Missing home, More fun places visited, Mejorarse en el idioma

Second post while studying abroad!

Well it’s no secret among my friends and host father Fernando that I miss home. Quite a bit, actually.

Just the other day I was having a really hard time being away from my friends and family-all the FaceTime, reminiscent music, and excursions couldn’t seem to quiet down the yearning I feel to be back in Oklahoma. Thankfully that doesn’t last forever; it apparently comes in swells.

I was told the same thing by everybody here and back home: enjoy it while you’re here. You only have a week left.

So I’ve been trying my best to adhere to their advice and¬†adventured around Madrid again, because apparently I had only scratched the surface last time…

A market in Madrid where the gente pija go to shop
A market in Madrid where the gente pija go to shop

This market is right next to Plaza Mayor and it’s so incredibly extra (like everything else in Spain, so I guess I’m not surprised)…

Pretty patties
Pretty patties

…all the food looked so amazing…


Plaza Mayor and yours truly
Plaza Mayor and yours truly

…I took this picture right after slowly pushing away a Charlie Chaplin who wanted money…

Where the royal couples go to get married
Where the royal couples go to get married

…and visited yet another cathedral, each more beautiful than the last…


Almudena Cathedral
Almudena Cathedral

…I liked this cathedral a lot in particular simply because it was so colorful! They had touched up the colors, so everything was very bright. Quite the contrast to the tragic, dark colors of Catholic suffering that I’ve witnessed so far…

The Royal Palace

…this building was enormous…

Fernando and me in front of the Royal gardens
Fernando and me in front of the Royal gardens

…he doesn’t like this photo very much, but I think it’s precious…

A gift from Egypt
A gift from Egypt

…that was closed ūüôĀ …

But hey I look cool
Full disclosure: I wasn’t looking at anything

…and there were so many wonderful sights to be had…


Ivan and me posing in front of another state of Don Quijote, Sancho, and Cervantes
Ivan and me posing in front of another state of Don Quijote, Sancho, and Cervantes

…finally not alone in photos anymore!

Taken on Gran Via, one of the most important streets in Madrid
Taken on Gran Via, one of the most important streets in Madrid

…and finally sunglasses…

Buds in front of the iconic image of Madrid
Buds in front of the iconic image of Madrid

…our feet were hurting so bad by this point…

I'll show myself out
All in all, it was a pretty laid back day

So that took my mind off of home for a while.

Maybe before I leave I’ll show another round of pictures of Alcal√°!

Y ahora es el tiempo que mostrar todas las palabras y frases que he aprendido!

Me dijo Fernando que “pijo” es la palabra que usar para hablar de alguien que no le gusta las cosas baratos en la vida y solo quiere vivir con elegancia. Tambi√©n el nombre Jacobo en espa√Īol tiene un significado parecido; pues supongo que yo era como as√≠! Me habl√≥ de los higos y brevas y la frase que habla de los dos. He aprendido que usar la frase “echar de menos” en lugar de “extra√Īar”.

Le hice re√≠rse cuando dije “ahorita” que se hizo muy obvio que yo no era espa√Īol, pero no me molestaba mucho porque prefiero el dialecto de M√©xico. Sin embargo, no voy a hablar solamente el espa√Īol de M√©xico, sino una mezcla de todas las frases y palabras que me gusta.

He aprendido muchas palabras √ļtiles de la casa como muebles y varias cosas.

Espero que la gramática se haya mejorado también!

Getting used to it, Orgullo Mundial, Barcelona yes please

The first half of this post is nothing but text, and the second half of this post is nothing but pictures (without any sort of transition in the middle).

So I knew that I’d have some trouble with culture shock. I figured that I would miss my country so much and that the change of customs would be overwhelming.

Partially correct? I think that culture shock is a bit of a misnomer (at least in my experience). It definitely isn’t that shocking like getting submerged into ice water. I expected much, much worse.

I have found that it is more of just a passive longing for my family and friends. It sits at the back of my mind and I’m constantly reminded of them. I see my sister in all of the hippy shirts with cool elephant prints and Hamsa hands; my parents in all of the mothers and fathers that keep their children close on the metro; my boyfriend in every couple that is making out in really any given public area. The gnawing sensation that I don’t fit in quite right with this group constantly reminds me of my friends back home.

Sitting on the train coming back from Barcelona this morning, however, I realized that I was already past the lowest point. I’m getting used to this much quicker than I anticipated.

