The Grant, the Project, the Plan

Keeping a blog isn't my usual style, but when people as generous and kind as the Circumnavigator's Foundation ask you to blog, you do it! The Circumnavigator's Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Circumnavigator's Club, which is comprised of people who have done a full lap around the world during their travels. Each year the foundation gives grants to undergraduate students to conduct an around-the-world research project...

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Statelessness in Latvia

Learning about Latvian history necessitates learning about the string of kingdoms and countries that occupied or fought proxy battles on Latvian soil over the past several centuries. Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Russia and the USSR all took their turn in the Baltics. It is the most recent occupation, by the USSR from 1941 to 1991,... Continue Reading →

Berlin: The Most Hipster City?

Berlin is one of the coolest cities I’ve ever visited. It has a fascinating, infamous history, from the seat of the Prussian empire to Hitler’s headquarters to its divided decades during the Cold War. Fittingly, it has over 200 museums chronicling this history (as well as less serious topics like the Currywurst Museum). However, it... Continue Reading →

Statelessness in Germany

Statelessness in Germany stems mostly from their citizenship law, which the German Foreign Office admits on their website is “relatively complicated.” Until 2000, citizenship could only be passed by blood – you needed at least one German parent to be a German citizen, even if you were born in Germany (though you could naturalize later... Continue Reading →

Dazed and Confused in Abidjan

My overwhelming impression of Abidjan was that it was hot. And not just hot – the humidity is so high I constantly felt like I was swimming, whether in my own sweat or the moisture-laden air, I’m not sure. It's also the rainy season, so it rained every day I was there. My other overwhelming... Continue Reading →

Statelessness in Cote d’Ivoire

Statelessness in Côte d’Ivoire has been, at least for me, the most complicated to understand out of all the countries I’m studying. The conflict over what it means to be Ivoirian sparked two civil wars and divided the country in half for over eight years. The first President of an independent Côte d’Ivoire, Felix Houphouet-Boigny,... Continue Reading →

An Abbreviated End in the DR

Unfortunately, my time in the Dominican Republic came to an abrupt and unexpected end last week. I got news of a family emergency on an early-morning bus from Las Terrenas to Santiago. I was able to find an internet café and book a ticket back to New York that night after my bus arrived in Santiago... Continue Reading →

Statelessness in the Dominican Republic

Above: Basilica Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, the oldest church in the Americas.         There has never been an easy relationship between the two sides of Hispaniola, an island with a complicated history of colonization and conflict. As the original site of Christopher Columbus' violent colonization, it has been ruled and... Continue Reading →


I had hoped that getting on a plane would calm all my anxiety about this trip, but unfortunately I didn't find that to be the case. Regardless of the amount of preparation I've done, I know a lot of things about travelling are unpredictable. I may have an exciting meeting lined up with an expert in... Continue Reading →

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