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Jonas Gerken

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Capstone Reflection

May 28, 2018

  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...

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My Trip to Praia Ingleses

April 3, 2018

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...

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The Fear of Answering the Door

March 1, 2018

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...

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To Eat or Not to Eat

October 5, 2017

 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...

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To Set Out Upon the World

September 2, 2017

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...

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