It’s been a while since I last wrote and I thought I would upload a quick message about how everything is going. The last month has been incredibly busy, but in September I will hopefully have time to expand on some of the topics discussed below. Grad School: Most importantly, I’m almost finished with my … Continue reading Updates


Bernie in Brighton

This year I was fortunate enough to see Bernie Sanders speak in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. He was visiting the UK to promote his new book, "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In." I was very inspired by his 2016 presidential campaign, and thus was honored to hear him speak in England. Topics included … Continue reading Bernie in Brighton

Shakespeare’s Globe: Summer of Love

During May/June I saw two shows at the Globe in London: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. These were both part of the Globe's seasonal programme: Summer of Love. Twelfth night has been produced by a number of different big theatres this year. For example, the National Theatre's production earlier this year was very highly … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Globe: Summer of Love

Weekend in Paris

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection." I am reminded of Anaïs Nin's words whenever I write. It brings me great joy to travel, study and volunteer. By recounting these experiences on this blog I re-live these moments, and am left with consolidated memories that become more precious with time. I am particularly grateful … Continue reading Weekend in Paris


When you think "British playwright," or even just "playwright" who first comes to mind? If we were to conduct a survey family-feud style, undoubtably "Shakesepeare" would be one of the most popular answers. And while there are many places commemorating his life and work, I would argue that none are more popular/known than Stratford-upon-Avon. A small(ish) … Continue reading Stratford-upon-Avon


After spending the last two years in Northern/Central Europe (England and the Netherlands), I've had a pretty severe Vitamin D deficiency. Luckily, I was recently invited to spend four days in Portugal, traveling around Lisbon and Cascais with my great aunt. We had a great time exploring both cities. From eating pastel de nata (Portugese … Continue reading Portugal

Training Programme: Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation

  Beyond all work directly related to my thesis, I have been getting my feet wet in a number of other departmental projects. For instance, I recently volunteered at a week-long training program entitled "Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation." This program, put on by the ICCS (Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security), "focused on the role of mediation … Continue reading Training Programme: Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation

Weekend in Birmingham

This weekend was my first uninterrupted, plan-less one in Birmingham. It's always a bit alarming to have a free weekend in a new city, and it requires a great deal of independence and planning. However, I was determined to take advantage and not spend the whole time writing my dissertation and binging on (more) Terrace House. So I took … Continue reading Weekend in Birmingham