Crossing Borders with Race: A Book Review of Americanah

Nigeria and the United States seem like worlds apart. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah, these two countries are bound together by the story of Ifemelu. In this novel, Ngozi shines again with her sharp thoughts, deep prose and extremely important observations of the world we live in. This is an honest reading, where…

Venezuelan Students Speak

On Saturday, May 30th, the leader of the party Voluntad Popular (VP), Freddy Guevara, shaved his head as a gesture of opposition to Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela. This gesture was also in solidarity to Daniel Ceballos, ex-mayor of San Cristobal, who is also among the leaders of the opposition and was recently transferred to…

On a Changing Country: Coming Home to Costa Rica

After a long, snowy winter in Boston, I get on a plane to go home. Just before the plane lands, I can see from the window green mountains, rivers and valleys. I see home. I was born and raised in Costa Rica and only moved away to start college in Boston three years ago. Three…

Traveler’s Reflections: Chiangmai, Thailand

Thailand is Thai. That is the only real way I can think to describe it. The heat holds you in its arms like a comforting grandmother wrapping you in a fleece quilt on a 98 degree day with 100% humidity. It’s busy, but it’s not as busy as I thought it would be. Everything smells…