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19th-May-2007 09:11 pm(no subject)
It's been a slow Saturday.

lyrics to a favorite song of mineCollapse )
9th-May-2007 10:07 am(no subject)

From the greek word nostos, meaning homeward journey, and the suffix -algia which means pain or painful condition.

This morning I was in this quiet spot on campus I haven't been since last autumn. Rarely do I feel the -algia part as much as I did then.

I have learned a lot from classics class.
2nd-May-2007 12:46 am(no subject)
Today was a happy day for no particular reason.
24th-Apr-2007 01:08 am(no subject)
I fell in love with the library yesterday.

I wandered in and couldn't leave. The folded paper crane among the books, the girl I talked to for hours, the maps, the books, piles of homework...

maybe we will have a happy life together, the library and I.
25th-Mar-2007 10:11 pm(no subject)
Africa was unbelievable.

I can't write about it; it's too overwhelming.
but here it goes...

There were a lot of things I didn't expect. I didn't expect everyone to be so poor, I didn't expect actual straw huts, I didn't expect all of the trash and dirt and poverty. I didn't expect goats roaming the streets, or mothers trying to give away their children to us.

The Senegalese stared at us, winked at me, waved, attempted to mug us, harassed us, talked to us, made friends, gave me gifts, hugged us, proposed to some girls.
We went hungry, we got dirty, there were no bathrooms, the bus broke down.

My favorite moments were going to the poorest and most remote villages. One was on the beach. The children from the village ran up to us and wanted to play. They loved having their picture taken and being video taped. I will post it sometime soon.
Young children there don't speak English. So if you see the video, it will be French with Arabic greetings. I loved speaking Wolof with them. I know basic phrases, and with kids, that is enough to have a connection.

I loved watching their lives. They are living too.
But. You can't help but wish for a better life for them.

The vendors in the markets are desperate for your money. They will do anything to sell you a craft or souvenir. Anything.

Lots of crazy stuff happened. I want to write about it later because I am tired now.
13th-Mar-2007 10:44 pm(no subject)

My favorite music video in the world.

blahblahblah, my life is unbelievable...
unbelievably bad.
6th-Mar-2007 10:16 am(no subject)
I met you...Collapse )

I am excited about the upcoming weeks. I have high hopes for Spring. Yesterday I wrote in my journal that I imagine long walks again, sunshine, and new life.
I sensed it in a moment!

Not only that, but I need it to be spring, soon. I need hope and warm weather and feeling that way I do in the spring.

10 days until I leave for Africa.

There are butterflies in my stomach and happiness in my heart, although not from Africa. Either I have a mild illness or this is something I've felt before...
16th-Feb-2007 03:31 pm(no subject)
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional."

Those are my words to live by.
Me duele el corazón porque no puedo comprender que ha pasó.
13th-Dec-2006 11:18 pm(no subject)
Brian: "Chelsea, seriously."

Is all I needed. I freak out way too much.
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