by Arlyss Herzig My family warned me time and time again. Sophia, my nine-year-old host sister, is quite the Carnavalera—meaning she loves to play Carnaval. I knew this entailed getting each other soaked and spraying foam, but boy was I not prepared. This year on the Sunday of Carnaval, it […]

A Whole Bucket of Fun

By Kamil Krukowski When I first decided to pursue Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I had no idea what I was frankly getting myself into. I found several local dojos addresses posted online, and set out on foot to visit each of them. Their lack of websites and methods of contact served […]


By Arlyss Herzig I love french fries and chips and potato wedges and all things potato in general. Who doesn’t? But, we all have our limits. You’re probably thinking: “There’s no such thing as too many potatoes!” I, too, was once naive and full of potato-filled happiness, but then I […]

What a Tater​ Tot​ Me

By Cecilia Kennedy My host uncle strums away on his guitar as the rest of the family sings and claps along to the upbeat song “Chola Cuencana”, full of smiles and cheerful laughter. Each note escapes into the air and bursts into a mist of joyful energy, filling the room […]

A Memorable Musical Exchange

By Finnegan Hall With October drawing to a close and my third month in Cuenca, Ecuador rapidly approaching I recently took sometime to reflect on how my time in the High Sierras has impacted me as an individual and young adult. I could go into the various little changes that […]

The Value of Home

By Kamil Krukowski I sit in a rocking chair on the second floor balcony, gazing out across my neighborhood and the eucalyptus trees lining the river. The horizon roars with a majestic pink, slowly fading into a deep orange as the sun kisses goodbye. I strum away to the tune […]

A Sea of Nevers