able to tick ‘American road trip ’off my bucket list. With three stoic drivers and a good group of friends I journeyed all along the west coast from San Francisco to Vancouver […]

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Fishermans Wharf

Published on December 4, 2016 by Ariadne Fletcher

Since becoming a temporary resident of San Francisco I have visited Fishermans wharf a number of times. As a hot bed of tourist activity there is always something going on. Of course I have tried the clam chowder on more than one occasion. The chowder is good, but the thing that blows my mind is […]

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Japanese traditional sports kendo

Published on by Aya Suzuki

I think many of you guys don’t know about kendo, so I’m going to introduce about it a little bit. Kendo is one of the  Japaese traditional sports. It is easier to know when you imagine “Samurai.” We use sword made by bamboo and hit paticuler spot like head, fist, body and sometimes neck. We also wear protector. […]

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My Tricking Updates

Published on December 2, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

I’ve been practicing tricking in between times. I kept a track of my improvements by filming, and I was happy to see that I am getting better off. Thanks to AcroSports nearby Golden Gate Park and the break dancers in hallway of the gymnasium at school, I’ve spent the productive time training and studying at […]

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Japanese Tea Garden

Published on December 1, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

Somewhere close to the golden gate park is a Japanese Tea Garden, it is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Near the japanese tea garden is a spot where you have a perfect view over the pacific ocean and the golden gate bridge.

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Muir Woods and China town

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

My mom came visit me a couple weeks ago and we went to Muir woods for a hike. We were not aware that the hike was pretty intense lol, so we were absolutely exhausted at the end. The day after we went to China town and I am so stupid that I never did my […]

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LA and Thanksgiving

Published on by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, So for the Thanksgiving break I went to LA with my roommate. She is from here so we went for a week to visit her family. It was absolutely amazing, I have never been so in love with a city like LA. The downsides are that you definitely need a car because of […]

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Thanksgiving in the States

Published on November 27, 2016 by Amy Su

November the 24th…Thanksgiving day has finally come! This was a holiday I was anticipating before I got here.. besides Halloween of course, that was an epic night or day or week long holiday. My roommates and I planned a cute little family dinner at the house, we went groceries shopping the day before and that […]

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about classes for next semester

Published on by Aya Suzuki

Now I’m thinking about the classes for the next semester. I don’t think I can handle with many difficult classes so I’m thinking to take some easy classes for lower division and some difficult classes for upper. But Ialso have to think about unit my home university in Japan.  There are some requirement for my […]

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Black Friday

Published on by Aya Suzuki

It was my first time to experience black friday in America. I heard that there was also Black friday in Japan in spite of we don’t have thanks giving day. But anyway, I didn’t know about black friday untill coming to the United States. I was surprised that there were so many people around downtown and […]

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Thanks giving

Published on by Aya Suzuki

After I went to Boston, I went to NY by bus from Boston. It was delayed and bit far from Boston to NY but it was so cheap. It was my third time to visit NY, so I just followed what my friends want to do. But still itwas so fun. We can go anywhere […]

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short trip to Boston

Published on by Aya Suzuki

Last week I went to Boston for three days. There was career fair and there were so many both Japanese companies and foreign company. I went Boston to attend that career fair to get some information from many companies. I heard that it has been being bigger so it was so crowded. There were so many Japanese […]

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Portland, Eugene&Detroit, Oregon

Published on November 26, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

My friend invited me over to her family Thanksgiving meal. She was studying abroad at my university in Japan for a year. I was so happy to meet up with her and other friends again in Oregon. To tell the truth, the reason why I picked a school in Pacific Coast is that I have […]

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My 21 Birthday!

Published on by Kouta Nakano

It was November 18th, 2016. I got full legal power of bar crawling and some adult-ing in the city. My friends celebrated my birthday at my house. It was awesome! A trip to Oregon was waiting in next week as thanks giving/birthday trip. I was so excited to meet my friends in Oregon and explore […]

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Donald Trump as President/San Francisco’s Reaction

Published on by Kouta Nakano

On the memorable day of 2016 presidential election, I was checking my phone quite often to see which states voted for either of the two remaining candidates. I didn’t totally expect the result on Trump. None of my friends weren’t to predict that. I was working out at the gym. Up from the wall near […]

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Be Thankful

Published on November 24, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

This is my first Thanksgiving celebration in my life, and it has really been a day to be thankful for. I spent most of the day in Golden Gate Park with my mom and my sister, just strolling around and enjoying each others’ company. And for the first time we ate a three-course traditional thanksgiving dinner, […]

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Thanksgiving break with loved ones

Published on November 21, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

Fall recess is here and it’ time to relax and spend time with friends and family. My sister and my mom came here last Friday and are staying the entire week. Feels so good to see some familiar faces again and show them around the city. On today’s schedule was a night tour at Alcatraz. […]

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Status Update: Not Long Left

Published on by Amy Su

So far I’ve really been enjoying my stay here in the states… really as I say that theres only a couple weeks left of my exchange/study abroad program. It flew by way too fast and I was prepared for that, people that had been on exchange already gave me a heads up that this was […]

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Discovering SF – Point Reyes

Published on November 16, 2016 by Noor Sluis

Withint 1,5 hours driving from the city, you will find this peaceful coastal place. A rough coastline and a beautiful serene lighthouse is a piece of the view you will get. If you drive there along the famous Highway One, you’ll get spoiled with even more photogenic views. Hope you’re not car sick, because it’s […]

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Muir Woods

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

One of my favourite places I have had the pleasure of exploring is Muir Woods. On a (really) hot day I decided to go for a gentle walk around the famed woods. In a pair of sneakers, a dress and a very fashionable backpack I was ready for anything (provided it involved minimal physical output) […]

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

Published on November 14, 2016 by Jon Parli

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

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You’re welcome, Americans.

Published on by Jon Parli

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe -JP

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Driving in the States

Published on November 13, 2016 by Jon Parli

I was lucky enough to find a place to stay where I have a roommate who leaves me his car keys when he’s gone for business travelling (which he is a lot). So lucky me, I do have a car from time to time and I really enjoy cruising around town with it. One thing […]

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Ceci n’est pas une pipe. – This is not a pipe.

Published on by Jon Parli

“It’s a pipe, a palpable pipe: not a painterly pipe, not an abstract pipe. Lord knows, it’s not an Expressionist pipe; it isn’t even a Freudian pipe. Beneath it in the obsequious copybook scrawl of a child, the subversive caption reads, ”This is not a pipe.” It is signed ”Magritte.” Here is paradox enough to […]

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Sundowner at the Cliffs

Published on by Jon Parli

If you haven’t had the chance to see a sunset here in San Francisco, here is what you want to do: Choose a day where you have your evening off. Go get some drinks (of course I speak of non-alcoholic ones …) Bring a warm jacket as it might be windy. Get your people and […]

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Sundowner at the Cliffs

Published on by Jon Parli

If you haven’t had the chance to see a sunset here in San Francisco, here is what you want to do: Choose a day where you have your evening off. Go get some drinks (of course I speak of non-alcoholic ones …) Bring a warm jacket as it might be windy. Get your people and […]

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US Election – a must see video for all people who feel shocked!

Published on by Jon Parli

If you are one of the many shocked people, here is a clip by Jonathan Pie you have to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs Quick note: You probably might not like what you’re going to hear, but from my point of view, he couldn’t be any more spot on, really. Enjoy! -JP

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Cruffin Breakfast

Published on November 12, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

My lovely roommate woke me up today and asked if I wanted to join her for a special treat for breakfast. Who would say no to that? So at 8 am (early for a Saturday morning..) we took the muni towards the famous Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Arriving at 8.40, the line was already fair-sized. There […]

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Silver linings

Published on November 9, 2016 by Michael Rounds

Well America, what can I really say? At least California legalized marijuana…

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NBA Jam

Published on November 8, 2016 by Luke Peat

This Monday, I had the chance to attend my first ever NBA game, travelling to Oakland(don’t) to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Oracle Arena. It was quite the experience. The game was my first american sport event full stop(unless you count WWE, though that’s an different discussion […]

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A Very San Franciscan Halloween

Published on November 6, 2016 by Amy Su

My first real Halloween in the states was definitely a different experience to what its like back home. Everyone is more involved with their costumes and make up, even celebrities plan it weeks or even couple months ahead of time. They go all out from their face paint to the costumes down to the persona. […]

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Halloween Night

Published on by Kouta Nakano

Carved pumpkins. Disguised as a zombie. Danced at club. So much fun. On that day, I was overwhelmed by many girls at club who were trying to look sexy, not scary. Most of them had a window on their T-shirt around the rack to peekaboo. That was a surprise. I thought it was gonna be […]

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My favorite street

Published on by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

Yesterday I went to one of my absolute favorite areas in San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury. I just love the atmosphere there, hippies everywhere, and all the little strange shops. Also, I like the vintage clothes stores on the street, I can’t say it’s vintage prices but they have some good stuff. The restaurants are really good […]

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A homeless tour guide

Published on November 5, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

A homeless guy was yelling behind me while I was looking to the new ice skating space located in Union Square. He was sitting in a bench and speaking with his broken jaw that makes his words hard to hear. When I first turned back and looked at him, he realized he caught my attention […]

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Discovering SF – Sausalito

Published on November 3, 2016 by Noor Sluis

Sausalito, a place so close to SF but with it’s totally own ambiance. Forget about the rush of the big city and visit this little village. You can go there by bike, just cross the bridge and follow the signs Sausalito. In case you got enough of biking, just take the ferry back to Embarcadero. […]

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About Halloween

Published on November 1, 2016 by Aya Suzuki

About a week ago, I went to Halloween party sponsored by JSA and TSA. It was my first time for going to club. Everything are new for me. My impression people in there are very friendly. I’m very shy so it is difficult for me to talk to other people. But when I was there many […]

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cultural differences

Published on by Aya Suzuki

I’m sure that I would encounter some cultural differences, but one day I feel very stressed. As an international students, we have to study hard for classses or assignments and it is more difficult for us to keep up with classes. And for me, I want to sleep as early as possible to get ready for […]

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A lesson learned today(communication)

Published on by Kouta Nakano

Just a lesson learned today. Or I might be in a confusing situation between two different cultures that surround me. In transition of being accustomed to life here in America where people are pretty direct with what they say, I am becoming more pushy and straightforward in communication for good or bad. During the first […]

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Halloween American Style

Published on October 31, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

Although today is Halloween day, me and my friends celebrated last weekend. Halloween is something I have been looking forward to since I got here because it is such a big tradition among the Americans. We all had bought costumes and we carved out our very own pumpkin and all. In my country, Sweden, we […]

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Santa Cruzin’

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

My pioneering spirits have led me outside of San Francisco. All the way to the distant land of Santa Cruz. All packed into a fifteen seater mini van my friends and I upped and left the house ready for a weekend of new experiences. On our way to Santa Cruz we drove down the coast, […]

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SFs viewpoints

Published on October 25, 2016 by Noor Sluis

What is more beautiful than observing this amazing city from above? Especially with the golden glow of the sun in the end of the afternoon. So that’s the reason I’ll give you some places to have a look at San Francisco from another angle you normally look at the city. So, SFs viewpoints: Twin Peaks: […]

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Yosemite

Published on by Noor Sluis

For all the nature lovers, make sure you visit this incredible beautiful National Park, 4-5 hours drive from San Francisco. Combine nature with working out by hiking along the mountains of this park. A hike that offers you all the best of Yosemite is the “four mile trail”, which is especially for the little more […]

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City Lights

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

My daily struggles of trying to order water in the states peaked last week. At a restaurant I made the simple (or so I thought) request for “a glass of tap water please” a beat. A blank stare from the waiter. And then a slow nod. A few minutes later the waiter returned to our […]

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Spontaneous Late Night Adventures

Published on October 24, 2016 by Amy Su

What better way to adventure a new city than to go on a spontaneous trip? Get lost in a new country can’t sound too bad… well being safe of course and not going down a shady looking area. Go with your instincts, sometimes maybe most of the time they’ll take you to great places. Last […]

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New favorite place: The Big Sur

Published on October 23, 2016 by Noor Sluis

When you are one of the lucky bastards that owns a car (and otherwise you should really rent one), the Big Sur is a great place to exchange the city for a bunch of beautiful nature. Drive along Highway one along Monterey and Carmel and you will notice the beginning of the Big Sur with […]

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Downtown

Published on October 20, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

Today was a perfect day to go to the city.  There is so much to do and so much to see. First, me and my roommate went to Macy’s at Union Square. We went to Cheesecake Factory to do some homework on the terrace and have lunch. After that we did some shopping. I personally […]

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North of the Panhandle

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

A couple of months back, I moved North of the Panhandle. To my understanding, it’s a part of town that has undergone some relatively recent gentrification, and had many people in their twenties and thirties make it their home, giving the area life in ways it didn’t have before. Being here really has changed the […]

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The Social Side of Keeping Fit

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

My girlfriend Katie and I were together for about three years. It is the longest relationship I’ve had. We travelled together a few times, and went to Vietnam twice. The second time we went, we stayed in a place called Nha Trang. It was less culturally interesting than the other places we’d been and was […]

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Keep Your Eyes on the Sky

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

Something that definitely stuck out to me about San Francisco, from early in my time here, is the number contrails you see in the sky. For any unfamiliar with the term, contrails (or condensation trails) are those long, white streaks of vapor you see left behind by planes traveling at high altitude. I think they’re […]

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Eight Dollar Toast

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

I enjoy myself every time I go to The Mill, but I feel stupid every time I leave. The atmosphere is great, the staff have interesting looking tattoos, and there’s normally some pretty decent music playing. Setting aside these cooler aspects, though, I have some pretty significant gripes with the place. It’s overpriced, the coffee […]

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What Better a Way to Reflect?

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

I immediately knew that I wanted my IEEC commitment to be blogging. It was for a couple of reasons, the first being that I enjoy writing and want it to be a part of what I end up doing professionally. In light of that, keeping a record of my experiences and reflecting on them in […]

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In Search of Your Abode

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

It’s difficult finding a place to live in this city. I don’t mean to make it sound scary, but especially as an exchange student, there are so many factors working against you in the pursuit of somewhere warm and safe to spend the time you’re not in class or out doing other, fun stuff. I […]

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L.A roadtrip

Published on October 19, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

So.. for us here in San Francisco we know the weather wasn’t very pleasing this last weekend (read: freaking pouring down). So the Swedish team was happy we decided to go just this weekend to L.A! In fact, we booked this trip like a week after we got here because there was this Swedish music […]

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Napa on a rainy day

Published on October 18, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, Me and my friends decided to visit Napa this weekend as we were visiting a friend who lives nearby. Something we were not prepared for was the fact that it would rain all weekend… We ended up going to a wine tastery in downtown Napa and it was really good! It is called […]

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5. Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

Published on October 17, 2016 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

I can’t speak for any other international students but I can safely say that my home university’s on campus shop is basic, but gets the job done. You can buy snacks, choose from maybe 2 notebooks, we have around 3 different styles of hoodies in an array of colours, a couple of Bic pens and […]

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Golden Gate Bridge

Published on October 11, 2016 by Amy Su

So I’ve been in SF for almost a good 2 months now and I have yet to seen the famous red bridge… until today! It was a beautiful day so why not, perfect chance to go see the bridge, oh and there were also the Blue Angels flying around that day. If you didn’t know […]

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4. The Loneliest Birthday I Never Did Have

Published on October 6, 2016 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

When you pack up and move continents for the year it’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s refreshing. When you arrive in your new city and realise that it is only a few weeks until your birthday and you don’t really know anybody it’s, well, disappointing. As a self-confessed attention whore I love my birthday. It’s […]

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Hiking tips

Published on October 4, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

Hey all, A lot of exchange students say they want to explore and find new places. A popular weekend activity for many is therefore hiking. But hiking often involves a 5-hour one-way road just to get there. But it doesn’t have to! In fact, in a city like San Francisco with all its hills and […]

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Twin Peaks

Published on October 3, 2016 by Amy Su

Want to see San Francisco from a different perspective? Go visit Twin Peak! I’ve already been twice at night and both times are breathtakingly beautiful. Grab all your warm clothes and layer up beforehand because you WILL freeze. Find the perfect night where it isn’t too foggy or too cold. Drive all the way up […]

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Asian foods take me back to the start

Published on October 2, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

Recently my friends drive off to Asian restaurants for dinner. Good smell of news, I hop in the car with them by chance and go enjoy the yummy. For the first ride to make this happen, it didn’t matter whether I was invited. I squashed my ass in the backseats which were already occupied by […]

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My impression of the classes so far

Published on October 1, 2016 by Aya Suzuki

This is my second time of posting! I’m gonna write about my classes. It pasted one month from starting classes. I found many differences between here in SFSU and my university in Japan. I have four classes right now and all of my classes are until noon, so I have a lot of free time after school. When I […]

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3. Trust Me, This One is Better Without Photographs

Published on September 29, 2016 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

Being an international student my main quest, aside from learning, is trying to see and do as much as possible in the short time I have here in SF. I usually have Sunday’s off and so most weeks have taken this time to explore the city. Many weeks ago my friend, Charlotte, mentioned the Folsom […]

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Lost In Translation

Published on September 27, 2016 by Ariadne Fletcher

Today I tried to buy a bottle of water, my request was met with a questioning smile; “what?” “Just a bottle of water, please” “what?” “w-ah-ter” “what” “W-AA-TER” “what”, well you get the picture. As English is my first (and ashamedly only) language, I never thought there would be any kind of language barrier in […]

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Lake Tahoe

Published on September 26, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

Hey everyone, It’s been awhile since I posted my last blog because I was so busy exploring San Francisco and settling down with school. I already did 3 road trips with some friends! First one was to Santa Cruz and the Big Sur, second one was to Lake Tahoe and third one was to SLO […]

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Discovering SF – Crossing the Bridge

Published on by Noor Sluis

Not only “in town” there is a lot to discover, so that’s the reason why I crossed the Bridge last weekend to find out what San Francisco has to offer me over there. I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed. In my opinion it is the best to go there by car, because the […]

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Hottest Months of the Year

Published on September 21, 2016 by Amy Su

I applied to study in SF during the Fall so I expected some cold days where I’d be struggling to get through the days, and I am definitely NOT a love of winter or the cold but since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten used to the foggy days in August. But now that August is […]

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Giving myself a month and so far

Published on September 20, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

A month has passed. One of my history classes announced that the midterm is going to be on next Monday. America has exams in different ways and I am a bit bewildered. Apparently, I am supposed to buy something called exam booklet in blue/green color and bring it to classroom. I didn’t know what it […]

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Discovering SF – Castro Disctrict

Published on September 17, 2016 by Noor Sluis

Today it’s Castro’s turn to be featured right here. I guess I don’t need to tell you that the Castro District is a one of the most lively places around the city. For that reason, it’s really worth visiting it. Once. Twice. Or even more. Relax – Castro Theatre  Checkout their website to see what […]

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Urban Putts

Published on by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

Hey, If you want to have a good time at a cool Mission hideaway, go to Urban putts! The 14 holes-mini-golf course takes you on an adventure for sure. Earthquakes, submarines, TV games, skeletons, there is tons of new ways to play golf for you and your friends. Plus, the place even has a bar […]

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How to live life.

