Top 5 Things I Miss About Peace Corps

Few bonds are as great as those between fellow Peace Corps Volunteers. Image courtesy of Samantha Marangell.  People often ask if I would do Peace Corps service again. What they really…

Visiting Beijing

I arrived in Beijing two days after the earthquake and the tsunami hit Japan in March 2011. Asia was in a state of alert: anything – at any time —…

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The Sexiness of Multilingualism

It is an indisputable fact that multilingualism gets my juices flowing. Forgive the naughtiness, but one of the ultimate pleasures of travel is upping the chances that I’ll run into…

Using the Wrong Accent

As I try to develop a new accent for an upcoming theater performance, I find myself in all sorts of philosophical conversations with myself about the connotation of an accent,…

Bars Abroad

The room is dim and smoky, and a waitress weaves through the packed tables with bottles and glasses balanced precariously on a tray. Music is playing – it could be…

A Multilingual Easter

The first Easter I celebrated away from my family was during my undergraduate years at McGill. Lent and its culmination, Holy Week, had always been important features of my faith,…