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Semana 6: ¡Ya está!

¡Ya está! does not have a direct translation, but it is muy sencillo or “very simple” to explain. It is the perfect phrase to use when you put the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae or in my case start your internship and finish three midterms in the same week. I love my internship! It is exhilarating to maneuver the language barrier to discuss food science topics. I am learning poco a poco or “little by little.” My supervisor let me complete a moisture analysis assay by […]

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Practicing humility, feeling underestimated

To start, I want to briefly express that the earthquake that hit Ecuador Saturday night was an unexpected tragedy that has affected the entirety of the population of this amazing country, just as raw destruction of this magnitude always does. My heart aches for the loss that so many are undergoing; the loss of life, of property, of security, of peace. Anything I can do to help, rest assured I will do it, just as I would expect anyone else to. If any of my family or friends have the […]

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Kaolack

Ah, Kaolack. What a place you are. I’m a week and a half into my life and internship here and it has been quite the experience. For one, it is hot. VERY HOT. Sweating doesn’t faze me much anymore, and mosquitoes and flies are batted away lazily; even my high-intensity DEET bug spray can’t do much to keep them away sometimes. Fans are a small luxury, though luckily my mom has one in her bedroom. Multiple nights I have dreamed about snow-covered mountains. That is not an exaggeration. Yet, life […]

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My last days in Rome :(

On Friday night, there was a vigil to honor all refugees who have been killed in their quest for freedom. The vigil involved a program of beautiful singing, music, lighting candles, and reading from the Koran by many of the refugees, including Rakeen and Maiga. I was really mad because I arrived late and missed most of it. However, I heard wonderful things about the program. Lots of people showed up: Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Catholics… it didn’t matter. Everyone came together in one room to honor those who had fallen and […]

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Wait, it’s May?

First and foremost, let me start off by saying that it freaks me out that I leave here in LESS than a week. Secondly, let me apologize for not being on top of all of my adventures and sharing them with you all. This month has literally flown by and I am not ready for it to end. Since the Galapagos, sooooooo much has happened! Without further edu, let me attempt to sum up my life for the past month in several hundred words. Week 1: April 1st – April 5th […]

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Pressing rewind

Bringing you an update in backwards order. Z. Yama is writing an essay about himself in English for his English class which started last week. I am starting a 20 page essay in French about my internship which is due in two weeks. We occasionally ask each other for advice, and every thirty minutes or so we proofread each other’s work. It’s a good system. Y. I ate dinner (lentils, my favorite meal) and spent time with my family, “family” being an elastic word that includes my neighbor Laye (who […]

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First day of my internship – finally!

In picture: Jibi, right before we both got drenched by a huge wave. We had gone to watch the sunset. It was my first Senegalese sunset. Thankfully Jibi is a gentleman so he let me wear his sweater while he froze in his tank. C’est la vie, Yama often reminds me. That’s life. I’ve been remembering this as I face all sorts of interesting issues. I finished with my first day on the job at my internship! It’s honestly such a long story, but I’m no longer working at the […]

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The Galápa-Experience

PSA: I’m not dead. Let me tell you how difficult it is to be able to keep up with my life here in Ecuador. I thought at first that it was going so easy to be able to write a post every single week. But then after the first few weeks I learned that this was going to be near impossible. I do so many crazy, cool, and exciting things here but it’s so hard to find time to share all of that with you because by the time I […]

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Internship placement!

In picture: Me and Yama’s hut on the beach! Perfectly peaceful day. It’s been awhile since I’ve updated my blog, mostly because this week was our last week of classes and really busy! I have my final exam in Wolof yesterday, a 15 minute oral exam with Sidy. It wasn’t easy but I think I did okay. Wolof will be the one class I miss dearly. Yama just registered to start English classes and I’ve agreed to help him – maybe we can do some lesson trading, Wolof for English. […]

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It’s-almost-March updates!

As an update, things are going really well. Yesterday I did pretty well with talking to my mom after school and even said some complete Wolof sentences at dinner. I took a bucket shower by filling a pail with cold water from the shower head. It was refreshing and reminiscent of Ghana. My mom was confused why I would use a bucket when we have a shower head, if both were going to be the same cold water anyway. I explained to her that with the shower head, it’s much […]

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Just a Friday

I never write about daily doings so here goes a try at one of those. I spent about three hours this morning at my internship then I went out to explore the city. I feel like I don’t get enough time to do that – which I know sounds ridiculous but my days are so busy! I’m a bit ahead of my needed hours for the semester because I had done my interview prior to the first week so I was able to start working right away. Because of that […]

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Week 2: Cooking and Florence

This has been a fantastic week of glorious sun, wonderful food, and travels. Before our Neighborhoods class on Monday, Nicole and I did a brief site visit to one of the neighborhoods we are supposed to investigate on our own. It’s called Trionfale, which is conveniently located right on the edge of the Prati neighborhood, where our apartment is located. This is an interesting neighborhood very similar to Prati in that it is very residential and there seems to be a large focus on automobile traffic. It was cold, so […]

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Lost for Work and Jazz Festival

Each day i have my internship, i’ve been trying to find the most time efficient way to get there. Today was an interesting excursion. I ended up taking a right when i should’ve taken a right … twice. I ended up making a semi circle around the city rather than going straight to the courts. In the end, i found some beautiful churches and views plus i was still on time even though i went 25 minutes out of the way! Since we don’t have class on fridays, megan, leandra […]

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Day 1 of Internship

Today, I thought I would make it to my internship on time if I caught the bus by 8:30. Boy was I wrong. I was about 10 minutes late to my first day of work. Good thing this isn’t the united states! I worked with a lady that works in the library and, to my surprise, I won’t even really be talking to people. I’m translating a bunch of things both from spanish to english and english to spanish. Don’t get me wrong, it was very uplifting to hear her […]

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Procrastination, Meet Voluntourism

Wow. I really am an absolutely terrible blogger. So much has happened since my last post and you guys don’t know any of it! I almost finished this post as a procrastination measure while I was writing my final papers for class but even that I could not finish. It’s a shame. At any rate, I’m finished with school now! I finished right at the beginning of May and I have been traveling since May 2nd. I want to talk more about that and my travels but first, I want […]

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