Tag: Respect

Colombia, Day 20

Remember that feeling you got when you were thrown into a seemingly impossible situation, far from all your friends and family, far from all your comforts? I had that feeling for a few days at the beginning of this adventure. Even now, 20 days in, I get the feeling from time to time. But I’ve adapted. I’ve come to understand that different people in different cultures may or may not do things differently. We’re all people. Here are some thoughts of the last three weeks and how my brain has come to let me understand how things work here, and come to terms with them.

The people who clean up after you

One of the things I disliked the most about going to school in Washington, DC, was the almost instant question asked by almost everyone I met the first time I met them: What do you do? It was a loaded question and one whose answer is based on game theory. You see, if what you did was not good enough,…

Gender and societal norms

Growing up in Mexico was hard for me. Unlike my cousins and friends, I wasn’t really interested in the boyish things that boys do with boys. Climbing trees and hunting game with slingshots was something I did because I had to, not because I liked to. Sure, I got some enjoyment from the camaraderie that these things provided, but I…