White in the Desert

As you walk through the medina men call out to you, trying to guess from your appearance where you’re from,...

Now that a day has passed and everyone around the world has had the chance to witness the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies, I can commence my own reaction to the event.  (One of the 2012 Olympic mascots) The summer Olympics have served as an informal bookend to my life. Four years ago, I was […]

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(Me at the Baker Street tube stop) It’s taken me a few days longer than normal to write this next blog post and that is because I am still blissfully exhausted from my adventures this past weekend. In the span of less than 36 hours I took a Megabus to England late Friday, arrived in […]

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This afternoon I walked home from Tesco (the local grocery store).  And as I was walking I kept trying to observe myself within the context of the crowd, to see how I did or did not fit in. Edinburgh’s populace is such a mix between visiting tourists (from both near and far) and locals, that […]

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(A view of Edinburgh from the top of Calton Hill) It was another beautiful weekend in Edinburgh. On Saturday I walked from my flat to Calton Hill. Every time I go somewhere and some one says to me “This is the best view of Edinburgh” they’ve always been right. But there’s no view of the […]

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I realize that I’ve been here for almost two weeks and, in all that time, have failed to use this blog to explain what it is exactly I’m doing here in Edinburgh, aside from having the time of my life. (Me on my first day of school) I am currently participating in a program run […]

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(The Loch Ness Boat Tour Company) The other significant part of my highlands trip that I didn’t get a chance to talk about in my last post was my trip to Loch Ness. Yes, I have been to the infamous loch of lore. And, while there were no Nessie sightings, I discovered that Loch Ness […]

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I am not a country girl. I have spent my entire life living in cities and suburbs. But to wake up every morning and see this, to be graced by the lochs and mountains of the Scottish highlands, I would forsake it all in an instant to have this on my doorstep. It’s difficult for me to […]

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I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad several times in my life. But I’ve never been abroad during a national holiday. I’ve never missed a Presidents Day, Christmas, Labor Day, or anything of the kind. Yesterday was my first holiday abroad as I celebrated the 4th of July in Edinburgh. This was my first 4th […]

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Edinburgh under a typical slate colored sky King Arthur’s Seat The way modernity and the past have integrated themselves to form the heartbeat of Edinburgh fascinates me. I can’t yet wrap my head around the juxtapositions of these cobble stoned streets and 16th/17th building alongside Apple stores and Starbuckses. It’s difficult to strike a balance […]

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This first blog post comes to you for the Paris-deGaul Airport; my layover stop before I take another two hour flight to Edinburgh. It seems like a strangely appropriate place to write the first entry to this blog. I’ve always felt that airports exist outside of any sort of defined space or territory; they are […]

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