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Neha Dixit notes down the amusing differences between the Indian and American election campaign during her nine weeks long fellowship in the US

Yesterday was the last day of the US Presidential Election Campaign. They say the race between Obama and Romney is razor thin. They will vote today. The results will be out soon.

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Still not arrived

Seven days ago my earthly remains have arrived in Vienna after spending 9 weeks in the US. As my fellow fellows know, I haven’t spent a lot of time in one place, so at least I didn’t get used to a specific city or a specific hotel room. I have gotten used to my fellow fellows. I miss them so much, it hurts.

They say after a relationship you hurt half the length of time you were in this relationship. Although I have experienced otherwise, I hope this time it is true. And that after 3 ½ weeks from now, I will start to cherish the memories without missing them so badly.

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Flying with myself

I left the residence with my host family and spent pretty much every minute talking to them about the-whole-nine-weeks. At the airport, I minded the extra weight in 'Big Bird' and carefully distributed it in my other bags, so I didn't have to pay 75 dollars (!!!!!). At the gate, I tried, as usual, to connect my iPad to the airport wi-fi and, as usual,  couldn't get a decent connection.

I bought a magazine, and some magic gum. My US phone rang for the last couple of times and I had a very funny chat with Ivan a very sad one withe Ledinha. Then I got into the plane.

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Newspapers of the USA. #2: The flashy gals

Newspapers of the USA. #2: The flashy gals

This is my second post about the visual appearance of U.S. newspapers, actually a continuation to my previous post which was mainly about New York Times. To read the whole story, start from "Newspapers of the USA. " also available on this very blog.

I took a task of observing how four different U.S. newspapers look at the same date (3rd of October), and what we can learn from that.

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The future past

The future past

The things I have lost during this fellowship were constantly in my mind in the days heading to the end. I lost a piece of my universal plug. A cosmetic cream. A bath sponge. I lost and found my medicines, contact lenses and comb. I almost lost my iPhone. And now I am going to lose nine friends.

All these lost things made me remember the beautiful poem "One Art", by Elizabeth Bishop, in which she says we must master the art of losing:

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Outgunning the law

Outgunning the law

Four people, included the company's owner, were killed about two weeks ago when a man opened fire at a Minneapolis workplace before turning the gun on himself. The fifth victim died later in one Minneapolis hospital. A couple of weeks earlier in August, a guy in a Batman dress entered a cinema near Denver to hunt down people waiting for the movie to start, and it has been five years so far, since a mad student massacred not less than 32 (mostly fellow students) at the Virginia Tech University before killing himself.

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Consumer protection - how to avoid sandwich anxiety, coffee confusion and a coke overdose

I’ve stared to feel intimidated when I order a coffee or a sandwich in the United States. Let me share a recent example from a well known coffee franchise in Chicago. It went something like this.

Me: “Could I have a coffee please?”

Lady:  “What size would you like? Tall, grande or venti?”

Me: ( Already on the back foot)  “The smallest one please.”

Lady: “OK tall. And what blend would you like, blonde, medium or bold?”

Me: ( Now on the defensive) “I don’t know.”

Lady: “What blend would you like sir, blonde, medium or bold?”

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