I cope by listening to music (reminding me of all the times I shared with people listening to it) and using FaceTime and services like it to talk to the ones I love. It works wonders.

Really the thing that I anticipate struggling with most is trying to get along with this new group of people. It’s not that they aren’t right for me, but rather simply that they’re different and new to me. I’ll try my best not to fit in but rather be myself and gain acceptance.

Picture time!

Feliz orgullo! En el capital de Espa√Īa, Madrid
Capital of Madrid with Pride!
Capital of Madrid with Pride!

Celebramos orgullo en Madrid con muchísísimas personas. La población de la ciudad doble literalmente.

¬°Ahora puedo decir que he celebrado en otro continente! Uno m√°s cercano a mi meta.

Pero fuimos a Madrid m√°s que una vez:

El Parque del Retiro
El Parque del Retiro
Random pretty building
Random pretty building

Honestamente, todos los edificios aquí son bellos. No me puedo creer.

A week after Madrid, we went to Valencia!

By the Mediterranean Sea
Candid shot, I swear

And then we went to Barcelona…

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
View of Barcelona from Park Guell
View of Barcelona from Park Guell
La Casa de Picasso
La Casa de Picasso in Barcelona

It goes without saying that I’m pretty tired right now, but I had an amazing weekend filled with awesome sights with Rachel, Anthony and Amanda.

Spring Arabic Talent Show, End of the Semester, y Espa√Īa

I went to the Arabic Talent Show a few weeks ago to see my friend Cece perform again, and they were so beautiful. Cece even got a solo this time!

As always, I didn’t understand a lot of the humor until after the show because most of the student-made videos are entirely in Arabic. It frustrates me, but that’s mostly because it makes me want to learn the language that much more (I have this issue where I want to learn every single language: Chinese, Muskogee, French, Portuguese, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati and international sign language to name a few). Sadly, nobody performed music this time!

Food was amazing, but I feel like any food that I can get that’s even vaguely foreign is always amazing (that or food is just amazing).

Estoy tan aliviado que me he mudado del apartamento y que el semestre ha terminado. Fue bien duro, pero lograba porque tenía mi novio y mis amigas Cece y Lisa a mi lado.

No puedo esperar que irme a Espa√Īa, pero todav√≠a hay cosas que tengo hacer como comprar los billetes para volar. ¬°La cosa que me emociona m√°s es conocer a mi familia hu√©sped! Espero que me adoptan.

Hablaré más cuando el viaje empieza, pero por ahora tengo conformarme con el trabajo y ahorrar.

Hasta el 28 de junio, ¡adiós!

Iranian House Parties, Teaching Spanish and Peter

Last night I went to an amazing house party that was thrown by my boyfriend Peter’s extended family!

His mother’s side of the family is Iranian, so I got to experience what it was like! His Aunt Patty was celebrating her daughter’s graduation, and she went all out inviting family and friends of the family. It was so extravagant and fun.

For one, the house was beautiful and huge. Appetizers were literally everywhere, so it seemed almost like the main course. People of all ages were there, and everyone was either drinking Sadaf, which is this amazing cardamom tea, or wine.

However, the most impressive part was probably the DJ that she hired to play music in the living room which served as a dance floor! I think I had the most fun during this part of the night because I got to unwind and follow my boyfriend‚Äôs moves and those of his other aunt Juju (who is about the sweetest woman that I‚Äôve ever met). I had a lot of fun incorporating hand movements into the dance‚ÄĒone such move is to act like you‚Äôre unscrewing lightbulbs above your head with both hands. Peter‚Äôs favorite is to use what he likes to call ‚Äėgypsy hands‚Äô which is mostly smoothly rolling the fingers in a fluid motion above one‚Äôs waist. I was surrounded by about 15 people of all ages! Peter said that was his favorite part of Iranian culture: everyone dances. He also said that Iranian women don’t take their heels off to dance. It was true. Honestly, I was most impressed by the woman who jumped all five times during the Cha Cha Slide in her heels.

The music they played during the dances that had Farsi lyrics were mostly electronic which made it easy to dance to. Thankfully they included a lot of music with Spanish and even a few French songs.

His family was amazing and super accepting of me (at least on the surface level) even though Peter is the first in his family to come out as openly gay; however, I wasn’t particularly thrilled when Peter later told me that the hand motions that his uncle was making towards a girl on the dance floor meant that he was trying to set them up. There was only one instance in the night when I caught somebody disapprovingly looking at us, and that was one of the more conservative white families that were invited (we were just sitting together eating dinner… quite the scandal).

