Courtney shares the time she spent in Morocco… which went completely wrong! Reading this, I was so surprised to see how different experiences can be in less-developed countries. I remember how it felt to be so vulnerable to everything there and although that may heighten the sensations that you experience, it can also be completely terrifying to be at others’ whims: in cultures so different from any form of the western ones that I’m used to, it’s hard to do the simplest things without guidance.
Some hopeful insight on whether you can travel even with crippling student loans (hear, hear!) from Jessie. Personally, I have quite a bit of debt, but I’ve been able to use that 6 month grace period after to spend my money however I like! It’ll get a bit interesting when I have to start paying it off though, so we’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed.
This hilarious video of catcallers accidentally (more like set up) to catcall their own mothers. Which means that they’re such certified catcallers on the streets that they were able to bank on the fact they would catcall their disguised mothers.
One of those collection of illustrations that depicts modern things that we take for granted now. Apparently, modern life is crazy now. These kind of remind me of the illustrations done in the early 19th century back when the industrial revolution was taking place.
Congratulations, bloggers. Science says journaling is good for you! But we all knew that, which is why we’re all mentally healthy people
On how stillness is the key to happiness. Don’t believe it? Take it from a guy who became a buddhist monk after completing his PhD.
A few authors team up to answer the question: Is being a writer a job or a calling?
An interesting article on how privilege in the US is becoming increasingly heritable; the new aristocracy, if you will. Here’s the opening paragraph:
When the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination line up on stage for their first debate in August, there may be three contenders whose fathers also ran for president. Whoever wins may face the wife of a former president next year. It is odd that a country founded on the principle of hostility to inherited status should be so tolerant of dynasties.
What I did…
I saw Russell Peters, bitches! He was funny, as always. However—and I’m not sure if this is just because I wasn’t cognizant of this before, but I thought the ratio of laughing at the audience members to actual bit was skewed. He did way more of the former rather than the latter and I remember thinking When is his actual show supposed to start? during the middle of his stand-up. For those of you who have never seen any of his shows, they’re on Netflix (in the US) and they’re about race, done in a way where it’s like an inside joke with the audience members.
I completed and submitted the TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) application, which would allow me to return to France for yet another year, but be paid while I’m at it. Although this isn’t necessarily the top of my list of what I want to be doing next year, I couldn’t resist tempting myself with the possibility of heading overseas again. Also, I keep changing my mind so I guess knowing that I might have the option of doing that would be great.
Went to a pre-screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service. While we’re talking about shows and events, I also went to see Bill Bryson‘s talk at the Long Center in Austin. Man, I’m on a roll!
Also, I finished this snazzy new resume of mine. At first, it was going to be horizontal, but I was advised to not be that creative and to just make it classy. I do tend to err on the side of risky rather than sensible/classy so I took their advice.