Dispatches from Abroad

We Are Knitters: Five Months at an International Knitting Company

Twelve months ago I flew 3,397 miles away from Boston, arriving at my final destination of Madrid nervous, jet lagged, and excited for the year I had ahead of me. I spent the first seven months studying in a Spanish university, and the next five cooping for a start-up called We Are Knitters.

Healthcare in the Himalayas

Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains is no easy task. Upon arriving at Kathmandu airport in the middle of the night, a staff member from Himalayan Healthcare ushered me into a car, temporarily relieving me of my large duffle-bag and trekking pack that contained the clothes and supplies I would have with me during the next month in the mountains where I would live in a tent without running water.

Pediatric Neurosurgery within the Vibrant City of Cape Town

I couldn’t have been more relieved to finally walk into my Cape Town apartment. After travelling for more than 24 hours, missing one of my flights, and having to settle a miscommunication with my driver whom I could barely understand, I was more than exhausted; not to mention in desperate need of a shower and food that wasn’t made on an airplane.

Spreading Roots at Dandelion School

My flight from Chicago arrived in Beijing International Airport on January 11, 2015 as the sun was starting to set. By the time I arrived at the school in the urban-rural fringe zone in Daxing District it was already dark.

Beyond the Language Barrier

It was in that moment that I realized that despite the different languages we spoke and the short amount of time spent together, we were still able to make meaningful relationships.

Lily Tiarks

I would estimate that I unpacked my suitcase in 17 different Spanish cities, and many of the places we visited run together in my memories.

Healing in Northern Ireland

This plaque listed the church’s sons and daughters who had perished fighting for a united Ireland. However, what to me stood out most was a single name: my own.