The Big Parade

Today we woke up and met at 9:30 am to watch a very large parade. By “very large,” I mean: this parade started at 10 am and didn’t reach our location until 1:30 pm. The parade didn’t end where we were until at least 5:00 pm, or even later. It was a very, very large … Continue reading The Big Parade

Happy Birthday, Kristina’s Kindle!

I believe strongly in observing other people by observing their libraries. When I meet a new person, at some point in our first or second meeting, I smoothly slip in the question, “What is your favorite book?” The results are filed into my first impressions of that person, and the answer to this question is often much more useful to me than any other potential question I might have asked.

It’s been exactly a year since I received my Kindle, and I couldn’t be happier. I was always entirely against the e-reader trend, because I love the smell, the feel, the texture… everything about having a physical book. But with traveling a lot, having an e-reader is invaluable because you can cart an entire library around with you- without the impending baggage fee. It’s useful for school, because you can download PDFs and textbooks and easily access them in class without carting around the papers and books, especially on days that you have four or five classes. It’s great for Model UN because I can highlight quotes and make notes, and I’m never far away from an inspired speech.

Not to mention that Kristina’s Kindle is alliterative, and I rather love alliteration.

So, one year later, here’s what I have on my Kindle! (This doesn’t include various pdf documents). This collection represents a smaller fraction of my entire library, and I haven’t read every book here in its entirety, but my Kindle is never far from my hands and it allows me always, without fail, the ability to read.


The Politics of Education: Paulo Freire


First Spanish Reader: A Beginner’s Dual-Language Book: Angel Flores


Complete Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky: Fyodor Dostoevsky


The Archaeology of Knowledge: Michel Foucault


The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt


Field Notes on Democracy: Arundhati Roy


An Atlas of Impossible Longing: Anuradhi Roy


The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Counsels and Maxims: Arthur Schopenhauer


The Moral Imagination: John Paul Lederach


Leaves of Grass: Walt Whitman


The Folded Earth: Anuradhi Roy


The Clash of Civilizations: Samuel Huntington


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Jahar’s World: Rolling Stone Magazine


President Barack Obama: Kindle Interviews: David Blum


First Russian Reader: Bilingual for Speakers of English


Notes from Underground: Fyodor Dostoevsky


Looking for Alaska: John Green


The Fault in Our Stars: John Green


Howl’s Moving Castle: Diana Wynne Jones


Long Walk to Freedom: Nelson Mandela


The Cost of Living: Arundhati Roy


Self Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath: Sylvia Plath


The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath


Interventions: Kofi Annan


The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli


Up From Slavery: An Autobiography: Booker T. Washington


Utopia: Sir St. Thomas More


The Souls of Black Folk: W.E.B. DuBois


The Language of Flowers: Vanessa Diffenbaugh


Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes


The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison


And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini


A Thousand Splendid Suns: Khaled Hosseini


Pigs in Heaven: Barbara Kingsolver


Last Train to Istanbul: Ayse Kulin


Brave New World: Aldous Huxley


Why The French Don’t Like Headscarves: Islam, The State, and Public Space: John Bowen


On Suicide Bombings: Talal Asad


Politics of the Veil: John Wallach Scott


Leadership: Peter G. Northouse


The Leadership Challenge: James Kouzes and Barry Posner


Wine to Water: Doc Hendley


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Vamos America!

We have three or four Germans in the AIESEC program here in Ibague, and we have seven or eight Americans. Today, America faced Germany in the World Cup, so we all gathered to watch it and root for our respective teams! I didn’t leave without my trusty American flag bandanna and silver/blue eyeshadow: And we … Continue reading Vamos America!

Dia del Tamal

Today was simultaneously: The Festival of Cowboys, Dia del Tamal, and the Colombian futbol game. Apparently, here in Ibague (capital of Tolima, a department in Colombia), they have festivals every other day, or some other inordinate frequency. Today, it was the Festival of the Cowboy. That meant that children walked through the streets with toy … Continue reading Dia del Tamal

The Weekend

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts, but I’ve been with my host family in Cali, Colombia since Saturday because their relative had her first communion ceremony. Pictures later in the post 🙂 First, on Friday, we didn’t have to work because the entire team had what they called “The Amazing Race.” I thought … Continue reading The Weekend


Today’s actual post will be dedicated to Colombia and its successful advancement to the next round of the World Cup. Other than the fact that the University of Tolima is much, much smaller than any other university I’ve visited, it’s no different than any other university that I’ve been to. Students sit around the campus at … Continue reading #TurnedDownForWhat


Today I woke up and ate breakfast – today without the cheese but with these crispy bread-ball things that I didn’t like all that much but I ate anyway because Chapter 13 of The Etiquette Book said I had to. Griffin especially will understand this, but something I do miss is hot tea. Normally, I … Continue reading Martes