Published on September 16, 2016 by Jon Parli

Let me share this quote by Mark Twain with you. I read it every once in a while as it makes me take a closer look at how I live my life. It really works as a guiding star for me. Do I step out of my comfort zone every now and then? Do I try new things […]

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A drug-teen, a super ball and Britney Spears.

Published on September 13, 2016 by Jon Parli

The other day I went to a EDM party. EDM, if one should trust the people who write Wikipedia articles, can be defined as “Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals.” Well, EDM is […]

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The Swedish Guy from Switzerland.

Published on by Jon Parli

  The other day I had –once more– a very sophisticated conversation with yet another chap who suffers from some sort of Idon’tknowanygeographitis, which seems to be a rather common condition in this country (sorry if this sounds harsh, but it’s actually true: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/10/16/us-students-are-terrible-at-geography). Anyways, it went something like this: Stranger: “Hi, buddy!” Me: “Hey, […]

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Fort Funston

Published on by Amy Su

Looking for a place to capture the beach side of San Francisco? Head over to Fort Funston located on the southwest corner of SF formerly known as Lake Merced Military Reservation. It is well known for its strong winds where you can see some amazing hand gliders. They will make your photographs look 10 times […]

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Craigslist can kill you. No joke.

Published on September 12, 2016 by Jon Parli

Craigslist is useful. Very much useful. Super useful. And sometimes even a little rubbish! Or hogwash, as you would call it here. And by hogwash I mean all the scams. All the fake ads that have one purpose only: getting into your pockets. Bastards. But would you ever have thought, it can actually also be […]

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2. United States of Academia

Published on by Olivia Seaton-Hill

I am still unable to include pictures in my blog posts, thank you technology, so I have had to take some time to think of an appropriate topic that does not require visual aids. I have decided to go back to basics. The real reason I am here in San Francisco is to study. And […]

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Never heard of it? No way!

Published on September 11, 2016 by Jon Parli

Ever heard of couchsurfing? No? www.couchsurfing.com. You’re welcome. What it is, you wonder? It’s like meeting old friends. Only that you haven’t met them before. But there is that common ground. Let’s call it the love for travelling. And the passion to immerse yourself in new cultures. And the appreciation of meeting strangers that really […]

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San Luis Obispo

Published on September 8, 2016 by Amy Su

Over the Labour Day weekend I went about 3 or 4 hours south of California and visited SLO also know as San Luis Obispo. It is a small college town so the place is 60% filled with college students partying it up but when school is over, the town is dead. There are parts of […]

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Tricking Life in San Francisco

Published on September 5, 2016 by Kouta Nakano

I do tricking. Tricking is a mixture of acrobatics and martial arts. Yet, no combat. We do it exclusively for performance. Trickers love to show off their moves with beautiful views in background :3 I have my moves filmed these days. I am one of those showy and somewhat looking arrogant…but nice dudes! San Francisco […]

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Finding Yoda

Published on by Luke Peat

San Francisco is the only place in the world where you can wake up, get dressed and  set off walking with the intention of finding Master Yoda. It’s also the only place with $5.00 toast but still, you can find YODA. I travelled from one end of the peninsula to the other in search of the elusive […]

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Attempts of a Wannabe Poet in San Francisco – ‘The Man on the Street’

Published on September 4, 2016 by Michael Rounds

San Francisco has very obviously got a housing problem. Apparently the influx of tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco has resulted in rocketing house prices and increasingly gentrified residential areas. There are many homeless people on the streets who are vulnerable, have mental health problems, suffer from drug addiction and many other circumstances […]

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Discovering SF – Lake Tahoe

Published on by Noor Sluis

Even though we’re not really talking about San Francisco when talking about Lake Tahoe, this is a place you can not miss at all while you’re staying in SF. I had already heard that this should be an amazing place, but visiting this lake and it’s beautiful surroundings was even more beautiful then I expected […]

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First Time in the States

Published on August 29, 2016 by Amy Su

My first few weeks in San Francisco as a new exchange student has so far been an interesting and challenging experience from learning to being independent to going out exploring new things. I was told by a couple of friends and co workers back home that San Francisco is a cold yet lovely place and […]

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Delicious Judahlicous

Published on by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

For all of you who are vegan or into raw food- or just want a true food experience- go to Judahlicious in the corner of Judah street and 44th ave. All their dishes are either made completely out of raw food or are all vegan. The one thing you must try when going there is […]

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My first weeks in San Francisco

Published on August 25, 2016 by Josje van der Biezen

It only took me a couple days to fall in love with this exciting yet relaxed and laid back city. San Francisco has so much to offer and I would love to share with everyone what I’ve experienced so far. Exactly 17 days ago I arrived at SFO airport and since then my days are full […]

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Stern Grove Festival

Published on August 24, 2016 by Amy Su

Sunday’s are usually days where we spend at home relaxing, cleaning or running errands, well for me that’s the case. Since I am studying abroad there is more of an emphasis in finding parties or events happening downtown or even in the local area. On Sunday the 21st, I visited Stern Grove’s 79th Festival which […]

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Howdy, San Francisco!

Published on by Kouta Nakano

It took me a while to figure out how I can make a post here and that is why I am having a bit late start. Sorry! It’s been only 10 days since my feet landed in San Francisco. People might assume that I need some more time to settle down with here. Yet, I am totally smitten by the city […]

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Limey in Fog City: First Impressions

Published on by Ben Walker

Hey, I’d like to welcome you to my weekly/bi-weekly blog in which I’ll give you guys an insight into what I get up to during my semester in the Golden State. I’ve been living in San Francisco for just over three weeks now and so far it’s been a lot of fun, and along the […]

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1.Welcome to the Friendly City

Published on August 23, 2016 by Olivia Seaton-Hill

What a first week it has been here in San Francisco. I’ve packed lots in, met more new people than I can begin to count and, most importantly, I’ve had a great time. Given that this is my first visit to SF I have been completely overwhelmed by the niceness of the locals. I come […]

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Burger in San Francisco!

Published on August 22, 2016 by Peggy Hsieh

(Actually I want to post some photos here, yet there are some errors of the system) A lot of my friends who have been in states recommend that the In-N-Out Burger is awesome. Being curious about how the burger tastes like, I decided to go there with my friend this afternoon. What I saw was […]

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Please don’t read.

Published on by Jon Parli

Hi, my name is Jon. – Jon. – It’s Jon. – No, not John (ʤɑn), it’s Jon (jɑn). – No, as I said, it’s Jon (jɑn). Like “Yon”. – Yeah, there you go! I have this exact conversation basically every time I introduce myself to a person whose mother tongue is English. But why do […]

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about my first time in San Francisco by Aya

Published on August 21, 2016 by Aya Suzuki

Hello. It’s my first time to post it. I just arrived San Francisco 2 weeks ago and I looked around the city. It’s good city and my favorite place in SF is Fisherman’s walf. The weather was so nice and sight was also good. I haven’t been a lot of places but I liked there! […]

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A foot in both camps (and a homeless man on my lap): a blog by Ariadne Fletcher.

Published on by Ariadne Fletcher

As an international student from Scotland, moving to America feels like a big step. And since I have both British and American citizenship (which I feel makes me doubly international, right…?) it somehow feels twice as big; the US citizen half of me has never been back to her home state or spent any prolonged time […]

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Discovering SF – Mission District

Published on by Noor Sluis

Since I have been a freshly and new exchange student and have never been to San Francisco before, my first weeks in this city exist of discovering all cool places San Francisco has to offer. And because I know I’m not the only “stranger” here, I would like to share my experiences with the other […]

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A little piece of Sweden in the U.S

Published on August 20, 2016 by Anna Klara Andersson Junkka

So here I am, a Swede in the amazing city of San Francisco. San Francisco is known for its great diversity, and the fact that we found an IKEA warehouse around here proves it. IKEA is pretty much the trademark for Sweden. For the first time since we came here, while browsing with our shopping […]

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Attempts of a Wannabe Poet in San Francisco – ‘Ferlinghetti’s Spaghetti’

Published on August 18, 2016 by Michael Rounds

Whether it be destiny or chance, I have been drafted in as a blogger for the IEEC without choosing blogging as any of my 3 options. I wonder if this has ever happened before? I may not have chosen blogging, but it seems to have chosen me, so I will give it the best shot […]

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#5: Annie Leibovitz Exhibition

Published on May 21, 2016 by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

A couple of months ago, after being so sad that I missed it in the UK when I was back for Christmas I heard that the Annie Leibovitz exhibition was going to be in San Francisco in March. It just so happened that it coincided with the time my best friend was coming to visit […]

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#4: Accidental Tourist

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

While checking out the place that my family will be staying when they visit next month, I ended up wandering around the area in the boiling heat that day. I knew that Alamo Park was nearby and headed upward to where I expected it to be. Without having been there before it was a strange […]

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#3: Walks & Cityscapes

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

These are some of my favourite views in the city that I’ve had the chance to see thus far, and all happen to be just a few paces from my house and even just the top of my garden. I still need to make my way up to some of the more traditional and iconic […]

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Final is coming!

Published on May 17, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

This week is the last week this semester, soon or later, the final is on its way. I hope all you guys prepare well of the final. This semester I take 5 courses. Two of them is my favorite biology, both of the professor is wise and funny. I really enjoy the time I spend […]

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Time to say goodbye

Published on May 15, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

First of all, I want to apologized to the 2 pretty women who word nicely and helpful for all the international students. I feel so sorry to finish all the blog here. I know there is no excuse and I should write this down earlier. From this one-year studying abroad experience, the major knowledge is […]

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What a wonderful experience!

Published on by Yuanming Yao

It will be a super cool experience that you can study abroad for a year. And it will be even cooler that the location is San Francisco. Especially for a computer science major student. If heaven exist, then it must be here. In this year, I only traveled 3 city in America, SF, LA and […]

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My School life

Published on by Yuanming Yao

I think decided of living in the campus is a very smart move. But in the beginning, I just wanted to be lazy, felt tired to find a dorm near the campus. But luckily, I got a room 15 days before the semester started. My three handsome, cool and charming roommate is my first group […]

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Roller Disco

Published on May 14, 2016 by Jessica Bitoun

Hey Folks, I found the perfect old school cliché American experience for you to try. Roller Disco! Every Friday and Saturday night you can go to the Church on 8 Wheels in Lower Haight (yes it is in an actual Church). It is the real deal, four wheels on each foot, lights, 70s music, people […]

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You’re the One that I Want Woohoohoo Honey

Published on by Jessica Bitoun

Hey Folks, My friends and I went to a Grease Sing Along at the Castro Theater a few weeks back and we had the best time. For those of you who don’t know the concept, they play the movie and add subtitles for the songs so that everyone can sing along (hence the name). You […]

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Disney Museum

Published on May 12, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

If you ask me who is the person I admire most in this world, that must be Walt Disney. He is the one who build my first dream. I still remember the very first Disney movie I watched, Aladdin. When I went to New York this winter vacation. I went straight to the Broadway and […]

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Are you ready for the summer?

Published on May 10, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

Hi, what’s up guys! Even the final is coming still need go to bed in time! Summer, what a beautiful word, means sea, sunshine and all the beautiful feeling in the world. Wait, speaking of sea, did you prepare for your summer body? Here I want to share my workout plan. Let’s go to gym […]

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conservatory of flowers

Published on by Yuanming Yao

Hi, what’s up guys! The final is coming hope you guys don’t feel too stress. This semester I took a very interesting class, BIO150, World of Plants. The instructor is very funny and nice, the TA is funny also During the class, we have a lot field trip and a lot opportunity you can learn […]

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One hell of a road trip – Beautiful Death Valley

Published on May 8, 2016 by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys! Almost the end of my story on the coolest road trip! This episode: Death Valley National Park. What do you know about the Death Valley? Before going there, I had a very precise image of what it was in my mind, very far from reality. I was convinced that it was stretches of […]

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One hell of a road trip – One of the Wonders of the World

Published on by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys! I’ve been posting about the amazing road trip I did during the spring break, for a few weeks now. Let’s carry on a little more! We’re leaving fabulous Las Vegas to join the Grand Canyon! As usual, the landscapes during the car trip are wonderful. After a few hours, we arrive at the […]

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San Diego Trip

Published on May 6, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hello Everybody ! I guess this will be my last article before I go back to France .. I will write one about Hawaii when I’ll be back in France. For the moment I wanted to share with you my amazing 2 days and a half trip in San Diego. More precisely I’ll tell you […]

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HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016!!!!

Published on May 3, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

    There is a world tour vocal concert here last Saturday!!! The singer is the world number one princess, Hatsune Miku sama! Location is at warfield. And our San Francisco is this world tour’s second stop.     Hatsune Miku is a Japanese music sensation, a 16 year-old blue-haired girl with a unique voice […]

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One hell of a road trip – Las Vegas Baby !

Published on May 2, 2016 by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys! Remember, I was talking about a wonderful road trip in US? Let’s keep going on. After visiting LA and the surroundings, let’s go to the craziest city on earth: Las Vegas! The funny thing is, I didn’t have that many expectations before going there: for me, it was only hotels and casinos, didn’t […]

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The One about My Last Blog and IEEC Commitment

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

So here it comes! My last blogging footprint at the San Francisco State University – that was a home for me for 5 months. What would I recommend the future students here in SF? There is some app for Ike’s baguettes down in Cesar Chavez, you can order it online, set a pickup time and […]

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The One about Our Apartment

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

So we renamed our apartment for The Squat. Why? It’s because we are soooo welcoming. We love people, we love our families and friends and we let everyone to come in here to cheer us up. The best visitor was on of my roommate’s boyfriend who brought us Czech candies and Czech cheese. It was […]

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One Hell of a road trip – LA & other stuff

Published on by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys, it’s been a while ! Last time, I talked about the amazing road trip I did with friends in California, Nevada and Arizona… Let’s carry on! Second big step : Los Angeles. To be frank, I was kind of disappointed by the city itself. Maybe this was because we didn’t really know the good places […]

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The One about Visiting Night Alcatraz

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

Booked 2 months ahead, we went to Alcatraz tour with my roommates. Prepared for chilly weather, with several layers of the clothes we got on board and went to the island. I just loved the view of the city when the sun set and also the beautiful view of the whole Bay area with Golden […]

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The One about Camping in Big Basin Redwood State Park

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

I also got the chance to experience the real American camping. I was pretty impressed how comfortable and high-tech it was. There is not much similar to our Czech camping. You basically pack everything in the car – plates, glasses, high-quality food, tents, sleeping bags, floatable mattress, ribs for barbecue, sausages, games, balls, drinks, everything. […]

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The One about visiting real American Family in Sonoma

Published on May 1, 2016 by Lucie Doubravova

I was just so lucky that I met one of my American classmates in the class. Our friendship started with the glass of the beer in Cesar Chavez after class and then one weekend it happened that I went with her to see her family. Luckily, her hometown is Sonoma, wineries everywhere so it means […]

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Visiting Berkeley

Published on April 25, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everybody! As the end of the semester approaches too quickly, I want to enjoy every moment here. That is why I went to Berkeley with other exchange students on Saturday. We took the BART at Powell station and 30 minutes later we arrived in downtown Berkeley. We started by walking on Berkeley university campus. […]

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Ferry Building

Published on April 24, 2016 by Jessica Bitoun

Hey folks, I’m sure you’ve all been enjoying the city so far. It’s funny how we can get used to a new lifestyle and a new city in such a short period of time. One of the things we love to do on weekends is going to the farmers market at the Ferry Building. If […]

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Welcome to Disneyland !

Published on April 18, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everybody ! I had another typical american adventure when my sister came visit me last week. We spent two days in Los Angles as I did for spring break but we also spent two days in Disneyland in Anaheim. First of all we were not very lucky with the weather because we had clouds […]

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SF & Movies – Part 2

Published on April 14, 2016 by Jessica Bitoun

Hey Folks, So here’s the second part: famous movie locations of San Francisco. There’s actually quite a business around it. Apparently you can book tours to see some of these famous spots. But why pay when you can do it for free, right? So coming up: childhood movies, blockbusters and  classics (again). Some of the […]

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Coffee!

