Winter break updates from around the world

Our students cover a lot of ground during winter break. It’s a long enough period to accommodate internships, field work, and general globetrotting, but also not so long to make treating it as something of a vacation seem unreasonable. For many, it’s a nice respite from the hectic pace of the academic year, and a chance to catch up with family and friends. I asked a bunch of our students what they got up to over winter break, and got some typically eclectic responses:

Madison: I had the immense privilege of joining Professor Kim Wilson’s research team on the Financial Journeys of Refugees Project. We went to Medellín, Turbo, and Capurganá, Colombia to do ethnographic research on migration, and a gender analysis.

A Costa Rican slothClaire: I avoided the Boston winter and traveled to Miami, Costa Rica, and Arizona for vacation and to visit family. I ate delicious food in Miami, enjoyed sloth stalking and beach time in Costa Rica, and reread the Harry Potter series while in Arizona. Here is a picture of said sloth taken from the balcony of the place where I stayed in CR.

Vermont sunset


Wendy: I enjoyed many chilly walks and snowy sunsets in Vermont.


quiltsewing machine Sasha: I think my break was decidedly unexciting, but here goes: I spent two weeks at my parents’ house in rural Nova Scotia doing capstone research and sewing in front of the fire. I run a small business sewing bags and after the Christmas rush, it was nice to take a break and sew for fun. I started my first-ever quilt; now the challenge will be to find time during the semester to finish quilting it. The photos show the view from the sewing machine and the quilt in progress.

Galapagos iguana
Victoria: Over break my husband and I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for our honeymoon! We visited Quito, Mindo, Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela (both Galapagos) over Christmas and took lots of pictures of cute animals!

sleeping dog

Kevin: For winter break, I became a parent for the first time, adopting a one year old puppy, Amira! Amira is half Saluki and half Arabian Greyhound, born in the UAE. She loves to watch television and survey her queen-dom over Dubai, when not sunbathing of course!

Nick: It was a busy break for me, split between visiting friends and family in New York and Philadelphia, working in the Ginn library, and applying for new positions and projects for the upcoming semester. All three of my applications were accepted, so this month I’ll be starting the following positions/projects:

  1. Research Assistant for Russia, Rising Power Alliances Project (CIERP, Fletcher): conduct research on Russian defense strategy and foreign policy for a grant headed by Prof. Mihaela Papa examining alliances and coalitions among rising powers in global governance.
  2. Due Diligence Cocoa Law Project (Harvard Law & International Development Society): work with seven Harvard Law students to assist the NGO Mighty Earth in drafting a due diligence cocoa law covering environmental and human rights concerns for Congressman Elliot Engel (D-NY) to introduce in the House of Representatives.
  3. Work-Study Corps (Dance Complex, Cambridge): work as a volunteer receptionist in exchange for free dance lessons.

Carlo in the snow
Carlo: Hello from sunny Colombia! I am assuming that a lot of people will send pictures from beach,  so here’s a shot from the other half of my break, braving the snowfall in New Mexico’s high desert. Seems like there was more snow in the Southwest than Boston.

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