Reading the Internet, November 5

Hi everyone, Today I woke up and got really absorbed by the internet. I don’t have an early meeting for once and enjoyed sitting at the kitchen table with coffee and oatmeal, reading articles one by one and sharing them friends. Since I can’t do this all day, I decided to share some here (even though this is not a real job). If you’re looking … Continue reading Reading the Internet, November 5

Welcome to Vandyland: A Weekend in Nashville

Last weekend my family flew to Nashville to move my sister into Vanderbilt University. She’s starting her freshmen year as I start my senior year and I can’t believe how time has flown. My parents are also going to be empty nesters which will be a new adventure for them. It was my first time in Nashville and I was so impressed with this little … Continue reading Welcome to Vandyland: A Weekend in Nashville

Abigail Talks: How to have fun in Quito

Hey y’all! Tomorrow is my last day in Quito (v. early saturday flight) and I wanted to share some of my favorite sights before I left and got absorbed in New York/family lovefests. This week has been a lot better, health-wise and attitude wise. My friend Jenna came into Quito last friday and we had a great touristy day together and I even felt well … Continue reading Abigail Talks: How to have fun in Quito

Shop till you drop in Otavalo

Buying souvenirs while traveling is always a tricky proposition. First, there’s logistics. Do you want to carry around your new purchase until you get home? Will it break/spill/shatter in your luggage? Second, there’s ethics. Is this product made locally by people who are paid fairly or is it made in China? Is the price fair or absurdly gouged because you’re an extranjera? Who knows? Last week, … Continue reading Shop till you drop in Otavalo

Mindo on my mind: A weekend getaway

Hi from Quito, This weekend, I took a trip down (literally, there was way more oxygen) to Mindo with Jenna, a friend of a friend who is working in a rural community in the mountains near Kayembe. Her life is totally different than mine, think bucket baths and very repetitive meals but she has a lot more companionship as there are other volunteers in her … Continue reading Mindo on my mind: A weekend getaway