Published on April 13, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

So it was only a matter of time before I posted about coffee. I’m from Melbourne, and while similar to San Francisco in many ways, home, of course, has its own defining cultural quirks that make it a place like no other. One of the most obvious of these, is our love, or rather, absolute […]

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Back on Board

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

I wouldn’t say that skateboarding is an important part of my life anymore, but there was a time when it meant everything. At 14 or 15, my entire world was centered around two trucks, four wheels and seven layers of maple. The tricks, the culture, the music and the people; it was my identity, and […]

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The One about How time flies so fast

Published on April 12, 2016 by Lucie Doubravova

Okay, so now it’s April. I still see myself arriving at the airport in San Francisco, renting a car and going to survive in the Wild America. The time flies so fast! I have been to the beach only TWO TIMES! And as the time goes by I feel like I haven’t seen much from […]

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The One about American vs. European differences

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

I got to spend some time with my favorite American family in Arizona. It is my former teacher from high school back in the Czech Republic and she is one of the nicest person in the world. I could also come to class with her and I gave presentation to Student Council students. While we […]

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The One about Disneyland trip

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

My American teacher and friend in one person took me to Disneyland trip with the kids from her high school – 14 to 18 year-olds. 80 kids on two buses, almost nightmare I thought. I expected the buses to look like classic coaches (Megabus or Greyhound). Finally, the two YELLOW school buses from Lake Havasu […]

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The One about Warner Bros Studio

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

The best part of my trip to LA was the visit to Warner Bros. Even though it cost like million dollars it is still worth the money. I am now kind of disappointed that I didn’t go to Universal but there will be time to do it in my life. The best thing was getting […]

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Step 3: Santa Barbara and California 1

Published on April 5, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone! This is the last article about my spring break. As a reminder, my first two steps were about Las Vegas and Los Angeles. After our four days in Los Angeles, we took a train (Amtrack) to go to Santa Barbara. It took us a little less than two hours to get there. I […]

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Step 2: Los Angeles

Published on April 1, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone ! For those who don’t remember or who had not read my “Step 1” post, here is a little reminder. I want to share with you my spring break experiences through Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Road California 1 ! So we left Las Vegas by bus in the night and […]

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One hell of a road trip – California Bay

Published on March 31, 2016 by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys! Welcome back to SF State… These first few days following the Spring break have been hard for everyone, but it is time to get back into the swing of things! Let me just dream of it a little… These 10 days have been absolutely amazing, I’ve lived stuff and saw places I’ll never […]

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SF & Movies – Part 1

Published on by Jessica Bitoun

Hey Folks! San Francisco has a huge scene in pop-culture and has been featured in many movies we’ve all seen. I thought it’d be fun to tell you guys about some of the places you can go to in the city to see where famous movie scenes were shot. Let’s start with some classics. In […]

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Step 1 : Las Vegas

Published on March 27, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone ! I hope everybody had a great spring break discovering California, Mexico, Hawaii or other crazy places. For me the trip started with Las Vegas. I arrived on the 16th at night and two of my friends joined me on the 17th at night too. Day 1 : I spent my day on […]

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The California Academy of Sciences

Published on March 16, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

The California Academy of Sciences was on the to do list since a couple of weeks after I got here. From what my friends described, it was like a museum, exotic zoo and science fair combined, with booze and DJs thrown in the mix if you visited on a Thursday night; my idea of fun […]

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Perfect food places

Published on March 15, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone ! This week I want to share with you two spots that I found this week-end and that you should try ! The two places are in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood. The first place is called “The Grove” and is a very cute café/restaurant where you can have a breakfast, a lunch, […]

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PT in SF

Published on March 14, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

It’s funny how different I feel about public transport over here. Even after two months, everything is enough of a novelty that I don’t mind being on the train or bus at all. I hated the train back home. And buses? Forget about it. I think it’s a combination of factors that shaped my attitude. […]

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Passing By The Castro

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

Passing the Castro Theatre is a part of my daily routine. I remember seeing the place the first few times being surreal, because I watched the film Milk on the plane on the way over here. For anyone who doesn’t know, Milk is a film starring Sean Penn, who plays Harvey Milk, a politician who […]

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Midterm week

Published on by Yuanming Yao

Hi how’s it going guys? Good news! Spring Break is soon! Have any plan? Bad news TAT. Midterm is coming…… I just have 3 midterm last week and 2 more is about to coming. I hope everyone will get a good grade in the midterm! In this rainy weekend(is like the rain will never end), […]

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Miyazaki’s week!

Published on March 13, 2016 by Adele Bouillier

Hey guys! Do you know the Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki? This week, the IEEC Cross-Cultural & Academic Committee organized a viewing of one of his famous animation, Spirited Away, in school. I couldn’t attend it, but heard it was a success and I am looking forward to […]

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The Urban Putt

Published on by Jessica Bitoun

Hey folks! So the rain has been pretty bad this past week. Not sure how many of you went to Saint Patrick’s parade but if you did, hats off to you friends! The rain was really bad this week-end but fear not I have the perfect place for you to have fun despite the wonderful […]

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#2: Midterms & Rain

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

It’s been raining solidly for nearly a week now. I don’t mind it too much, coming from England it’s not too far out of the norm. But, I guess it did make me realise that I have become somewhat accustomed to the warm California weather. It does make for frustrating days when you wish you could […]

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#1: Photojournalism & the City

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

So, this semester I’ve had the chance to take a photojournalism class. I feel really lucky to be able to take something so different from the degree I’m studying, even if they overlap in some respects, but getting this chance to do something I love and something practical at a higher education level is amazing. […]

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AlphaGo win the second game!

Published on March 10, 2016 by Yuanming Yao

Hi! What’s up guys? Last week I got a super bad sick since I back from a field trip. This field trip was at Glen Canyon Park, which is a giant, beautiful park. But the lab book only tell us how to drive to there, so I put Glen Canyon Park in Google map and […]

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Wineries, fish and Sausalito

Published on March 7, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone! This week end was a bit special for me because my landlords invited me on a trip to the wine country. We spent one day in Windsor and we went visiting the Francis Ford Coppola winery. It was a beautiful place (even if it was raining) with a huge swimming pool, a patio […]

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#3 Indoor climbing in Mission cliffs

Published on March 1, 2016 by JINJAE KIM

In last saturday, I went to the “Mission cliffs” in order to participate in my RPT class. It was a first off-campus class, so I was really looking forward this activity. There were a lot of indoor climbing courses from easy to hard levels. I and my classmates kept practicing the way of belaying. The most important thing in […]

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Napa & Sonoma Valley

Published on February 29, 2016 by Jessica Bitoun

Hey folks! Last weekend I went to Napa and Sonoma Valley with friends to taste some wine! We booked a one day trip which included transport from SF to Napa and Sonoma with a guide, and tasting at three different wineries. For those of you who don’t know, Sonoma was actually the first region to […]

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A summer day in winter

Published on by Adele Bouillier

Hi everyone ! Today I would like to talk about a dreamy day I spent at Dolores Park. I was there on a Sunday, which was so warm and sunny I thought I was sunbathing on a beach during a hot summer… Californian winter is awesome! With some friends, we planned a picnic in Dolores Park, […]

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Trip in NYC during the winter vacation!

Published on by Yuanming Yao

Hi! I am the new blogging this semester. The first thing I want to share to you guys is my trip in NYC during the winter vacation. When last semester ended, one of my friend came to SF to meet me from England. We hang out in SF for a week, sadly, the weather is […]

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Running in SF

Published on February 27, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hello everyone! With these spring temperatures I could not resist to go out and run. I am not a very good runner, actually I don’t often run in France, but here it is different. For me it is another way to discover San Francisco. I live not far from Ocean Beach an Golden Gate Park […]

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Let’s ride it !

Published on February 20, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you another great experience of my last week. My boyfriend has been in San Francisco until today and he could not go back home without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge ! That is why we went to see it on Sunday. In order to have a different perspective, […]

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Sutro Baths: Bathing Suit Not Required

Published on February 18, 2016 by Beau d'Avoine

So apparently my expression of concern at not having my bathers handy on our way to the Sutro Baths was pretty funny. When I got there I realized why. The Baths is an attraction not due to promise of a casual dip, but because it’s in ruins; the place burned down in 1967. Needless to […]

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The Alameda Marketplace? Do it!

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

I’m a huge fan of flea markets. The beautiful mess of interesting objects and people you can expect to find often makes for a supremely interesting Saturday or Sunday morning. Melbourne has a few decent ones of its own, but for all that I’ve been to back home, none compares to the Alameda Marketplace. This […]

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How to assemble a bed from IKEA in 10 people and still don’t have it done

Published on February 16, 2016 by Lucie Doubravova

How many people do you need to assemble 1 bed from Ikea? TEN AT LEAST!   There’s another story of our apartment life in San Francisco. The roommates bought the new bed in Ikea online ad had it delivered to the apartment. One week later, the bed came but they forgot to buy the mattress […]

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The foggy Saturday by the Golden Gate Bridge

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

Hi there, another post is here! We decided to rent a car on Saturday morning to go hiking to Mt Tamalpais. In the morning we discovered that all the rental companies don’t have any cars available (because of Valentine’s, President’s and the long weekend). Hertz offered us ONE car per ONE DAY for $120. What […]

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Yosemite Park

Published on February 15, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi everyone ! I wanted to talk to you about a little trip in Yosemite. My boyfriend came on the 10th of February to spend 10 days of holidays here in San Francisco. Because the weather was beautiful, we planned to go to Yosemite on Saturday. There are different options to go there, you can […]

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Things I don’t get about America – #1: paper

Published on by Lucie Doubravova

Hey guys, this is Lucy from the Czech Republic talking to you :) I made a commitment to write everyweek’s blog so here’s my first post. The blog is gonna be randomly picked topics that interested me so much that I feel like telling you about. #1 thing I don’t get about America: PAPER! I am […]

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Taking a play class

Published on February 11, 2016 by shin dongsu

I am taking RPT class which is so nice in this semester.  The class is on Monday and Wednesday. Since this class consists of lecture and activity, I can make new friends and play with them when the activity time. We learn about what playing is and how play affect people’s life and so on in this class. At the […]

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#2 My Ceramic class in SFSU

Published on by JINJAE KIM

I am taking ceramic class in this semester and really satisfied in this class. This class meet a few times a week for four or five hours at Fine Art building on campus. A variety of activity classes including Ceramic class in SFSU give a nice surprise to me since there are few activity class in my college of South Korea. Even though activity classes […]

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Try to Pizza

Published on February 7, 2016 by shin dongsu

Hi, everyone! When I came back home after excercising, I tried to eat Blaze pizza at stones town. Since I haven’t had eat it for a while, I wanted to eat it. Actually, it was my second try. There were many people even though time when I went there was not lunch time.  Most of people ordered their own pizza seperatly and some guys packed a lot of pizza like […]

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On Such a Winter’s Day

Published on by Beau d'Avoine

Nothing beats a perfect sunset. The kind that starts off with a burning orange glow and becomes more haunting and beautiful as it descends through the spectrum towards pink then through deep purple until it’s quenched. I’ve always been my happiest at dusk. To me, it’s by far the most beautiful part of the day […]

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Dolores Park

Published on February 2, 2016 by Julie Blanc

Hi  everyone ! Last week I went to the grand opening of the Dolores Park (One part of the park was closed for a moment) and I wanted to share my feelings about this amazing place. I went there with other exchange students and when we arrived, there were little candles everywhere along and inside […]

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Hello from the other side

Published on February 1, 2016 by Adele Bouillier

Hi everyone! I am Adele (yes, just like the singer), a brand new exchange student from France. I’ve left baguettes and croissants for three weeks now, and I’m really ok about it! It is kind of weird leaving home and travelling to the other side of the world to live there. A little scary at […]

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#1 My feelings in SF downtown

Published on January 30, 2016 by JINJAE KIM

I have stayed in San Francisco since the last Fall semester.  Yesterday evening, I and my firneds went to the SF downtown to celebrate one of my friend’s birthday. The downtown left me with different emotional states whenever I went to there. When it is unbroken sunshine, a lot of people walk around roads soaking up the shinshine and line up in front of a famous cablecar. On the […]

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Feeling till now

Published on January 27, 2016 by Yu-Chien Shih

This is my first time leave my homwtown so far away. But guess what,I feel great in San Francisco so far.Because people here is so passinate and kind to each other. At the beginning, I felt depress and miss my family and friend. After I went to downtown, pier39 and so many places, I found […]

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Eat them all !

Published on January 26, 2016 by Julie Blanc

One of my first real american culinary experience here in San Francisco is called “The Cheesecake Factory”. Like a lot of foreign students I discovered this restaurant in the TV show “The Big Bang Theory” and at first I did not realize that it was a real and famous place in United States. Since the […]

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A visit to Squaw Valley/ Ski Resort

Published on January 24, 2016 by Shiuan-Huey Chen

This is the tenth day in San Francisco. I woke up at five and head to Squaw Valley with my cousin and his friends. It took us around four hours drive to this beautiful place, Squaw Valley, which was also known as the host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics. The sceneries were amazing […]

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Tip #10: School is not the most important part

Published on December 24, 2015 by Hans-Olav Rise

As an exchange student, studying in a different country is an experience. For me, the academic part of the semester was fun, experiencing different teaching methods, learning about new subjects, and seeing what American college life is all about. Still: If you spend most of your time at school, you will be sad when you […]

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Tip #9: Just eat, and please eat well

Published on December 23, 2015 by Hans-Olav Rise

Every time someone wanted to go to The Cheesecake Factory, I felt a pain in my back. Every time someone said that In-N-Out Burger has the best burgers in the world, I lost five seconds of time on this earth. The food in San Francisco is so amazing, so please: Don’t spend your time eating […]

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Tip #8: Travel whenever you can

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

I’ve already mentioned Seattle, but during my semester in San Francisco I went to several other locations throughout the U.S. Seattle was just mentioned because it was especially amazing. Still, travel whenever you can. Weekends in San Francisco are really fun, but don’t spend every single weekend in the same city. I’ve been to five […]

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Tip #7: Golden Gate Park is not a tourist trap

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

I mentioned tourist traps and underwhelming sights and locations in the former blog post. Golden Gate Park is the opposite of this. Even though this park is world famous, and tourists visit the park, this a place you want to go back to – again and again and again. It’s a gigantic park, perfect for […]

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Tip #6: Avoid the tourist traps

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, Napa Valley; world-famous, amazingly underwhelming. Fisherman’s Wharf is just a tourist trap with expensive cafees and restaurants, crowded piers, and bad public transport. I came, I gave it a chance, and I left. The sea lions are cool, and you can visit the Buena Vista Café (the origin […]

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Tip #5: Explore The Castro

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

I’ve mentioned gay culture in a blog post from September, but it really is a huge part of San Francisco. The Castro District, located just west of The Mission, is a place you have to explore – even if you come from a country that’s, well, a little more old-fashioned… Norway, and Scandinavia, are open-minded […]

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Tip #4: The Mission District and burritos

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

In Norway, our late night food – coming drunk out of bars and clubs – are kebabs. It’s a really good and easily accessible late night food, but I would take the San Francisco burritos any night. The best ones are located in the historical neighborhood commonly called The Mission. The area used to have […]

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Tip #3: Visit The Fillmore

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

One of my clear plans for the semester was to go to tons of concerts. I achieved that goal, where The Zombies, Grateful Dead (Dead & Company, Grateful Dead with John Mayer), and Billy Joel where amongst the bands and artists I had the pleasure of seeing live. Still, my real tip is for a […]

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Tip #2: Go to Seattle

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

For me, this semester was not all about San Francisco. I have explored this glorious city, but some of my best memories will be from visiting other cities. The city I would recommend the most: Seattle. I went to Seattle in the end of september whilst my girlfriend was visiting from Norway. We stayed for […]

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Tips for upcoming San Franciscans in 10 blog posts

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

One amazing semester gone, I’m already back home in Norway to celebrate Christmas. This blog was supposed to be updated every week during my semester, instead I’ll just post ten blog posts in a row now. What is the best way of doing that? Tips and tricks, sprinkled with small summaries of my own adventures. […]

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See you in January SF!

Published on December 22, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

So December is here and my first semester is over. Whilst I’m so excited to go home and see my family, friends, and most importantly my beautiful pussy cats! The first couple of months here have been so exciting, I’ve met some beautiful people, experienced learning in a new environment and have discovered so much […]

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I’m just a cheesy kind of gal

Published on by Isobelle Cox

I know I’m not alone when I declare my love for cheese. So when I found out there was a restaurant in the mission that is not only dedicated to cheese, but actively celebrates cheese, I knew I was going to be surrounded by my kind of people. Incredibly reasonably priced, Mission Cheese is located […]

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Java

Published on by Isobelle Cox

I am dedicating this post to my local coffee shop, Java on Ocean coffee house (1700 Ocean Ave). Boy do they know how to foam milk. I’m telling you, the best cappuccino in town will be found here. If you prefer your coffee black, no fear they have that too, yes it’s a coffee shop. […]

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Dolores Park

Published on by Andrea Cohen

My last advice to international and exchange students, and anyone new to San Francisco would be to go hang out at Dolores park. After 5 months living here I can honestly say that this really is one of my favorite place in the whole city. There is a very unique atmosphere in this park and […]

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What I gained in SF

Published on December 19, 2015 by Akari Kato

This might be the last article for this blog. In total, I stayed in SF state for one year. During study abroad, I gained a lot of precious experience in SF. This is the first study abroad for me, so I was little nervous when I got to SF first. Actually, I had some difficulties […]

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San Francisco: Part 5 – The End of Semester 1, 2015, & Overusing the Word ‘Love’.

Published on December 18, 2015 by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

I’m sitting in the Castro in the same coffee shop I came to months ago when I was in the midst of my classes, drowning in assignments and trying to find the balance between work and play. I’m in the same seat just on the other side of the shop, looking out the window at […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – Happy Holidays

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

Today I am looking forward and looking back, I have a final weekend here and then I fly back to the UK on Monday evening. I’m expecting a busy but happy flight home with everyone on their way to their families for the holidays. For the first time today, with the slightly brisk weather and […]

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San Francisco: Part 4 – Brunch, History and Maraschino Cherries

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

So, we’ve started going to brunch now. Exactly at the point when I can’t afford anything at all, like basic vegetables are out of the question and Clipper card top-ups are painful, yet now is the time we decide it’s a good thing to do once a week. I’m learning about American breakfast foods though, […]

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Finals and Library

Published on by Andrea Cohen

Thanks God, finals are finally over!! Most of my finals were take homes. Many people prefer the take homes because they find it easier and have more time to edit it and look for mistakes etc… I for one, am not big fan of take homes because I always take forever to write them when […]

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Visiting LA (2)

Published on December 17, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi. When I visited LA, we went to California Disney Land. There are two theme in California Disney Land; Disney Land Park and Disney California Adventure Park. We went to Disney California Adventure Park, and the park has some interesting events and attractions which featured landmark of California. If you buy a hopper ticket, you […]

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How to Survive Finals

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

The past two days I have finished no less than four finals and today I have my final one. It has been a rocky week with ups and downs and lots of coffee, but I’m almost done and I think I made it. When times are tough and it feels almost impossible to get through […]

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Excess, I Love You

Published on December 16, 2015 by Max Favetti

As my time here comes to an end, I am preparing myself for the lengthy and horrific grieving process that shall begin upon my exeunt. Ill miss a frugal movie night with friends, where 1.50 can by you a bag of potato chips comparative to the size of conjoined twins, where you need a friend […]

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I Gots Me A Local

Published on by Max Favetti

One of the best aspects of moving to a new city, and knowing that you will be there for a time, is developing relationships of all kinds, social, intellectual, environmental and of course emotional. All those things that make for a well rounded experience and individual are also all the ingredients of ya local mate. […]

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Galvinised Grass Roots

Published on by Max Favetti

American politics are one of the best spectacles in the world. It is intriguing to live in a place that is, comparative to my home country, so vocally political.  I live next to a bar that screens every presidential debate on a big screen, allowing a muster of slightly inebriated voters to hurl abuse at […]

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Santa Fe Glassblowin

Published on by Max Favetti

Santa Fe is a fantastic nook in the belt in the land of the free. The first interaction with Santa Fe’e’ins (?) was walking in to what i assumed was a corner store to ask for directions to a particular dive bar. I was met with an impenetrable haze of cigar smoke, and have since learned that […]

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Bicicletta Frisco

Published on by Max Favetti

Getting about a city on two wheels is by far the grandest way to exist. Peddlin about me home town, that sees mild gradients at best, I was warned of the impracticality such a mode of transport would present when in transit about this famously steep town. With an head full of bravado and a […]

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The learned lecturers of SFSU

Published on by Max Favetti

Studying film and television in my native Australia these past few years has been a treat, but it is not without its limitations. Our sunburnt country, whilst vast and diverse is still at the mercy, in this modern world, of relative isolation. Coupled with our small population our film industry is like half a burrito: […]

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Visit LA

Published on by Akari Kato

Hi. How was your weekend? I went to Los Angels as a short trip with friends for 4days. It takes only an hour and half by plane from San Francisco to Los Angels. I think it’s not too long flight… you can go to LA easily. On the first day, we went to Santa Monica […]

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Last post: Goodbye San Francisco!

