A classic red Chrysler convertible that serves as a taxi in Havana.

6 Things That Are EVERYWHERE in Havana

You know when you travel somewhere and there are certain things you just cannot escape–no matter how hard you try? These are the six things you simply can’t escape in Havana: 1. Rum. Admittedly this particular drink is made with tequila, but rum was even more ubiquitous in Cuba. Often it was cheaper than water and it always came…

Visiting Cuba as an American

If you’re from the United States, you’re probably somewhat fascinated by Cuba. After 55 years of the embargo making travel to the island nearly impossible, Cuba has developed an enigmatic, forbidden-fruit quality. That element of mystery and uncertainty made visiting Cuba in March a bit nervewracking for me. How will Cubans treat us? Will I be…

Guess Who’s Back?

If you guessed me, you’d be right. A year ago I left you all without a goodbye. It wasn’t intentional to bite the dust in that fashion, but life had begun to overtake me (in the best way possible) and something had to give. I’m not big on goodbyes. I’d like to believe there are…

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It Pays to be a Diva

I’m notoriously bad at self-care. I overcommit, I rarely exercise, and I often feel guilty when I have unstructured time to myself. But you know what I’m notoriously good at? Getting enough sleep. When people ask how I manage everything (multiple jobs, classes, extracurriculars) and get 8 hours of sleep each night, I tell them it’s because I…

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Review: Coraline

Names, names, names…The names are the first things to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names.” -Neil Gaiman, Coraline Synopsis: Coraline loves to explore, but when she enters a tiny door in her house and finds a home that is nearly identical to…

The End of Spring Semester

This morning I woke up, pushed aside my curtains and opened my window, and watched five straight hours of Netflix, only breaking for a breakfast of clam chowder and a lunch of banana pancakes. Yes, you read that right. Today's agenda: 1. Get out of bed 2. Take a shower 3. Put on clean PJs Summer…

Zip

  We come together like the teeth of a zipper Interlocking, holding together tight Not identical but aligning There’s nothing more frustrating than breaking a zipper The teeth seem to forget that they ever attached to each other Leaving backpacks and dresses wide open When they should be held together tight This post is part…