TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN VULNERABLE WITH ME

  To all those who have been vulnerable with me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your insights, raw emotions, and shared solidarity have had a huge impact on my… Continue reading

TREATED LIKE ROYALTY

  For this year’s Eid al-Adha, I was honored to be invited to an all-day gathering with some of my Kalunba men. Eid al-Adha, also called the “Feast of the Sacrifice,” is the… Continue reading

IT’S OFFICIAL

  Welp, it’s official – my tickets have been purchased and I will be leaving Budapest, Hungary, my home for the last two years, on September 30th, just two days after turning 25.… Continue reading

FOREIGNERS IN THEIR MIDST

  So much has changed since my last trip to Katerini in February. PERICHORESIS, the church-affiliated non-profit that I will be working with here, now has three separate programs all running simultaneously with… Continue reading

LAYING A FOUNDATION

  Upon my arrival in Greece (in 97 degree heat, no less) I was whisked away to settle into my “home” in Katerini for the next two weeks – a delightful little apartment… Continue reading

THEY HELD ME CLOSE

  A few days ago I said goodbye to my community at Kalunba for the next two weeks as I journey to Katerini, Greece for job training and so much more. As I said farewell… Continue reading

IN ORDER TO ACCLIMATE

  This Wednesday I will again travel to Katerini, Greece for a two week trip – but this time I don’t go merely as a volunteer, like I have the last two times.… Continue reading

YOUNG MEN OF MILITARY AGE

When I first moved to Hungary I was often asked by well-meaning friends and family if I felt safe. What they usually meant by this was “I’ve watched the news and all those… Continue reading

THE TENSION CONTINUES

This is part two of my blog post recapping the insane political changes that have occurred in Hungary since my arrival in the fall of 2015. There has been palpable tension ever since I… Continue reading

PALPABLE TENSION IN HUNGARY

There has been palpable tension ever since I moved to Budapest – in the way people interact with me, the media campaigns that aim to instill fear in the hearts of citizens in… Continue reading