July 04, 2015
10 minutes after landing in Bagdogra, Anna (my fiance) and I found the airport to be gently swaying, moving side to side, almost peacefully, so it didn't raise panic immediately. We had just arrived 10 minutes earlier and climbed to the second floor of the airport, awaiting our friends and ready to exit. At first I thought the swaying was because of the wind, blowing the structure, or maybe from the jets of a departing plane.
It didn't matter that I had never felt an airport swing before because my mind was not fully focused on the movement. Only after...
February 12, 2015
The hardest goal I have ever set before myself was to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. I had no previous climbing experience, but I saw Kili as an opportunity to achieve greatness.
After four days of climbing for eight hours a day, day five started at midnight in order to reach the peak by sunrise. Only the stars in the sky and the snow around us were visible. I remember singing with our guide “Jambo Bwana, habori gani?” to stay awake and moving.
Around seven in the morning, I slowed down. I was barely moving my feet from exhaustion and...
November 09, 2014
Upon the first day of orientation in Ankara, the Fulbright Commission gifted all of the English Teaching Assistants with a book, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of An American Teacher in Turkey by Kevin Revolinski. I found tremendous comfort in Revolinski’s words. As the craziest and most bizarre stories began happening to me I thought, “How will anyone believe me? Is there anyone who will understand?” Revolinski understood.
In fact, after finishing the book, I wrote to Revolinski requesting an interview. Revolinski’s book aided me; therefore, it can surely serve the...
June 22, 2014
During my travels, I have had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Sellers. He is 27 years old and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He works as a freelance graphic designer in Detroit and at restaurant in the area. Following high school, Dan began to travel and volunteer around the world. His travels delayed his graduation from college, but Dan was able to venture to South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While visiting the far corners of the globe, Dan volunteered. Seven years later, Dan is still volunteering abroad. He is THE voluntourist. Below, is my interview with Dan where...
June 07, 2014
Do you ever feel completely alone, without the willingness and energy to follow a sunny day?
No? Well, I do.
It was the 27th of May, I was on my way back home from work. Because of walking next to the Cathedral of Vic, after seeing its main entrance opened, I decided to enter and enjoy the atmosphere there. After a few minutes of contemplation, I realized that all doors are closed. I saw one nun and asked her about any possible exit. We started to talk and finally we got to the conclusion that because of the fact that I love trekking, I...
June 03, 2014
A gap year can be defined as a break from the professional world to pursue other interests. Often, this term is associated with volunteerism. Although intimidating, a gap year can provide an abundance of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that can help an individual excel once returning to the professional world. Here highlighted are three brave young women who took a gap year after high school, before college, and the advantages they gained from the experience.
Callie Orsini (University of Georgia)- For Callie’s gap year, she traveled to Central America. She...
May 28, 2014
The time has come to talk about body image in Vietnam.
As of late, many of the blogs/websites I follow have posted articles about fat-shaming and body acceptance in America. As I do not currently live in America, I thought it pertinent to discuss body image and fat-shaming in Vietnam. My first point is: America has nothing on Vietnam. Nothing. All of the skinny, waif-like girls whose perfect hair and widening thigh gaps send [white, because that's what I am familiar with, as I am one] Americans into anorexic spirals have absolutely nothing on the body-image culture of Vietnam. The...
May 28, 2014
"You don't seem American. You're cool."
"No way, you're not American!"
"But you're basically Canadian anyways."
"You're nothing like other Americans."
"I don't believe you."
On May 5th, I returned from two weeks' vacation in Thailand rested, on the verge of being alarmingly tan and questioning my nationality more than ever. Being an American is tricky--you can't be openly patriotic, because everyone hates you. It's easy to fall into the trap of going along with the America bashing, but America bashing with...
May 12, 2014
31.04 - 04.05 BARCELOOONA
One MAN named Rafał, who I miss a lot and who is so impacient because of my absence in Poland, decided to steal few days of my voluntary service and came to Spain to spent with me a lovely weekend in Barcelona!
It was an amazing, unforgettable time that makes me feel more depressed after getting back to Vic.
We visited the whole city without using the public transportation! The first day was dedicated to the bicycle's trip, the second we left for a walking tour and the last one for learning longboard!...
April 29, 2014
So, you're applying to the Peace Corps? First of all, congratulations! You are making potentially the biggest, scariest, and BEST choice you will ever make. The application is long, but consider it practice. You're signing up for years of challenge and exhilerating change. Maybe you're all done, and ready to click submit? Good on you; you're at an exciting crossroads and are setting your potential future in motion. You've got a wait ahead of you, so in the meantime here are my five best tips for applicants, compiled from my own experience and those in my intake....