My Identities Abroad

Now that my time is ending in Spain, I thought I would share some of my thoughts about my various identities and traveling abroad in Spain and other countries in Europe. I will discuss my black, American, and New York City identities in hope to show how each one shifts my power and privilege in different contexts. Let’s start with my black identity. I must admit that it was difficult to be black in Europe. I remember the first week …

How to Be a Yuma

After nearly two semesters studying in Cuba, I’ve been fortunate enough to learn about and take part in many amazing aspects of Cuban culture. While two semesters is not nearly enough to fully understand a different space and context, it has given me a more detailed snapshot than I would have had otherwise. One of the most interesting experiences I’ve had this past academic year is having been able to observe the relationship between Cuban nationals and foreign tourists. As …

What Do You See? What Do you Feel? What Can I say?

    In a recent excursion with my program we went to Kraków, Poland. During my stay I didn’t venture that for from the town center, which is actually at least a mile long from the north to the south end. The space is packed with tourists, some locals, food shops, history, old churches and architecture. When I first got to the city, I was a bit worried about the recent face of Nationalism that has publicly risen, and how …

Exploring Identity Through the Cuban Market

It’s weird to think that this is about the time that Amherst students have their spring break. I’m eagerly awaiting mine which comes in the middle of April; apparently we are going on a cross-country trip to Santiago de Cuba! Until then, I’ve been finding little ways to make my semester full of new experiences. Recently, I have taken to visiting different fruit and street markets in order to buy daily produce and household food staples, such as plantains, vegetables, …

Gringo Afroamericano, Part III: Back to Baltimore

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Hey, readers! I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog so far this year! My final post is a video in which I reflect on reverse culture shock (that experience of coming back home after being abroad)! Links to the first two blogs in the “Gringo Afroamericano” series: –Part I – Reflecting on Race and Study Abroad –Part II – Risk-taking and Happiness Abroad Want to learn more about black identity and travel? Check out this NYT article by Ashley Southall, “Black Travel …