The Lioness

Shenda is a real Dominicana, as lush with life as her country. She can sing and drive, dance and work, laugh and fight at the same time Her laughter is her roar: when she throws back her head, the zest for life sparks from her eyes and the deep joy erupts in sound, and everyone with the tiniest sense of power …

The Queen of São Paulo

On the fourth floor of an apartment building, unrecognized by most, sits an old lady, watching and judging what is going on below.  But not today. Today, she could be another lost soul in São Paulo, this 12 million people monster, forgetting her name, her life, her family. It is her daughter who saves her. The daughter that will pat her …

3. Connection: How I got to Chile

Sometimes, if you are really lucky, you go visit the friends of your friends – and the friend you have in common is also there! Iris and I have known each other for a long time. She is the kind friend you really want around while studying because she is REALLY organized. She got excited about the schedule for a …

The second Connection

I had come to Venice to study abroad for one semester. We had been told that we would all have roommates but after one week of had passed I found myself sitting in my room getting my hopes up – maybe I was the lucky one on campus getting privacy and her very own bathroom? I had just changed into …

Mental Souvenirs

Wow! I have been incredibly lucky with my first stop, Boston, and my first two and a half hosts, Cait, Jeremy and their beautiful dog, Baylee. First, I have to admit: I would not have picked Boston as a destination, especially not at this time of the year – it was just never a city I was particularly curious about. …

The First Connection

  One of the first people that immediately popped into my mind when I was planning this project (you know, social network traveling) is a good friend of mine whom I met in journalism school in Germany. She was the girl with the tough economic questions and the energy to kick, well, basically anybody’s ass with a smile. I was the girl …

Bangladesh Impressions

(to see the information, flip the pitures) They come from the countryside to work for a few weeks and make some money for their families back home. They rent it, often on a daily basis, because they never make enough money to buy one for themselves. The paintings on the Rickshaw often depict famous movies and actors, they are produced …