Published on by Sanna Billing

Goodbye my beloved San Francisco. Final exams have almost come to an end, and on Monday I am going home to Sweden again. San Francisco will always have a special place in my heart and I am planning to visit again soon. I am so happy that I ended up in this city and I […]

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Recommendation #10 – Los Angeles

Published on by Sanna Billing

It has always been a dream of mine to see L.A., and now I finally have! My boyfriend and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to L.A. along Highway 1. Such a nice travel and so beautiful! In L.A. we went to Universal studios, saw the Hollywood sign, Venice beach, Hollywood Walk […]

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Recommendation #9 – Lake Tahoe

Published on by Sanna Billing

Lake Tahoe – what can I say? It’s SO beautiful. A lot of people from IEEC went there to a friend’s cabin and we had a great weekend. We hiked, biked, ate smores by the fireplace and had a great time together. I am truly glad I got to see Lake Tahoe!  

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Recommendation #8 – Las Vegas

Published on by Sanna Billing

Vegas Baby! Definitely worth seeing, if you ask me. My friends and I, went there Thursday-Saturday because it was way cheaper. And trust me, 2 nights of partying is more than enough. At daytime we saw all the spectacular hotels and casinos and at night we went clubbing. I truly want to recommend the clubs […]

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Recommendation #7 – Grand Canyon

Published on by Sanna Billing

One of my favorite experiences from my stay here in California, is definitely the Grand Canyon. I had many expectations before going, and I was not disappointed at all. My friends and I went there by car. It took some sweet time but it was worth it. We rented a Juicy RV (http://www.jucyrentals.com/) that was […]

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Recommendation #6 – Santa Cruz

Published on by Sanna Billing

If you are longing for the beach life and maybe some surfing – go to Santa Cruz! A lot of people from IEEC and I, rented cars and went there for the weekend. We all surfed (some more successful than others), and just hanged out by the beach. At night we went to a seafood […]

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Recommendation #5 – Napa Valley

Published on by Sanna Billing

My friends and I went to Napa Valley and Sonoma for some winetasting! It was truly amazing and such a nice day! We booked a tour online and went with a tour bus to see 3 vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. On each vineyard we got to taste 3-5 different wines, it was more […]

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Recommendation #4 – Golden Gate Bridge

Published on by Sanna Billing

I don’t know why, but there is absolutely something magical about that bridge. My boyfriend and I went there and walked across the bridge and the surroundings. It is truly beautiful! When you are there, make sure to take the typical photo with the red bridge in the background. Enjoy the great view!

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Recommendation #3 – Union Square

Published on by Sanna Billing

Looking for great shopping? Do you have to buy those last Christmas presents? Then you should definitely go to Union Square where all the big stores are located. You will find Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and Westfield among many. Right now you can also go ice-skating right on Union Square if you want the Christmas vibe! […]

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Recommendation #2 – Dolores Park

Published on by Sanna Billing

As a San Francisco resident you HAVE to visit Dolores Park. It’s a really nice park perfectly suitable for hanging out with friends. During the end of fall and winter it might be too cold to sit there, but during summer and spring it is perfect. It is totally packed on weekends with people and […]

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Xmas time in SF

Published on December 15, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

Is it just me, or does San Francisco lack the festive spirit of Chrimbo? Maybe it’s because this is a fast pace city and people don’t have time to sing carols, or perhaps Christmas just isn’t cool enough for San Fran. I don’t know, but god damn it, I want cheesy Christmas songs, tacky tinsel […]

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Stress of Finals

Published on by Isobelle Cox

How do people find the time to enjoy living in San Francisco and keep up to date with work without depriving their bodies of sleep or food? If anyone reading this has successfully managed to find the time to accomplish all of these things then I will eat my hat. Living in SF has so […]

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Independant

Published on December 14, 2015 by Max Favetti

Through a series of slippery slopes, scantily clad street jogging and carnivorous disposition, I found in my lap, the gleaming offer to go back to where it all began, the Independant on Divis, to fill my ear things with a new passion. Twas several years ago I found myself in that wonderful place, the elements […]

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Fanksgivin

Published on by Max Favetti

I’ve been blessed to count a heady mix of expats as my friends since clambering about Frisco yum yum. Among the hip swingin, beer sippin, accent mockin cultural exchange that is, there is also a comfort in our collective exposure to American culture. What we givin fanks for innit? After the heated back and forth dripping […]

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A Taste Of Godfather Part Deux

Published on by Max Favetti

“Wanna come to a timeshare in Lake Tahoe?” Barring renal failure, a tryst with an opera singer or a one off rave headlined by Darude at the Palace of the Arts, there is only one way to answer that question. Packing light (in volume and fabric thickness) ensures your legs’ll look mint cavorting amidst the Nevadian […]

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Dolores, My Mistress

Published on by Max Favetti

Should my blog find keen readers, whom find themselves famished for my prose betwixt my installments, you may know be aware I had the good grace of snagging a ripper abode not a hop, skip and a jump from the magicLand of Dolores Park. My love affair with this patch o’ green began in the […]

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Secret Town Fun

Published on by Max Favetti

After two hours of transit, a flurry of dis and reembarking, winding down 2 lane roads through forests and by the still California drink, I arrived in Bolinas. What followed was a weekend that among other things, had the vexing task of discerning fact from fiction in this place. All road signs leading you there are […]

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Say Hi

Published on December 13, 2015 by Ingvild Fjelltveit

Being an exchange student means that you meet a lot of students from all over the world. And even though we spend most our time speaking English, I have tried to learn a little bit from the different languages my friends speak. I think it is nice to know how to say hi if you […]

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Places to Visit: Yosemite

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

My first trip outside of San Francisco this fall was to Yosemite. The beautiful nature park really took my breath away, and it is the place I think I have heard most people say that they really loved. I went there by car, it is about a 4-5 hours drive from San Francisco, depending on […]

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Places to Visit: LA

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

During my semester in San Francisco I have visited LA twice. Once with my family, and once with my best friend. LA is a huge and in my opinion sometimes very confusing city where it can be hard to now where you should go and what you should see. Therefore I will try to help […]

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Places to Visit: Tijuana

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

When I was visiting some friends in San Diego during Thanksgiving break, we spontaneously decided to go on a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico. The boarder to Mexico is located just a twenty minutes drive from the city center of San Diego and if you go there by car it is possible to park it […]

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Places to Visit: San Diego

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

A couple of weeks ago it was time for what me and a lot of students had been looking forward to for weeks; Thanksgiving break. I spent the holiday traveling and got to see a lot of cool places. But there was one that really stood out: San Diego. San Diego with its beautiful beaches, […]

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4 Things I Still Find Strange With the U.S.

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

My stay in San Francisco has come to an end. I’m leaving the city in less than a week, and it feels strange, good, sad and weird all at once. I have learned quite a few things this semester, both at uni and from other situations. However, there are some things left that I still […]

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Places to Visit: Lake Tahoe

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

In early October, me and my lovely group of IEEC-friends from Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands wanted to see some nature and decided to go to Lake Tahoe for the weekend. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful lake and its nature surroundings are quite spectacular. We spent the sunny days hiking in the mountains, swimming in […]

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Why Health Insurance Is So Important

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

Before coming here and being able to attend SFSU we all had to buy what at the time seemed like an annoyingly expensive health insurance. Bah, when do I ever go to the hospital or get seriously sick you might think, at least that is what I did. However, I had the not so pleasent […]

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Favorite Spot #3: Land’s End

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

Having a boring day off and in need of some fresh air? Well, then you should definitely consider a hike from Land’s End to Baker Beach. This is a beautiful walk, which also gives you many nice views of the GG-bridge (assuming you’re such a sucker for that bridge as I am…). You could start off […]

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Favorite Spots #2: Fort Funston

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

I don’t really know if I can claim this as a favorite spot, as I’ve only been at Fort Funston once. However, that one time made me fall in love with the place. Several kilometers with trails and windswept sand dunes to explore makes this the perfect Sunday hiking destination. If you get tired from […]

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Favorite Spots #1: Ocean Beach

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

Staying here for almost half a year, I have made up my mind about which local spots I find most beautiful in this city. These are the places I find peace, energy and motivation for new weeks, no matter how cliché that might sound. I have these kind of places back home in Norway, and […]

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My favorite class ever

Published on December 12, 2015 by Andrea Cohen

This semester, for the first time in my life, I took a communication class called “Debate and Argumentation”. It was completely different from any class I ever had and one of the reason was somethin I talked about in another post: this class required sujectivity and that is something that never was back in my University in […]

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Muni muses 1. I can’t talk, I need to run!

Published on by Synne Johnsen

Working in class and outside with study approximately nine am to ten pm every day for five courses, four in studio, and usually some on the weekends, helping my daughter with homework, she needs a dinner, plan when to go grocery shopping, we need clean clothes and sheets, communicate if she needs to come to […]

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A Thanksgiving to remember

Published on by Synne Johnsen

  My daughter and I were so lucky to be invited to stay with our housemate and her family to have Thanksgiving with them in her aunt’s house in Santa Cruz. After doing homework for some days, we drove there on Thursday in a car from a car share-company. If you need to have a […]

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Goodbye San Francisco

Published on December 11, 2015 by Ellen Korpe

On Wednesday next week I have my last final at SFSU and the following Monday I’m leaving San Francisco. This semester has gone by so fast and I have learned a lot! And I’m so happy that I decided to study abroad because this semester has developed me in so many ways. San Francisco is […]

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IKEA-Swedish Julbord

Published on by Ellen Korpe

I love Christmas and I absolutely love all the food and candy we eat in Sweden around Christmas. From what I have understood the food we eat on Christmas in sweden does differ a lot from the food Americans eat on Christmas. So when I found out that IKEA was going to have a Swedish […]

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California life

Published on December 10, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi. It’s been almost one year since I came to the US. I like San Francisco, and enjoy the city fully. I think California is nice place to live for foreigners because of the multicultural society. In CA, I’ve never experienced discrimination against Japanese or Asian, but everyone is kind to me. California is also […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – Thank You

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

This is a post to say thank you to the person who randomly stood in a coffee shop and drew this picture of me last month. No reason for it, I did not and still don’t know him at all. Just a little random act of kindness. I’ve seen a lot of acts of kindness […]

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3 best bars in SF

Published on by Isobelle Cox

Finals are nearly over! Before you go home to spend Chrimbo with your family, find the time to have a drink or two! 1.El Rio, 3158 Mission St @ Cesar Chavez. El Rio has a fantastic outside patio area, a pool table, regular music events and $2 Tecates! 2. Elbo Room, located in the Mission […]

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Goodbye San Francisco

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

Thank you for this semester!!!!! So, the semester has come to an end, and this is my last blog post. I have had a great time here in San Francisco and at SF State. I have taken a lot of interesting courses, met new and incredible persons and maybe got a few friends for life. […]

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Break from the Finals

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

So, as many of you guys I have upcoming finals. It feels good, I’m not stressed out, not yet at least. However, it is so weird to take four classes at the same time, hard to keep track. Luckily for me the courses overlaps with each other. My subjects this semester have been Political economy, […]

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The Leftovers

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

I have just started watching The Leftovers, it is very good. It is a HBO series that premiered in 2014. There are two seasons. It has a really cool plot. It takes places three years after a global event called the ”Sudden Departure”, which was an inexplicable simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2 percent […]

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Vegas Baby!

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

Last weekend, we went to Vegas. So much fun! We stayed at SLS, which was a nice hotell that suited us perfectly. We were only there for three days, but those days were so intense! We partied all night and gambled all day, just kidding. Though I did some gambling, some roulettes but not much! […]

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Santa Barbara

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

So, as I said in the last post, I was in Santa Barbara this fall. It was great, it was much warmer than San Francisco so we could take a swim and got some sun. I was there during this Halloween, so it was a lot of partying at night. Santa Barbara is famous for […]

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Highway 1

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

Earlier this fall, I traveled the Highway 1, it was very beautiful! It a north-south state highway that runs along the Pacific coastline. The length is 655.845 miles. With winding roads and the ocean next to you, it is really av pleasure to travel along it. Me and my friend Fredrik were going to Santa […]

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Last one

Published on December 9, 2015 by Frida Widesjo

I can’t help thinking everything I do now is for the last time. Oh, that was the last tea I bought at this place, this was the last time I sat here, this is my very last time eating here, this is it. And tomorrow is the absolut last class I’ll have att SFSU. At […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – Coffee Shops

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

Having a room-mate is a new experience and, although, it has impacted some of my introverted nature, other parts of it have been scratched away by asserting myself more and just participating in general life, I do find a need to get myself out of that space sometimes. As I’m sure everyone does. Having a […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – Looking Back

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

It’s only 13 days now and I’ll be back in the U.K. for Christmas, this term has gone so, so quickly and I can’t believe I’ll be starting all over again in a month or so with new classes and new people and a whole new year. I hope next term drags itself out a […]

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Black Lives Matter “Nothing Less than the Liberation of Our People”

Published on December 8, 2015 by Harriet Bergman

Black Lives Matter – see their site and check out twitter #BLM – is a great social justice movement. As a European living in the U.S.A., you cannot help but notice that institutionalized racism is still very much a a thing. Maybe even more so than in my own country, where people still dress up […]

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Dia de Los Muertos

Published on by Harriet Bergman

Now that Dia de Los Muertos – a very interesting celebration of the Dead that is practised by a lot of Latinos and Chicanos and Halloween are over, it’s time to kill some joy and look at the various ways in which these holidays are appropriating other cultures, or problematic in some other sense, and […]

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My Personal Challenge

Published on by Hannah Sprange

My Personal Challenge I set myself one big, personal goal before I came over to San Francisco. Aside from the goals that came with the general adjustment to a new country, finding housing etc. It was a goal that involved a passion for something that I love – writing. I never saw myself taking my […]

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Keep Challenging Yourself

Published on by Hannah Sprange

Keep Challenging Yourself Us Internationals can look at our time here as experiences had and lessons learned. We can sit back and see where our confidence has grown and where our lives have been enriched with the privilege of new opportunities. In addition to all the ways we’ve blossomed out of the fruitful seeds of […]

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Don’t know what to Watch during winter break?

Published on by Andrea Cohen

For those who don’t intend to read, I guess you are goint to spend some of your free time watching TV series right? I haven’t watched that many so I probably won’t bring up any series that real TV series lover don’t know but however here are the ones I love My favorite show ever (since […]

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Don’t know what to read during winter break?

Published on by Andrea Cohen

Winter Break is just around the corner and maybe there are other book geeks like me who already wonder what they are gonna read now that they are not overwhelmed by all the reading they had to do for their different classes. To me it was quite frustrating not to have the time to read things […]

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Los Angeles

Published on by Andrea Cohen

During Thanksgiving break I went to Los Angeles with some of my friends. We stayed there only one night an one day and I have to say that it was enough as I was quite disapointed by the city. The name itself of Los Angeles makes us (at least for foreigners) think of a great […]

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Remember to Ask for Help

Published on by Hannah Sprange

Remember to Ask for Help When I initially chose to blog for my IEEC commitment, it was with the intention to write about Mental Health. With regards to the year abroad, I think it is especially important, amongst all the fun and frantic adventures, to keep in mind the importance of looking after your brain. […]

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French people always complain

Published on by Andrea Cohen

French people always complain. Is this true? And if yes is it really a bad thing? To be honest there is some truth to that. My best friend here and me, spent probably half of the time we spent just the two of us complaining. I met her ten days after I arrived in San […]

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Are studies easier in the US than in France?

Published on by Andrea Cohen

Studies here are very different from how it is France. What is paradoxical is that if we look at how many hours I spend on my homework here compare to what I do in France, I have much more work here. But in a way I feel like I have to study more when I […]

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Lake Tahoe

Published on by Andrea Cohen

Last weekend (one again it took me a while to publish the draft^^) I went to one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my entire life: Lake Tahoe. Located at the frontier between Nevada and California and surrounded by gorgeous mountains, this place has  something quite mystical about it.  The weather was extremely sunny […]

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Halloween in the USA

Published on by Andrea Cohen

Recently was Halloween (yes it took me a while to publish this draft haha). I didn’ even dress up to be honest. The truth is, from what I had heard and seen, American Halloween costumes were not really my cup of tea. In fact, we all remember this scene in Mean girls whent the main […]

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To my fellow book lovers

Published on December 7, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

So if you are a fan of reading I’m sure you either been to or heard of City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave). If not, well then you’re a fool. Founded by poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the bookstore has three floors of books, the third floor being wholly dedicated to poetry. That’s right folks, a whole […]

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We’ll meet again

Published on December 6, 2015 by Marie Aadnesen

Finals are upon us and everyone is super busy and stressed out. Still I want to take the time to thank all of my friends and fellow international students for an amazing semester and an incredible adventure. I am staying one more semester, but most of you are going home in December or January. I […]

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These are a few of my favorite things

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

Here is a list of some of my favorite things about San Francisco.   Shrimp burritos. I keep daydreaming about these bad boys in classes, on the muni and when friends are telling me about their day or their dreams (sorry, you guys). The Sights. Bernal Heights, Twin Peaks, Land’s End, Buena Vista Park or […]

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And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

Recently I watched the new Pixar movie Inside Out (2015) which told the story of a young girl, Riley, whose father got a job in San Francisco and they had to move there from her childhood home in a small town in Minnesota. Riley has to get used to the steep hills, the small houses […]

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On the road again

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

Some of the most fun I have had while I have been on exchange has been on trips with friends. I have gone camping and hiking in Big Sur twice this fall, and for Thanksgiving break some friends and I went on a roadtrip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and San Diego. We got […]

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San Francisco: Part 3 – Overcrowding, Awe and Losing Everything

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

How it’s December already I have no idea. That means I’ve been in America for officially 6 months and living in San Francisco for nearly 5. I hate that my time here is hitting the half way mark, but I am so proud and excited about all the things I’ve done and all the things […]

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List

Published on December 5, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

As the weather gets colder and finals are quickly approaching, it is easy to become homesick and a little blue. Therefore, I have devised a list of things to do if you ever get moments of feeling down, thank me later. Take the time to relax and be with your thoughts. It is easy to get […]

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Desserts of SF

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

In my last food-blogging post I will be talking about something that’s close to my heart: Dessert. I can’t help it, the habit of something sweet after dinner is hard to get rid of. Therefore, let’s embrace the meal dessert, and try out these very-sweet dessert places that will definitely leave you with a sugar […]

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Let’s Go Warriors, Let’s Go!

