The Last Summer Update VI

August 15th, 2017


Weeks til Stanford: 5


Currently: my hostel Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador drinking a craft beer listening to good music


Places I’ve Been:

Bogota, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Cali, Colombia

San Cristianos, Colmbia

Popoyan, Colombia

Silvia, Colombia

Otavalo, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Mompiche, Ecuador

Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

Canoa, Ecuador


People (the highlights):

Sofien, Sven, Katrin, Andrew, Michelle, Yale boys, Graham, Dutch teachers, Kristina, Yewon, Beth, JR, Collin, Carolyn, Harlen, the cooking Israelis, Olli, and many more



Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood



Sanitago Caicedo (Moving Still and Come Coco)

Leon Ferrari

Antonio Caro

Esra Ersen (If You Could Speak Swedish and Testimony)

Jungho Oak


Songs I Like But Spotify Doesn’t Have

Menos mal que estan cuidandonos (Bellavista Social Club)

Que es arte? (A.K.A. – Guerra de guerrillas)

Neoliberalismo (Grupo Musical Pasajeros)

Se hace por amor (Naturalmente – Monteadentro)


Noteworthy Links & Articles

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?  yikes

Sunbathers Look On as Migrants Arrive at a Spanish Beach

Walden, a game

7 cities making polluted waterways into swimming hotspots

Instagram posts can reveal depression better than anything patients tell their doctors

The Problem With Rupi Kaur’s Poetry

Refugee children in Sweden are falling into coma-like states what the actual fuck world

No Complaints – Auburn Alphas


Really Good Things:

too many

too many amazing people

too many insightful walking tours

just everything gosh

every slow lovely glowing day I get to have here

okay but forreal:

chill bar nights in Bogota with an amazing crew

everything about Medellin holy cow

(salsa bars, clubs, bars with ball pits)

(Casa de la Memoria, Botero sculptures, botanical gardens)

(big grocery stores, drinking at the hostel, hanging out on hammocks)

meeting someone really freaking special

hiking alone and thinking about life

dancing sala alllll night and actually ya know doing it

sunsets and dinners with new friends

spontaneous day trips courtesy of Americans with cars

buying new jeans

chocolate milkshakes

vegetarian lasagna

getting my dope ass film developed

cooking all the time

people cooking for me or with me all the time

accidentally ending up somewhere amazing

taking in views alone

alllll the podcasts

meeting wonderful people on buses

hitchhiking (go me!!! finally worked up the courage!!!! it was amazing!!!)

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