There is a space.

There is a space in the world where I belong, where I’m not weird, where I’m challenged to grow, to question, to be not what I’m told to be but rather what I will become. There is a space in the world where adventure awaits, each day is unknown, anything is possible. A place where…

Wasteful chains like Starbucks and the part you play.

I found the Colombian Starbucks. It’s called Juan Valdez and, while it’s a lovely spot with nice spaces for working and socializing, I dislike it for the same reason I dislike Starbucks: They’re wasteful. Oh, so wasteful! Unless otherwise requested, these cafes serve every.single.coffee in a disposable cup. They serve every.single.snack on a disposable plate.…

You should…

I had this thought yesterday that, when I was in school, I felt like I should study but actually, I wanted to do anything else. Isn’t that the way life is? You should study. You should work. You should do that thing that’s responsible but you don’t actually want to do. These days, all I want to do is…

A day.

The sun shines, light clouds set on a bright blue sky. I take my sweater because, “Oh, Mother Nature, you can’t trick me this time!” I know this is a tease, those clouds aren’t far away. I head out, sweater in hand. I go to my favorite cafe. And today, I realize that the baristas…

My Self-Taught Coding Journey

I don’t know when it started. Could have been when one of my students asked if he could stay in during recess to practice “Scratch” (a simplified coding program intended for kids) and I saw how much fun he was having. It could have been when I met a guy who was doing freelance programming…

La Heroica (Cartagena), Colombia

I’ve been busy. I began to write this a few weeks ago, when I first arrived in Colombia: Colombia – the only South American country to border both Atlantic and Pacific coasts – have proven itself to be a lovely country thus far! Well, I guess it’s really just the city of Cartagena so far,…

Normal Life

Yesterday and the day before, I went to the same cafe, around the same time. I liked their atmosphere, the sturdy table, the big open doors and airflow, the people-watching and lack of people bothering me. I liked that people would come and go, but the place was never crowded, never uncomfortable. Here, my brain-hampster…