Jonas Gerken


Capstone Reflection

  There are some moments in my life where I imagine that the moment I am living is something out of a movie. That moments are sequenced together and intense emotional music constantly plays in the background, as if to remind me about how I am supposed to feel. This typically happens when I’m saying goodbye…

28 May, 2018

My Trip to Praia Ingleses

Here are some photos I took from a beach trip to Praia Ingleses in the north of Florianopolis. It was quite a cloudy day but there were waves to surf and ample time to play some soccer with the host cousins. The best part about cloudy days at the beach is that there is hardly…

03 April, 2018

The Fear of Answering the Door

There are many sounds in Brazil that I am terrified of. Gunshots, fireworks (which sound very close to gunshots), and the screaming cigarho bugs that begin their screech at three in the morning, are a few of these such noises. But the worst of them all is that dreaded intercom doorbell.   When family is home…

01 March, 2018

To Eat or Not to Eat

 Food is a core component of culture. Many cultural aspects are structured around food. In some instances the evening meal can encompass entire traditions, such as the Thanksgiving dinner. During my first two weeks in Brazil, I found it almost impossible to avoid consuming foods that I had never encountered before; in most cases these…

05 October, 2017

To Set Out Upon the World

At the beginning of Hemingway's "The Old Man and The Sea", the protagonist–the old man–sets out on a journey. The goal of the trip is seemingly simple: to set out upon the water to fish for his food. And yet, at some point in his trip, something changes, and his goal suddenly changes with the…

02 September, 2017

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Jonas Gerken