Monthly Archives: October 2010

We’re not in Kansas anymore

As I stood at the front of the class attempting to remember the Kriolu word for duck and filter my way through the chaos, I hear “quack, quack, quack” coming from the front row. For the remainder of the period, … Continue reading

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The Receiving End

I always thought life was about giving — about contribution, about an unselfish commitment to others. If you asked me six months ago, I would have said that I believed in giving, wholeheartedly. Now, I’m not so sure that giving … Continue reading

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Only in Cape Verde…

[Just a few of my favorite Cape Verdean quirks] 1. Can you buy one hamburger bun 2. Can you wear jellies and look cool 3. The customer is never right 4. Can you arrive two hours late and be on … Continue reading

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Hark the Sound

Imagine you are applying to a Cape Verdean university — You begin the process with an entrance exam. If you fail the exam, you are still admitted to the university. This does not mean you are ready or prepared for … Continue reading

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Who Will Dance On The Floor In The Round

When I see America from a Cape Verde perspective I am overwhelmed with images of Eminem, Jay-Z and Ralph Lauren. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, right? Although I know a different America, we give off a stench comprised of … Continue reading

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