Even across the Atlantic Ocean, there is one study habit of mine that has remained unfalteringly persistent: I cannot focus at home.
Last year at Harvard, I was definitely the most unproductive whenever I tried to work in my dorm room, somehow having gotten distracted by anything and everything around me. I would idly observe people walking past Thayer from the anonymous safety of my window; with my bed dangerously close […]
I don’t think it really matters. If you’re somewhere in Sicily between the hours of 8 and 9 pm, you’re going to see a pretty incredible sunset. I’m still waiting for that “green flash” everyone always talks about (I’m skeptical) but this sun-atmosphere combo has figured out how to produce just about every other color in the Crayola box. Deep, dark indigo rules the upper airs and slowly fades to a […]
A visit to the Haitian border. On our way back from Pedernales, we took the first possible chance to take a detour in preparation for the arduous journey…by paying a visit to the Haiti border. The border consisted of little more than a few armed guards, a small shack, and a fence that marked off what seemed to be a 20 ft “demilitarized zone” between the two countries. However, it also […]
As I survive my first few weeks of college, I look back at last year. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. Instead of going straight from high school to college, I spent 6 months of last year traveling solo in Europe and Asia. I paid for it all myself, saving pennies and volunteering in exchange for room and board. I spent my days exploring, tasting, working, seeing, and […]
une galérie: a gallery, usually referring to an art exhibition space.
un atelier: a workshop or studio, i.e. a room in which an artist works.
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I did not intend for more than one week to pass by since my last post. It’s not that I’ve been too busy with schoolwork (which, while it involves quite a lot of reading in both French and English, is manageable). It’s not […]
For the uninitiated, as I was a mere month ago, Eid al-Adha is a Muslim holiday commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham.
What is the sacrifice of Abraham? For those of you who haven’t read the Bible, Torah, or Qur’an, it’s part of the history of each of the Abrahamic traditions. In short, God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son (in Christian and Jewish tradition, it’s Isaac, whereas in Islamic tradition, it’s […]
The more time I spend in Norway, the more love I have for this country. And although the capital city of Oslo is a great place to explore, I think most would agree with me that the real treasures of this country are found in its nature. From fjords to mountains, lakes to plains, the nature found in Norway is truly beautiful, and very easily accessible through its national park system.
As I was scrawling out a rough draft of this blog on the penultimate train ride of my route – a four-hour Sicilian coastal jaunt from Palermo to Taormina – the topic changed. Originally I was going to go for a snarky little column about the dirth of snack bars and the lackluster air conditioning on these things. It’s only really “conditioning” in the sense that if you were to […]
Turtle-watching at Bahia de las Aguilas. On our second weekend excursion, we found ourselves at Bahia de las Aguilas. Located on the south shore of the island about 5 miles from Haiti and only 2 miles from the border town of Pedernales, the park hosts probably the most spectacularly preserved beaches on the island. However, the drive from Santo Domingo is over six hours, so the trip is not for the […]
There is a scene toward the beginning of the impeccable film “Gravity” in which Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are floating side-by-side in outer space, not saying a word to each other for a long period of time. Finally, Matt asks Ryan: