Alternative Breaks takes on environmental justice

Environmental Justice alternative breaks
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Canvassing: clipboards, forced friendly smiles, prepared one-minute speeches and an odd, immediate disconnection between passers-by. Yet for every two refusals, there is always an inspiring case that either uplifts the spirit or deepens the anguish but certainly strengthens the resolve. I was standing alone outside Kaiser Permanente on a hot, Read More…

My semester at sea: Mauritius and life at sea

Mauritius, a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, has a few claims to fame. It was the former home of the dodo bird, its capital, Port Louis, is the richest city in Africa, although many people don’t count it as part of Africa, and it’s a favorite vacation destination Read More…

School of Little Revolutionaries

Turkish politics are ruining my dinner plans

Two blocks from my apartment on the corner of a busy street is a restaurant called Sinem. From the walls to the front counter, the whole place seems to be made of glass. It’s open late and always lit up. There isn’t much in the restaurant besides chairs, tables and Read More…

The Marina Bay Sands hotel.

My semester at sea: Singapore and Burma

In the past week, I’ve been to one of the wealthiest countries in the world and one of the poorest. Both Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) were occupied by the Japanese during WWII, but since then they have followed very different paths. The contrast was absolutely striking and not always in Read More…

The Bosphorus Strait

My first week in Istanbul

I am now three weeks into my semester abroad at Bogazici Universitesi in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s been mostly cold and gray here. The city smells like spiced meat and the bus driver’s cigarette, and it sounds like traffic and the Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers. On my first morning Read More…

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Weekend escape to London

I’ve been studying in Lund, Sweden, for almost two months now, and although my current schedule includes a mere three hours of class a week, I was ready for an escape from this college town. A few people from the UC Education Abroad Program decided to spend Valentine’s Day weekend Read More…

Banteay Srey temple

My semester at sea: Vietnam and Cambodia

Before this trip, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Vietnam and Cambodia. On one hand, I had heard wonderful things about the natural beauty, the rich history and the fun people, all of which make this part of the world so special. However, there is also the fact Read More…