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

Before I went to San Francisco I decided that I wanted to go to an American sports event. Originally I planned on seeing a Giants game, but as their season ended so quickly, the plan was cancelled with it. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago IEEC arranged a trip to see a basketball game. We went […]

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I love ocean

Published on December 4, 2015 by Chang Shu-Chun

I come from Taiwan, which is a small Island in the Pacific Ocean. So, I love the ocean. No need to surf, dive or play games. I really enjoy just sitting on the beach, thinking. Or chatting with friends, walking along the coast. Facing the ocean let me clam down. I love to listen to […]

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Music in SF

Published on December 3, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi. Do you enjoy music lately? I guess we absolutely need music for studying or party. No music, No life, right?lol San Francisco is world-famous sightseeing place, and if you go such popular place such as around pier 39 or castro, you might see some street musician with small tip box. I like working around […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – Rooftops

Published on December 2, 2015 by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

I stood on the rooftop in Van Ness pictured below just over a week ago. It was a night of many things, including the loss of my phone, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen and a few moments of drunken reflection on my life and the people in it. And once I complete […]

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Thanksgiving

Published on by Ellen Korpe

Since I am from Sweden we don’t have the same traditions as they have here in US. And one of them is thanksgiving. I´ve never celebrated it in Sweden so this year was my first time doing it. My dad was visiting from Sweden during my thanksgiving break so we booked a 3-course thanksgiving dinner […]

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Muir Woods

Published on by Ellen Korpe

A couple of weeks ago my mum and her boyfriend were visiting from Sweden and since they had rented a car we decided to visit Muir woods. It is approximately a 40 minutes drive from San Francisco without heavy traffic. Muir woods is a redwood forest so if you go there you will get the […]

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Ice-skating at Union Square

Published on by Ellen Korpe

I love figure skating and I have been practicing it since I was 5 years old. And when I heard that they were going to set up an ice rink at Union Square I wanted to go there immediately. So about three weeks ago my roomies, Frida and Julia and I decided to go ice-skating. […]

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A Moment of Reflection

Published on by Hannah Sprange

A Moment of Reflection In my previous post I talked about taking things at your own pace and that is an ideology I’ve found particularly helpful during this first semester. When I decided to do this year abroad, I didn’t set myself any expectations. I began this trip thinking, “if I get to SFSU and […]

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Go At Your Own Pace

Published on by Hannah Sprange

Go At Your Own Pace Studying abroad comes with the expectation of being ‘the best year of your life’, and with this expectation comes a lot of pressure. It comes with a lot of pressure to drink the most alcohol, go to the craziest parties, meet the most people and see the most beautiful things. I […]

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Language buddy

Published on by Akari Kato

Hi. Today I introduce great friendly system that IEEC provides; language buddy system!:) If you register this buddy system, school would introduce you a friend who is fluent in English and he or she become your language partner during the study abroad. The partner would be a great friend for your language practice in US. […]

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The Best Burrito in Town

Published on December 1, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

After my first Burrito nearly four months ago, I have been on a mission to find the best Taqueria in town. Its been a far from easy journey, its had its ups and downs, there were many times when I thought I had found it, but to my disbelief, an even better burrito was always around […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – As it gets colder…

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

Looking back to the days on the beach before the cold weather set in… The way in which the city is surrounded by and equally a part of nature is one of the things I love about it here. I can stand outside my house in the morning and see the shimmer of the ocean […]

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Thanksgiving break road trip day 6/7

Published on by Elisa Heisen

DAY 6/7 During Thanksgiving break, me and my roommate went on a huge road trip. That morning, it was snowing like crazy in Bryce Canyon. When we got up at 6:30 am, it was also -13 degrees Celsius. I’m from Holland, so I’m pretty much used to the cold, but I had never experiences such […]

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Thanksgiving break road trip day 5

Published on by Elisa Heisen

DAY 5 During Thanksgiving break, me and my roommate went on a huge road trip. We woke up early again and went to Lake Powell. Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. We did not want to go on a boat trip, so we decided […]

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Thanksgiving break road trip day 4

Published on by Elisa Heisen

DAY 4 During Thanksgiving break, me and my roommate went on a huge road trip. The next morning, we got up around 5 am to watch the sunrise at Canyonlands National Park. We didn’t get a lot of sleep, but the sunrise was definitely worth it. It was really beautiful to see the sun come […]

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Thanksgiving break road trip day 3

Published on by Elisa Heisen

DAY 3 During Thanksgiving break, me and my roommate went on a huge road trip. That morning, we left Gallup and drove to Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is a place where you can explore ancient dwellings. We learned a lot about the pre-historic figures of the American Southwest. After paying a visit to […]

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Thanksgiving break road trip day 1/2

Published on by Elisa Heisen

DAY 1/2 During Thanksgiving break, me and my roommate went on a huge road trip. We got on a bus to Las Vegas and spend the night there. The real trip started off the next morning. We drove from Las Vegas to Sedona. Sedona is a city in Arizona, and is known for its red sandstone […]

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Even colder weather

Published on by Mariah Khoury

When the weather in San Francisco cooled down, it came as a shock to us all I’m sure, the weather was holding out so well for so long. But then my friends and I decided to book a very last minute and spontaneous trip to Seattle. Because flights were so expensive around Thanksgiving time, we […]

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Roadtrip Southern California #6

Published on November 30, 2015 by cornelia roos

Tips #6 San Diego. Oh, my favorite place in California. Only got two days here and I wanted two months. Perfect place for surfing, beach hanging, night life, good food and just relaxing. We spend most time in pacific beach. San Diego feels more clean and nicer than other places, and it´s always sunny there, […]

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Roadtrip Southern California #5

Published on by cornelia roos

Tips #5 Orange County. We are lucky one’s because we got invited to a real american thankgiving dinner at a friend’s house, a friend we met at SFSU. The turkey, cranberry, sweetpotato, potato mash and pumpkin pie was absolutely amazing. We didn’t have much time in O.C and the weather wasn’t that good, but if […]

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Roadtrip Southern California #4

Published on by cornelia roos

Tips #4 Los Angeles. What a city! We only had two days here and it’s sooo not enough! We stayed at a beach house in Venice beach, perfect and price worthy if you are a big company. The best thing in LA was cruising in our car in Beverly Hills just to see all the […]

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Roadtrip Southern California #3

Published on by cornelia roos

Tips #3 Santa Barbara. We stayed at a good and pretty cheap motel at state street, and that is also the street where most of the bars, resturants and shops are located. For nightlife – Sand Bar have good drinks and nice music. It´s also close to a karaoke bar if you are into that. […]

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Roadtrip Southern California #2

Published on by cornelia roos

Tips #2 Big Sur & Mcway Waterfall. If you drive high way one, you will drive through Big Sur, a big nationalpark. If you have time, there is a lot of trail to go hiking here. If you just want a quick stop, I recommend you to stop by Mcway waterfall. It’s by the road, […]

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Roadtrip southern california #1

Published on by cornelia roos

On our thanksgiving break we went on an adventure – one week of road tripping in Southern California. So the following posts will be tips for you who plans to go on a road trip along high way one during your stay here!  Tips #1 First of all, there are some magical view points along […]

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Muir woods

Published on by Frida Widesjo

I can really recommend this to anyone that want’s to enjoy the amazing nature in San Francisco over a day long hike. It is almost impossible to go there by public transportation, and if you don’t feel like renting a car you could simply go there by an Uber. We paid about $45 for a […]

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Thanksgiving break

Published on by Frida Widesjo

It has been such a good week! Have had a friend over from Sweden and showed her around every thing I could think of in San Francisco! Of course we started with a bike tour over golden gate bridge and down to Sausalito. Strolling Fisherman’s Warf and saying hi to the sea lions. We have […]

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Black Friday madness

Published on by Frida Widesjo

Best and worst thing ever. As a devoted shopper I must admit that the concept is thrilling but, all the people makes one kind of clostrofobic… I had a friend visiting from Sweden and she went crazy, she had the black Friday thing down, me on the other hand rather shop in peace and quiet… […]

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Finals week

Published on by Frida Widesjo

So, thanksgiving break is over and finals week is upon us. Can’t say that I’m overly thrilled about it… Just need to get through the following three weeks before christmas kicks in for real! It’s kind of bitter sweat that the semester is almost over, somehow this fall has gone by the speed of light. […]

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Yosemite

Published on by Frida Widesjo

If there is anyone out there who is hesitating whether or not to go to Yosemite, I hope this post will tip the scale over to the going side! There is just not anything like it, it’s so beautiful and quiet. Hike along trails for a day or go hardcore camping in the wilderness (just […]

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Giants Game

Published on by Frida Widesjo

I’ve seen that a lot of people from IEEC that has already been to one of thees games, so for you who still haven’t; GO! I don’t know a single rule, to be honest i didn’t even know who won the game. But it was so much fun anyway. The atmosphere at the arena is so cool, […]

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Tahoe

Published on November 29, 2015 by Sebastian Beijer

For a couple of weeks ago, me and my friends visited Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is really beautiful and somehow it reminds me of Sweden. A lot of trees and a clean fresh air. It was great. We stayed for three day in a beautiful and cozy cabin. Home cooked meals and the crackling from […]

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Thanksgiving

Published on November 27, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi. This is Akari. I’m an exchange student from Japan, so honestly this was my first time to experience thanksgiving. (off course, there is no thanksgiving in Japan) I spent the day at my friend’s place, and her family members explained what thanksgiving is to me. Then I thought thanksgiving in the US is like […]

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Animal Garden

Published on November 24, 2015 by Synne Johnsen

  Even as an exchange student you can use your mail with name and address and walk in at the Zoo on SF resident Free days which usually happens the first Wednesday of every month. Just remember winter time it is closing at 4pm. The Zoo and gardens is a beautiful and well arranged park […]

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SF weather

Published on by Akari Kato

Hi. Are you enjoying thanksgiving recess? If you would like to go out with your friends, you might expect fine weather with bright sun light. I feel weather in San Francisco is kinda unique. In morning and evening, it’s foggy and cold, but it’s warm and comfortable around noon. The temperature gap between noon and […]

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House warming

Published on by Synne Johnsen

In my opinion, it would be just unusually weird not to say anything about the housing situation after living in this city for a while. I’ve understood it so that this is a more complex and severe political and socially problem for a group of the more permanent residents of the bay area. This is […]

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Enjoy your favorite cafe

Published on November 23, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi. Do you have any favorite coffee spot you can relax with tasty coffee or tea? In SF, I found some cozy coffee shop to spend your free time with coffee. First, starbucks. lol You must already have enjoyed. I highly recommend hot soy-latte:) Next, my favorite cafe, MOZ cafe which is close to powell […]

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Yosemite

Published on by Ellen Korpe

If you want to escape from the big city and get out into nature, I think you definitely should go to Yosemite! Me and my friend Frida decided that we would be there for the day but in hindsight it would have probably been better to be there at least for two days because there […]

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The crepe house

Published on by Ellen Korpe

San Francisco offers a lot of different restaurants. And when it comes to pancakes the crepe house is one of my favorites. It’s located on 1132 Valencia Street and it’s open everyday. They offer a lot of different crepes but also sandwiches and salads. My favorite dessert crepe is the one with nutella and strawberries. […]

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Twin Peaks!

Published on by Ellen Korpe

On about 922 feet you will find the second highest peak in the city, Twin Peaks! You can se the peak from almost anywhere in the city because of the TV tower that is located on its top. From Twin Peaks you have an incredible view over San Francisco and the bay. Usually it is […]

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Ferry building marketplace

Published on by Akari Kato

Hi. Today I gotta recommend you ferry building marketplace at Pier 1, bay area. “The Ferry Building Marketplace is a people’s marketplace serving residents and travelers alike. Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to […]

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sightseeing around SF

Published on November 21, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi, this is Akari. I’ve stayed here SF for almost one year, and finally I guided my friends from UC Davis around San Francisco perfectly.  I guess SF is an attractive city which includes many sightseeing places to see; Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s wharf, Castro and Union Square. My friend and I visited all of […]

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Bear Territory

Published on November 16, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

On Saturday night, my friends and I took the BART down to Berkeley to watch our first college football game. We had never seen such a beautiful campus before, UC Berkeley is seriously amazing, and so big! We rugged up in the freezing cold and walked through the nature like campus in the evening to […]

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Thank you for the music

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

San Francisco, the Bay area and California in general has an amazing and vibrant local music scene and attracts many talented musicians and artists from afar. In addition to experiencing talented local SF bands at different street fares and clubs and jamming in pubs and in the streets, I have also had the pleasure to […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

When did the autumn kick in? Yes, I know it is not really that cold outside, but the houses are made out of paper and it seems like the wind is going to huff and puff and blow our house down any minute now! The fact that it is colder back home in the old […]

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Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

Being an exchange student in US means that you gotta have your finances, your priorities and your self-discipline in order. You may be used to having part time jobs in your home country, but over here it is difficult to get a working permit and even if you do the competition for jobs is pretty […]

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You don’t own me

Published on November 15, 2015 by Marie Aadnesen

First of all I enjoyed my first Halloween in the US immensely. San Franciscans knows how to party in general and for Halloween people go all out to make the most of it. Castro was filled with costume clad people, and walking around and standing in line with princesses, squirrels and monsters no icebreaker was […]

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Ring of fire

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

I have been to a couple of bonfires in San Francisco. It is a good place to sit around and get to know new people, tell stories or maybe even roasts some delicious s’mores. Bonfires are a lot of fun and it is nice to take some time out of the busy city life to […]

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Paris’ Attacks

Published on by Andrea Cohen

As all of you know probably know it, Paris has suffered numerous terrorist attacks this friday leading, to at least 130 deaths and 350 wounded for now. First of all I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the people who lost someone this day. I for one […]

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Alcatraz!

Published on November 12, 2015 by Ellen Korpe

If you enjoy cold and spooky places with a lot of history I strongly recommend you to visit Alcatraz. Alcatraz is located in the San Francisco bay about 2.4 km from the shore and was a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Now the prison is open for visitors and there are several tours every […]

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Tacos of SF

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

Since I got to San Francisco, taco and Mexican food in general has gained a new meaning to me. Pre SF, I thought Mexican food meant that boring, tasteless taco-kit every Norwegian make at Fridays. But no. Taco in San Francisco is something more, it’s an out-of-this-world food experience. The sad thing is that I won’t be […]

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Breakfasts of SF

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

So, I’m continuing my food-blogging, moving from last post’s burgers to my favorite breakfast places! For those who know me, it’s probably not a surprise that I am dedicating a blog post to breakfast. I love breakfast and brunch, and I am pretty sure that I could survive on only breakfast food my whole life if I […]

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Bike across the Golden Gate!

Published on by Ellen Korpe

If you want to discover San Francisco in a different way you should hire a bike and bike the bridge. To rent a bike for a whole day is about $ 30. It is good to hire bikes early because otherwise there is the risk that they run out. If you hire your bike around […]

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Academy of Science by night

Published on November 11, 2015 by Frida Widesjo

So, if you didn’t get enough of the Academy of Science there is also the by night edition. It’s simply even more awesome then going there by day. You get all the same things but with drinks as well. And thats never a bad thing. Go out for dinner and round up the night with […]

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Academy of Science

Published on by Frida Widesjo

This is such a great place! Going there is a must whilst being in San Francisco. There is a huge dome inside the building whit a real rain forest, amazing aquariums and a house where you can feel the feeling of an actual earth quake! The Academy of Science has special free days for different […]

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One-day Off

Published on by Chang Shu-Chun

Today is Veterans Day! After a leisurely breakfast, I finished some assignments. The weather is so wonderful, so I decided to walk around the beach! I discovered that Fort Funston is a great place to enjoy the sunshine, wind, ocean. There are a lot of  seagulls and crows flying and resting . Besides, there are different […]

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Lands End

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

If you’re like me and like to go hiking but maybe don’t have the time right now to go to places like Yosemite or Big Sur, do not despair! There is a short hiking trail at the Golden Gate, called Lands End. Maybe you have heard of it, but if you haven’t, it is really […]

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One night in Marina

Published on by cornelia roos

Me and my friends just discovered that Marina is a really nice neighborhood, better late than never, right? A lot of nice restaurants and bars. Perfect for a night out! My recommendation is to start the night at Mamacitas for some really good mexican food – you can have small dishes to share or just […]

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A view over San Francisco

Published on by cornelia roos

If you want a stunning view over San Francisco, you have to visit Mount Tamalpais. If you drive across Golden Gate Bridge and then follow the signs to Mount Tamalpais, it´s easy to find. After that it´s a easy ten minutes walk to the top – and from there you can see the whole city, the […]

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Best Burgers in Town!

Published on November 10, 2015 by Sebastian Beijer

The US are in some way the ”home of the burgers, with big names like Mcdonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, and etc. But there is so much more than these, and so much more delicious choices. In San Francisco there is a burger franchise called Super Duper Burger. Here in San Francisco, the […]

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WE RUN SF

Published on November 9, 2015 by Chang Shu-Chun

Don’t be afraid to try, experience never gets old!! Actually, I was not the runner, I was a volunteer! In Taiwan, I did also the similar thing to help to hold a road running event. This was a Nike Women’s Half Marathon, they ran in San Francisco. I met new people through this activity, they […]

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Ghost town Bodie

Published on by Elisa Heisen

Last weekend, me and 3 other Dutch girls went on a road trip to Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe. We decided to make a stop at Bodie – a wild west ghost town in the middle of nowhere. It turned out to be very interesting, but also kind of creepy.      

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Yosemite

Published on by Mariah Khoury

Despite how much I love living in the city, with so much vibrance and energy running through it constantly, it was so lovely to escape and hustle and bustle and smell the fresh air and hear nothing but birds and wind. Yosemite National Park was incredible, so serene and peaceful, it’s amazing how beautiful nature […]

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San Francisco: Part 2 – Kindness, Classes, & Comparisons

Published on November 8, 2015 by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

So, this part two is a little late, it should maybe be parts 3 and 4 as well as enough time has passed since I first moved here to write a lot more. Let’s start with the University in itself, the campus and the buildings are not that much different to UEA, it seems slightly […]

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How to Deal With a Serious of Unfortunate Events

Published on November 4, 2015 by Ingvild Fjelltveit

  In my last blog post I wrote about how even though San Francisco is an amazing city and SF State is a great school, bad things still happens.   Luckily, there are a lot of things and people that can make your bad luck and desperate situations seem a lot better. Friends Lucily, I […]

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A Serious of Unfortunate Events

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

For the past months, all the other bloggers and I have been writing that San Francisco is a pretty amazing town, and that being an exchange student is kind of really cool. However, even here bad things can happen. I’ve had several experiences with this and now consider myself an expert on bad luck in […]

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Halloween in the US!

