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Victoria Fram

2006-2007

blogs by Victoria Fram

Africa-May 2007

Tuesday, 1 May 2007 It is Labor Day here in Uganda. Apparently it would be disrespectful to government orders if we did more interviews today, so we’re not. Instead I can do the data entry from yesterday’s work, which is clearly going to be the time consuming part of this project. Yesterday was a great,

Africa-April 2007

Monday, 9 April 2007 It’s been a great couple days catching up with Jared here in Cairo. Similar to how I felt when I saw Julia when she arrived in The Hague, in addition to sharing time as friends it is so validating to be able to share experiences of the year thus far with

Morocco, March-April 2007

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 Looking out on the red Moroccan desert landscape, on a train taking me south from Casablanca to Marrakech. I’ve experienced far more train travel this year than ever before in my life; several long and adventurous rides in China, many shorter and efficient trips in Europe, and now here, as part

The Hague-February 21-26, 2007

Wednesday, 21 February 2007 This has been a busy social week already, with an evening event last night with interns and staff from the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, one of the UN’s ad-hoc tribunals in The Hague) at the oldest bar in The Hague, and a party tonight at a friend’s

The Hague February 1-13, 2007

Thursday, 1 February 2007 A new month. I’m ready for a fresh start. Though I don’t like to develop cynical attitudes, especially not toward anything just at face value, January’s been a bad month for the past few years. It brought serious health concerns to a best friend, death to my grandfather, and this year,

The Hague, January 1-30, 2007

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 I spiraled into a minor anxiety attack at work today based on a combination of things, which are a bit clearer now after distilling my feelings at the gym tonight. I’m trying to find my way through a research project and my current lack of focus is caused by a distracting

China to Paris-December 21-27, 2006

Thursday, 21 December 2006 I am finally on a plane from Beijing to Paris, after a day full of travel fiascos and emotional goodbyes. Students came to my room starting after dinner last night, to say goodbye, ask me again why I had to go and what time I would leave in the morning, when

China-December 16-18, 2006

Saturday, 16 December It’s dark these days at 4:30 and the daylight hours will only get shorter when I get to the Netherlands. Yikes. Last night I spent the night at Xie Cai Xia’s house, something I’m glad we finally had a chance to do. We left school and met her mom at a small

China December 8-14, 2006

Friday, 8 December 2006 I arrived in Shanghai this evening, and after taking the bus from the airport and getting off at People’s Square, I was immediately hit by what a different side of China Shanghai offers. Within the first thirty seconds of getting off the bus, I walked past the Shanghai Museum, which was

China, November 26-December 7, 2006

Sunday, 26 November 2006 This weekend was good, getting back to Yantai and what has really started to feel like my home after nearly two months here. I spend a lot of time walking around the city, reflecting on how very familiar many parts of it are to me. My concept of this year was

China, November 19-24, 2006

Sunday, 19 November 2006 Yesterday I walked all day long, through hutongs, the remaining old courtyard houses and alleys that have barely hung on through the constant demolition to make way for the building of skyscrapers. The city feels so much newer than when I was here in 2000, and which wasn’t long ago, though

China-November 7-11, 2006

Tuesday, 7 November 2006 It’s quiet now in the late evening. Today was sunny and much warmer, enabling me to do laundry (which is quite a process, since I just have water, soap, and a plastic basin), which I really needed to do. Classes went well, the kids knew much more about professions than I

China-October 29-November 6, 2006

Sunday, 29 October 2006 Last night was a fun Halloween celebration, and then I woke up early to get ready and get the bus downtown to San Zhan (three station), and then went on a “wild goose chase” of trying to figure out how and where to transfer buses to get the non-local bus out

China, October 22-28, 2006

Early evening at 6:20 pm, it feels like the end of the day even though its not. It’s pitch black outside with howling wind, and has been raining off and on since morning. I had a lazy morning this morning, which was good after the long day yesterday, and finished book #3 on my list

China, October 10-21, 2006

Tuesday, 17 Oct 2006 This weekend I went with some of the other teachers to Nanshan, a town about an hour-plus inland from here to see another teacher at his school for his birthday. The bus ride was through miles of Shandong province apple orchards on Saturday afternoon. Sadly though, even getting out into more

Boston 09-12 to 09-26, 2006

Tuesday, 12 September 2006 It’s been awhile since I wrote, again. It’s hard with the office all to myself to feel like I’m being as productive as I should be, without the other two Fellows to bounce ideas off of about getting ready to go. I am definitely feeling my departure becoming more imminent though,

Boston 08-16 to 09-05, 2006

Wednesday, 16 August 2006 This past weekend was nice and busy with lots of Massachusetts experiences: dinner with visitors for the night downtown, a beautiful day trip North to Good Harbor beach with friends, and a fun trip South to have dinner with cousins and my grandmother in Scituate. I’m liking living in Boston more

The Hague-January 16-30, 2006

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 I spiraled into a minor anxiety attack at work today based on a combination of things, which are a bit clearer now after distilling my feelings at the gym tonight. I’m trying to find my way through a research project and my current lack of focus is caused by a distracting

The Hague-January 16-23, 2007

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 I spiraled into a minor anxiety attack at work today based on a combination of things, which are a bit clearer now after distilling my feelings at the gym tonight. I’m trying to find my way through a research project and my current lack of focus is caused by a distracting

Europe-Brussels, The Hague December 30 to January 14, 2006

Saturday, 30 December 2006 Day 179 Since I last wrote in my journal, I continued on the tourist-travel part of the journey to my next placement. I went to Bruges, back to Brussels, and then got on a train from Brussels to Amsterdam to arrive where I am now, on the penultimate day of the

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