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... I sang in the Madrigals choir, fell asleep in Economics (and Geometry, Chemistry...), and fell in love with Biology (and Psychology, Statistics...and Spanish!). I was the worst writer in my AP Language Arts class, usually scoring a 3 out of 9. And I never thought I would study abroad. After all, that was for the rich kids, right?
In college I learned otherwise. As I worked towards ...
... pocket and half finished cups of coffee strewn about the living room. Travel is in the air. It's in the hallway with my backpack, in my ukulele pocket with my passport, in the way I can't help but not hate the snow for the last ten days I'll taste it.
I'll be there in ten days.
I can't wait to meet you.
... 5 times to pay respects to the 5 elements, and drop the flaming straw to ignite the procession of my past.
The smoke rises above the river as the Sadhus go about their rituals. I start back up the stairs, away from the deceased, ready to breath again, ready to feel the press of emotion beckoning from within me. Head down, hands clasped, I mutter a single noise to commemorate all that has passed form that old life.
It's funny being back now I keep telling the stories and feeling like I’ve left so much out. Even in keeping a daily blog the experience I had just doesn’t compare. There are jokes, habits and relationships that were formed leaving in a new country for a month and being with such a spectrum of people. From the care workers and patients, down to our driver or just a stranger we sat next to on the plane, ...
... forced to decide which child to take to safety first? Whether to help a neighbor with small children before their elderly grandmother a few houses away? To climb on their own roofs or in trees to escape the toxic waters? Or risk disease, injury, and death swimming to higher ground?
I see the Evacuation Center in Cangumbang as a symbol of new life for Cangumbang. A literal lifeline to the people who reside there. Providing ...