The House of Animals

The House of Animals

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 | 11 Comments

            -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Integration vs. Polo Shirts

Posted by on May 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

I hate polo shirts. Polo shirts remind me of soggy french fries floating in dirty dishwater mixed with hamburger grease and crusted hot fudge. They remind me of running around with plastic baskets of chicken fingers, wearing chunky black non-slip shoes with M&Ms shoved in the cracks of the soles. When I started working at Friendly’s, I was […]

a lesson about pants

a lesson about pants

Posted by on May 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

As I was sitting across from José, devouring a Mediterranean-style crepe, I shifted in my seat and felt a thin layer of sweat underneath my bare thighs. I was wearing a dress, and the air conditioner had stopped functioning in the restaurant. I thought about something that had been bothering me. “Yesterday I wore a […]

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

Mapping Movement: a week on the coast

Posted by on May 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

A few weeks ago, I took my map obsession to the next level by enrolling in a free MOOC on Coursera titled, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. In the first week, we discussed why we use maps. I personally use maps in several ways, the most obvious being to navigate new places (even though I’m […]

Festival de Dulces

Festival de Dulces

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | One Comment

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. […]

So, do you think I… ?

So, do you think I… ?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 | 5 Comments

Sweating like usual. “I recently read an article about a guy–I don’t know if he’s from the United States or England–but he invented a lotion that you can use instead of showering,” my co-teacher mentioned. We were chatting in English while the students copied a huge chunk of text off the white board. “Interesting…” “I […]