The One for the Screw-Up

A canvas from Carnival del Toro, Ciudad Rodrigo 25/2/2017. When I went to Ciudad Rodrigo last weekend, I was severely tempted to run with the bulls.  To my mothers' (not a typo, you know who you are) relief, my friends held me back.  Later, with a more clear head, I realized I would have been …

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: just a little bit?

“I want every girl to know and really understand that she is worthy of respect and that she is equal to all men. God created the female after the male not because she is less important but because she completes the scene — the world is not right without women….I want every man to know the he is worthy of respect as well, and his identity is not in his world-defined ‘masculinity.'”

Powerful words on catcalling and how it transcends culture. Natalie is an exchange student with Globalscope El Oasis in Chile, and is definitely worth following to learn a little bit more about life there!

Mi Vida Chilena 2017

I was going to stay quiet on this subject, but I think it deserves a little bit of (controlled) noise.

When I first arrived here, I noticed that I received a lot more stares and interested glances than when I’m in the States.  That makes sense — I’m a white-skinned, blue-eyed foreigner.  I gradually stopped noticing and started ignoring it; however, I’ve been noticing again, more recently, how many of these stares are coming from men.  People say that this, along with catcalls and such, is just part of the culture, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a fact that should be shrugged off and accepted.

The other night, I had a conversation with a couple other girls from my program here, and we all agreed that we had never really felt unequal to men in the United States — we’d just heard of other people feeling this way.  One…

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Bell tower of Catedral de Maria Santa de la Sede.  Also known as Seville Cathedral, this is the largest cathedral in the world - though both St. Peter's in London and the Basilica are larger churches, they are not the seats of bishops and thus, not cathedrals.  I will have a series of posts over …

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