This post is basically going to be entirely related to my boyfriend, but he’s giving me a lot of good material to write about.

He’s letting me teach him Spanish! So far, he can give directions by reciting this rhyme:

Izquierda, derecha
Delante, detr√°s
Cerca, lejos
Y algo m√°s
Abajo, arriba
Enfrente, encima
Y ahora, muchachos, se acaba la rima.

He learns super quick! I’ve been teaching him the basic phrases that he needs to know, but I’ll get some grammar in there too. His pronunciation is really good (mine is awful when it comes to French, but he can do that as well) for a beginner.

As for me, I’m hoping that I can finish another Spanish book before going to Spain and reading/listening to as many articles and podcasts in Spanish as possible to get my ears used to it again. I’m going to read El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho since I’ve already read another one of his books, Once Minutos.

It’s not going to be easy getting back into Spanish after having a semester off!

The Unintended Consequences of Globalization, and Farewell to Jaci

These last few blog posts are all going to come around the same time (near the end of the semester, how surprising), so you can probably guess why.

I got to hear so much Portuguese!!
Luncheon with the Speaker

Anyway, I went to an international luncheon back in mid-April where the speaker was focused on an issue at hand: the role of globalization in the shanty towns of Brazil. Most of us can picture it from action and adventure movies: locals living in shacks built so close together they merge into complex structures, dirty slums and alleyways winding through the favela which can only be navigated by those raised there.


It’s unfortunate that these communities are so often overlooked by municipal governments. In fact, the speaker herself said that Brazilians frequently consider favelas as part of the landscape-something to look at but not to visit. How are they to raise standards of living if complacency dominates?

But here’s the issue: attention is being given to these regions by good people for the wrong reasons.
Let me preface this with saying that globalization is a wonderful phenomenon that is raising the standard of living for many, many deserving people around the world. It is not to say, however, that it doesn’t have its unintentional consequences.

The problem takes root in our culture: our worldview is shaped largely by what we see on television because we’re not all fortunate enough to go experience many diverse cultures firsthand. Instead, people travel via Hollywood which shows a particular worldview that happens to sell the best; that worldview tends to be one of the most romanticized and exaggerated.

What typically comes to mind

Hollywood’s view of Brazil is dominated by favelas which are embraced as a part of Brazilian culture since they’re showcased as the birthplace of most of Brazil’s popular culture. However, inhabitants of these regions are considered disposable and 2nd class citizens.


Mysterious fires break out destroying homes, source

Since the population is largely apathetic, the state tends to displace thousands of people for the purposes of hosting mega events like the Winter Olympics and World Cup.

Protesters in demonstration against FIFA 2014

If the outrage over this mistreatment isn’t vocalized by the native population, then we hold the responsibility as the global community to raise awareness about the inequality that persists in Brazil and pressure the state into addressing the topic.

However, the world’s focus isn’t on how to improve situation but rather to experience the inequality and return home. Poverty is more of a comfortable experience than the harsh reality of life. The speaker summarized the goal of tourists: explore favelas with the intention of getting to know the real Brazil (whatever that means) in order to better understand the culture.

And thus, the favela touring industry is born.

However, the timeline of events isn’t necessarily so straightforward. The necessity of favela tours and rising frequency of hosing mega events is more of a feedback loop with origins that as unclear as whether the chicken or the egg came first.

And now that the call to action is over, I want to address an equally depressing topic: Jaci‚Äôs leaving! ūüôĀ

I’m sure you can already tell by now, but we are all going to miss you so much! You were a friend to all of us, and personally I thought that you were incredibly understanding when I confessed that I was having trouble staying active in an international group due to my anxieties concerning school and social events.

You made the Global Engagement Program an even more inclusive and bright community, and we are indebted to your service. Wherever you go, you will make that organization brighter and better.

¡Muchísimas gracias por todo lo que haces, Jaci! Espero que superes todos de tus obstáculos futuros y que tengas mucho éxito.

P.S. Welcome to the family, Bushra!

Latin Dance Club, Stress, La Ciudad de Nueva York

Long time no post! Hey there again. I would like to apologize in advance for the formatting of this post, but there was little that I could do to make all of the pictures look very presentable. I’ll use this post as a learning opportunity to get some pointers on how to format nicely since I’ll have a lot when I study abroad this summer.

