Writing was always a dream career of sorts, but I focused on finding a job that would let me learn more about China. I found one. Then I got thrown in the back of a police car and kicked out of the country. In June 2008, as Beijing made its last-stitch efforts to prepare for the Olympics, the laws changed. My work permit was — suddenly — no longer valid. I had to purchase an “exit visa” just to leave. Now that I am out, it’s time to write. While freelancing as a writing consultant in New York for half the time and volunteering as a (re)construction worker at a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Haifa the other half, almost a year has gone by. Now I am in the Republic of Colombia, and it definitely warrants at least a summer of study and exploration. There will be many more words on the Southern state of Narino, which has more biodiversity than the Amazon, but no one knows just how much since guerrilla fighting has kept researchers at bay. More writing to come.
School: Barnard College
Abroad Program: International Honors Program (IHP)
Where I've Lived Abroad: Xi'an, China - Niamey, Niger - Haifa, Israel - Beijing, China - Bangalore, India - Auckland, New Zealand
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