“I don’t like to say goodbye”

Chetor hasteen, Bilal? When you taught us bits of Dari every day at camp, you always refused to teach us how to say, "goodbye." We asked you why, especially since the words for "see you later" were so difficult for our Western pronunciation. You said so poetically, "I don't like to say goodbye." You were a … Continue reading “I don’t like to say goodbye”

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Istanbul airport attack

On June 28, three days after we left, the Istanbul Ataturk Airport was attacked by terrorists. Three suicide bombers killed 47 tourists, Turks, airport workers and taxi drivers and injured 200 more. The attackers specifically targeted foreigners like us in a place we had just been, blowing themselves up at the arrivals door, the departures … Continue reading Istanbul airport attack

New Project: EU Refugee and Migration Crisis

We are excited to announce the new Pocket Philosophies project! This summer, Cristian and I (Shanna) are traveling from Spain to Greece by car (and maybe ferry) to work in a refugee camp north of Athens. Along the way, we will be talking to people, taking pictures and reflecting on the journey through different countries, … Continue reading New Project: EU Refugee and Migration Crisis

“Faces of Colombia” “I wear a different color ensemble every day” // “llevo un color distinta cada dia”

" I started driving a taxi after I retired, and I make enough money to pay for shirts and shoes. I wear a different color every day." "Have you ever seen "Yo Me Llamo?" I competed and we sang a salsa song. See here in this photo? That's my face. Same face!" "I don't sing … Continue reading “Faces of Colombia” “I wear a different color ensemble every day” // “llevo un color distinta cada dia”

Being Colombian is waking up with a smile // Ser colombiano es despertar con una sonrisa

“Being Colombian has many definitions but I say it's waking up with a smile on your face every day with the hope that my country will have a better future soon. I am a 19-year-old with big aspirations. I believe that people can change and I constantly try not to get involved in problems, but … Continue reading Being Colombian is waking up with a smile // Ser colombiano es despertar con una sonrisa

“Faces of Colombia” “I was mother and father to my kids” // “Yo fui padre y madre para mis hijos”

Author's note: Elisa is a very special person in my house here in Colombia. She and my host mom have known each other for 20 years, sharing a friendship in addition to an employer-housekeeper relationship. She is a positive and patient presence in our house, teaching me her delicious cooking techniques and telling stories about … Continue reading “Faces of Colombia” “I was mother and father to my kids” // “Yo fui padre y madre para mis hijos”

“Faces of Colombia” “We are Wayuu, we are the sons of the earth and the rain” // “somos Wayuu, somos hijos de la tierra y la lluvia”

Author's note: I met David Caceres through a mutual friend at a poetry event. He cut a striking figure, his traditional indigenous ensemble contrasting with the Coca-cola in his hand and Ray Bans covering his eyes. David turns out to be the official representative of the Wayuu community, a young leader with a strong passion for his people. … Continue reading “Faces of Colombia” “We are Wayuu, we are the sons of the earth and the rain” // “somos Wayuu, somos hijos de la tierra y la lluvia”