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Abigail Mann

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María (Mi Mamá)

February 15, 2020

María has been my mamá since September 7, 2019, and she’s one of the toughest, most resilient, and most caring women I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.  My mamá has been through a lot. She grew up with a father who firmly believed that a woman’s place was in the kitchen, and her purpose...

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Ya Falta Poco Tiempo

February 8, 2020

I left my home in Stonington, Connecticut in late August thinking that 7 months was a ridiculously long period of time. I thought I’d miss all my friends and my family, and I thought I’d want to come home before my time was up. Oh, how wrong I was. Of course, home is still home,...

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Family Meets Familia: An Ecua-Adventure

February 3, 2020

This post is ridiculously overdue, but hey, better late than never, right? My two previously very separate worlds collided on December 24, 2019 when my fantastic mom, dad, and brothers all visited me here in Cuenca, Ecuador.  They landed in Guayaquil on the 23rd and took a somewhat long van ride all the way to...

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A Tale of a Rude Chihuahua and Joining the Family

October 7, 2019

When I arrived at my home for this year, I was immediately welcomed into the Morocho-Guapacasa family by all of my new relatives… Well, almost all of them. There was one family member who made it clear from the start that he did not like me one bit. He yapped loudly, growled at me, and...

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Rice, Juice, and Spoons

October 4, 2019

Everyone always says that the staples for mealtime in Ecuador are rice and mote. Well, I have had a different experience. At least in my house, the staples are rice, juice, and spoons.  Rice: I have not eaten a single meal, other than breakfast, that did not involve a lot of rice. Rice usually takes...

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Living the Stories

September 28, 2019

Before coming to Ecuador, I had no idea what to expect. That was a terrifying feeling. I wanted to make that feeling disappear as much as possible, so I read as many stories as I could about what previous Global Citizen Year had experienced during their time. I started to get a picture in my...

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Looking Forward

August 31, 2019

I deferred from Mount Holyoke College exactly 24 days ago.  That is the best example I can think of to show how hard the decision not to go to college this year was for me… I have never been a decisive person. I strongly dislike making decisions, and I am a heavy procrastinator. This particular...

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