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00hmaj
San Jose
A discussion of food, faith and travel.
Interests: I like a lot of things.. Baking, reading, hiking, swimming, writing, cooking, studying linguistics and religion, traveling, talking, sitting in silence (yes I listed those two side by side for a reason).
Recent Activity
Rarely have I ever endured a time when a change in the law has affected my life to such a point as this new National Defense Authorization Act is currently. I know that the people up on Capitol Hill are largely disconnected from us lower life beings inhabiting the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Benefit of the Doubt
Three A.M January 1rst, 2012, found me kneeling on my carpet, palms and face pressed to the floor, inhaling the scent of the rug and reminicing over the blessings of 2011. I know that might sound a little strange; you may be asking, "Is rug smelling some new religious practice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Benefit of the Doubt
A couple months ago, a friend of mine told me that a mutual aquaintance of ours no longer wanted to be friends because he thought I was "too radical". At the time, I looked at my friend in shock and thought 'If I am a radical, that kid has been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
SubhanAllah. Today is the ten year anniversary of September 11th 2001. All day, Americans have been remembering the occurances of that day, the people that lost their lives, and the aftermath of the attacks. Articles in newspapers, playbacks of voice recordings on the radio, Facebook statuses, all telling peoples stories.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
I was beginning to think that my travel days were done for. I had been living pay check to pay check and re-adjusting to life back in America while waiting for Peace Corps to tell me what my future would be. My travel guides took over the dark cool corners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
I was beginning to think that my travel days were done for. I had been living pay check to pay check and re-adjusting to life back in America while waiting for Peace Corps to tell me what my future would be. My travel guides took over the dark cool corners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Whenever I visit a new country, I always take notes on things that are different from mainstream American culture. I feel the need to preface this list by saying that I don't take these notes as a way of saying "AHA!!! These people are SO DIFFERENT IT'S ALMOST FREAKY." No.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Around 5PM today, I had a meltdown the likes of which I have not had since I was ten. Dusk found me sitting on a grassy knowl outside my house with mascara streaked down my cheeks and snot bubbles forming under my nose. Sitting cross legged on the grass, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Cape Coast (Definition 1): A city lined by beachs of palm trees, cerulean blue water, and tropical flowers. Filled with European styled houses and stuructured bridges that are colorful reminders of Italy. Dotted with restaraunts where people sit sipping drinks and enjoying the cool coastal breeze that runs through the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
The most frequently asked question today was "When will you be back?" My answer was a constant "InshaAllah, we will see each other soon." Because truth be told, I don't know when I will be back in Ghana. Today was my last day in Tamale and I feel just as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
As the sun set last night, a friend of mine prayed over the start to our meal and handed me a fig and a glass of water to break our fast. I guzzled the cool water down within seconds. He slowly sipped from his glass. I was reminded suddenly that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
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You crap yourself. Nearly. And you attempt to cook a meal for people that would normally take 30 minutes but due to lack of electricity, takes you an hour and 30 minutes. As my time in Tamale begins to wind down, I am reminded that there have been many people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
It's always good to know that old myths never die. I wish that I could have recorded some of the stuff that I was told today when I was teaching at a little school called Morning Star. A friend and co-worker had asked me last week to come and teach... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
This will haveto be a short blog I'm afraid. But I will try to get as much down as I can. Today Dr. Abduai invite me to observe his surgeries. Think much of the staff still thinks that I am a medical student which is why I am allowed this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Apparently, I have sweet feet. There are currently ten mosquito bites on my right foot. And about 8 more that are on my legs. I didn't spray my feet and ankles one night when I was sitting on my porch at dusk and the little bugs decided to feast on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
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Jul 21, 2011
Warning: This is a long post. Read on, if you have time. Otherwise, come back later! One of my favorite quotes is from the Sound of Music. For those of you that know me well, you can probably already recite it. So say it with me now to give the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Warning: This is a long post. Read on, if you have time. Otherwise, come back later! One of my favorite quotes is from the Sound of Music. For those of you that know me well, you can probably already recite it. So say it with me now to give the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Thats right. You read the title correctly. I went bike riding in a monsoon yesterday. Late last afternoon, I was exiting the butcher shop after talking to one of my friends who works there to get my bike. I was wearing a long black dress with a straw hat and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Given that I have officially been in Ghana for a week now, I think it's about time that I talk about one of my favorite pass times: Eating. When I was leaving the U.S everyone told me to be careful of what I ate and drank while I was in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Hello everyone! I am writing from the beautiful city of Tamale (pronounced Tam-a-lay.... although in my head I still take great joy in calling in Tamale... like the yummy Mexican food) in northern Ghana where I will be living for the next couple of weeks. I'm happy to finally be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
You know those pictures that you see in magazines of shanty towns and ghettos in third world countries? Today I saw those mini- cities with my own eyes. You know that child that you read about in the newspapers who was trafficked to work for someone elses pay? Today I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Hello from Accra, Ghana!!! I only have 14 minutes to write down all that I've seen and done over the past few days so forgive me for not doing justice to this beautiful country. The flight from NYC to Accra was quite jovial. It was filled with Ghanaens returning home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
Well folks, it's officially eleven hours until my plane takes off. My bags are packed and I'm feeling nice and jittery. I spent all of today packing and repacking with my homegirl and best friend Olivia. We had some good times calling Pakistan to figure out luggage details (Our very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt
June 19th, 20th, or 21rst. Somehow, each year Fathers Day almost always falls on my birthday (June 20th) or directly before or after. When I was a child I used to find this of incredible annoyance. How dare anyone tell me that I must share my birthday glory with anyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Benefit of the Doubt