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....
April 28, 2014
In one weekend, I am fairly confident that we covered the majority of Madrid. All the travel was easy, as we took Alsa Bus straight there from Granada. Once we arrived, we attempted to take a taxi but the driver was not familiar with the street the hostel was on, and we elected to brave the Metro which, despite some silly mistakes, turned out to be fairly simple as well. Our luck ended there however, as finding the hostel, RC Miguel Angel, proved to be nearly impossible (and I don't recommend it...
April 19, 2014
As promised, I wanted to share my thoughts about the Discover Excursions weekend trip to Morocco after expressing some fears about the trip. While I was there, I hoped to address my fears that 1) a weekend is not sufficient time to understand a culture and 2) that this lack of understanding in a country, especially a developing one, is incredibly invasive. Unfortunately, the trip only reinforced my fears. But let me explain.
I was fairly confident that all of the students on the trip would recognize that they...
April 19, 2014
Many students in my study abroad program, including myself, chose to take advantage of a travel company that allows students to spend a weekend in Morocco. While many students went last weekend, I was initially hesitant to sign up. My hesitation was coming from the following places: first, that one weekend is not sufficient time to understand a different culture; and second, to visit a country without properly understanding it is incredibly invasive. With that in mind, I eventually decided to partake in the trip, even for the sole reason to decide whether or not my...
April 19, 2014
Weekly holidays in Italy! That's what I needed. Even though the first month in Vic was extremely busy, I was dreaming about seeing my Polish friends! How easily sometimes dreams may come true....well...not taking into account my trip from Spain to Italy using every possibile type of transport, I may say it was absolutely worth it!
One week doing snowboarding..something I love, and with such great people! Thank you all! ;)
EL MERCAT DE RAM...
April 17, 2014
Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I'll show you people of all colors, ages, and creeds. I'll show you men and women and people who are sitting in between. I'll show you daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, all of whom have left those families to find new ones across the world.
Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I'll show you someone who knows illness, misery, cold, heat, and crawling infestations of a thousand varieties. I'll show you someone who has become intimate with infection, friendly with fungus, and can compare the viscosity of fecal matter over a...
April 12, 2014
With a small delay but finally continuing...
The whole Pink Flat went to the Exhibition that took place in “Temple de Roma” in Vic. It was a project of Dr Trueta Foundation celebrating its 20 anniversary. It is the organization dedicates occupational theraphy that employs people suffering mental disorders enabling them to incorporate to the normal life by working i the medicines' waste management.
Temple de Roma is a miniature of the real one. It was constructed by Roman conquestors. evertheless, the small element of one of its columns is...