Browsing: Dean Rusk

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…

Dean Rusk cake of Chinese Puer tea on table

A few weeks ago, I visited Jonah and Coomi of Bitterleaf Tea at their Kunming studio. Bitterleaf is known for beautiful teaware and beautiful photographs of said teaware, thanks to Coomi’s pro photography skills, but they also have been sourcing and pressing high-quality puer since they opened business three years…

Dean Rusk island of Hrisey in Iceland

In a jet-lagged haze, I travelled northward to an island off the coast of another island. After taking a plane, a bus, a van, another plane, a taxi, a bus, and a ferry, I finally arrived in Hrisey, Iceland, the ‘Second largest island in Iceland’ (approx. 3 sq mi). In…

Dean Rusk illustration of Dusseldorf skyline

Upon entering my senior year at Davidson College, I will have completed a full year of research under Dr. Nicole Snyder toward our investigations into new treatments for drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. After a summer and two semesters of conducting this research in Dr. Snyder’s lab, I now have the…

Dean Rusk Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

“Greetings from the other side of the planet.” This is how I begin all of the postcards that I have sent from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I am writing this blog post from a coffee shop 10,000 miles away from both my home in Atlanta and my home-away-from-home in Davidson. It took…

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