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Badass Female Pioneers

Badass Female Pioneers

When I was in fourth grade, my teacher assigned a biography project. We chose a famous person, researched about their life, wrote their biography, recorded our voices on tape, and gathered clothing and accessories to portray that person. On the final day, we displayed our projects in the form of a wax museum. We stood in...
Festival de Dulces

Festival de Dulces

Today was the Festival de Dulces. The high school students celebrated by wearing jeans, blasting champeta, and selling goey mango, coconut, papaya and arequipe sweets. When I walked towards the school this afternoon, a bunch of kids yelled my name. “Sarah, a la orden,” one girl said, motioning towards the mango concoction on the table....
Documenting my Peace Corps projects

Documenting my Peace Corps projects

[Hanging out with some of my adult students after class.] When I created this blog in 2011, I intended it to be a travel blog, but over the past few years, it’s merged into a travel/art/lifestyle/I-write-whatever-the hell-I want-to-write-and-that’s-why-this-blog-could-never-be-that-popular kind of blog. However, one topic I rarely write about is work. In Korea, I occasionally wrote...
Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Camping in the Caribbean: Tayrona National Park

Taroko, Terelj, and Tayrona. Is it a coincidence that the last three national parks I’ve explored have started with the letter T? Tayrona, however, is located far from the others–outside of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. A couple months ago, José and I embarked on a last minute trip to Tayrona, taking advantage of our...
February: a month of Murakami and magic realism

February: a month of Murakami and magic realism

Besides teaching and getting some Peace Corps projects off the ground, this February I simultaneously immersed myself in Murakami’s epic 1Q84, and Laura Esquivel’s, Like Water for Chocolate. I’m now familiar with an abundance of cooking vocabulary in Spanish, and I can’t stop looking for a second moon in the sky.   10. 1Q84, by Haruki...
For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

For expats and travelers: the e-book vs. real book debate

Since I’ve been roaming beyond US borders without a permanent residency for the past few years, I have several paperbacks, journals, and big, beautiful art books gathering dust on a bookshelf in my parents’ house. I love these books, but I’m a minimalist. Fascinated by the thought of storing unfathomable amounts of text on a single...
The 52 Book Challenge: an ambitious January

The 52 Book Challenge: an ambitious January

Although I haven’t been writing as much lately, I’ve been reading A LOT. I’ve realized that in order to be a better writer, I need to become a more voracious reader. And since I haven’t been teaching, (we’re still on vacation) I’ve had quite a bit of free time. Last year I read 22 books. Although...
2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

2013 in Photos: Goodbye Korea, Hello Colombia, and some stops in between

Maybe it’s the tropical climate, or maybe all the shuffling around, but it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a few days and we’re nearing the end of 2013. Also, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for two years, and I have published 200 entries. Insane! I spent a couple hours this morning reading...

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