Janelle Bitker
  • Female
  • Davis, CA
  • United States
  • 2013
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Judy Hanna left a comment for Janelle Bitker
"Janelle, I saw your column on Thursday in the Aggie. I'm excited you're going to be updating the entire school on your time abroad! And I'm glad I can follow your journey in multiple ways."
Oct 1, 2011
Janelle Bitker posted a blog post

I have arrived

My first Belgian beer in Belgium was a Blanche de Bruxelles. Sissy, I know. But it was hot, and I was exhausted and jetlagged, and I didn’t want a beer that’d nurse me to sleep too early.Alas, that one beer became two — with the easy potential to become three or four — when my roommate and I were quickly recognized as Americans. Americans giggling over their first Belgian beers in Belgium. Another round was sent over, and we became obligated to sit with two much older men with nicotine-stained…See More
Aug 22, 2011
Janelle Bitker commented on Janelle Bitker's blog post Saturday's the day
"Thank you so much! :)"
Aug 20, 2011
J.H. Barnes commented on Janelle Bitker's blog post Saturday's the day
"Absolutely love your writing style, Janelle. Belgium bound! Really looking forward to following your journey :)"
Aug 20, 2011
Janelle Bitker commented on Tiffany J. Lew's blog post on a tight rope
"Judy, they said they hated how people called themselves Californian? Interesting! I guess I can see how it would seem egotistical. I'll have to keep that in mind. PS I am definitely hitting Cologne at least one weekend on an art class field…"
Aug 18, 2011
Janelle Bitker commented on Tiffany J. Lew's blog post on a tight rope
"Ah, to be a Californian in Europe! When I was in Switzerland this summer, nearly every time I told locals I was from California, they would break out singing "California Girls" by Katy Perry. I had never heard the song before so I was...…"
Aug 18, 2011
Janelle Bitker posted a blog post

Saturday's the day

In exactly two days, I’ll be in the air, on my way to Belgium.I’ll be met at the airport by an ISA rep and taken to my new home, my new family, my new life. This life will take place in Schaerbeek, one of 19 municipalities in Brussels, with an apparently high immigrant population. Home will be a small townhouse, with a single mom, two daughters, a dog and at least one other American student. It is said to be warm and welcoming. It is said to be 30 minutes from the center of Brussels and 20…See More
Aug 18, 2011
J.H. Barnes commented on Janelle Bitker's blog post A little introduction
"Welcome to the Aggie Network, Janelle--looking forward to following your journey!"
Jul 17, 2011
Judy Hanna commented on Janelle Bitker's blog post A little introduction
"Your French is going to improve so much during the year, so don't worry about those "awkward limited conversations." In fact, your Dutch probably will improve as well. It sounds like you've really planned out your reasons for why…"
Jul 17, 2011
Janelle Bitker posted a blog post

A little introduction

August 20, my departure date, is nearing. Soon enough I’ll be blogging about food and cafes and pubs and awkward limited conversations due to language barriers… and food and cafes and pubs.I will studying in Brussels, Belgium, for one academic year. I will be blogging primarily on my website, www.janellebitker.com, but I'll attempt to repost the travel-centric blogs here too. This post in fact, with the exception of the current paragraph, is copied and…See More
Jul 15, 2011
Janelle Bitker is now a member of The Aggies Abroad Network
Jul 12, 2011

Profile Information

Your study abroad program/location (e.g. UC Davis Summer Abroad, Spain "Spanish Art")?
France, Switzerland
Future Explorers: Where do you want to study abroad?
Belgium (2011-12)
I graduated (or will graduate) in (year):
2013
One piece of advice for those about to venture abroad:
Congrats, you made the best decision ever. Don't be an ugly American — be open to everything.
LinkedIn/Blog/Website Address
www.janellebitker.com
More about me:
I'm a third year UC Davis technocultural studies major, unabashed foodie and aspiring journalist. For the 2011-12 school year, I'll be in Brussels, Belgium through a third-party program.

Janelle Bitker's Blog

I have arrived

My first Belgian beer in Belgium was a Blanche de Bruxelles. Sissy, I know. But it was hot, and I was exhausted and jetlagged, and I didn’t want a beer that’d nurse me to sleep too early.

Alas, that one beer became two — with the easy potential to become three or four — when my roommate and I were quickly recognized as Americans. Americans giggling over their first Belgian beers in Belgium. Another round was sent over, and we became obligated to sit with two much older men with…

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Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:17am

Saturday's the day

In exactly two days, I’ll be in the air, on my way to Belgium.

I’ll be met at the airport by an ISA rep and taken to my new home, my new family, my new life. This life will take place in Schaerbeek, one of 19 municipalities in Brussels, with an apparently high immigrant population. Home will be a small townhouse, with a single mom, two daughters, a dog and at least one other American student. It is said to be warm and welcoming. It is said to be 30 minutes from the center of Brussels…

Continue

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 4:06pm — 2 Comments

A little introduction

August 20, my departure date, is nearing. Soon enough I’ll be blogging about food and cafes and pubs and awkward limited conversations due to language barriers… and food and cafes and pubs.

I will studying in Brussels, Belgium, for one academic year. I will be blogging primarily on my website, www.janellebitker.com, but I'll attempt to repost the travel-centric blogs here too. This post in fact, with the exception of the current paragraph, is…

Continue

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 8:25pm — 2 Comments

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At 8:29pm on October 1, 2011, Judy Hanna said…
Janelle, I saw your column on Thursday in the Aggie. I'm excited you're going to be updating the entire school on your time abroad! And I'm glad I can follow your journey in multiple ways.
 
 
 

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