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Week One-Khayelitsha

Tonight was my first night working at the clinic in Khayelitsha, and I was looking forward to getting to see if I liked the work. On my way home from my last class, I got a message from my mom saying I needed to call her. She told me that my grandma had passed away that morning. I felt so awful and disconnected from home at that time, but made the decision to still go to the clinic. I figured it would keep mind busy and prevent me from sitting […]

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Almost there!

It’s currently about 4pm on Wednesday afternoon here in Japan and I’m oh so close to being completely set up. I went to “au” today (a cell phone shop), and ordered my mobile wifi router. Unfortunately, the device won’t come in until Saturday morning so I have to wait just a few more days until I’m finally able to contact people from my dorm room. This week has been great! As I stated earlier, after Monday’s orientation we had a welcome party, followed by a few of us going out […]

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Fiestas Patrias

Happy belated birthday Chile! For those of you who don’t know, Chile’s Independence Day was September 18th. Instead of a measly day off and some lame fireworks like in the U.S., however, Independence Day turns into a week of celebrations. There are asados (BBQ) literally every three houses. People cram into fondas (I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to translate this..they’re basically like state fairs in various places where various vendors set up shop and people eat outrageous amounts of food). If you’re not drinking terremotos (a […]

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A Mini Update

This isn’t the blog post I would like it to be, but it is all I have the energy for. Every morning I wake up at 6:30 and get to the subcentro by 8. From about 9 to 12 or 1 every day, we do rural community visits- this could be anything from visiting people with disabilities to vaccinating dogs against rabies. It usually involves a lot of walking, sometimes on steep dirt paths. I really like it, especially going way out to the communities that are further away from […]

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Volunteering in Rio

After only one week of volunteering, it’s crazy to think about how many benefits I already have seen in my life here. Disclaimer: when I was originally assigned this placement, I was not happy at all. I was scheduled to work in the afternoons, between my morning class and evening class. It takes over an hour to commute from my school to the location in each direction, which only leaves about 90 minutes of volunteering per day. I was disappointed in the high ratio of travel:work time, not to mention […]

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My Attachment

My attachment, or internship as many Americans would call it, is in Nanyuki, a four hour ride away from Nairobi, around the Mt. Kenya area. The life is very different than in Nairobi, and even more amazing everyday. I wake up every morning as the sun rises, the doors open and close, the rooster crows, the cows wake up and my two sisters, Abigail (7) and Belinda (2) come knock on my door in their school uniforms to say hi. Immediately, it is busy in the house. I live about […]

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Work Work Work

I am writing from studio! I have been here for a while and I plan on staying for many more hours. Our project is due tomorrow at 10pm so everyone is busily working away on their plans, drawings, models – all the while seeing how long we can go without sleep. It is a joyous time. (…ish. The pastries and coffee from Lagkagehuset five flights of stairs and one street away seem to be helping slightly.) Somehow I always chose concepts that prove impossible to execute. Note the million balsa […]

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Rats

Monday morning at 4:22am I woke up to the what I thought was the sound of something chewing. I immediately thought the goats were in my room again, so I rolled over and made the «pshh pssssh» noise to scare them off. I heard no clonking hooves, no tiny feet running away, and the sound didn’t stop. I thought it must’ve been coming from outside, so I rolled back over and tried to fall back sleep, knowing the call to prayer would keep me up if I didn’t get to […]

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Interviews & Independence

Today I had an interview for a possible internship at a travel company called Context Travel. They offer walking tours to tourists that go beyond the typical tour. The guides aren’t your typical tour guide that spit out dry facts; instead they are scholars in architecture, history, and anthropology. Because of their backgrounds they are able to offer a different perspective toward famous structures and sites. It’s an experience that exceeds the expectations one would have of a walking tour. Context Travel walking tours don’t always hit the biggest tourist […]

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