This and also in opposition to the men not cleaning up after themselves and cooking for themselves, my mom has stopped cooking food and if she does make something she deliberately makes it taste like crap. Hence, my brothers were surprised that the wonderful food smells where not candles, but real food made for the family to enjoy. In fact she even made dad a strawberry fresh cream cake that raised some eyebrows. I guess mom shed the Grinch who stole all the Paki food persona and decided to enjoy the holidays.
Luckily I did complete a big part of my midterm on the 4 hour ride to NYC while fighting motion sickness at the same time. We stayed at the Guest House off Park, which was a little awkward with its customer services, but worth the high-ceiling, vintage apartment right around the corner from the Empire State Building and Macy’s–plus not far of a walk from Time Square! So, here are the five BEST of the best memories of my NYC trip with ten youth!
One of the highlights of my trip down to El Salvador was linking with youth who were empowered by their communities to create self-sustainable methods of supporting themselves and/or their activism. I traveled around El Salvador as an adult adviser to the high-school Youth Delegation of the River Road Unitarian Universalists (which included fifteen youth and three adults). Almost every community we visited had cooperative style businesses and non-profits, hence, the youth in these communities also adopted this business/organizational style. Two of my favorite experiences in El Salvador where at youth driven initiatives that exemplify the different ways youth embrace independence and expression.