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Same thing, different continent

Same thing, different continent

It’s bike rush hour. The sun is brilliant in the cool morning, and I left my house fifteen minutes later than usual. I’ll still be on time for work, but I won’t be early. I like being early, the time that I usually use, when I arrive at 8:30, to settle into my chair, boil … Continue reading

Belong everywhere

Belong everywhere

“Je me sens comme une vraie hollandaise!” I exclaim to my landlady as I walk through the door on Wednesday, soaked in rain. We communicate in French, and I’m telling her that I feel Dutch because I rode my bike home in the rain, like the parents who pile their toddlers into seats on the … Continue reading

Let it be uncertain

Let it be uncertain

“This moment shall be vivid. Bring on the Islands, the foreign languages, the unfamiliar streets and let it be uncertain. Everything’s uncertain. I feel the excitement that lies therein.” I wrote the words above when I was 22 and departing on a ten-week self-directed research trip in four countries. I was dramatically alone, but I … Continue reading

skinheads in speedos

skinheads in speedos

Samantha and I are in a beach bar in Santorini with little laptops they gave us for ordering cocktails before 5pm — welcome to Greece! Just kidding, the laptops are free for us to use but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve had unlimited internet access and what else would I do … Continue reading

namo! ecchice!

namo! ecchice!

I was silly to think I would have time to blog. But I am journaling all the time and the many pages would be so much to copy here. Samantha, however, writes in bulletpoints in her journal and we decided to name it “the bulletpoint journal.” So here is the beginning of our bulletpoint journal … Continue reading

I heard there was a secret chord

I heard there was a secret chord

The weeks at work are long.  Women crying in the office every day. Girls younger than I am already forced into marriages. 85 phone calls in one day and people who get angry on the other end, rant to me about the association, or break down when I can do nothing but say, “Yes, I … Continue reading

My life is a wonderful ride!

My life is a wonderful ride!

I had an adventurous weekend, flying around on trains to Lille, Amiens, Reims, Rouen, and Epernay. French towns around Paris that are all so beautiful and unique. I could bore you to tears with my stories of cathedrals and museums, wind-along-the-river and umbrellas-in-the-street, and the best glass of Champagne I’ve ever drunk…. but I won’t. … Continue reading