Category: lookoutmywindow

Samay Xarit – Making New Friends in Dakar

Ngone is the Senegalese name yaay gave to me yesterday morning. She added my phone number to her mobile so we can reach each other if I need something.Yesterday, I spent a great deal of time at the Baobab Center becoming acquainted with the staff and meeting several students from different study abroad programs. There are several women here from Lawrence University in Appleton, … Read More Samay Xarit – Making New Friends in Dakar

Ngone laa tudd – My name is Ngone

Yaay gave me the name “Ngone,” which she says means ‘kindness’ in Wolof. Each person who stays with her family as a homestay receives a Senegalese name from her, and she adds them into her phone. I am now a contact in yaay’s mobile as “Amerig Ngone” – the American Ngone. Today, I went to L’ile Ngor with Emily, Sierra, Jessica, and Avey. Emily … Read More Ngone laa tudd – My name is Ngone

Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

I made it to Dakar, and today I am at the Baobab Center acclimating to my new environment. Even though I have been in Dakar before, yesterday was full of its own adventures. (I need to point out that I cannot use the special character necessary for some Wolof words I will be using this summer. Some of my translations will be approximations to … Read More Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

Waving Through a Window

While flying out of Kansas City, the song “Waving Through a Window” from the musical, Dear Evan Hansen played on my Spotify (link to a live performance here). That song was so fitting for the moment, because I was looking out the window of the plane, thinking of what will come from this next adventure of mine. It’s my third trip to the African … Read More Waving Through a Window

Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Since coming back to Lawrence, I have had several opportunities to discuss my work with the people on KU’s campus. The director of the Project on the History of Black Writing asked me to write a guest post about my research for Women’s History Month. The blog is a great resource, and I am so lucky to be part of this amazing project! Once … Read More Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Let’s Chat about the Food – What I Ordered

And by that I mean here are a LOT of pictures of the food I’ve ordered, made, and eaten during my time in Germany. There is SO MUCH DELICIOUSNESS to go around – it’s one of the reasons I love being here. First meal in Berlin was at Ferdinand 34 in my new neighborhood (the website is only in German). Of course, I ordered schnitzel and … Read More Let’s Chat about the Food – What I Ordered

My Weekend in Athens

This is going to be a picture-heavy post, because what I did in Athens is fairly self-explanatory. Being in Athens in the winter is not too bad, but I would suggest going in the spring or summer, taking a few extra days, and visiting the islands. The city center of Athens is beautiful, there are plenty of things to see, but if you really … Read More My Weekend in Athens

Go to the Markt, Learn a Language

Here are some of my musings about my German speaking/listening/understanding abilities and being at the market today in my neighborhood. An unexpected experience, but quite rewarding. This neighborhood is great. Also, my thoughts are kind of scattered, but I like discussing things as I experience them rather than carefully constructing what I want to say about my travels and what I learn.

Don’t Panic: It’s just a pickpocket

I decided to visit Museum Island the other day (see this post for details about the museums), and before I got to the first one I had more adventure than I bargained for. Everyone always give you tips about how to avoid being pickpocketed in big cities, and how important it is to be self-aware, etc. I have traveled to 15 countries without much incident over … Read More Don’t Panic: It’s just a pickpocket

Sights & Museums in Berlin: Some Must-See Options

Brandenburg Tor (Brandenburg Gate)The U.S. Embassy is near the Gate, and a few others. I went here first, because my parents were in Germany when the Wall came down. There were some people protesting in a tent in front of one of the embassies, but there was not much going on in the area otherwise. Because I came in winter, there were almost no … Read More Sights & Museums in Berlin: Some Must-See Options

Travel Tips for First-timers in Berlin

Berlin is massive, and can be overwhelming if it’s your first time here. I speak German enough to get around, and it’s been difficult to decide what to do, how much to do, etc. My first piece of advice for people coming to Berlin for the first time: get a Berlin Welcome Card and Museum Pass! Breakdown: Berlin Welcome Card  – You can purchase … Read More Travel Tips for First-timers in Berlin

Flying Out of Dakar – A Pro Tip & A Funny Story

Like almost every day in Dakar, the day I flew out was also very interesting. The security at the airport is a little odd, since the airport is so small. You have to go through the Border Control, and then the normal scanners for your luggage. I had a re-useable water bottle and it was full, so they made me drink it before letting … Read More Flying Out of Dakar – A Pro Tip & A Funny Story