This is a reflection on the Afghanistan airlift in August 2021 following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. This piece was originally written in November 2021 for my postgraduate course Migration, Space and Identities at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where I am studying as part of my Marshall Fellowship.
This is a reflection on my experiences witnessing the Wagah border closing ceremony in June 2017 and walking across the Pakistan – Indian border in June 2019. This piece was originally written in October 2021 for my postgraduate course Borders and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where I am studying as part of my Marshall Fellowship.
For me, it was never a question of whether I would study abroad, but where. Travel has been an extremely important and formative part of my life since age 11, when I lived in Spain with my mum. I grew so much as a person during that year, expanding my horizons and deepening my understanding … Read moreWhy Study Abroad?
Merhaba from Morocco! As some of you may know, I was recently awarded a highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship to spend the summer in Morocco – for free! After an amazing first two weeks, I want to give an update on my experiences with CLS in Tangier. What is CLS? The Critical Language Scholarship is … Read moreCLS in Tangier, Morocco
“¡Por el amor de Dios!” I mutter as I sprint barefoot across the scorching white sand. I sigh with relief as my feet reach the water. Even the sea here is warm, but it’s the only escape from the oppressive heat of July in southern Spain. I frolic through the waves (the way only … Read moreThe Day I Was Deported from the EU, on a Boat, to Morocco
Applying for an Internship Abroad As you may have seen in my latest Instagram post, I was just awarded a fully funded internship abroad in a country of my choice during the Summer of 2020! I have received this incredible opportunity through the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies in the Liberal Arts (CISLA), and I am … Read moreApplying for an Internship Abroad
Planning a trip to Guatemala? Make sure to allow time for visiting Tikal, the best Mayan ruins in the country! Read on to learn about my experience and tips for visiting this incredible national park. Day 1: Visiting Tikal Our much-anticipated excursion to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal had a rocky start. Due … Read moreVisiting Tikal, the Best Mayan Ruins in Guatemala
Planning on climbing Volcán de Agua in Guatemala? Read on to learn about my experience doing this challenging but rewarding hike! About Volcán de Agua Volcán de Agua, or “Volcano of Water” in English, got its name in 1541 when a huge rainstorm filled the crater at the top of the mountain. The crater … Read moreClimbing Volcán de Agua
Want to visit a beach during your trip to Guatemala? Read on about my experiences in Monterrico, arguably the best beach in Guatemala! This beach is just a 2-hour drive from Antigua, not very touristy, and has beautiful black, volcanic sand! Day 1 at the Best Beach in Guatemala! We left at 6:00 am this … Read moreMonterrico: The Best Beach in Guatemala