It’s all about the chocolate!

Until today, I didn’t know that Grenada made its own chocolate. I knew about all the spices but I had no idea that there were multiple chocolate manufacturers on the island. However, today we went on a tour of the island and saw not one, but two. The first chocolate factory was the Diamond Chocolate…

Mississippi, You’re On My Mind

Although I recently graduated and have a lot of great memories from my time at the School of Public Health, the “cherry on top” of my graduate school education is the trip I am embarking on to the Delta Region of Mississippi with several other University of Michigan students. I see this experience as a…

The Crossroads

  Culture Shock: The reaction which follows from not being able to remedy or relate your cultural views to another culture is my definition of this phenomenon.  As I prepare to depart to work in communities in Mississippi and to backpack the world alone, as a Bonderman fellow, culture shock is at the forefront of my…

A New Experience

As I sit in the airport preparing for our journey to Grenada, my mind is racing and it’s starting to sink in that in a few short hours, I’ll be in another country getting ready to do applied public health work. This coming week, I will be working with two other students with the Grenada…

“For God and My Country”

I woke up late this morning to the sound of a choir singing at the nearby church. Today, Ugandans celebrate Martyr’s Day, commemorating the 22 Catholic and 23 Anglican Buganda who were speared/beheaded/burned alive at Namugongo by Kabaka Mwanga II for their faith and their refusal to give it up. In honor of the national holiday,…

You Are Welcome

After 48 hours of flights and layovers, I arrived in Entebbe, Uganda late Wednesday night. Jasmine, my roommate-coworker-partner this summer, had arranged airport pick-up and a nearby guest house for us, because she is much better at Uganda than me. I slept like a rock and my only observation of the first night was on…

The City of Eternal Spring

When I first learned that I would be placed in Cuernavaca, Mexico, I immediately googled (that’s a word now, right?) the city and learned briefly of its history. Located 40 miles due south of Mexico City, Cuernavaca is a relatively small city that houses El Palacio de Cortés (the oldest preserved colonial-era structure in the…