This is My Life Now

When I take the metro to class (briefly noting how distant the 20 second sprint from Shipp to Old Main feels) in the mornings, along the coast, past cargo ships and sea lions, a total wave of gratitude washes over me as I realize again and again and again that this is my life now. 

Muchas Flores

Hola! I’m embarrassed that it’s been so long since I last published a blog, given it was before Everest that I posted last.  What can I say? Spring semester got the best of me? Plus, I tried to write.  Believe me when I say I wanted to write and I had so much to write about.  I…

Leo the Late Bloomer

It was maybe a few weeks ago when I was talking with a friend about our experiences in Moshi.  She used the word “glad”, and while it’s such a rudimentary adjective, it very much struck me as the ideal word to describe my feelings about this internship and my time in Moshi. I am very…

The Office 2.0: Tanzania

There’s a reason that my Spanish department offers intercultural competency classes for students who will be soon spending a semester abroad: it’s important to understand what makes a culture different from your own and how to fit into it.  Unfortunately, the nature of this program did not allow for a formal course, but I was…

Beauty & the Beast

One thing you should know about me: I love coffee mugs. I couldn’t tell you when I first picked up a coffee mug and felt its power resonate in my palms, and I only have a faint memory of the first time my parents let me have a whole cup of coffee.  Coffee has nevertheless…