On Individualism, Work-Life Balance, and Coffee Culture in Madrid

One afternoon during my first month in Madrid, I was walking through my new neighborhood with my laptop in search of a café where I could get cozy, caffeinate, and bust out some work. I had a spot in mind, a café on the corner of the next street over from my apartment that seemed … Continue reading On Individualism, Work-Life Balance, and Coffee Culture in Madrid

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On Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

In honor of International Women's Day, the school where I work put on a brief presentation in the library to discuss issues like gender inequality, violence against women, and discrimination in the workplace. I read an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay "We Should All Be Feminists," which was chosen by one of the students … Continue reading On Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About Colonialism

"...world trade routes are mostly the same as they were 150 years ago at the height of European colonial exploitation. In the same way that colonized nations provided cheap sugar, chocolate, coffee, and fruit to the West, 'developing' nations now provide cheap semi-disposable clothes to the West and global economic upper classes." Interesting read on … Continue reading Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About Colonialism

On Bulgaria, Communism, and the Making of a National Cuisine

I had barely set my bags down in my first apartment in Madrid before packing up and boarding a plane to Bulgaria. I was visiting my friend Helena, who is on her second year of teaching English on a Fulbright fellowship. I knew very little about the country apart from what she’d told me. I … Continue reading On Bulgaria, Communism, and the Making of a National Cuisine

Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers

“I realized I have to start mobilizing in White communities, my family, my friends,” he [Douglass DeCandia] says, “and doing that in direct accountability with folks who are most impacted, meeting stated needs rather than creating some idea in my head about who needs what and what needs to be done.” This is a great … Continue reading Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers