Back in the Big Apple

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Every time I move somewhere, I think it's going to be easier.

I'm under that illusion that moving across the country is the least of my difficulties, now that I've moved halfway around the world and can say that I have some major life experiences under my belt. But then it's 6am and we've just landed, I've left some part of my luggage at home, and I haven't eaten since nearly twelve hours ago. And that's just when I have to start unpacking the room.

I get a little crazy around move-in, it's true, but the other side of it is that it's really fantastic to be back in a place that is completely mine. I have a room where I can express all my little wants and desires of personality, where people are supportive and creative and smart, and where regardless of how crazy I get on one day, there will always be another one that is jampacked and ready for the energy I am going to bring to it.

But before I get into a litany of speeches about how I love being back in NYC, I should say that the busy nature of this week is going to make blogging spotty. But fear not! More pictures and more short posts are on their way. For now, I will let you savor.

Peacock Metal

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Leonardo Da Vinci on Bodies

Saturday, August 25, 2012

"The boundaries of bodies are the least of all things." 
- Leonardo da Vinci

PuranDhaka (Old Dhaka in Bangladesh)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Armenian Church 1

Boro Katra

Lalbagh Fort (Mughal Empire)

Buriganga 1 (river)

Signs (in Bangladesh)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Animals (in Bangladesh)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Best Laid Plans...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Here's another thing I need to add to my 'notorious-for' list: hatching ridiculous plans and following through on them, but failing to follow through on completely reasonable ones.

I returned to the United States this week fully intending to put up all my photo documentation of my Bangladesh trip, but you know what happened instead? Sleep. Just sleep. No energy blackhole sleep. And so, I'm giving myself the week off and posting those photos next week when I'm less jet-lagged and culture-shocked. Don't miss it!

Visual: Sleepy Cow

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This sleepy-looking cow sums up all my feelings about traveling.

Mr. Saleq on Destiny and Fear

Saturday, August 11, 2012

"'What else can I do? I am sitting under the sword of Damocles. So I have to be cautious. I don't sleep at home at night. But I believe in destiny. I can never die before my death.'"
- pg. 120, Of Blood and Fire, Jahanara Imam quoting Mr. Saleq

Heading Home!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tomorrow, I will be embarking on my journey home to the United States. As such, there will be a hold on new written posts until a week from now (as I recover from jetlag and all the residual sadness of leaving. However! You can enjoy a series of photo posts from my trip for the next week, starting on Sunday. Tomorrow a quote, then a picture, then all the pictures of scenes I'll miss/I found interesting while living in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the last three months. Enjoy!

Best Learned Lessons from Being Abroad

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I talked a bit about appreciating my American identity while being abroad, but now that we are down to the very last wire, I wanted to share some of the other lessons that I've taken away from this trip. Here it goes:

Honey, I've Shrunk Myself! - Body Changes and Self-Image

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I'm usually a body positivity cheerleader. I subscribe very heavily to the health at every size movement and the idea that one should eat what makes them feel good. However, being in Bangladesh has really shaken me up.

Simply put, I've lost a lot of weight here, and not because I'm not eating well. In fact, more than ever I'm subscribing to the "eat what you want, when you want, and how you want" ideas that I generally espouse (and it's obviously easier because I'm not the one doing the cooking - thanks, Amma!). But adjusting to my these body changes and having people around me comment on those changes has made me feel very strange.

Visual: Funny Sign

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Toni Cade on Speed and Movement

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Not all speed is movement.
- Toni Cade, "On the Issue of Roles," The Black Woman

Summer Reading: 5 Things to Read Before Summer Ends

Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo credit: Heather Hoppe
This summer, I've listed my five favorite Poe pieces, but you didn't think that was the only thing I was reading, did you? Here is, in no particular order, a smattering of my favorites from reading this summer.

Research Update: Layers of Analysis

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I'm coming up on the end of my stay here in Bangladesh, and I must admit that it's been a very up and down ride. High points (like learning Bengali, spending time with family, seeing amazing locales, shopping, learning a lot) and low points (like getting your arm partially eaten by a cockroach - literally the worst). But one thing that has been consistent throughout is the work I've been doing, not only on my own projects, but on my larger goal of researching perceptions of madness/mental illness.