How was Africa?

Sometimes it’s asked in passing, and other times it’s been the start of a conversation; “How was Africa?” they ask.  “Tell me about Africa,” they insist. I *forced* myself to read through my original blog post from my last few days before leaving for Tanzania.  In them, I found I was guilty of the same…

Me and Joe (Van Gogh)

*I never got around to finishing this blog on Monday, and I have finally returned to it late this Wednesday evening/Thursday morning after the business of moving into college and catching up with dear friends* Almost five months ago, I found myself in a small coffee shop on Broad Street in Durham, NC with a…

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…

Tiny Victories & Magical Bijaj Rides

Spending time abroad is, in theory, a very exciting adventure.  At Wofford and within my family, studying abroad is rather popular.  Both of my older siblings elected to spend a semester in Spain; my cousins have spent time in Italy and Austria; my parents and grandmother have all shared stories of their experiences traveling to…

Saved by Solitude

10:11 AM This is a challenging post for me to write.  Fortunately for me, it is only 2:45 AM for most of my readers, so I have some time on my Sunday morning to find the words I want to say. I created this blog, Leading Woman Abroad, mostly for the sake of the internship…

Finding My Golden Ticket in Moshi

Because I intended to blog by my own volition, agreeing to blog for internship credit is just killing two birds with one stone; I knew that I would want to document this experience with writing, plus some of the required prompts have helped to detangle my thoughts pretty well.  The questions I am supposed to…