Latin Dance Club outdid themselves again this semester! I’m so glad to be a part of this group because the dancers are just so talented. Usually I would be intimidated by how good they are at dancing Salsa and Bachata, but they are just so amazing that I can’t help but admire their performance which is entirely improvised.
My boyfriend Peter and I learned the basic steps (Peter is a modern dancer so the style is different, but the new moves came naturally to him) at the beginning which were really simple. However, they were deceptively easy, because when it came to show time we had trouble switching between forward-backward and side-to-side motion.

Stress has been hitting hard this semester, so I had to withdraw from another course. Thankfully it won’t affect my future because the course that I withdrew from will not be required for the major that I am planning to switch to! I’ve been considering a career in mathematics because the research aspect of astrophysics was honestly killing me.

There is a funny consequence of changing majors right now which leaves just two classes until I complete a minor in physics and astronomy. Surprise, surprise, I will have three minors (including Spanish which I hope to finish over the summer). Kind of silly, I know.

View of Manhattan Island by the Brooklyn Bridge

¬°Todav√≠a no me he olvidado el idioma! Ha sido una prueba porque no tengo tantas personas con que puedo hablar, pero visitamos a la Gran Ciudad de Nueva York donde conoc√≠ a mucha gente hispanohablante! Cuando fuimos al pico de la Plaza de 30 Rock, habl√© con unas familias de Espa√Īa y Panam√°. Pensaba que hubiera mucha gente de la Rep√ļblica Dominicana y Puerto Rico, pero ¬°hab√≠a mucha gente de todos partes! A mi me encant√≥ la ciudad porque las personas no les importa nada lo que se hace en p√ļblico por los desconocidos. Sin embargo, ellos eran los m√°s enterados y amables a quien he conocido. Aqu√≠ est√°n algunas m√°s fotos para aburrirte:

Chrysler Building (estaba nevando cuando tome la foto)
Selfie because I am a Millennial
Van Gogh's Starry Night
Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Déjame decirte que me hizo BIEN deslumbrado cuando vi la obra de Van Gogh porque es muy famosa y la a mí me ENCANTA.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

The United Nations building was closed!

Trump Tower
Trump Tower

Lamentablemente la torre de Trump estaba abierto.

Political Activity

I’ve been rather politically active the past several weeks due to the onslaught of horrifying policies which have been passed under the Trump administration.

Reflecting back on the past couple of months, I realize that I must have had some small sliver of hope that our President would not have acted on his¬†word as most politicians tend to do. Sadly that is not the case. Trump is as active as ever, yet it doesn’t seem that every decision he makes is always well-informed. How much strategizing he makes on each action appears to be minimal.¬†He is consistent, however, when it comes to choosing policy makers with little to no experience.

Continuing this reflection, I realize that I was rather indifferent to politics. Until November, I didn’t check the news as much or really have much of an opinion at all. I was in a comfortable equilibrium like a rock balancing on a point. I fell neither to the left nor right, but this last election was that light breeze necessary to push me over.

I think that might have been the case for many other people as well, but the direction in which that breeze blew was not always the same way.

The US Capitol during the Women's March
The Capitol of Oklahoma during the Women’s March

I went to three demonstrations in the past two weeks starting with the women’s march on the Oklahoma state capitol.

It was absolutely incredible! I was never in a crowd that was so well-mannered and put together. It really reflects the civility that our communities share when in the face of their tactless behavior. We shall only stoop as low when it is necessary to do so. I know that our communities can play dirty for the greater good.

No human being is illegal.
No human being is illegal.
Large crowds despite the cold!
Large crowds despite the cold!

No estoy seguro de lo que quiero decir por las otras partes de este puesto. Es increíble que fingir que los demás tengan la capacidad de actuar con tanta xenofobia. No pienso que es posible entender sus pensamientos.

Quiz√°s yo sea tonto por sentir tanto orgullo, pero ¬°he le√≠do mi primera novela en espa√Īol! Requiso mucha paciencia, pero fue bien interesante. La historia es sobre una mujer que tiene que elegir entre una vida lleno de pecado y la que explora el mundo sagrado. Tiene que trabajar como prostituta en suiza porque iba a gastar todo de su dinero mientras iba de vacaciones.

Quiero a mi amiga Cece porque me dio la motivación necesaria para completar y superar mis desafíos.

