30 “Dates”–The Rest I Got Around To

11. Blueberry picking in summer–June 2018 I’ve been wanting to do this for years but would either forget about it until blueberry season was nearly over, or not really find people interested in going. I made it happen this year. We drove to the middle of nowhere Mississippi, really middle of nowhere to the point…

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#FBF–Cachoeira to New Orleans

Maybe a year ago, maybe more, I was going through old photos and I stopped to look through the images taken while I was studying abroad. In 2009 I spent a semester in Northeastern Brazil, my first time really living in another country. I’d visited other countries before, but for a matter of weeks, not…

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Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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TBT–Road Trip to Canada and Back

  Last year E and I were invited to a wedding in Ontario, well E was in the wedding party so it was a must-do. Since plane tickets were looking kinda pricey, we decided to rent a car and go on a 3 week road trip through the country. Starting in New Orleans, we first…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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Pursue Your Passion, Take the Leap.

In 2009, between the spring of Junior year and fall of Senior year, I got the travel bug. In January 2009 I spent my winter term in Guanajuato, Mexico learning Spanish and for the entire Fall 2009 semester, I was in northeast Brazil, learning Portuguese, taking classes about social development and culture, going on adventures,…

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