Published on November 2, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

Coming from a country that barely celebrates Halloween (Australia), I must admit I was quite freaked out by it all. I didn’t realise how much people get into the spirit of such a spooky holiday (to be honest I’m still trying to grasp why it’s a ‘holiday’ at all). But I must admit, I enjoyed […]

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Haunted district

Published on November 1, 2015 by Synne Johnsen

  Trees with ghosts, balconies with skeletons, front yards with pumpkin faces, zombies and dolls, spiders and cobweb on windows and doors.. In Outer Sunset something evil started to grow out from deep within the sweet pastel houses. We had no idea what was ahead of us that foggy night of Halloween. Even though Norwegians […]

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Review: watching Dutch Television shows in SF

Published on October 27, 2015 by Harriet Bergman

Watching Dutch  Television in San Francisco: 2 stars Dutch television is not known as quality television. Dutch people are known for being stingy, and in combination with the imagination of, among others, John de Mol, this resulted in the Dutch inventing – some years after Orwell wrote 1984 – “Big Brother”. Almost all television has […]

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Drinking Coffee in SF 2

Published on by Harriet Bergman

Drinking Coffee to survive University Drinking coffee as a way to survive however gets only two stars. Whenever you need your coffee the most – in the aforementioned mornings – there’s a queue before you that is an American sized an XXL. While still sleeping – because no coffee yet! – you get a number […]

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Review: drinking coffee in SF

Published on by Harriet Bergman

Drinking Coffee as a way of Living Flywheel Coffee Roasters is the place closest to my home and the place I prefer to sit at to make homework. Their cappuccinos are amazing, their personnel ticks all the obligatory “working at hipster place” boxes, and they have large wooden tables where you can sit with your […]

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Just like the movies!

Published on October 25, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

When people think of America they think of fame, movies, talent and song. But when you’re actually in America, it’s completely different seeing the reality of it all. Not too long ago I climbed up to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The closer I got to it, the more I was like ‘wow, that’s […]

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Friendship

Published on October 21, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

It’s such a great feeling to finally feel comfortable around a group of people that are like your new family. Being here over the last couple of months has definitely come with its ups and downs. There is so much to see, explore and experience but sometimes something brings you back to down to reality […]

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Burgers of SF

Published on October 17, 2015 by Lovise Gangnes

I am a big fan of good food. You know that food that just looks amazing, tastes heavenly, and on the top of it all your body feels good after you’ve ate it? In my opinion, that is something worth living for. With that said, I am living on a student budget, and there are […]

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Why you gotta be so rude?

Published on October 12, 2015 by Marie Aadnesen

There are different stereotypes connected to different nationalities. Spanish people are supposed to be passionate, Italians load, Germans practical, Americans friendly, Japanese people shy and polite and Koreans love to party. According to many tourists and immigrants in Norway, Norwegians, and Scandinavians in general, are cold and rude. Ouch! Really? The cute, friendly stereotypes were […]

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San Francisco: Interlude – A Weather Report

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

I’m not sure if I miss Autumn or not. I’m not even sure if San Francisco really has an autumn or is supposed to be having one right now. When I told my advisor I wanted to go to San Francisco State her immediate response was ‘you know it’s not sunny there all the time […]

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The Leap

Published on October 11, 2015 by Synne Johnsen

  I decided to take my twelve year old daughter with me on a semester as an exchange student. This is what I remember from arriving San Francisco July 23rd 2015: One thing I noticed about the San Franciscans is that they are usually eager to help out finding out where to go and how […]

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The Long and Winding Road

Published on by Marie Aadnesen

It is October and everything is still exciting and new. Most days are definitely good days, and the creeping feeling of homesickness has not been to prevailing. However, at some point you are going to get homesick. Midterms are all around us, you do not understand why taxes are always added when they should have […]

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Z&Y

Published on October 10, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

So who knew Chinatown could be as big as it is in San Francisco. For those of you who haven’t been, you really have to go explore it as much as you can, it’s as if you’re in another city! And for those who are wondering where to eat there, Z&Y is beyond amazing! I’m […]

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Never ending adventures

Published on by Mariah Khoury

Not even slightly exaggerating when I say this city is full of never ending surprises (good ones of course). As I go through my second wave of homesickness, missing all my family friends, all I have to do is walk out my front door and go for a 5 minute walk to find something I’ve […]

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My Heart is Yours

Published on October 8, 2015 by Maddison Woodall

    I’m just going to start with a cliché statement: The place is amazing.   Every single day there is something new to explore, and you could go anywhere and be amazed be it the most simple thing, it is all so intriguing. Especially the houses, I love all of the colours and this […]

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Henry W. Coe State park

Published on October 6, 2015 by Chang Shu-Chun

At the start of October I gave myself an unforgettable memory! I went to backpacking for three days, and it was really a hard time for me not to take a shower for two days! lol It is really worthwhile to meet, maybe just go hiking or go camping! The scenery is breathtaking, although it […]

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ROCK!

Published on by Chang Shu-Chun

I’ve enrolled in a great class “Growth Through Adventure” We went rock climbing on Sep. 18th  , and this was my first time to try an outdoor one. I’m afraid of height, when I saw a real rock I was pretty nervous.     But I stepped out my comfort zone, I reached the top of […]

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Alcatraz

Published on October 4, 2015 by Elisa Heisen

If you haven’t been to Alcatraz yet, you should definitely go there. I went last Friday with one of my Dutch friends and it was absolutely amazing. We took the ferry to the island and did a guided tour. The ‘ranger’ – Alcatraz is actually a national park – told us about the history of […]

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Folsom Street Fair

Published on by Elisa Heisen

Last weekend, me and my friends went to the Folsom Street Fair. For the people that don’t know what it is: it’s an BDSM and leather festival. In Holland we have something that is called the ‘KamaSutrA beurs’, which is an erotic fair, so I thought I was pretty prepared. I wasn’t. I have never […]

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BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Published on by cornelia roos

This weekend it was Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, hope you didn’t miss it? Good food, music, a lot of people and nice weather. But if there´s one thing you just have to try – silent disco! Everyone is using headphones and just dance around, feels awesome! So if you ever get the chance… try […]

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Must Visit! – Afghanistan Cuisine

Published on October 1, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

(photo taken from http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/8/6/6/event_134950342.jpeg) As we all know by now, San Francisco is absolutely top-noch and diverse when it comes to food, so for my fellow Middle Eastern foodies, Helmand Palace is a MUST visit. Located on Van Ness Avenue (they also deliver), the prices are cheap and the food is delicious. I had the […]

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Taking your Mum to Folsom Street Fair

Published on by Isobelle Cox

I have been excited for my Mum to come and visit me from England for weeks, however when I realised she was arriving on the same weekend as Folsom Street Fair, a celebration of BDSM culture and products, I was slightly concerned about her reaction. When I told my friends that I would be taking […]

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Urban hiking

Published on September 29, 2015 by Lovise Gangnes

Ever since my trip to Yosemite some weeks ago, I have really been longing to do another hike and hit the trail again. This Monday I decided to be serious about my longings – so I went on an urban hike. Wait, what, urban hike? Yes, I know what you may think; I was also like […]

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My clothes smell of hairy men in leather

Published on by Hans-Olav Rise

I have never stuck out more in a large group of people, than what I did this Sunday. I visited the Folsom Street Fair wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt and a brown jacket. My blonde hair, blue eyes and height already stick out, so my normally normal clothes made me stick out even more. […]

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Napa Valley!

Published on September 28, 2015 by Sebastian Beijer

Hello! So, last weekend we were in Napa Valley! And what do you do in Napa? Drink wine of course! We booked a tour online for $80, which is not that bad considering what was included in the price–travels and tasting at three wineries. The bus picked us up at 8am and we arrived in […]

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World’s most crooked street!

Published on September 27, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

Who knew such thing even existed! We just wanted to go and see the curvy street with all the pretty flowers, but little did we know it was on the top of a very steep hill (still not used to that in San Francisco) with a whole crowd of tourists stopping to take photos every […]

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Pacifica!

Published on September 20, 2015 by Ellen Korpe

As you may know there are several different beaches to visit here in San Francisco. I have been to both baker beach and ocean beach and today me and my friends decided to visit a new one. So we went to Pacifica and Pacifica State beach! The weather was perfect and one of the reasons […]

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Finding Gold

Published on by Maddison Woodall

The past few weeks have been like a roller-coaster. I’ve been from down to up, spun around and thrown back to the start but recently I have been focusing on finding those golden moments, and I don’t think I have ever felt better. I have started to take everything in, observing every part of my […]

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MUST visit place

Published on by Mariah Khoury

I’ve noticed that a lot of the pastries and donuts around town are very rarely baked fresh on the day, so they don’t taste too good. For all fans of donuts, pastries and cakes, this place is an absolute must! Mr Holmes Bakehouse on Larkin Street – selling spicy chocolate donuts, strawberry cheesecake donuts, fig […]

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Arts Alley

Published on September 19, 2015 by Frida Widesjo

We went to this really cool block in mission district. What I´ve heard is that it goes by the name Arts Alley but it seems to me like people call it different things. Anyway, its this small street thats just packed with amazing art on the walls. Some are beautiful, some are serious with a […]

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Giants Game

Published on September 17, 2015 by Elisa Heisen

Last tuesday, me and my friends went to a Giants game at the AT&T Park. I had never seen a baseball game before and I didn’t knew the rules at all, but it turned out to be very easy. The Giants played against the Reds. It was a pretty exciting game, even though the Giants […]

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A glitter of green and golden wonder

Published on September 16, 2015 by Lovise Gangnes

Some weekends ago I went to Yosemite with my roomie and landlord. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the Valley was really warm. Even though I was quite tired after only some hours of sleep (we got up at 4am), this amazing landscape made me never want to close my eyes. The park was […]

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Lands End

Published on by Frida Widesjo

There are a million things to do in this city! One of them is visiting Lands End. Apparently this is a place where a tribe called Yelamu Ohlone lived before the Spanish settlement in the late 18th century. The place is packed with history but if that’s not something that excites you just go for […]

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Grand Canyon

Published on September 15, 2015 by Sebastian Beijer

During this year’s labor day weekend, my friends and I visited Grand Canyon. It was truly incredible and the view was so beautiful. We drove for about 16 hours but that didn’t matter. It was all worth it. For a foreigner, I guess for an American as well, the road trip is a big part […]

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Summer Muffin

Published on September 13, 2015 by Hannah Sprange

I think I have an addiction to the Banana Nut Muffins of America. Here are all the reasons why I’ve decided it’s a healthy relationship: 1. When I think about the Banana Nut Muffin it makes me smile on the outside, and on the inside too. 2. The Banana Nut Muffin makes me less grumpy […]

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Be adventurous!

Published on by Mariah Khoury

That’s the whole point of being on exchange right? To experience and do things you wouldn’t normally do… So that’s what we thought we would do this weekend! After a long night out and no sleep, we met at the Greyhound bus station at 5am Friday morning to go to Santa Cruz! It was dark, […]

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Alcatraz, Devil’s Island

Published on September 11, 2015 by Chang Shu-Chun

9/7 is Labor Day, what did you do for the three day weekend? My friends and I bought the tickets online from “Alcatraz Cruises”, the only official provider of tickets, providing exclusive transportation to Alcatraz Island. Followed the process and got a “voucher” link, just printed it out for boarding. But I displayed the “order confirmation” and […]

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How to attempt to make friends?

Published on September 10, 2015 by Maddison Woodall

So making friends is harder than you thought hey. Well it is for me anyway, which is odd because that never has really been something I have had to think about. I have never really been in this situation before, besides high school but at that everyone was going through the ‘friend search’ at the […]

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How To Say Goodbye (well for now anyway)

Published on by Maddison Woodall

August 10, the day that held the door open to an absurd amount of emotions. I was placing my feet into a long held dream of mine, to study in another country. Firstly I was so terrified of seeing what my dream truly had in-store for me and secondly I was super excited to see […]

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Santa Cruz

Published on by Elisa Heisen

If you ever want to go on a road trip, but not too far away from San Francisco, Santa Cruz is a great option. You can go there by train (which will take almost 3 hours) or just drive there, which was what we did. I believe the drive was only 1 hour and 15 […]

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The sunset from the hill at Berkeley

Published on September 9, 2015 by Akari Kato

Hi, I am Akari Kato. I’m an exchange student from Japan. This is my second semester in SFSU, but for the first time, I went to Berkeley and saw sunset from the hill.   The sunset was pretty beautiful. We could see Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, downtown of San Francisco and lots of sparkle […]

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SUNSET IN SUNSET

Published on September 8, 2015 by cornelia roos

  We live at Judah Street close to Ocean Beach in Sunset, and I must recommend everyone to go here. You can hang out at the beach, catch the sunset, have delicious brunch at Beach Side and dinner and drinks at a cozy restuarant. One of the best streets in San Francisco, if you ask […]

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It’s exactly like how it is in the movies

Published on September 3, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

Yep, that’s right, the whole ‘American college experience’, it’s like what you see in a movie. With sorority groups lined up outside Monday-Friday trying to convince you to join, blaring music through the yards, getting lost though the hall trying to find your class, mascots walking around waving at you, the high up seats on […]

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San Francisco Zoo

Published on by Elisa Heisen

Yesterday, me and my friends went to the San Francisco Zoo. The zoo had a free day for SF residents and is also really close to campus, so we decided to go in between classes. At first we wanted to walk there, but ended up going with a car, which we all were pretty happy about […]

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How to conquer San Francisco with no plan, no housing and no love

Published on September 2, 2015 by Hans-Olav Rise

A short story about blind luck, funnel cake and gay culture. It is a strange phenomenon, seeing a large group of people collectively easing into depression. It is summer in Norway. This year it was especially bad, due to the summer of 2014 being spectacular. Last year we soared, soared in a safe haven of warm water […]

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SURFING IN SANTA CRUZ

Published on September 1, 2015 by cornelia roos

If you want to take the weekend of and just relax on the beach, go swimming, eat, drink and surf – go to Santa Cruz! If you take the Caltrain to San José and then bus, it takes about 2,5 to 3 hours. You can also rent a car and drive if you want to […]

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When you lack Imagination

Published on August 31, 2015 by Harriet Bergman

Yesterday there were protests at my hometown university yet again. De Nieuwe Universiteit formed a picket line in front of the of the aula, where the opening of the academic year would take place. Students and teachers were protesting in favor of democracy and transparency at the University of Amsterdam (UvA),  and outside of it. This movement […]

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The Crepe House

Published on August 30, 2015 by Sanna Billing

Hi everyone!   My name is Sanna and I am a 23-year-old exchange student from Stockholm, Sweden. I will stay in San Francisco for one semester of studies, and during my stay here I will blog for IEEC. First of all, if you are thinking about going to San Francisco to study, work or whatever? […]

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First Week of School

Published on by Sebastian Beijer

I just finished my first week of classes and it was exciting I must say! But first, let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Sebastian and I’m from Sweden. My home university is Uppsala university, which is located close to Stockholm. My major is Business but I’ll take some economics courses at SF state […]

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Why there are shoes in the streets

Published on by Lovise Gangnes

When I first got to San Francisco, I stayed downtown for a couple of days. Between all the people watching, ice cream eating and apartment looking I spent the first week doing, I one day spotted something that has stayed on my mind since then. Under a lamppost near the hotel I stayed on, lay […]

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Back to School

Published on by Andrea Cohen

So, I just went through my very first week at SFSU and things are already getting pretty intense! Things here are so different from my home University where there is one building and a small square of grass. Although it can be quite annoying when you’re late or class, I love the feeling of being […]

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The Heartlessness of Homelessness

Published on by Hannah Sprange

The Heartlessness of Homelessness It’s ironic that a place with so many beautiful houses, is the same city full of people without a home. ———- I wrote the following recount on a bus journey home at 00:17hrs, 28/08/15, after being shocked at my reaction to a homeless man: I stood waiting in the light foggy rain of San Francisco. In the ironically […]

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The four most surprising things about everyday life in San Francisco

Published on by Ingvild Fjelltveit

I thought I knew a lot about the American everyday life before moving to the U.S. I’m from Norway, where we watch a lot of American TV-shows, listen to American music and keep up with American news. I know my One Tree Hill, Michael Jackson, who the president is and other basic American references. So I […]

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San Francisco: Part 1 – Food, WiFi, & Various Sleeping Arrangements

Published on by Georgia Tomlinson-Spence

So, this is the first blog post in a series I’ll be doing throughout the year in relation to studying abroad in San Francisco as an international student from the U.K. It’ll include the highs and lows, the differences and the similarities and whole lot of other babble about my life and time here. Let’s […]

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Needle in a gentrified haystack

Published on by Max Favetti

Once the beery haze of overzealous mirth clears and lower back pain fails to subside, a sober realisation dawns: you cant sleep on a mate’s couch forever. The beginning of a new life at SF has the imperative chapter of establishing your own space. If I had known how unbearably difficult it is beforehand, I […]

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The First weeks!

Published on by Ellen Korpe

I had a lot of expectations when I arrived to San Francisco about two weeks ago. And what I’ve learned the last two weeks is that not everything is as you expected. First of all before I arrived to San Francisco I thought the weather always would be cloudy and the temperature did not go […]

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If you’re going to San Francisco..

Published on August 29, 2015 by Marie Aadnesen

Picking up your life and moving somewhere new will always be an exciting experience. The moment I knew I was accepted at SFSU I handed in my 3 months resignation on both my room in my shared flat in Norway and my part time jobs. Step two (if you ignore the million steps which is […]

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The first two weeks

Published on August 28, 2015 by Elisa Heisen

Exactly two weeks ago I arrived at San Francisco International Airport and a lot has happened since then. I moved into my room on campus, met my roommates and attended the orientation week. I went to see the famous see lions at the pier, ordered a drink at the Hard Rock Café, visited Dolores Park […]

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I’m coming! San Francisco!

