Monthly Archives: February 2014

Obiang’s Always Watching

–The view from my bathroom toilet. “Corruption, poverty, and repression continue to plague Equatorial Guinea under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in power since 1979. Vast oil revenues fund lavish lifestyles for the small elite surrounding the president, while most … Continue reading

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No Expectations of Celebrations

I wasn’t expecting much for my birthday. I actually was planning on pretending like it was just another day… but it didn’t turn out as such! When I woke up in the morning, Autumn and Scott had woken up early … Continue reading

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“I think I’ve seen a bagel, once.”

Last night, I was trying to explain what bagels are… and I felt SO AMERICAN. “You know… hard bread with the hole in the center. It’s not a donut… but it’s like the shape of a donut… It’s a … … Continue reading

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“When you feel that you want to change the world, the world has then changed you.”

Gaafar said these words to me two nights ago and they really struck me. We were sitting in his living room, decked in Arabic lanterns and African wooden carvings from all over the continent. His collective and eclectic interior decor … Continue reading

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Amigos

Friends! I made friends!! A few days ago, I made a friend named Gaafar, and I knew immediately we would be good friends. He is from Egypt and Sudan, but could very well pass for African with his wild hair, … Continue reading

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“She’s always buzzing just like Neon, ne-o-o-oooon.”

If I thought that people were curiously staring before, today put on a new meaning. We went grocery shopping all over town today and I stocked up on lots of food. It was HOT and the three of us had … Continue reading

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Clean!

7am I checked the faucets… No running water. 7:30am… Still none. 8am… RUNNING WATER!!!!!!!!! I showered and it was the coldest shower of my life but also the most glooooorious. I apologize if this is too much information but it’s … Continue reading

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