All Israel posts can be found at https://medium.com/@tag3773 This post comes from a trip to Israel during my college junior break. I had applied to this trip while abroad in France and was strongly critiqued by a close French friend who supported the boycott and Palestinian liberation. His perspective helped me as I started to prepare… Continue reading Throwback travel post: Intro to Israel
I wrote this at the end of my first trip to Colombia right before college in 2011. Reading this again now was incredible and inspiring. I remember the passion I had in that moment and it was the lingering remains of that feeling along with the mountains that drew me back to Colombia. I wish… Continue reading Throwback post: Colombia Rant
First and really only poem I've performed, written for my mother and all parents during Junior Parents weekend March 2014 March 2014 - Cambridge, MA From the moment you met me, You loved me more than you could bear Despite all the pain you had been in All your body’s wear and tear, From the… Continue reading For my mother
Goodbyes are sweet. The more I travel, the more I have to say goodbye. To new places, new people, to old places, to old people. I think providing the space for proper goodbyes is important and powerful. Recently, we said goodbye to a volunteer that had been here for a month. She and I (and… Continue reading Goodbyes
I mentioned I would eventually get around to some throwback travel posts. These come from another blog I attempted . For the most part I am leaving these posts in their original format. My writing then was a lot more info dump, but still fun to look back on! July 2014 - The Gambia In addition to… Continue reading Throwback post: Thursdays
Just an update. Not really meant to be an overview of Medellín by any means. I am currently in Envigado, Colombia right outside of Medellín. I'll be here till the end of May working at a Spanish language school called Colombia Immersion, a really cool program that is working to provide a Spanish language learning… Continue reading Update: Medellín
Growing up, we had Stone Mountain. The highlight of Gwinnett was Stone Mountain. The endless 5 mile walk around it and the quick run up and down could make you feel invincible, "I conquered a mountain." In reality, it was a rock. A very large granite rock. Mountains are classified by an altitude of 2000… Continue reading Medellin and the mountains
A dim street light shooed away the darkness. I stood in an empty building tucked away on a hill in Laureles. On the walls were painted images of indigenous warriors and goddesses, the strength of their tools and the curve of their bodies bursting to escape from the 2-dimensional form. The columns that supported the… Continue reading Palacio Egipcio
I've always looked up to my mother. Not just because she is incredibly hard-working, ambitious, and driven, but partly because of her mystery.She doesn't talk too much about her past until pried or late, late during holiday get-togethers and the little glimpses I've gotten have always left me wanting more. Like Aziz Ansari, I want to know more about the story that has led her here and essentially me to where I am today. In trying to follow her footsteps, I have found my own - carved and supported by the footsteps of giants who have come before me.
In the morning, we awoke and found Joselito dead. Cause of death: Too much fun during Carnival. Or at least that's how the story goes. The last day of Barranquilla Carnival is affectionately known as La muerte de Joselito - the death of Joselito. Tuesday, Fat Tuesday to be exact, is the last day of Carnival. And not just in Barranquilla - Panama, Trinidad, New Orleans (Mardi Gras) were all celebrating today, giving it their all in preparation for the somber that Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season would bring. In my heart, I believe it was the collective force of the diaspora celebrating all over the Americas that day that made me fall in love with Carnival at last.