Published on by Chang Shu-Chun

The fall 2015 semester in SF State starts on August 24th! So do my blogger’s life! I’m an exchange student from Taiwan, and hope to make a lot of new friends!!! I’m 21, a sporty girl, I like to play sports, major in Recreation, Park and tourism. By writing the blogs, I’ll record my life here, […]

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A Trip to Yosemite – California’s Picturesque National Park

Published on by Isabella Lyons

I hadn’t been in San Francisco a whole week before I decided to go on a 4 day excursion to Yosemite National Park. Situated about a 5 hour drive outside of San Francisco city, it is a vast landscape of picturesque and breath-taking natural beauty. My adventure started on the Green Tortoise Campervan Bus (run […]

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A whole new chapter

Published on August 26, 2015 by Mariah Khoury

Your life is like a book. Each new experience that you encounter is a new chapter. You can go through your childhood as one, teenage years as another, through to College and so on. Getting ready to come to San Francisco on exchange seemed like I was just adding to my university chapter, because I […]

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GLIDE

Published on August 25, 2015 by Isobelle Cox

IMG_5304 One of my first authentic American experiences as an English exchange student in San Francisco was attending a gospel choir in Tenderloin which runs the charity GLIDE. Although I would not consider myself religious in any way, attending this sermon turned out to be a surprisingly inspirational experience. As an atheist, I was sceptical […]

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Bike in San Francisco

Published on August 24, 2015 by cornelia roos

I have only been in this city for two weeks, but I´m already tired of waiting for the buses and the muni. So, me and my roomies decided to buy a bike. And my opinion is that if you really want to explore the city – GET A BIKE! and a helmet. So, if you […]

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Taking a leap for the fall semester

Published on by Frida Widesjo

So, for a lot of you guys the fall semester started today. For me it starts tomorrow. It’s the very first day of a whole new chapter in our lives. There are a lot of things that needs to be taken care of, a whole list of stuff that must be done. In this clutter of […]

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Goodbye San Francisco!

Published on May 22, 2015 by Malvina

My exchange semester is over. Time to go home. It was a difficult semester. I have learnt a lot and became wiser. Thank you for good and bad experiences, San Francisco! You made me stronger.

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Last exam

Published on May 21, 2015 by Malvina

Today I had the last exam in my life… Just wanted to wish everyone who also finished their exams and starts a new chapter in their life lots of success. Never stop learning!  

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Bay To Breakers

Published on May 18, 2015 by Johan Baath

Yesterday was the annual Zappo’s Bay To Breakers. It’s a 7.5 mile ‘run’ (half of the people attending are closer to crawling than running) from Embarcadero to Ocean Beach. We started about a mile into the race and went all the way to Ocean Beach. The theme of the day was obviously ‘freedom’

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The best thing about my exchange

Published on May 17, 2015 by Malvina

Although I did not really like San Francisco, this exchange brought me some good things.The best thing about this exchange is students from different countries who I made friends with. Today I went to the Downtown to see my friend for the last time before we both leave. We had a burrito at Chipotle and […]

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The times they are a-changin’

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

I recently visited some very touristy spots around SF for a photo project about technology. I saw enough selfie sticks to get my heart murmuring. I saw a lady take a photograph of herself while her disgruntled husband looked on. I saw three boys stand in the way of a moving car because they were […]

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Cloudy Apple

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

I’ve been out taking photographs of dew and clouds for a meteorology project. Sometimes things got in the way of the dew and clouds e.g. tall buildings, veiny leaves and saxophone virtuosos…

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Lil snappies

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

I’ve just finished a marvellous photo course at SFSU. And most of the photos I’ve put up have been prints. For a change, here are a few iphone shots from around the Haight and Bernal. 

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Status quo

Published on May 16, 2015 by Malvina

I might have had the last lecture in my life last Thursday. I am so happy that I will never ever again have to go to some boring classes to get a diploma in the future. I am free to do whatever I want with my life now. After 4 years at 3 different universities […]

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Yet another day spent biking around SF

Published on by Johan Baath

Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts; biking through San Francisco is one of my favorite weekend activities. To go out on a sunny day without any real plans and just go wherever the roads takes you is just fantastic. On this day, we started off in mission and took our bikes up to Bernal Heights, […]

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Charlene Teters, the trampler

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

Charlene Teters is a hero. She stood up to lots of things – like fighting against universities using racist American Indian mascots. Her art is also very challenging, treading on experimental ground in a very male-dominant world. I wrote a ballady poem about her.   The Trampler   The story of Charlene Teters answers the […]

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Talkie Walkie

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

Some photos of a lovely walk I did with my brother around ocean beach and around to the north. They are photos of prints so excuse wonkiness and whatever else.    

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Giants game and Cinco De Mayo

Published on by Johan Baath

Giants played against the Padres at Cinco De Mayo (May 5th). We gathered a group of 15 people, went and watched the game which ended with a score of 7-0 to the Giants. As always with baseball, the game itself is just half of the experience: the food and overpriced beers is the other half. […]

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Panoramas from San Francisco

Published on by Johan Baath

All pictures taken with an iPhone 6.

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IEEC Spring Gala

Published on by Johan Baath

Last week we had one of the last official IEEC events; the IEEC Spring Gala. Compared to last semester, I think this gala was better arranged and the venue was great.  

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The last TGIT

Published on by Johan Baath

The semester’s coming to an end, and one of the things I will miss the most when I’m back home is the TGITs. Perfect way to start off the weekend – get together with a bunch of friends and go out to a bar. This time we went to Bissap Baobab, one of my favorite […]

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Clarion Valley

Published on by Johan Baath

Clarion Valley is a street by 18th and Valencia with lots of street art. I took my visiting friends there to show them the arty side of San Francisco. 

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Weekend trip to Yosemite

Published on by Johan Baath

A few weeks ago, the IEEC went with 17 cars to Yosemite for a weekend of camping and hiking. I’ve never been there before but I’m glad I’m finally took my time to visit the beautiful national park. We left on Friday morning and arrived to the camping ground by bass lake around 7pm. We decided […]

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12. Twelve Unedited Photographs

Published on May 14, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

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11. Eleven Unedited Photographs

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10. Ten Unedited Photographs

Published on May 13, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

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9. Nine Unedited Photographs

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8. Eight Unedited Photographs

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Where do cultures meet?

Published on May 12, 2015 by Malvina

Where do cultures meet? Obviously, in San Francisco! And here is proof! This is a made-to-order, hand-held sushi burrito with delicious Asian and Latin flavor combinations. It’s a great combination of the best things about two famous cousines. I recommend everyone to experience this unconventional mix!  

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7. Seven Unedited Photographs

Published on by Kristina Hammar

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My view on equality

Published on May 10, 2015 by Malvina

I had never faced the issue of racism until I came to the U.S. Here I experienced and observed it a lot. It triggered me to think about new ways of dealing with it. As an International Business major busy with Human Resource Management and Change Management, I do not believe in the structural change. I […]

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Lucky

Published on May 9, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

I don’t have many problems. I am very lucky as my mama always said. But I have to find something to complain about because sometimes I feel I’m missing out. There are different kind of food-fulls. A soup-full, my favorite, is the king of all fulls. Your stomach feels like it’s been coated with angelic […]

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Soul Power

Published on May 7, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

Wednesdays are good days. Usually I float by the fifty-something weeks without a care about which day I find myself in. But when Freddie Hughes and Soul Train Revival came around, I now have a slight and very specific interest in the precipice day of the week: Wednesday. Freddie Hughes grew up in Berkeley and […]

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Post-prandial stress

Published on by Aidan de Lorenzo

San Francisco has been offering me a lot of contradictions; privileged homeless people, water wasting in time of severe drought and sometimes awful, but sometimes epiphany-inducing live music. I’ve made the same mistake three times. James Joyce said once that a genius’ errors were volitional and a portal to discovery. I suspect I’m a genius […]

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Biking in San Francisco

Published on by Jonas Lenhammar

Since San Francisco is a city of short distances, I upon arrival thought of buying a bike. However, the recommendations I got was that it is too dangerous, hilly, and not as short distances as I might think; recommendations that I followed for the first semester, and instead I got around with public transportation. Between […]

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Life lessons

Published on by Malvina

It’s less than 3 weeks now before I leave for the Netherlands. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to it. I have been looking forward to it since the very first day of my exchange. XD But as a real fighter, I made my decision not to quit under any […]

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Reasons to love San Francisco

Published on May 4, 2015 by Hannah Brown

I found out last week that I have been shortlisted for a travel internship competition, and for stage 3 I had to make a 1 minute vlog on ‘My Favourite Place’. Since many of us are only a few weeks from leaving, I thought it only right to share with you all some of the […]

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6. Six Unedited Photographs

Published on May 3, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

I like to take photos. I love to take photos. I post them on Instagram, on Facebook, on my Tumblr blog sanfranciscookie.tumblr.com, I send them to friends through Gmail, Skype, WhatsApp, I use Snapshat and sometimes I print. Incredible how all these modern companies has taken over our lives, how we can communicate overseas and so […]

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5. Five Unedited Photographs

Published on May 1, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

I like to take photos. I love to take photos. I post them on Instagram, on Facebook, on my Tumblr blog sanfranciscookie.tumblr.com, I send them to friends through Gmail, Skype, WhatsApp, I use Snapshat and sometimes I print. Incredible how all these modern companies has taken over our lives, how we can communicate overseas and […]

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Becoming vegetarian

Published on April 30, 2015 by Malvina

I had always thought that becoming vegetarian would limit my choices in food until I became one. I was a big meat lover! I didn’t become vegetarian because of some ethical principles. I simply could not adapt to the American food. The American meat didn’t taste good to me and looked a bit too processed […]

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Jesuses? Jesi?

Published on April 27, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

Some photos of the frivolous Hunky Jesus contest at Easter time.                

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Having fun for free

Published on April 19, 2015 by Malvina

San Francisco is considered to be the 4th most expensive city in the U.S (according to the CBS news) and the 9th most expensive city in the world (according to The Telegraph). But who am I to throw statistics at you? Most of us are students at San Francisco State University living in San Frnancisco. […]

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Spring break in Cabo

Published on April 13, 2015 by Johan Baath

I recently got back from a 3 weeklong spring break where I spent two weeks in San Diego and the remaining week in Cabo, Mexico. I’d heard a lot of stories of Mexico ‘is the shit’ during spring break and I must admit that the majority of those rumors were true: the food, the beach […]

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Viva Las Vegas…

Published on April 8, 2015 by Hannah Brown

On my to-do list, written many months ago and shockingly little-fulfilled, ‘Las Vegas’ is number [ ]. To this day I can’t remember why I put it on my list of things to do while I was living in San Francisco, I can’t remember it ever really appealing to me as a destination. I suppose […]

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Back to my roots

Published on April 7, 2015 by Malvina

Recently, I have been experiencing nostalgia for Ukraine. It started with a very stupid reason: my struggle to find REAL organic food in San Francisco. To be honest, I am skeptical about what is considered organic in the Western countries. I was advised to search for some stamps on the packages from respectful food and […]

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4. Home Sweet Home!

Published on by Kristina Hammar

Home is where your heart is. Home is where our story begins. There’s no place like home. It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. The quotes about our homes are many, some of them cheesier than others, but still they capture: there’s something really important about our homes. […]

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Re: Destiny and Beards

Published on April 4, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

There are many neighbourhoods in San Francisco. Each like a different sibling. Close or distant, they all have their very own personalities. Some brooding and dangerous, others flippant and fun. The Mission has an interesting blend of personality. One facet is the hipster. A steam engine of gentrification; hipsters love specification, vigilance over trend and […]

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a break from the city

Published on by Rebecca Jackson

Coming from the English countryside to the big city I sometimes find myself occasionally yearning for the fresh air and infinite space which I think is forever absolute in natural surroundings. I was lucky to explore the Californian coast over Christmas along Highway One, which prepared me for the wonders of America’s landscapes but when […]

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On Sarcasm

Published on April 3, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

It’s deceptive. I thought living in another country where people speak English would contain similar acting people. I wonder why I thought that? One thing I’ve noticed is American people’s general immunity to expressions of sarcasm. How did these fascinating people develop such that an expression of even the teeniest touch of it is responded […]

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Yosemite National Park

Published on by Katie Tsappas

Over spring break, I was lucky enough to have my parents come and visit me from the UK. During this time, we spent a week travelling around California, where we visited Yosemite National Park. Here are some of the amazing sights I saw while there:

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Let’s Do Sunset

Published on April 1, 2015 by Hannah Brown

Let’s Do Sunset.   “Let’s Do Sunset” is one of my favourite things to say. There’s something slightly magic about catching the last of the day’s sunshine, even though you inevitably end up chilly and fumbling your way back in the dark once it’s disappeared. This is especially true in San Francisco, I think, because […]

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In search of peace

Published on by Malvina

Personally, I am not a fan of big cities since I was born and raised in a city with a one-million population (it’s a weird discovery about someone who is doing her exchange in San Francisco).  =) This realization came to my mind during my visit of a small town on the North of San […]

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Mental Health Day

Published on March 25, 2015 by cordelia williamson

  NOTE: Apologies for the banality of this blog post but let me explain: A photograph is required with each post. I have a film camera which I have not developed any photographs from. I take very few photos on my phone. I am left with very few options on what to write about because […]

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3. International Days

Published on March 20, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

Did you know it’s not only Equinox (when daytime and night are of approximately equal duration) today, but also International Day of Happiness!? In 2012 the United Nations declared March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness, sounds good to me. Since I came to San Francisco – 50 days ago – many international, national […]

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Seattle

Published on March 15, 2015 by Jonas Lenhammar

The other weekend I went to Seattle. I went there with a close friend of mine back from Sweden who is an exchange student in Kelowna in Canada. Seattle is about halfway (-ish) so we decided to meet up their over the weekend.   Seattle is beautiful city, but without a car, our options tourist-wise […]

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Americas national college sport

Published on by Johan Baath

One thing I’ve learned from watching movies about American college culture, such as “American Pie”,  is that setting up a beer pong table will always do the trick of cheering up the crowd. I knew that these movies showed a slightly skewed (and far more glamorous) side of college parties than the actual reality. Even though that might be […]

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The end of ‘Bay Lights’ for now…

Published on March 8, 2015 by Rebecca Jackson

The Bay Bridge has been adorned with shimmery artwork since 2013, when a non profit organization ‘Illuminate the Arts’ conceived the LED light display, created by the artist Leo Villareal. The lights have been such a success  illuminating the city in a such a beautiful way, people have become rather attached and now they will […]

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HUMP! FESTIVAL

Published on by Rebecca Jackson

Recently I attended a wonderful  film festival, curated each year by genius (proclaimed by me) Dan Savage which celebrates all things sex positive and creative. Hump! Festival started in 2005 when individuals like Savage decided to do something to revolt against the incessant mindless misogynistic pornography which by no means offers a realistic portrayal of […]

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[ Time + Experience ]

Published on March 1, 2015 by Diana Oros

Travelling is integral to a person’s growth. It becomes part of a process between time and experience. Opening your mind to see more, meet more, laugh more, and live more is really what we will always be looking for as we grow. We seek adventure, we seek shock, we seek memories, we seek different people, […]

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2. The American Dream

Published on February 26, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

I was reading a friend’s article this morning, posted on a website called medium.com. Medium.com is a place where you can share your stories and ideas, “from little tales that make your day a better, to manifestos that change the world.” It’s open to anyone, professional or amateur. I like it! The design is simple […]

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Lake Tahoe Pictures

Published on February 23, 2015 by Katie Tsappas

  Before Christmas, me and some friends were lucky enough to be able to travel to Lake Tahoe, and here is what we saw!

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Yet another bike ride around the city

Published on February 22, 2015 by Johan Baath

One of the first things I did when I got to San Francisco was buying a bike and I don’t regret that for one second. I ride my bike everywhere and it’s a great way to explore this beautiful city from above, instead of looking out a window in a dark muni tunnel. I can […]

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California Dreamin’

Published on February 20, 2015 by cordelia williamson

Bit of an unorthodox blog entry I realise so if you’re opposed to poetry here is a quick summary: San Francisco is a dream itself – exciting, confusing, joyous, dark etc. In my apartment, my roommates and I all have strange and vivid dreams which is essentially the idea behind the blog post and I […]

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Reasons to be abroad…

Published on February 19, 2015 by Hannah Brown

It is now well into February, and the halfway point of my time in San Francisco has come and long gone. As of this week, it is six months exactly since I landed at SFO, and in those six months I have grown to love this quirky, smaller-than-you-imagine, big-hearted city. I experienced my very first […]

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1. Capital Letter Yes

Published on February 16, 2015 by Kristina Hammar

What about starting this blog post with the words, life is. Let’s do that. Life is… Ok, I did it. I now want to continue with something more. Something smart and intriguing. Something that I myself would enjoy reading in a blog. So, what about this one? Life consists of a lot of decisions. I have been thinking about decisions […]

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Don’t worry, I’m still alive…

Published on February 12, 2015 by Lucie Hudson

Whilst I was back home over Winter Break, it was really nice to have people compliment me on my blog and tell me that they were enjoying reading it. I mean, okay, 99% of my fan club are my family but that’s still impressive! But I mostly realized that this is how my loved ones […]

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Food

Published on February 9, 2015 by Aidan de Lorenzo

San Francisco is a strange place. Stranger than Sydney, where I come from. It’s a grand smorgasbord of every dish you could want or imagine. I’ve finally found a city where everyone is as weird as I am. I’ve lived out of home before, but here, living with other people around my age, there is […]

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Still trying to understand what is happening…

Published on February 8, 2015 by Anna Holefleisch

I have to admit, I have my problems with the American university system. There are major differences that I still need to accustom to. First of all, what makes for me the biggest difference is, that the students here have a lot of homework. Reading books or writing little papers. I’m really not used to […]

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Point of no return

Published on by Malvina

When I was a teenager I was very influenced by the American culture: music, movies, celebrities etc. When I graduated from the high school I had only one idea in mind: “I want to go for my study to the U.S.” Since I was only 17 at that time, my parents were not really that […]

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Patriotism

Published on by Johan Baath

Before I got to the US I had a lot of preconceptions about how much Americans love their country. The majority of those preconceptions were right, but is that really something that does just apply to Americans? After spending almost six months here I start to see why that is. First of all: the US […]

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Eagle Lake

Published on by Jonas Lenhammar

Last weekend I did my second trip to Lake Tahoe (the first trip you can read about here: http://www.sfsuieec.com/lake-tahoe/). Once again I was stunned by the amazing nature and also this time I already long to go back. This time the primary adventure, besides the food and wine consumed, was a hike. At first the […]

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Haight Street Inhabitant

Published on February 7, 2015 by cordelia williamson

It is a rare occurrence to be called beautiful whilst walking down the street pyjama clad and sporting socks and Birkenstocks. Haight Street – the bizarre, the beautiful and the reek of piss. The man calling out was sprawled across the concrete slabs, beer in hand, with a grin that could only belong to a […]

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How I hate goodbyes…

Published on December 14, 2014 by Noah Kuchins

Last Saturday at a flat in the Mission, a friend of mine from my study abroad days pulled out a box of photos. “What’s this?” I asked. “The best two years of your life.” he replied. We sat at his kitchen table looking over the photographs. “We look so young… and tan” he said. I […]

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#12 Sinterklaas kapoentje..

