Learning from the Best: A Cooking Class with Chefugee

I arrived in Madrid for the first time jet-lagged and frantic and sweaty, toting a backpack more than half my size. It only took about 20 minutes of riding the bus from the airport for me to fall in love with the city. The architecture was unlike anything I’d seen before, old and ornate and … Continue reading Learning from the Best: A Cooking Class with Chefugee

On Women and Wine

Part 1: My Story The Beauty of Wine I never enjoyed red wine until I visited Spain for the first time. I was exploring new places, discovering new ways of life, and tasting new things. My first sip of Ribera del Duero wine during my first night in Madrid on my first ever trip to … Continue reading On Women and Wine

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