Travelling by Heart

my journey to Jamaica as a CUSO volunteer


November 2016

Giving Tuesday

After the mad consumption of Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the pre-Christmas spending push has finally turned to charity. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on holiday and end-of-year giving.  Continue reading “Giving Tuesday”


Coffee Time

The other day, I joined my parents and my aunt on a day trip into the Blue Mountains to visit Craighton Estate, a 200 year old great house and coffee plantation.  Continue reading “Coffee Time”

JAM Jams: Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin is a Jamaican recording artist and the first (and only, so far) foreigner to win the NBC reality series ‘The Voice’. Continue reading “JAM Jams: Tessanne Chin”

Jamaica’s Journey

My friend and Cuso colleague Darine BenAmara is working as a Gender Advisor for the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. She recently wrote an article in the Jamaica Observer about gender equity in Jamaica: Continue reading “Jamaica’s Journey”

3 months left

The countdown is truly on. Each month that passes no longer feel like an accomplishment; instead, time has started to pass like a checklist of what remains to try, do, taste and see before I leave. Continue reading “3 months left”

“On August 5, 1914, England declared war on Germany not long after the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne. Submarines, tanks and dreadnoughts appeared on the world stage, ushering in a new stage of warfare.  Continue reading “Jamaica and the Great War”

The Crown

Like basically every person with a Netflix account and a few hours of free time, I have been watching the new series The Crown, which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Season 1 Episode 8, “Pride and Joy”, documents Elizabeth and Philip’s 1953 world tour, which included a stop in Jamaica.

Continue reading “The Crown”


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