Globalization. Localization.

The events occurring around the world at present has led me to wonder about the detriments of inter-web connectivity. In 2016, over 40% of the world was online, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The world is more connected, more informed about the world, and seemingly, more afraid, angry, and in distress. There appears to…

Aging well in Spain (and everywhere!)

Spain has taken on many characters in my life: the land of partying (Ibiza), beautiful beaches (Southern Spain), delicious epicurean scene (tapas, paella, queso y jamon, vino, y mucho mas), romance (the stereotype of passionate Spanish lovers), passion and performance (flamenco), and history (global colonization, Franco). That was how I viewed Spain as I moved…

More Lessons from Vanuatu

Vanuatu has the highest risk for natural disasters on the World Risk Index (WRI). Every year the country of 30+ islands is susceptible to hurricanes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and earthquakes. As if that wasn’t enough, the results of the disasters lead to other disastrous outcomes such as landslides and flooding. Ni-Vans (the citizens of…

Lessons from Vanuatu

My first impression? It had all the ingredients of a developing country: smog, unpaved roads, crowded sidewalks, people sitting around, empty buildings, vendors on the sidewalk. And I was on the most developed of the 83 islands that make up this country in the Pacific. Looking out of the passenger window, I saw groups of…

Condom Status

We sat at a cafe, a famous one on the infamous Vilakazi street. Black South Africans and White tourists occupied the red, plastic chairs and tables. The afternoon sun shone gently on our foreheads as we sipped on hot black coffee in paper cups. A lit cigarette laid diagonally on the edge of the ash…

When the U.S. coughs, Jamaica sneezes…

This, apparently, is a common saying in Jamaica. When the United States of America coughs, Jamaica sneezes Driving around Kingston is reminiscent of driving in an impoverished city in the U.S. — the city proudly presents to you dilapidated buildings abandoned with boarded windows, streets begging to be swept, and a few Black Jamaican men…

Lessons from South Africa

The car ride through Limpopo helped me decide the name of this blog. Two words popped up – Everyone, everywhere. It came as I was speaking with my driver in South Africa…