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Similar-ish Language

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow David Gonzalez Chavez.

“There’s some good crack there” is what I heard from my coworker Finn describing a party he went to, which caught my attention—why is he bringing up heavy drug use in a tame conversation? After some brief thought as to how ridiculous that’d be, I asked what he meant by crack (or rather, the proper spelling “craic”) and he explained that it essentially means a good time or fun.  This is one of many moments I’ve had where different words or meanings have left me utterly confused while in Belfast.

I’m currently based in an English-speaking country—in theory, that should’ve meant that I’d be able to communicate just as well there as I would at home, but I quickly learned that the English spoken in Belfast is a wee bit different than I was used to hearing.

Take the […]

By |January 9th, 2020|Gappers in the Field|

No Pictures Included

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Alyson Cabeza.

Four months ago, I dropped my phone.

Now, this is not the first time I’ve dropped my phone. If we’re being completely honest, I dropped my phone the first day I got it.

However, this phone drop caused a uniquely difficult adjustment to my everyday routine. See, I was two hours away from my home in Vietnam when the drop happened. It was also raining. I also did not notice I had dropped my phone.

Here’s what happened: I decided to go to Ninh Bình province for two days. Not much was planned, especially since I had bought my train ticket only five hours before departure. One of the only things I did was book my hostel. So, I make it to Ninh Bình and with the help of my phone’s GPS, I managed to walk from the train station […]

By |March 18th, 2019|Gappers in the Field|

2 A.M.

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Alyson Cabeza.

It was 2 am. I was crying. The idea of leaving everything I’ve ever known behind, in the next 5 hours, was finally hitting me. The phrases “I’m scared” and “I can’t do this” were constantly coming out of my mouth. I was reassured by the people who mean the most to me that everything would turn out alright. I was reminded that this is something I needed to do for myself. I calmed down and continued to frantically pack (last minute).

It was 2 am. After spending more than 24 hours in either an airport or on an airplane, I was hit with the stench of pollution as I arrived at my hostel. It didn’t matter though, because I quickly realized how beautiful Hanoi is at night. Even though all my energy was drained, I managed to spend […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Gappers in the Field|

Pre-Departure: Alexa, Play “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Alyson Cabeza.

Throughout the past eighteen years, I’ve been fascinated with the future in different ways. There wasn’t much I could control at a young age, so my future was special to me: I thought I could control it. Therefore, I planned everything. I planned the classes I would take in high school, and the clubs I would join. I planned the university I’d go to, and what I would do after graduating. I planned when I would fall in love, and where I would raise my children. For a while, it relaxed me. I was perfectly happy planning my every single move. Then one day, I wasn’t happy – I was exhausted.

Planning everything eventually took a part of me. No longer did I want to be the girl who freaked if something was behind or ahead of schedule, but […]

By |September 11th, 2018|Pre-departure|