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.

thepoliticsofeducation

The Politics of Education: Paulo Freire

firstspanishreader

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

completeworksofdostoevsky

Complete Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky: Fyodor Dostoevsky

thearchaeologyofknowledge

The Archaeology of Knowledge: Michel Foucault

thegoldfinch

The Goldfinch: Donna Tartt

fieldnotesondemocracy

Field Notes on Democracy: Arundhati Roy

anatlasofimpossiblelonging

An Atlas of Impossible Longing: Anuradhi Roy

schopenhauer

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

themoralimagination

The Moral Imagination: John Paul Lederach

leavesofgrass

Leaves of Grass: Walt Whitman

thefoldedearth

The Folded Earth: Anuradhi Roy

clashofcivilizations

The Clash of Civilizations: Samuel Huntington

dzhokartsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Jahar’s World: Rolling Stone Magazine

obamakindle

President Barack Obama: Kindle Interviews: David Blum

firstrussianreader

First Russian Reader: Bilingual for Speakers of English

notesfromunderground

Notes from Underground: Fyodor Dostoevsky

lookingforalaska

Looking for Alaska: John Green

thefaultinourstars

The Fault in Our Stars: John Green

howlsmovingcastle

Howl’s Moving Castle: Diana Wynne Jones

longwalktofreedom

Long Walk to Freedom: Nelson Mandela

thecostofliving

The Cost of Living: Arundhati Roy

selfreliance

Self Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson

journalssylviaplath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath: Sylvia Plath

thebelljar

The Bell Jar: Sylvia Plath

interventions

Interventions: Kofi Annan

theprince

The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli

upfromslavery

Up From Slavery: An Autobiography: Booker T. Washington

utopia

Utopia: Sir St. Thomas More

thesoulsofblackfolk

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

thelanguageofflowers

The Language of Flowers: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

flowersforalgernon

Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes

thebluesteye

The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison

andthemountainsechoed

And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini

athousandsplendidsuns

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Khaled Hosseini

pigsinheaven

Pigs in Heaven: Barbara Kingsolver

thelasttraintoistanbul

Last Train to Istanbul: Ayse Kulin

bravenewworld

Brave New World: Aldous Huxley

whythefrenchdontlikeheadscarves

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

onsuicidebombings

On Suicide Bombings: Talal Asad

politicsoftheveil

Politics of the Veil: John Wallach Scott

leadershipnorthouse

Leadership: Peter G. Northouse

theleadershipchallenge

The Leadership Challenge: James Kouzes and Barry Posner

winetowater

Wine to Water: Doc Hendley

socialmediamarketing

Social Media Marketing for Dummies

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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