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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…

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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…

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Notes for Ecuador
by | October 13, 2014

Notes for Ecuador:

Don’t let the taxi drivers think that you’re “just another gringo,” we know how much a cab fare should cost.
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).
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?…

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Quito at Night

Where Am I?
by | September 10, 2014

I am currently in Quito, Ecuador. Plot twist. This change of plans, and of continents, was a difficult decision to make and I hope that this blog post will be able to provide some clarity for my friends and family back home.
Senegal is an incredible country, home to vibrant cultures and diverse, welcoming people. I will certainly visit at some point in my life, now just happens not to be that point. Amidst the concerns of friends, family, and virtually everyone I encountered concerning the ongoing health crisis in West Africa, I chose to switch my country placement to…

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404 Error (Español)
by | September 8, 2014

Nota: La mayoría de mis blogs saldrán unos 10-14 días después del dia que los escribí. Esto se debe principalmente a mi poco acceso al internet y al tiempo que toma revisar y aprobar mis escrituras.
Escribí esto durante una noche de insomnio en mi segunda noche en Senegal. Es un poco largo, así que si quieres la versión corta, oprime aquí….
Escribo estas palabras en domingo, 1 septiembre de 2014.
¡Saludos a todos! Les escribo directamente desde Dakar, Senegal, donde estaré entrenando y tomando cursos de idiomas antes de ir a mi pueblo asignado. He estado aquí por

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404 Error (English)
by | September 8, 2014

Note: Most of my blogs will be uploaded about 10-14 days after I actually wrote them. This is due to several factors, the main ones being: lack of access to internet, and the revision and approval of my blog.
I wrote this in a night of insomnia on my second day in Senegal. It is a bit of a long one, so click here… if you want the short version.
I write these words on Sunday, September 1st, 2014.
Hello, everyone! I am writing to you straight from Dakar, Senegal, where I am taking intensive language courses before heading out

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