Published on December 11, 2014 by Leonie Coppes

Maybe you have heard of the Dutch tradition Sinterklaas, that we celebrate on the 6th of December each year. Last week it was Sinterklaas week in the Netherlands. The celebration is about a tall old man with a beard, Saint Nicolas, who comes from Spain on his boat, with his helpers, the Zwarte Pieten (black […]

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#11 So many Lights

Published on by Leonie Coppes

As I am sitting on my desk in my house at Sanchez Street, which is halfway on a hill, I have a beautiful overview over the city. I am looking at downtown area now, watching the towers in the city center with the Bay Bridge in the middle.   Since I arrived here, I have […]

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#10 Let murals take over the world!

Published on by Leonie Coppes

MURALS ARE AMAZING! This city: soo many murals! All so beautiful! Everywhere, you name it, different colors, different designs, different sizes, overlapping, at random places, as advertisement, political statement, out of boredom, telling a story, but all as beautiful art, thank you San Francisco for all those murals! I wish I could capture (read earlier […]

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#9 A Tepee in your backyard

Published on by Leonie Coppes

My first Thanksgiving happened in Gillroye, California, with the family of my friend Anne Marie. Her father is from Illenois, her mother from Montreal. Interesting to observe the different backgrounds and ways they were behaving around each other. The mother of Anne Marie was incredibly conservative. She was not very warm and welcoming to me; […]

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#8 Learning an instrument

Published on by Leonie Coppes

ARGH! I am so jealous of all those people that actually had the patience to learn to play an instrument when they were young. I tried the violin, the piano, and bought myself a guitar to force myself to learn to play it; my impatience never got me far. Now that I am having friends […]

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#7 Neighbours

Published on by Leonie Coppes

Now that I have been living on Sanchez Street (Castro/Mission) for 5 months, I am kind of allowed to say that I start to know the neighbourhood. Of course I still have not experienced the place throughout all seasons, being at all different places and have seen it change through time, but I can say […]

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#6 Why do we take photos?

Published on by Leonie Coppes

Since we are all not from here and we all want to share whatever we are doing and seeing here with our people back at home, we are all related to the question why we actually take photos. I have always been very excited in taking photos; spending to much money on Canon cameras and […]

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#5 Owning the city on your bike

Published on December 10, 2014 by Leonie Coppes

I am Dutch, I love biking. Stop. I thought that there was a correlation between the two, but apparently I am one of the only Dutchies in San Francisco that is actually biking. People are not living after their stereotypes, which is a shame because this is a good stereotype. Anyway, the first week I […]

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#4 The wonderful feeling of Culture Shocks

Published on by Leonie Coppes

December is here, for all the J1 students the last month at San Francisco State University. Final exams coming up next week, last classes, many hours of studying. Almost no time to realize that it is going to be over soon, maybe you are already going home before Christmas. Time is flying when you are […]

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#3 Faith or Technology?

Published on by Leonie Coppes

Sunday morning, too many drinks on Saturday, you know it. Emma and I were to going to give in to our hangover, or let it at least be a Holy Hangover. Time to go to Glide Merorial Church in Tenderloin! If you feel like having an American religious experience, this is a must visit. I […]

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#2 Techies

Published on by Leonie Coppes

Every morning I walk from Dolores Park to take the M Muni to university. Walking through Castro Street is in itself quite an intersting morning walk before having your first coffee (dressed up drunk men who are going to a party at Monday morning or homeless people performing a show for you), but what I […]

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5 tips on how to be a top tour guide in San Francisco…

Published on December 9, 2014 by Lucie Hudson

Over the past month, I’ve had five friends come visit me here at SFSU. That means that I’ve had to do a lot of travelling around the city to give my guests the best experience I could possibly afford. I’m telling you now; it’s not easy. San Francisco has so much going on, you can’t […]

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Performance around the city.

Published on December 1, 2014 by molly eagles

San Francisco’s Culture of Performance Last week, I attended the first American exhibition to gauge the political depth and scope of Keith Haring’s art work, featured at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Keith Haring: The Political Line, featured many of his subway drawings where the aspiring artist would take empty advertising spaces in […]

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Welcome To Love Potion!

Published on November 30, 2014 by Catherine

My Burning Man journey seems to never be ending and it is great! The thanksgiving break gave me the opportunity to reach out to the people I met in my BM camp and take time to get to know them better. Love Potion is a group of people that combine their passion for building things, […]

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Fisherman’s Wharf

Published on November 22, 2014 by Katie Tsappas

A few months ago, me and my housemates decided to take a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf. Check out some of the things we saw! This is the view outside Embarcadero Station! This was the first time we went somewhere in San Francisco and it really felt like California. Probably because of the palm trees. Sea lions […]

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Okay America, Let’s Talk…

Published on November 20, 2014 by Lucie Hudson

Long time no blog, sorry about that. I’ve had my first set of midterm exams, which were as joyous as they sound. I really loved sitting my first lot of tests whilst my friends back in Hull had just finished freshers week. I wasn’t jealous at all. Let’s get down to business. Before I came […]

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The Connected Stop Sign

Published on November 18, 2014 by Catherine

As I said in previous posts, technology and innovation happens to be one of the main reasons why I wanted to study at SFSU and live in the bay area. Therefore, I take in my responsibility to inform you of the most “advanced technology” I have seen so far in the bay area; It was early in […]

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Keith Haring Exhibition

Published on November 15, 2014 by molly eagles

Last night I went to the discounted night at the Keith Haring exhibition at The De Young Museum. Just walking to the exhibit was spectacular, a mere 3 stops from my house lay a secret and magical part of The Golden Park complete with lawns and fountains that glowed with coloured lights. I wondered as […]

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The boyfriend or girlfriend left behind…

Published on November 14, 2014 by ieec

After 2 years studying abroad, I have heard many sad tales regarding students who travel overseas to pursue their dreams, all the while keeping their boyfriend or girlfriend back home. But after so many heartbreaking stories, it’s difficult not to become quite hardened on the issue. Its sometimes difficult to understand how someone can take […]

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An off-day

Published on November 11, 2014 by Emma Slaats

Today I had an off-day. That’s fine, you don’t always feel fantastic in a fantastic city. My off-day coincided with the event of the century: the Giants played the final game for the World Series. And they won. While I was being apathetic, sitting inside, doing nothing, the city exploded. An outrageous noise bursted out […]

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Squirrel stories

Published on November 10, 2014 by Iris den Hartog

I have always loved squirrels. I love the brown reddish color of their pelt. I love their thick furry tails. I love the way they gambol in the grass and jump from the one branch to the other. I love how they nibble on the acorn that they hold between their tiny claws. Back home in […]

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What tech-startup-aholics have in common?

Published on November 8, 2014 by Catherine

The main factor that made me select SFSU for my exchange program was my infinite curiosity for innovation and technology, but mostly the people behind it. As ridiculous as it may sound, I discovered the existence of Silicon Valley, tech-startups  about 2 years ago and I was probably one of the first undergraduate business student […]

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Ocean Beach

Published on November 7, 2014 by Katie Tsappas

Me and my housemates are lucky enough that our house is just a bus ride straight to the beach. So we took it upon ourselves to make a visit with some friends and watch the sunset. Apparently, the sunsets are amazing, hence the name of our town, Sunset. So here it is.    

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My weekend at Vons

Published on November 5, 2014 by molly eagles

My first hike in San Francisco was rather idyllic. A group of keen “yoga-hikers” and myself met at Embarcadero to go on a guided “yoga hike”. The urban adventure took us through busy high streets, parks, secret staircases and all the way to a high vantage point from where we could see Alcatraz. At this […]

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Hidden In The Fog #2

Published on by Adrien Vergnes

Today I want to talk about all of the other people who are hidden in the fog, about us, the foreigners that are here for a semester or more. What is the real purpose of us coming? Sometimes peoples’ answer is this: “I came to perfect my English!”  This may be true for them, but for me, and […]

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San Francisco gentlemen: U.S. dating culture & having a boyfriend back home

Published on November 4, 2014 by Emma Slaats

It’s Thursday night, and I’m at a bar. The speakers play loud rock music and a buzz fills the room. From my seat I have a perfect view over the whole bar. I can see the pool table, where some guys are playing a game. I look at my two friends, who are both talking […]

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Earthquake!

Published on by Emma Slaats

I’ve never slept as well as on the night San Francisco experienced an earthquake – I woke up, ready for some oats and a great day, only to run into my roommate who asked me, clearly excited, what I had felt of the earthquake. ‘Nothing!’ I said surprised. I opened my phone and saw ten […]

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Lake Tahoe

Published on October 27, 2014 by Jonas Lenhammar

Last weekend I went to Lake Tahoe; me and 16 more (out of which 13 were exchange students)       The initiator and planner for this trip was Kien (to the right on the picture above). Kien is the guy that has more irons in the fire than any other person I have ever […]

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31st Annual Sandcastle Contest at the Ocean Beach 10/12/14

Published on by Carl Murphy

    When I am thinking about a sandcastle contest, it is almost a couple of years ago since I was involved in building sandcastles. Every kid likes to go to the Beach and gives his own creativity free rein. No matter if it is a big castle, a small creature or a self-named thing. […]

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NorCal to Nashville

Published on October 26, 2014 by Lucie Hudson

I’m going to start this simply – everyone needs to go to Nashville. The fact that I was there to celebrate my 22nd birthday was merely a bonus, because the city is just amazing! Me and my bestie Maryska packed up and met in Tennessee to begin my birthday adventure. We got there late on […]

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Burning Man Decompression Party

Published on October 24, 2014 by Rebecca Jackson

One of the things I have learnt being in this wonderfully vibrant city is that everyone here wants to celebrate. I have been on the beach listening to music, and someone will join and dance; or I will make friends in Golden Gate Park with the employees who have escaped from work to drink cheap […]

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I wasn’t there

Published on October 23, 2014 by Moa Afzal

You’re having lunch with one of your new international friends, or you’re just doing your homework at the library, when your phone starts ringing. Wait, why is someone from back home calling me? Isn’t it like midnight over there? Sudden phone calls like that will definitely make you think of the worst case scenario. Most […]

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Just say “YES” and… see what happens!

Published on October 21, 2014 by Catherine

In most case “YES!” is the best answer to… about anything. The tricky part is to be able to gauge when saying “yes!’ gets closer to be unbearable for your brain and body rather than nourishing. At a certain point you just have to admit that you can’t always win: say “no” and sleep.   […]

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Treasure Island Music Festival

Published on October 20, 2014 by Katie Tsappas

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Saturday of Treasure Island Music Festival over the weekend, and it really was such a fun event. For one, I still can’t believe there is actually a place called Treasure Island. The view from the island was amazing, you could see the whole of the […]

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Humans of IEEC, #4.

Published on October 19, 2014 by Jennifer van Dam

    “When did you started skateboarding?” -“So, I only started skateboarding around two years ago. It was in this strange transitional period of my life. After I finished high school I was really frustrated by the people around me and I was sick of feeling like a kid and I just wanted to skip […]

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Just a Bunch of Navy Fighter Planes

Published on October 17, 2014 by Catherine

So,  last week I was sleeping-in, recovering from my midterm rush, when some loud noises interfered with my sleep and sort of switch my dream into a resembling war. I woke up confused and took my sleepy head to the balcony. I opened the door just at the precise moment a navy fighter plane flew stupidly […]

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Sex and the (other) city

Published on October 15, 2014 by Belle Barbé

My time in San Francisco, studying sexuality studies is brining me a lot! I have been pursuing a career in sexuality education for many years now. My courses in sexuality studies will certainly help me with that but studying alone is not enough. It’s all about the extra curricular nowadays so I have been networking […]

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Hidden In The Fog #1

Published on October 14, 2014 by Adrien Vergnes

In this blog I would like to talk about the hidden people, people that we don’t see or people that we are not looking. I talk about the bar tender, the MUNI driver, this guy who is standing in Dolores Park… But those people contribute  to make the City By The Bay more fantastic each […]

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A good morning walk to the Ocean Beach in hope to see the Blood Moon

Published on by Carl Murphy

It was 3:00 am on the 8th of October, when Maxime and me were woken by the alarm clock. We started to get ready for a walk to the Beach, which is just five minutes round the corner. Although we were a bit in a hurry, we managed it to  take the equipment we needed. […]

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Burning Man Journey – Part 3

Published on October 12, 2014 by Catherine

When I came back from the Black Rock City, exhausted, fulfilled and definitely still in an intense mode of existential questioning, I still had not found a place to stay in SF. Providence came to me again and a former Burner offered me to stay in his guest room for at least a little while. […]

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Humans of IEEC, #3.

Published on by Jennifer van Dam

  “I was born in California, but moved to Mexico City when I was 1 years old. When I was about 15 I moved back to California, Coachella. -“Coachella as in where the festival is?” “Yep, exactly! But when the festival is not on, it’s a pretty boring place, there’s not much to do. That’s why […]

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Burning Man Journey – Part 2

Published on October 9, 2014 by Catherine

After a 24 hour road trip to Reno, we arrived at the playa in the middle of the night exhausted but in delight of what was ahead of us. In the urge to dive into this mystic experience, we duct-taped a couple glow sticks and headed to the playa, plunging into complete darkness. The playa […]

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Bonfire, The Gaslight Anthem, and a cloudy trip to Santa Cruz

Published on October 6, 2014 by Jonas Lenhammar

Hello!   This is some of the things that I have been up to the last couple of weeks.   *****       I was at my first American bonfire down at Ocean Beach. We were about 20 people that decided to buy some wood and beer and head down there the other week. […]

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Humans of IEEC, #2.

Published on October 5, 2014 by Jennifer van Dam

“I find it hard to catch you without carrying your GoPro. Can you tell me more about it?” -“Yeah I carry it around everywhere! It’s a funny little device this GoPro, such a small machine that captures the huge memories in your time traveling or exploring your surroundings. An English bloke I met in a bar […]

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NorCal to North Carolina

Published on by Lucie Hudson

One of the ample benefits of being a study abroad student is being able to travel and visit your friends who are studying in other states. I’m very fortunate to have so many friends scattered across the US who are willing to share their experience with me by letting me stay on their sofas. I […]

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Photoblog #1: Freedom

Published on October 3, 2014 by Leonie Coppes

  ________________________________________________________________________________________________ We hold onto many different words in our society that we believe know the right definition of. However, aren’t many words subject to our own interpretation? Only if you look at the word ‘gay’, for example: back in the days, the word was being used to describe your feeling of happiness or joy. […]

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Fast food at its finest

Published on September 30, 2014 by Rebecca Jackson

So, recently I became a vegan. Yes you have every right to recoil slightly in your seats, for I am a vegan of the worst kind; I’m Rebecca Jackson and I’m a preacher. It wasn’t a gradual process, I didn’t begin to slowly cut out red meat, and then poultry- I was all in. I […]

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one month fourteen days and seven.5 hours

Published on September 29, 2014 by Teeanna Munro

I have officially been in San Francisco for exactly 1 month 14 days and 7.5 hours, and I feel as though I have been precisely placed into the thick of San Francisco/Bay area living. My second day I was taking the Bart to Oakland to attend the exclusive community meeting held by the Malcolm X […]

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Sex and the (other) city

Published on by Belle Barbé

Google search “sexuality university” and the first thing that pops up is SFSU’s minor and major in sexuality studies. The city of San Francisco has been known to be open and liberal about sex and sexuality for many years. Being born and raised in Amsterdam, this is not very different from the mindset I grew […]

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My Burning Man Journey – Part 1

Published on September 26, 2014 by Catherine

My journey in California started with a lot of luck. I always find that unplanned opportunities are the most exciting, that’s why I usually have a plan B, but very rarely have a plan A. I’ve come to believe that this attitude simply allows all sorts of things to occur to help me that would never […]

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A Brit Abroad: Baker Beach!

Published on September 25, 2014 by Katie Tsappas

Me and my housemates have been (quite rightly) craving some sunshine and warmth, so on the recommendation of some friends, we headed to Baker Beach. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect as it was warm and sunny, but there was a constant breeze which made it seem cooler than it was. The view from […]

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Haight Street Music Festival

Published on by Ffion Jones

The number of free festivals in San Francisco is overwhelming and brilliant – here are a few photos from the recent music festival on Haight, which had 3 stages, skateboarding & dancing among other sometimes strange and always wonderful goings on.

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Distortion of Sound

Published on by Carl Murphy

Hey guys, I am a 28 year old soccer player from Würzburg, Germany. My major is Business Administration, but here in San Francisco at the SFSU I only have two classes of Business (Marketing & Operationsmanagement). It is quite hard to get the transfer credits, which I supposed to get. That was the reason why I chose classes […]

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Homesickness Hurts

Published on September 23, 2014 by Lucie Hudson

As you probably guessed from the title, I got homesick. I knew that this would happen at some point. It’s natural! I’ve moved really far away from home; quite frankly if I didn’t get homesick, then it would be weird. Nevertheless, I was pretty shocked when my Mum diagnosed me with it. We email regularly, […]

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Humans of IEEC, #1.

Published on September 22, 2014 by Jennifer van Dam

“What’s the story behind the tattoo on your wrist?” -“A year ago I broke up with my boyfriend. I loved him very much. I thought we were soul mates.  He was the only person who I could share everything with, without insecurities. But he didn’t want to be with me anymore. This was a real shock […]

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Manga in Japantown and Frozen sing-along with seven year olds

Published on September 21, 2014 by Jonas Lenhammar

Hi again,   A short blog about last weekend’s adventures.   Japantown     Japantown was very nice! The part of San Francisco known as Japantown only stretches over a couple of blocks, so it´s not as big as Chinatown. However, those blocks are very cozy and when you enter the malls it close to actually being […]

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Everything is free?

Published on September 20, 2014 by molly eagles

One thing nobody tells you about San Francisco, is that a lot of things here, are free. Somehow having escaped the many oppressive laws that engulf most of the U.S., San Francisco, has somehow reserved a certain amount of freedom when it comes to outdoor spaces. Unlike L.A., and many states within the U.S., San […]

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Big city life

Published on September 19, 2014 by Rebecca Jackson

So I have made it through the first month of living in the exquisite San Francisco; it has been chaotic and hazy, there have been some ups and some downs. I’m not sure I have experienced the ‘culture shock’ that I keep hearing is looming upon all international students, I am simply basking in smugness […]

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A Brit Abroad

Published on September 14, 2014 by Katie Tsappas

I didn’t experience culture shock until I started at university in San Francisco: until then it had all been happy days. Then meeting real Americans and experiencing school over here became a bit of a struggle. For one, no-one seems to be able to understand my accent, or understand that my name is Katie, not […]

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