This blog post was originally written for my Students Without Borders’ (SWG) blog found here. A few weekends ago, while I was having dinner with a couple of fellow SWBs, I realized that I’d passed the halfway point of my mandate here in Sri Lanka. Admittedly, I had miscalculated, marking my midway on my […]Read more "Celebrating International Women’s Day (& 181 Days) in Sri Lanka! 💪🏼💁🏻🙌🏼"
So one of my biggest stressors in my life, besides the current state of global affairs that is *cougheverythingtrumprelatedcough*, is thesis research. I mean, we’re going to be in a committed two year relationship whether either of us like it not. It’s a huge undertaking with many variables to consider. From deciding what your topic and […]Read more "Stressed Spelled Backwards Is Desserts 🍰🍪🍫"
Some wise friends of mine, as well as what I’ve learned through my cultural anthropology courses, have told me to listen and observe my surroundings first and foremost. This simple task of taking a moment to take a new setting in, to be aware of all of my senses, even when things don’t quite make sense […]Read more "(Re)claiming Spaces"
One of my favourite blogs to visit is that of Eva Stones, “Adventures in a tuk-tuk” in which she highlights what living life in Sri Lanka is like as an expat. It was one of my first sources of insights when I was first preparing for my co-op and I still find myself perusing her […]Read more "Yay, Yala!"
Hey everyone, here’s another photo round-up of what’s been happening day-to-day. This past week I went to a work-related business meeting (yay for leaving the office!), visited friends in Hambantota for Thanksgiving dinner, and was pleasantly surprised (read on to find out what/why!). Speaking of which, sending a very special Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to those […]Read more "Hanging out in Hambantota"
Preface: This entry starts with some personal reflections and then links to photo entries About one week ago, I left Canada with two (clearly) overweight bags, a binder with photocopies of any (and every) piece of paper I thought I would need, and whirlwind of emotions. On the one hand, I felt immense excitement for […]Read more "Ayubowan and Vanakkam (Greetings in Sinhala and Tamil) from Sri Lanka!"
If you’d asked me when I first started my university career in the International Development Studies (IDS) program at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus if I knew I’d be completing a placement in Sri Lanka with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), I probably would not have believed you. Mainly because 4th year it […]Read more "Sri Lanka, here I come!"