No tengo una clase de espa√Īol este semestre, pero intento hacer planes para tomar cafe con mi profesora de espa√Īol y leer muchos libros en el espa√Īol.

Último día del semestre y estudiar al extranjero


¬°Finalmente! He terminado mis estudios por el semestre del oto√Īo 2016. Este fue un semestre muy duro, as√≠ espero que el pr√≥ximo ser√° mejor.

Tristemente no estar√© tomando clases de espa√Īol, as√≠ voy a practicar con mi amiga Cecilia porque no tiene clases tambi√©n. De hecho, no la ver√© por un mes y me hace sentir mal. Ella es de Misuri as√≠ no podemos vernos por las vacaciones porque estaremos ocupados en nuestras propias vidas.

Sin embargo, cuando llegue el próximo semestre, tomaré unas de mis clases avanzadas como Galaxies and Cosmology y Advanced Lab I. Temo ésas un poquito porque el laboratorio es una de las clases que a mi me disgusta la más.

Este puesto es muy negativo, así voy a hablar sobre el bueno:

img_13461Ayud√© a un profesor construir un telescope en la azotea de Nielsen! Es completamente funcional, y escanea el cielo para encontrar se√Īales de radio (un tipo de radiaci√≥n que emite el hidr√≥geno que nos da informaci√≥n sobre el origen de nuestro universo).

Trabajamos por casi 4 horas en el fri√≥, combatiendo contra el viento con los dedos de mano y pie enfriados para montar¬†la parab√≥lica en la base. Los estudiantes graduados fueron muy trabajadores aunque estuvimos cansados. Mi amiga Lisa, la persona a la derecha en esta foto, es muy trabajadora tambi√©n. Siempre hacemos nuestra tarea juntos porque tenemos tres clases en com√ļn. Cada semestre hay una persona que me apoya enteramente, y ella es esa persona. Gracias, Lisa.





Claro han oído de lo que está pasando en Siria (ha estado pasando por un rato Рdesde 2011).

Aleppo, la ciudad que ha estado situado en el medio de la lucha, es en ruinas. Para darnos perspectivo, veamos a las fotos de antes de la guerra brutal y después de ella. No sé la solución al problema, pero doy confianza a las personas que están tratando de mejorar la situación.  Es difícil que tener una opinion fuerte sobre este tema porque me siento como no tengo suficiente información y todos los recursos de información tienen preferencias sobre el tema. A mi me gusta Kurzgesagt que explica lo que ha estado pasando con la crisis de refugios.

Aquí empieza mi opinión que es sujeto a cambios:

Inmediatamente a mi me parece idealista que abrir las fronteras enteramente a los inmigrantes, pero yo se que eso no es lo que quieren decir Рeso es la interpretación de los conservadores. Controlan el mundo con el miedo que es bien efectivo.

Why is it that international relations are so weak that we can’t seem to come up with a good deal to afford a reasonable amount of immigrants to each country? It is the duty of every sovereign state in the world to contribute to the international community to support those who fall, but we are still stuck in the imperialist mindset with our eyes on the goal of resources and seeing opportunity at the expense of another entity.

That is not how we are going to tackle every future problem, right? Climate change talks are seriously being seriously considered by China now, and now the EPA’s president will be a climate change denier (see last post). The conservatives in our country are doing a good job of spreading fear because it has spread from one party to another.

These failures in international relations are a result of the indecision of our own national relations. The changing societal mindset towards decisive issues has become too divisive; it is apparently in issues that have little to no long-term effects.

Remember the black/blue/white/gold dress from a long time back? People were legitimately becoming enraged over somebody disagreeing with their perspective. Those colors of the dress WERE their reality. This is analogous, in my opinion, to religion. One’s beliefs shapes their reality, so they aren’t lying.¬†We must learn to accept that others have differing beliefs and entertain those ideas without necessarily accepting it for oneself.

I don’t normally get so heated about issues like these because I like to withhold my opinion, but it is so aggravating to see people quarrel.

On that note, have a great winter break!


Our President-elect and Not Hating the Opposition

History is constantly being made just as consistently as time moves on. What will we leave for future generations to look back on, and in what circumstances will we leave them in?

So far, Trump has not been the harbinger of death for our country. He did do something that is quite remarkable, though: He’s appointed Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, to head the EPA.¬†

Thanks. A proud product of Oklahoma.

