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Sky Swing
by | January 26, 2015

8/22/2014 – Alliance Redwoods Campgrounds We will soar and we will fly,
We must spread our wings and take to the sky.
From our flight,
We will discover a new found sight.
Our minds will grow
And our imaginations will expand.
There will be sadness though,
With happiness these emotions go hand in hand.
Our bodies will tremble and shake,
But for our hearts it will be worth the energy it takes.
The power to laugh and to love,
They will send us high above.
We will fly with a purpose, knowing full well when we land,
We won’t be…Read the rest »

Learning How to Leave Effective Footprints
by | December 12, 2014

As I walked out of the pet store, I had the biggest smile on my face. For one, I felt like Santa Claus. But most importantly, I was taking full advantage of my freedom and doing something my mother wouldn’t have ever allowed. How hadn’t I thought of this the second I got here? Back home, my siblings and I were scolded for petting random dogs; now I finally got to smother all the dogs I wanted. Unlike in the US, here it’s typical to see stray dogs, and as soon as I saw it I felt it was out…Read the rest »

For the Sake of the Story
by | December 2, 2014

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” - Patrick Rothfuss Eight-years-old and I’m lying on top of my bedsheets because that is the only thing that will keep me awake. And I must stay awake because I must finish this story tonight. The one that has been galloping through my head for over a week now, scenes flashing by like the View-Master movie binoculars of the 1990s. Only this time my closed eyes are the binoculars, looking…Read the rest »

To my Future Self
October 17, 2014

This past week, we were challenged to create and share our vision of our Global Citizen Year. My vision of my future self is as follows: By April, I will have a new place to call home. I will have added six new members to my family and I will have become another sister and daughter. I will have another support system to turn to… new friends to rejoice with and new friends to cry with. I will have made meaningful, life-long connections. By April, I will have learned a new language. I will be able to speak confidently without…Read the rest »

by | October 13, 2014

I am staying in the beautiful city of Florianopolis for my first month in Brazil. With more than 90 beaches and palm trees lining the streets, I’m sure you can imagine its grandeur. My homestay is in the bairro (neighborhood) of Lagoa Da Conceicao. Translation: Lake of Conception. It’s a beautiful, and very tropical neighborhood. There aren’t too many people to make it overwhelming and not too few people which would make it boring. The Brazil cohort of 2015 has been here for one week. We started out our journey here at the Floripa Surf Camp hostel. It was a…Read the rest »

Notes for Ecuador
by | October 13, 2014

Notes for Ecuador:
  1. Don’t let the taxi drivers think that you’re “just another gringo,” we know how much a cab fare should cost.
  2. Don’t be afraid to try new things! Want to know how many new types of food I’ve tried? Well so would I! At this point I can’t even remember. (But be careful because sooner or later you might end up on the “Flojo List” – for those who have fallen victim to gastrointestinal difficulties).
  3. Take in the view. I don’t know about everyone else out here, but I’ve never lived around mountains. It is so amazing to
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My ‘exceptional’ first few weeks
by | September 12, 2014

If I were to describe my first few weeks in one word that word would be ‘exceptional’. Be careful: By exceptional I don’t mean wonderful or perfect or exceeding my expectations in absolute blow-my-mind-into-a-million-pieces-ness. What I mean by exceptional is, characterized by exceptions: things that are unusual or not as one would expect them to be. A good intro to exceptions: The equator is the farthest place on Earth away from both poles. It is the closest place on earth to the sun. This being the case, it is fair to expect that places near the equator are hot, right?…Read the rest »

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