Almaty: Different but the Same

One thing I never really experienced growing up in the flat plains of Wisconsin was breathtaking mountain views. It’s also something I haven’t really been able to experience in Tajikistan either. Even though the country is overwhelmingly mountainous, it’s hard to see in them in their splendor in Dushanbe. The air quality is bad, particularly […]

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Homemade

A few years ago I made a conscious decision to make as much food from scratch as I could. I attended Agriculture and Life Sciences school in college, and though I was adamant that I was part of the LIFE SCIENCES part of the college, I didn’t manage to escape without a few ag-related classes […]

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Slow and Stubborn Gets You Nowhere

It’s often a sign of good character to recognize your flaws. Once you admit you have a problem, you can take steps to correct it. At least in theory. I’m remarkably stubborn. I’m also fiercely independent. I hate asking for help. This combination often takes a turn for the worse. In the stupidest of ways. When […]

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

In the winter I always fall into a funk. I’m a creature that thrives in the light and these long winter days don’t do me any favors. It doesn’t start out as a funk, but it develops easily over the fall. It starts out with holidays that revolve around eating. First there’s Halloween. The weather […]

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“Have Fun Studying”

I had a lot of eye-opening experiences in college. I came in as an excellent student, with high grades in all my prestigious AP classes (except calculus because fuck math) and like most 18-year-olds I knew I was invincible. So of course I signed up for Chem 109 and Math 221 (calculus) plus economics my first […]

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2016

This is not going to be a post about my New Year’s resolutions. I make the same ones every year. Eat better, exercise more, stop biting my nails, and generally take care of myself. I’m still promising myself those things, but I didn’t really need a new year to do so. 2015 was a year […]

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Frankfurt: Feels Like Home

I meant to write this sooner than now but as always things here got busy and I never could find the time. Frankfurt was our bookend stop on our Germany/Belgium trip. We started here, and after four and a half months in chaotic Dushanbe, the orderly nature of Frankfurt was a huge breath of fresh […]

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Dusseldorf: Back to the Good Stuff

After our crazy escapades in Cologne, Dusseldorf was a breath of fresh air. We were exhausted from being up basically all night, so when our hotel told us we couldn’t check in at 9:00 a.m. we had a bit of a problem. And our stomachs were still reeling from the night before so we hadn’t […]

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Cologne: Please Love Me

If Christmas is a competition (which it totally is), Cologne wins. Hands down. This city has seven markets all differently themed scattered around the city. This was also the city which made my goal of collecting mugs from all the markets a bit crazy. Frankfurt had one. Cologne, seven. These markets were absolutely spectacular. Each […]

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Brussels: The City of Chocolate

We went to Brussels kind of on a whim. It wasn’t one of the first places we picked out, but happened to be traveling to other cities close by and I pretty much said “screw it, lets go so we can knock another country off the list.” I’m embarrassed by making it the afterthought now, […]

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