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"Alone" in Barranquilla

Loneliness is about learning to be alone with yourself. It’s an art, really. Discovering what makes you happy when you’re by yourself is beautiful. I needed to be reminded of this after being in Barranquilla for a few days. 414 more words


Winter Break and Chinese New Year

Well I’m back in Taiwan after some amazing adventures in Japan and New Zealand. The break was much needed but it definitely was difficult to come back to Yilan after re-exploring Tokyo and having such a relaxing time with my parents in New Zealand. 987 more words


Who is your Host Country Hero?

Every year Peace Corps organizes a video contest, for current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. This year the theme of the video contest is who is your Host Country Hero. 66 more words


"Patriotism in the Levant" by Sam Northrup

Normally blog posts don’t focus on politics, and normally I don’t like to write about it either. There are a lot of preconceptions about violence and politics in this region that aren’t true. 1,055 more words

Area & Arabic Language Studies

Educate a Woman and you Educate a Nation

This post originally appeared on Emma’s Adventures in Sierra Leone

“Education: E-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n”. It’s Sunday evening and Aminata Janneh is practising for her weekly spelling test. Reciting from memory whilst she sweeps the gutter outside her home on the outskirts of Makeni, Sierra Leone’s fourth largest city, the 12-year old tells me proudly that she is ranked second in her class at the local Muslim school. 969 more words


Carbo-loading in Copenhagen

Today, I ate half of a loaf of bread. Yesterday was no different, and tomorrow will probably be the same. One thing is certain: my Copenhagen experience thus far has been full of carbohydrates. 876 more words