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Blog Tag: South America

This is where I belong

                Eduardo's new Royal Enfield has given us the luxury to freely travel around Ecuador. Our long-term goal is to take the moto all the way to Machu

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An Update in Life

Time surely does fly. It is hard to believe that I have been living here in Cuenca for 5 months. In some ways I feel like I have been here for forever, in other aspects

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Surviving a Half Marathon After 3 Weeks of Training

Running a half marathon has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I would be lying if I said I actually had faith in myself to finish one. A couple of years ago

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Training for a 5K + 15K

In theory, I think training for a race sounds super fun. In reality, I think it is pretty exhausting and sometimes dull. I have trained for one 10K race before and felt such joy every

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The Glamour versus Reality of Living Abroad

Moving to another country – terrifying or a dream come true? Personally, moving abroad didn’t seem to be too stressful initially. To be fair, the preparatory work is a job in itself. I had an

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Moving Abroad – Taking a Leap & Embracing the Unknown

I spent the summer of 2015 in Cuenca, Ecuador working at a shelter for victims of domestic violence and taking Spanish classes. Little did I know that my first week in Ecuador would rattle everything

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Exploring Ecuadorian Popular Social Movements & Intersections of Nonviolent Tactics

This research explores how the tactics of nonviolence are used differently depending on their origin within a singular campaign or social movement in Ecuador.  In doing so, this writing analyzes the origin and reasoning behind

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The Internal Armed Conflict of Peru and the Legacy of Sexual Violence

How did Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission contribute to the persistence and normalization of sexual violence during peacetime? INTRODUCTORY REMARKS The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Comisión de la Verdad y Reconciliación, CVR) was created

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Exploring Identity in Nonviolent Movements: A Comparative Analysis of Colombia and South America

Most often culture and cultural differences are analyzed as sources of conflict, as opposed to a resource to be utilized in conflict resolution and reconciliation. Historically culture has been defined as a concrete set of

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