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Dean Rusk Pink orchids

From beneath the ground to the tops of trees, in every color of the rainbow, found on all continents except Antarctica, orchids are among the most diverse plant families, with around 30,000 species. I came to Europe to learn about a handful of these fascinating plants, each with unique characteristics…

Dean Rusk elevated train in Tokyo

Previously visiting a new country required a lot of planning; but thanks to the internet, things have gotten a lot easier and faster. You can quickly find reputable and cheap accommodation, taxis and places to sightsee. Traveling alone or without a guide has become the best option, as it is…

Dean Rusk Dresden, Germany

Friday, I arrived in Dresden bright and early, ready to check items off of my bucket list. I immediately took a historical tour of the Altstadt and learned about the history of the Frauenkirche, various buildings and monuments, seemingly random streets, the tales of knights and kings, and post-WWII reconstruction…

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When I wasn’t exploring Yogyakarta or returning domesticated parakeets to the wild (see last blog post) during my two months in Indonesia, I was working in the studio with my artist-mentor, Mella. The “studio” was an old, white, square-shaped building with a garden in the middle. It was built…

Dean Rusk Praying

Religion is very often, if not always, defined by your prophet, the one you and your fellow believers have ascertained to be embedded with the most divine essence. For Muslims, this is Mohammad; for Christians, this is Jesus Christ; and for Buddhist, this is Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha). And quite…

Dean Rusk tiananmen square

The beaded Mao tassel swung rhythmically from the rearview mirror as we came to a stop in the Beijing traffic. The air conditioning was too cold, but I savored the goosebumps. Even in the airport, it was obvious that Chinese people preferred the heat over the cost of comfort. The…

Dean Rusk Village of Hrisey in Iceland on a summer day

After three weeks of working alongside one another, the five artists living in Gamli Skóli (myself included) decided to host an exhibition. In the weeks prior, when we were not making art, we were busy befriending island locals and inviting them to our open house. I woke up on exhibition…

Dean Rusk Great Wall of China

With my backpack in my lap and the air conditioning angled just perfectly at my face, I enjoyed an hour long ride to the Great Wall. When we arrived, students clambered out of the bus into the wet air. It was one of those days where the humidity felt like…

Dean Rusk map of Indonesia

My first month living in Yogyakarta was busy and exciting. The first few weeks were especially hectic—so hectic that I barely had time to slow down enough to fully realize that I was living on my own on the other side of the world. This was good, however, because it…

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