Snorkeling and Canoeing on Caye Caulker

After the hustle and bustle of Belize City, I took a few days to relax on Caye Caulker.

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Bon Voyage Party

On Sunday, I took a break from packing to celebrate my imminent departure with family, friends, teachers, and mentors.  It was a meaningful gathering, and I appreciated the chance to say goodbye to so many people before my year abroad.  As I think about spending a year away from the States, it almost feels like I should be packing a big trunk and preparing to board a steamship for a month-long journey.  This guideline from the Watson Foundation has certainly been in my mind:

In our changing world, some elements of the Watson philosophy may seem anachronistic, artificial, and unnecessary, but returning fellows consistently attest that this “exercise” – in solo living, independent travel, and intentional separation from one’s roots – remains a powerfully valid one.

Perhaps this sentiment was reflected a little too strongly in the photography from the event?

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it.  To see pictures from the event (not in “Sayonara Style” aka processed by Bakumatsu Koshashin Generator), click here; the password to view them is the name of the restaurant at which the party was held.

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Senior Week

Sparklers in Wharton Courtyard

After four years, our last hurrah at Swarthmore came in the form of Senior Week.  Highlights included a night of bowling at Northbowl, our last bonfire in the Crum Woods, trips to Tom Jones, fireworks, Star Wars viewings, and tours of the college belltower:

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Spring Break

Iconic London vehicles

It’s incredible that a month has already passed since Spring Break.  I traveled to the UK to visit a friend studying systems engineering at Oxford.  I was able to see London, Oxford, Bath, and Sheffield.  Highlights included the London Transport Museum, riding the DLR, drinking the spring water at Bath, rooting for Oxford in a national championship football match, and hearing some good news on my last night in London.

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Fall Colors

Fall foliage and sunsets from Swarthmore:

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Fall Break in Boston

MBTA Route 73 Bus to Mt. Auburn in the Harvard Bus Tunnel

MBTA Route 73 Bus to Mt. Auburn in the Harvard Bus Tunnel

I spent the first half of fall break in Boston.  Other than a quick overnight earlier this fall, this was my first chance to spend time there since the summer of 2008 when I worked with ACE.  Overall, despite the ten hours it took me to travel from Swarthmore to Somerville (thumbs down for Bolt Bus, thumbs up for Megabus), it was a great trip.  I got a chance to catch up with ACE and spend time with a number of friends from high school and college.  I also had some great Indian food, made it to Kimball’s, watched the undefeated Tufts water polo team play their alumni game, and rode the Silver Line to South Station on its first day of operation.  And I hopped on an Amtrak train to head back down south before the snow started.  Pictures from my trip to Boston are below:

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Fireflies

Fireflies swarmed Parrish Beach tonight.  Pictures:

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Peppermint Creek

Pictures from a flyfishing expedition to Peppermint Creek, a tributary of the Kern River.

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