I Run

I run – well, more like slide – my way down a steep vine-covered slope. I snuck through an old gate on an abandoned property on one of Nairobi’s most exclusive streets, and now I’m in a forest that seems to just go on forever. Only a 20-minute run, but with one turn, I’m at a…

A Running Robbery at 2:42pm

(15.03.17) 2:42pm. A thick arm wraps around my neck – I get yanked to the ground, somewhere in Johannesburg’s inner city. 1:07pm. I sit at a café in the center of South Africa’s hipster haven. A reclaimed neighborhood in Joburg’s heart, I’ve landed in Southern Africa for the first time. And just looking around, at…

3 Reasons We Must Go Beyond “F**k 2016”

“F**k 2016!” It’s a statement on repeat. The headlines, the water cooler conversations, and in our very psyche as a society. Fear has become an everyday reality for millions, negativity has become the norm. Trump. ISIS. Brexit. Syria. The list goes on. I too, sat in a daze staring at incredulous election results in the…

A Day Off At 35,000ft

One leg of the journey back to San Francisco complete, with 8 and 16 hour flights still to go. Woah. That’s a whole day in the sky. Ours is a world where normal consists of being connected constantly, a world where the work day rarely finishes at 5pm. In this world, a day in the sky sounds pretty…

I Get Comfortable. But Then, Go.

April, hello? You seem to be here early. I was waiting expectedly for your friends January, February, and March, but I looked down for a minute, and when I glanced back up, here you are – April. Three months have come and gone in 2016, and April, our time together is already halfway through. This…

Things Fall Apart, & Noses Break

Things fall apart. But that’s life. And I keep smiling. Sometimes, people steal. And hotels fall into a decrepit state. And noses break. I write from my Liberian rooftop. Where pots banged night #2. And breakfast was taken overlooking the waves days #3, #4, and #8. I finished the day with sunset skypes day #9…

Starting Over: in Life, Love, and International Development

“What would it look like if we started over?” That was the question that started Hampton Creek, a company founded in 2012 on the mission to reimagine the broken systems that make our world go around. In food, with a philosophy of “starting over” at it’s core, Hampton Creek has taken the world by storm,…

Back to the Continent

I like to say I transformed from childhood to adulthood in Africa. Summer of 2010, my mom cried when I told her I had decided to go volunteer and visit my best friend’s family in Kenya. Summer of 2011, back to Kenya I went, my mom confused on how I would ever make money to…

People Vs. Ideology: The Cuba Story

Everywhere in Cuba I went, I simply needed to ask more and more questions. Has the revolution succeeded? That’s a big one, the question really. To answer that question, I had to go there, to get away from the North American hegemonic discourse that has destabilized the idea of socialism for the purpose of quelling…

The Joys of Missing the Bus

What has to be given up in order to go beyond the ordinary and pursue the latest oyster, the latest opportunity? For India, my opportunity cost had many aspects: missing a week of early semester classes, missing work shifts at my three part-time jobs, missing meetings, and most importantly, being away from my girlfriend who…

Namaste: The New ‘Normal’

Sunday, January 19,  Namaste. Today I had convinced myself that I had already been in India for 3 days, but I slowly realized that not even two full days have I been in this incredible country – less than two days of street food breakfasts, early morning runs, field visits to rural social enterprises and…

Through the Skies of Mumbai

If my life were any resemblance of normal, I would be on campus in Halifax, having just finished my Friday afternoon class. It would be a day unlike any other. But instead, I sit in a seat, looking out the window at the cold -30 degree Celsius weather. But no, I am not in Winnipeg…