Waking with the Wolf Pack

Hello there! As I sit typing this post, I have only 3 days left in Jimma, and in total in Ethiopia, 86 days down, 4 to go. It is crazy to think that my Ethiopian summer has come and gone just like that. This will be my last blog post I write while in Ethiopia,…

124 Hours at the Back of My Brain

On July 7th, I left the town of Jimma, my home for the previous 50 days, still unsure of what Ethiopia was really like. I may have been living in the country for close to 2 months, but other than the rolling hills and farm fields outside of Jimma, I really had not experienced Ethiopia….

Pick Axing to Proposal Writing

Three years ago, I hacked away at a series of deepening trenches, taking breaks from swinging my pick ax to build small fires on top of rocks deep in the ground too heavy to lift.What I learned from my Kenyan supervisor Simon in those trenches was that once you add intense heat to a rock,…

The Changing of Habits

I know I am not alone when I say that I want to make changes in my lifestyle. None of us are perfect, whether we want to eat more salad, start reading a book every month, or try our hand at letting our artistic juices flow through music, performance, or even writing. I have been…

Running the Road to Sudan

To experience a new place, cars are often the preferred mode of transportation. They allow us to see great amount of things quickly and comfortably. On the other end of the spectrum is walking. Walking allows us to not only see an area in more intimate detail than being in a car, but it also…

The Opportunity Cost of Opportunities

“Opportunity isn’t a chance; it’s a choice. And it is the choices we make that define the paths our lives will take.” -Robin Wizowaty, author of My Maasai Life I live my life by this quote, believing strongly that choices, not chances, are what have allowed me to get where I am today, sitting here…

The Beginning

Look at a map of the world, and what do we see? Is it the outlines of continents, with oceans filling the empty space in between? Yes, that is true, but that is not all we see. Life brings experiences, and it is those experiences that we see when we focus our eyes closer on…