My Last 100 Bucks: Semana Santa Edition

As many probably know, 2 weeks ago was Semana Santa, a week filled with religious processions and traditional food leading up to Easter Sunday. This also means barely anyone in Costa Rica works or goes to classes, giving us students a week to travel and tour the beautiful attractions available to us. Thanks to much…

La Pasqua (Easter) con la mia famiglia italiana!

This past Sunday was Easter in Florence, and it was the most exciting Easter I’ve ever experienced. I partook in Florence’s special Easter tradition Sunday morning and my roommate then had a magnificent Easter lunch with my Italian host mother.  Florence doesn’t have an Easter Bunny. Instead, Florence’s special Easter tradition is called the Scoppio…

Dove abito? Adesso a Firenze.

Ciao! Sono a Firenze per studiare la storia dell’arte e l’italiano! Florence is so different from London. Yet the process of having to  learn how to live in a while different city again feels a little bit deja vu because I am definitely applying my new survival skills from London here. I feel more confident,…

Chicago Jeans: Dearborn Denim

Jeans. Denim. Made in… CHICAGO? Yes. This past week, our neighborhood class provided us with the opportunity to check out a Chicago Factory that focuses on Chicago-made jeans and belts. Dearborn Denim & Apparel’s mission is to “supply customers with the most comfortable jeans imaginable at the best price possible.” The founder’s name is Rob,…

“Guau-guau” ladró 703 perros

The following is shared with permission of Gabby Rudolph! Check out her blog here: https://gabbythegringa.wordpress.com/ Before starting, I would just like to credit my title to this website: http://stories.barkpost.com/woof-other-languages/. Hahaha. I wasn’t sure how to translate, “woof woof” into Spanish, so there you go (as well as 14 other languages, if you were curious). And as far…

Guest Blog! Making the Most out of Bots

Hey everyone!! Had enough of my same old blogging voice? Well we’ve got a great guest blog from Zach Thal, fellow Grinnellian and ACM Botswana student. Check it out! Dear Dedicated ACM Followers, Salutations from Gaborone. As some of you may have noticed, I am not Hannah Lundberg. I am a different Grinnellian who so happens…

London Recap: 5 Random Things

London went by so fast! There was a lot that happened in there. When you’re in London, the city just keeps going on and on. Having made small trips to other UK cities such as Edinburgh, Bath, and Cardiff made me I realize just how big London was. All that time when we lived in…

Community Engagement (Or “Hannah is Woefully Underqualified”)

As part of my semester, I have to undertake an independent study research project paired with a community engagement volunteer opportunity. Because of my interest in religious life and pastoral work, I am working at the Holy Cross Hospice in Gaborone, a palliative care facility run through the Anglican church, shadowing and aiding their volunteer…

Coffee and the Patriarchy

  This morning at church I was craving coffee. Nope, let’s rephrase that. Every hour of the day, every day in Botswana I am craving coffee. This morning it was especially bad. I was wallowing in self-pity, cursing the Commonwealth for making tea a big deal, but not coffee, and feeling saucy about the concept of…

Daily Life: Showers

Showers. That’s something people want to know about before they study abroad, right? So here’s my blog to tell you about them. In the UB dorms, I live in the section called “Las Vegas,” where international students are typically placed (we’re all in this area this year, but I have heard that sometimes people end…

Mis Familias

The following vlog is shared with permission from Sydney Gieger: As Sydney shares in the above video, our “familias anfitrionas” (host families) are a key part of our experience here in Costa Rica and feeling a part of the tico culture! They offer us love, support, and many opportunities to expand our cultural and linguistic…

José López Rivera & the Puerto Rican Cultural Center

On Thursday, February 23rd, we had the privilege of speaking with José López Rivera, executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Humboldt Park (Chicago) and brother of Puerto Rican independence activist, Oscar Lopez. On Friday, March 3rd, we had the opportunity to hear more about the history of Humboldt Park and Puerto Rican…