All posts tagged: my story

My blog, reinvented

I hear you asking, “Where is Bra?” Also, “Are there a lot of lingerie stores there?” There are indeed several old lady lingerie stores here. The way the locals pronounce “Bra” though, they roll the “r” so intensely you would never think of underthings. After a very long hiatus in which this blog was not updated and therefore did not serve a purpose, I’ve thought a lot about what I want it to look like and how I want to organize it (if nothing else, as some of you know, I am a serial over-organizer). Here is a road map for what I intend this blog to look like for the next year while I live and study in Italy. LIFE IN BRA This will include anecdotes gleaned from daily life in a town of 30,00 inhabitants in northwest Italy. Examples include accidentally locking the trash room for my apartment building on the night before trash day and causing panic among the neighbors. GRAD SCHOOL What I learn in school. For some people, this stuff will be …

“So, why are you here?”

This post is a (much) longer version of my response to this quite common icebreaker question. 6 months ago, almost to the day, I graduated from Middlebury College. For four years, I studied dictators and transitions to democracy in a teeny tiny New England town. I ran away to the Southern Hemisphere for a year and then came back for one more. Given that the full name of my major is probably the longest one ever invented, I just say I majored in Latin American Politics (the full details: International and Global Studies with a disciplinary focus in Political Science, regional focus in Latin America and language specialization in Spanish.) Phew, ok. So that happened. Two weeks after graduation, I was in Florence with my family on vacation, learning lots about Renaissance art and eating pasta and such as tourists tend to do. Given that I seem to get dressed the quickest out of all the members of my family, I was waiting outside by the pool at our hotel just kind of doing some mindless iPad wandering. And then, I thought (I …