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Spaghetti with Sardines

For the longest time I snubbed my nose at the idea of canned fish. Sure, I enjoyed the occasional tuna salad on crackers as a child, but when I had my first taste of a seared tuna steak there was … Continue reading

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24th

I turn 24 today. I’ve never really celebrated my birthday much. In high school, my birthday fell in the middle of AP exams, SAT studying, or final exam studying. In college, the school year ended before my birthday, so I … Continue reading

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Cooking in Azerbaijan

Everybody says to write what you know about, and because I love cooking I think it’s worth while to discuss what exactly I cook here. It’s been slim pickings since winter, but while I was walking through the bazaar today … Continue reading

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Changing the World?

I recently received a care package from my New York and Boston friends (thanks again guys), and one of the gifts I got was a signed copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Ah, the benefits of … Continue reading

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Identity

So I’ve been asked by my program manager, Flora, to lead a diversity session for all the Azerbaijani teachers at the upcoming counterpart conference in Baku. Even though Katie, Michael, and I are only beginning to throw a presentation together, … Continue reading

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Waiting

It’s been four months since I’ve been at site, and I’m surprised at how life here is so “normal.” I haven’t had any panicking thoughts (omg, what am I doing here?!), nor have I really faced serious harassment. All of … Continue reading

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First Month at Site

It’s been a little over three months since I’ve been in Azerbaijan, and a little under three weeks since I’ve been sworn in as a volunteer. Before moving to site I was a bit apprehensive about finally moving to site. … Continue reading

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