Like many of you (hopefully) did, I cast my vote during the presidential election – I felt the same tension as many of you felt that Tuesday night as state after state revealed the true current nature of the United States. I went to bed that night before anything official was called and felt a pressure on my chest which is a sensation similar to that of an asthma attack.

The next morning came, and the world kept on turning. Just as it did, we should keep our motivation to make a difference: Vihart, one of my favorite mathematical vloggers, reminds us that making a difference requires more than just one vote; it requires a small and habitual effort which builds to relentless proportions.

Let’s keep in mind what our goals are and remember that it is going to take more than a vote to achieve the future that we want.

“We do not doubt the sincerity of the beliefs of our fellow attorneys general about climate change and the role human activity plays in it. But we call upon them to press those beliefs through debate, not through governmental intimidation of those who disagree with them.”

This is taken from an Op-Ed piece of¬†Scott Pruitt’s in collaboration with Luther Strange, the attorney general of Alabama.

Long aside: Do not, for the love of all that is good, rope people into groups based on the limited knowledge that you know about them. This goes to you, dear reader, to me, my parents, my sister, your sister, your parents, your friends, my fourth grade teacher (love you Mrs. Shipley), EVERYONE. If there is one thing that I have feared more than anything in my life is that I will collapsed down into one aspect of my identity as many people are daily.

Here’s an example:

My mother and I were chatting about something casually the other day, and she dropped this on me.

“I thought that you’d have¬†some opinion about this color scheme.”

This one instance doesn’t necessarily mean that she thinks I’m some flamer who goes bouncing around in a rainbow flag. However, I have been getting this more and more frequently and from people that I would have never expected.

This collapsing doesn’t apply solely to gender, sexual, racial, or generational identity. It applies to political affiliation especially.¬†

Believe it or not, but one of my close friends voted for Trump and I didn’t immediately drop them. I didn’t immediately consider them a bigot, either. Certainly it gave me a shock and I reevaluated what I thought that I knew about them to some extent, but they are still my good friend.

I feel like it isn’t that much to ask of someone to not immediately hate someone based on some aspect of their personality. As easy as it is for us to not dislike black people, can we say the same for older people? How about people from the countryside? How about rich people? How about religious people? So many of my friends are quick to judge, and I detest that. These people are exactly that. People. I feel as though I’m always playing defense and believing that good can exist in anyone from any walk of life.

Now that bit is over, Scott Pruitt can be said to be with 100% confidence that he is, in fact, a climate change denier. Have no doubt about that label. It sounds like an article from The Onion that a man such as him has been assigned to head the EPA.

I believe that it is our responsibility to encourage critical thinking in every situation. Don’t immediately agree with an opinion because that person is also a (insert party here). Don’t immediately disagree with an opinion because that person isn’t a (insert party here) like you. Question it. That includes my opinion that I just gave you.

Does this post hint at the fact that I don’t agree with everything my generation has thought of to be morally true? I hope it does.


Arabic Talent Show y México

img_13031Let me tell you that the end of this semester has been considerably better than the first 2/3 of it. Finals are looming, and Dead Week is turning out to be exactly what we didn’t want it to be: full of assignments and tests.

In this photo, my friend Megan found the most strikingly realistic Santa Claus that has never fool a child.


My incredibly talented friends img_13311from left to right: Nikita, Cecilia, Kayleigh, and Sapphire. Belly dancing is an art, and certainly one must put a lot of effort into perfecting the technique. My friends did exactly this; they worked so hard this semester to get the dance right, so they put on quite the show this past Friday at the talent show.

I attended the first belly dancing class in the beginning of the semester, and it was challenging because these hips don’t lie [but they certainly don’t talk very much]. By far, the greatest obstacle was gyrating the hips without bobbing the rest of the upper torso. In short, if somebody put their hands on your shoulders, they shouldn’t be able to feel you move whatsoever.

They’re capable of doing that from dawn till dusk all while including hair flips and winking seductively (looking at you Cecilia).


Cecilia, the dancer featured in the middle of each of these photos, is my close friend who I am going to Puebla, Mexico with this summer! We’re going to learn how to cook in the culinary class that OU in Puebla offers.

Este verano, vamos a conocer a su amiga quien vive all√° y disfrutar todo lo que ofrece la ciudad.

¬°Apenas no puedo contenerme!

Let it be known that I’m going to try my best to join Latin Dance Club this spring. Maybe if I put it in an official post then it will come true?