2012: My Year in Pictures

When I was in high school, I  had a painful tradition every January of uploading a post to Facebook with all my favorite ‘little moments’ from that year. They were usually preceded by an embarrassing account of how much more significant little moments were than big ones, and I made all my friends read it

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Learning to Laugh

I’ve been shamefully neglecting this blog. What can I say? Sometimes life gets in the way of your plans. Actually, I’d argue that’s what happens most of the time. My return flight to America fell on April 9th, eight days after I’d originally intended. The flight change cost me some $300, and as I talked

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Berlin: Seeing Sunlight

It’s been an exhausting, wonderful, week. My cousin, whom we’ll call the Cameraman, and I left for Berlin on Monday night, if a little behind schedule (the keys, as it turned out, were in our mailbox. Men). We left just after midnight, and to apologize for the delay, he decorated the dashboard with rainbow-colored Christmas

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Urlaubsglück, Indeed

As an ironic advertisement in the Leipzig train station pointed out to me last weekend, I may not have the best travel luck. My cousin and I were supposed to leave for Berlin two hours ago. The bags are packed. The hostel is booked. The car keys are missing. Scheiße.

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Back From Prague, Part II: Good People

To see Part I, click here. So my aunt and I were stranded on a train to Leipzig, without laptops, working phones, money, or (for me) shoes. To make matters worse, there had been a leak in the back of the train, so my socks were wet, and I was starting to no longer feel

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Back From Prague, Part I: Bad Timing

I was supposed to spend Monday night on an overnight train from the Czech Republic to Holland. Instead, I spent it camped out in a McDonald’s in Leipzig, wearing another man’s shoes. My aunt and I spent the weekend in amazing, beautiful Prague. We left late on Friday and were planning to come home on

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Amsterdam: Ever-Present Past

Amsterdam, like all great cities, strikes every person differently. The last time I was here was the summer I turned sixteen, and what hit me then was promise. I saw a city overflowing with laughter and noise (and beer), brimming with a life and excitement that I was just old enough to begin appreciating. It

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Family Fitness Challenge 2012

On Monday morning, I was sitting on my aunt’s bed as she tried to pawn off her old clothes to me. “Is this your style?” She held up an algae-green tulle skirt. “It’s a nice color,” she said hopefully. I shook my head. She held it up to herself and made a disgruntled sound. “I

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Growing Pains

A few years ago, I was considering applying for a waitressing position in town, to work in addition to my summer job. My dad, thankfully, was not in full support. “Your job right now is growing up,” he said. This seemed like kind of a cop-out to me. In part because, at sixteen, I was

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