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Permanence
Boston

Permanence

The sun sat low on the horizon, producing a faint, almost eery, glow. As I walked to my apartment from Porter Square, I noticed a man kneeling on the sidewalk. With the scrutiny and deep concentration of an artist, he sat tracing the silhouette of a bicycle locked to a pole. Each motion of his hand … Continue reading

The Pearl of Africa
Uganda

The Pearl of Africa

With each step forward, my heart beat slightly harder in my chest. Thump, thump. The walk to the edge of the platform was painfully long, each shuffle revealing the immense depths of the murky water beneath. The platform swayed with minor gusts of wind, rocking back and forth, intensifying my fears with each sudden jolt. I … Continue reading

Notes from the Field
Tanzania

Notes from the Field

We had gotten about three quarters of the way through the interview before Getrud, my research assistant, turned to me and asked, “um, I think she may be going into labor. Should we continue?” I looked over at the woman who had so diligently and resolutely responded to our questions for fifteen minutes and noticed … Continue reading

Putting Things in Perspective
Tanzania

Putting Things in Perspective

This past weekend, Powell, Courtney, and I had dinner (at our favorite family-run Ethiopian joint, of course) with two American public health students who had recently arrived in Tanzania to conduct records-based research at Ocean Road Hospital for three months. When we met them, I noticed that their clothing still looked starchy and vibrant — … Continue reading

Jazz with a Side of Diplomacy
Tanzania

Jazz with a Side of Diplomacy

Since I arrived in Tanzania nearly six months ago (!), I’ve had many “where am I?” moments. These feelings of sudden displacement often come about when I’m in a mall or shopping center, dining at a really nice restaurant (rare), or drinking pinot and sampling hors d’œuvres with diplomats and other U.S. embassy staff while listening to … Continue reading