Monday, December 16, 2019

28 favorite moments

I am way behind on blogging favorite moments, considering that I'm now 30 and these are from the year I was 28. So these span basically the 2017-2018 academic year. I love this method of documenting what makes each year special. Here goes!

Seeing the sun rise over the Erg Chebbi dunes in Morocco

Seeing the sun rise from Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in the High Atlas (after surviving the hike to the top!)

Eating lobster rolls over several great bottles of wine with my dad, Austin, and Austin's parents in the North End after moving to Cambridge

Dancing to Despacito and playing endless rounds of Secret Hitler in Denver 

Exchanging phone numbers with my first new grad school friend

Drinking pumpkin beers in the sunshine on the party flotilla on a lake in New Hampshire 

When Mashrou' Leila played Shim El-Yasmine as their second encore and something in my heart cracked open

Biking around Cambridge in the fall, feeling like a real-life Harvard student, knowing I would see my parents later that day, and thinking that life would never get better than this 

Winning at the Seeport negotiation and then celebrating/commiserating at Grendel's afterwards

Visiting a CSA farm with my Food and Agriculture class after my first math test in ten years (a statistics midterm) 

Watching a campy movie our professor was in at our cohort retreat, yelling at the TV, and teasing him about it afterwards

Wandering the Golden Temple in Amritsar in the morning and at night, surrounded by believers chanting and cleaning

Drinking beers and dancing on the bus on the way to the Taj Mahal

That first glimpse of the Taj Mahal on the way to the bathroom

Taking photos with the surliest mall Santa ever at a mall in Kolkata on an adventure to rat park

Genevieve remembering us when we went to Bad Saint over Christmas

Playing mafia around the campfire while staying overnight in Wadi Rum during a field study course in Jordan

Getting invited to a private roundtable on the Syrian crisis and feeling like I had begun to find my place at HKS

Nailing the last speech in Arts of Communication

Eating fried chicken and playing drinking games in Seoul

Getting chased by a horse on a hike in Jeju Island

Making fun of Sleep No More with my college girlfriends

Landing an internship offer and knowing I had a new adventure ahead (plus feeling a ton of relief after a stressful process)

Lounging by the pool all day with Austin in the dry Palm Springs heat

Watching the sunset and reading ghost stories from our cabin in Joshua Tree

Flying down dark Bangladeshi country roads on my first motorcycle ride

Eating cow brain at a baby-naming ceremony in Rajshahi and offering up a silent homage to Anthony Bourdain

Running for cover when a downpour hit while wandering around a hilly tea plantation in Srimangal
Favorite moments of previous years blogged here

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