The BIG mosque, BIG data and a BIG pain in the butt

in India

This post is coming out a little later than planned due to an unforeseen trip to the emergency room this evening after I was bit by a dog (and chased by several dogs) leaving work this evening.  Luckily I live next to a hospital and the ER was not very crowded (which the Dr. I […]

In the beginning…

in India

I spent my first few days in India at the University of Hyderabad’s Tagore International House where I met many international students, as well as the wonderful CIEE staff who will be watching out for me while am here. I got to eat some delicious food, although apparently it is just “an introduction to real […]

Goodbyes

in Mexico City
friends!!

  I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of my half-packed room pondering how I can possibly summarize the immensity of this year in my last blog post. Like usual, I left the most challenging task for the very end and now I find myself rushed, searching for the right words to tell about all […]

August 27th

in Mexico City

I’ve been looking back, reflecting about the ten months I have spent here and I found this poem that I wrote on the plane as we were descending into the city. Thought I would share. im feelin like i need to floss, like i need to touch the hidden places on my body, the forgotten […]

Oaxaca aventures :)

in Mexico City

Last weekend I had my last monthly weekend off at the Casa and I headed to Oaxaca. I’ve wanted to go all year; somehow I left everything until the end. The teachers that are on strike manage bus companies that have direct service from the monumento a la revolución to Oaxaca centro for only 230 […]

Flashbacks

in Mexico City

  Earliest photo flashback: at the airport seeing off the wonderful familia Maya. When I first arrived at the Casa this family was staying here, awaiting their visas to the U.S. to be reunited with family. They were displaced from their ranch in the mountains of Oaxaca due to death threats from an increased narco […]

Festivalito multi-treque “la paloma”

in Mexico City

Tonight the clouds are shades of blue resting in pockets of silver and gold. Tonight the evening feels hesitant, unlike most days in the city where the hot afternoon sun shoots through the pollution fiery rays. We are heading into the rainy season and the whole city is softer, fading just a little into the […]

Chocolate Cimarrones

in Mexico City

Not many people know that the word chocolate has its roots in nahuatl. Chocolate comes from xococ (agrio) and alt (agua). Originally, the chocolate drink was fermented and sour (until the Spanish came and with them slaves and with them sugar). The name the cooperative “Cimarronez” has chosen is powerful as well. Cimarrón has two […]