Linnea Ashley on April 24th, 2006

The sand dunes in the namib desert look barren of anything but me-colored sand. But dwarfed by the expanse, there are actually tiny plants – succulents – desperately crafting delicate homes in the absence of water and in the loose spaces of intolerable heat.  Some manage to put down roots and flourish, others succumb to […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 20th, 2006

you’d think that since i speak english as my mother tongue…and since english is the national langague of zed…and since both countries have their histories nestled in with the queen’s…that language would be the last thing to confound me here. aside from the little things, like calling flip flops jandels and bathing suits togs, i […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 10th, 2006

A few months ago a friend and I got into a heated debate about religion. Actually it spiralled out of the realm of debate and into an argument. I told him he was being a leftist version of Pat Robertson – bestowing his grand wisdom on the masses. He countered that at some point the […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 8th, 2006

so the new tourist tag line to lure people to austrialia is…where the bloody hell are you?do i really need to write anything else?

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Linnea Ashley on April 8th, 2006

i love food. no surprise there. and i adore dim sum/yum char. the tiny dishes of food. the random flavors that assault the tongue. the giddiness at fresh tea steaming aromatically in front of me. and of course a crowd of friends smiling and talking about whatever comes to mind.make that an all you can […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 5th, 2006

the view from my window is limited. a newly erected building blocks most of my view. for the first frew months that meant i gazed at workers dangling percariously from ropes as they sanded down concrete or washed windows. now, i have to be careful when i dress to make sure that someone isn’t contemplating […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 4th, 2006

the weather is fickle here. it makes houston’s indesicion look like slow and deliberate thinking. while staring out the window in class today it felt like watching forced time lapse in a movie. like in notting hill where he walks down his street and the background goes from sunny to rainy to flowers in bloom […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 4th, 2006

i knew i’d been in class too long today when, immediately after sending my friend a text message, i thought “that question, ‘do you want to get something to eat or are you tired?’” wasn’t well written. today’s 8 hour educational excursion was on research proposal writing and we discussed good interview and survey writing […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 3rd, 2006

it is 10pm and i still haven’t finished the assignment due tomorrow. and it isn’t that i waited until the last minute to work on, i’ve actually broken my ritual “last minute start” and began this a few weeks back. only the urgecny didn’t hit…at least not the kind i’m used to.this urgency is more […]

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Linnea Ashley on April 1st, 2006

if you ask it it will come. and there it is…i asked for a fridge and a fridge arrived this afternoon. a simple request -hopeful and earnest – at the rotary club meeting and a kind soul came through. no more excues…i have to cook now…

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