the new normal [part 2]

In my last post, I talked about [de/re]sensitizing myself to clashes of cultures and injustice, and the importance –for me, that is– of staying conscious of that process. That post was inspired by a list I started making this semester of all the things that I now find mundane about my existence here. Have at it!…

the new normal [part 1]

Traveling naturally causes a rub of cultures, and nowhere have I noticed this more than in Chile. I spent my first semester bouncing between various reactions to that friction. Nº 1 I’ll call Self-Righteous Structured Capitalist Meets Socialism + Burocracy + Constant Strikes, which went something like: “ahhhh! why do they do things like that? what do you mean I…

{3.11.14} Theory of Me

My personality/being/abilities have been under scrutiny from the very beginning of getting accepted into this exchange program. Linguistic competence (reading, writing, listening and speaking), multicultural awareness and acceptance, and my own general personality, abilities and interests. While I consider myself to be a decently self-aware person (and just as self-absorbed as anyone, too, if this…