Seattle’s midwinter clouds returned. Soon, the sky darkened. Warm jasmine tea kept me company as did the cold winter air. Across the street, an old, abandoned house welcomed three crows. Perched on the old chimney, they cried out one at a time and subsequently flew away… becoming one with the gray skies.

Something was amiss. 

It had been 3 years since the Kraken Wars. I was beginning to grow listless, lifeless, and bored. For a soldier of the night like me, I pined to relive the nightmare, the loss, the pain, and the bloody tears from my enemy’s eyes. Jerome, I will find you and I will kill you. 

And now as the tea kissed me for the last time, a familiar sight returned. Three crows. It could only mean one thing: the Kraken stirs. 

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Study abroad programs are becoming more and more popular these days. Students from all around the world have recognized the advantages of these programs as they offer them high-quality education, the experience of immersion in a foreign culture and an opportunity to expand future employment prospects. On top of that, studying abroad is an amazing opportunity to travel around the world. But traveling isn’t cheap and depending on how you go about it, it can easily drain your wallet. In order to help you get on the right track, we have prepared a few tips to help you travel within your budget as a student studying abroad.

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Ever since the country opened its door to the rest of the world way back in the late seventies, China has experienced rapid economic growth and even faster cultural change. During the last decade, even more tourists started flocking to the country in order to experience its culture, and explore its rich history.

the busy streets of Beijing

While it is true that the west has deeply influenced the modern Chinese culture, and that the country has modernized in recent years, there are some things that still might surprise an unsuspected visitor. Therefore, if you’re planning to visit the country in the next couple of months, here are eight things you should definitely know about China.

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